Can the Likes of Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson Use Bristol Dirt Nationals Experience in NASCAR Race?

Published 03/26/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend will be a big one for the NASCAR community. As it turns out, the coming weekend plays host to the first NASCAR Cup Series dirt race in 50 years. Obviously, none of the drivers on the current grid have raced a NASCAR vehicle on dirt. So many of them are, like Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and others, are practicing hard for it.

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Brad Keselowski has already admitted that there will be plenty of surprises in the race. Regarding his own preparation, he confessed that he has been practicing, but is afraid that it may not be enough. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch has also confessed that he does not have very high hopes of his chances.

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What were Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott up to?

Recently, several NASCAR drivers participated in the Bristol Dirt Nationals. Among them were Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, and Corey LaJoie. Obviously, they are all eager to get as much dirt experience as possible to gain an advantage.

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So far in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, each race has had a different winner. So the big question on everyone’s minds is, will the trend continue on the Bristol dirt? Or will one of the past six race winners bag a second visit to Victory Lane? What about the Truck Series? Which driver will emerge triumphant in that race?

Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads driver Joey Gase (15) and driver Michael McDowell (34) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

There are so many questions that need answering ahead of this historic race. It is also worth mentioning that the Cup and Truck drivers will use a special kind of tyre for this race weekend. These new tyre treads are said to help give the cars and trucks better traction on the dirt.

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