WATCH: When LeBron James Shot Hoops at the Bristol Motor Speedway

Published 09/19/2020, 12:23 PM EDT


Back in 2005, NBA star LeBron James made an appearance at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Over there, he had the challenge to make his way up the 36° banking to score. Admittedly, it was a struggle for the basketball star, because the banking was so steep. Eventually, he was able to conquer the slope and score.

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At that time, James attended the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. In that race, Matt Kenseth bagged pole position and went on to win the race. Behind him were Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle, with Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace in the Top-5.

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What is LeBron James up to in 2020, and what about the Bristol Motor Speedway?

The NBA star is currently gearing up for the Western Conference finals. The Los Angeles Lakers already won their opening game against the Denver Nuggets. Now, their next game will commence on September 21st, with their last game on the 23rd.

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Coming back to NASCAR, the Cup Series drivers are racing this weekend at Bristol. Brad Keselowski is set to lead the field on Saturday night, ahead of Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr.

Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick has a bit of a task ahead of him in 4th place. However, Denny Hamlin is further behind in 7th place. This gives the former an advantage into the playoff race and puts him a step closer to the 2020 crown.

Meanwhile, it is crunch time for the likes of Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney, Cole Custer, and William Byron. All four drivers will need a good result in order to escape from the drop zone.

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Clint Bowyer, the Busch brothers, and Aric Almirola are also in danger if either of the quartet gets a good result. So, all the drivers will be focused on this weekend’s race at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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