Saturday, August 25, 2007

Under The Lights

Tonight's race under the lights of Bristol Motor Speedway is anything but an average NASCAR race. It is one of the most talked about races on the NASCAR circuit. It is a highlight of the year for drivers, team members and fans alike. Tickets for the Bristol NASCAR night race are said to be the second hardest to obtain in all of sports, second only to the opening ceremony of the Olympics – and the track seats 165,000 fans! Bristol Motor Speedway is a .533 mile short track with a banking of 36 degrees in the turns, which makes Bristol the most steeply banked track used by NASCAR. The track is so short that speeds here are far lower than is typical on most NASCAR oval tracks, but very fast compared to other short tracks due to the high banking. This makes for a considerable amount of "swapping paint"! The initial starting grid of 43 cars reaches almost halfway around the track, so the slower-qualifying cars begin the race almost half a lap down. Another unique aspect of Bristol is that the short overall length means that there are two sets of pits.

Tonight AJ will roll off the grid in the 43rd position. Why? Although he earned the 34th spot, AJ claimed the 8th "go or go home" spot, which by NASCAR rules is the provisional spot. Bill Elliott did not need his provisional, so AJ is forced to take the provisional spot.

Watch AJ and the No. 84 on track tonight at 8:00 pm on ESPN!


Blogger Kristin said...

Good luck AJ and the entire 84 team! We are all cheering loud for you. Wish I could be at Bristol, but some stuff happened that caused me not to go this year. That's okay, I'll be there in the Spring.


1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NASCAR NEEDS to change the way they do qualifying! If a driver qualifies on his time that should be where he starts.
Good Luck AJ!!!!!

2:13 PM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Awesome Job tonight AJ you looked good. Staying of trouble all night and voiding other trouble that was on the track. Good Luck in Calif. next week AJ.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to AJ and the whole 84 team. You kept hanging in there and dealing with everything thrown at you to finish the race. You were running just as fast as the lead cars till the incident with the 48. Lets go get them again next week!!!

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading what AJ went through last night he really did a fantastic job. Being the fastest that he was all night with a wrecked car to funny - just think how fast he would have been at the end with a good one. Great job 84 team to never give up and finishing the race. On to Cali!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Great run for the 84 Toyota Camry last night. Car looked really fast last night. Hopefully y'all learned some stuff for the next COT race. Let's get ready for Cali. It would be great to see 2 TRB Camry's racing.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more trucks time = cup race qual. and finish how bout some busch racing--- i think that would help even more #60

5:01 PM  
Blogger RvNGrammy said...

Congrats to AJ on a good run. That said...that was the biggest snoozer of a race I ever saw at Bristol. Wonder if they will sell all those tickets for as much as they sell them for next year? Of course, the ESPN coverage leaves a lot to be desired, too. Luckily, I have Hot Pass, MRN, computers and such and don't have to listen to them.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that had to be the most boring bristol race i have ever seen.
good luck next week TRB.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like it was just the ESPN coverage that stunk up Bristol. I haven't heard anyone that was there say a cross word about the new track and the racing that went on there. Whatever the case, I don't see Bristol losing any fans over it. Getting tickets to the August race will still be impossible to find! AJ did an awesome job on Saturday night. Hopefully he learned a few things that can help him later on. Good luck in Cali boys. We are all rootin' for you.

4:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want to say that I was really proud of the whole 84 team this weekend!

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ONLY 43 cars entering this weekend's Cali race...odds are good, thankfully.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its 46 cars but they are still the toughest ones we battle with every week to get in.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

43 have entered the Busch race, 46 for the Cup race.

12:24 PM  

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