Get Ready For Dirt Action at Bristol, NASCAR Announces Schedule for NASCAR Cup and Truck Series

Published 02/25/2021, 1:26 PM EST
Sep 19, 2020; Bristol, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Kevin Harvick (4) during the Nascar Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports


Next month, NASCAR pays a visit to the Bristol Motor Speedway for the 7th race of the season. However, the big difference is that the cars will race on the dirt track. As per reports, the official schedule features Friday practice sessions and Saturday heat races.

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As it turns out, both the Cup and Truck Series will have a couple of hour-long practice sessions. From here on out, NASCAR deviates from the norm of using its formula to decide the grid.

Instead, the drivers will compete on Saturday in 4 15-lap heat races. Once those are complete, the results will determine the starting lineup for the respective main events.

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What is so special about the NASCAR dirt race at Bristol?

Apparently, the Bristol race is expected to be the first Cup dirt event since the 1970 season. Meanwhile, the Truck series visits two dirt tracks, with Bristol being one of them.

The other one is the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa in the month of July, which should be an exciting race for the drivers and the Truck Series fans.

Sep 19, 2020; Bristol, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads Alex Bowman (88) during the Nascar Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Coming back to the Bristol Motor Speedway race weekend, the show kicks off on Friday. First and foremost, the Truck Series practice session sets the ball rolling at 3 PM local time, followed by a Cup session at 4 PM. After that, the Truck drivers are back on track at 5:30 PM, while the Cup drivers compete in the second session at 6:30 PM.

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A day later, a handful of Truck Series heat races at 4:30, 4:45, 5:oo and 5:15 PM decide the grid. Then from 6:00 PM onwards, it is the Cup drivers’ turn to run their heat races until the final heat at 6:45 PM.

Finally, the Truck Series kicks off its main race at 8 PM. Finally, the weekend draws to a close with the Cup Series main race at 3:30 PM.

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