The NASCAR Cup Series will contest its first race on dirt since 1971 on March 28 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The track’s traditional concrete surface has been covered with multiple layers of clay to create a temporary 18-degree banked dirt track.
Why is Nascar running on dirt?
1 ft. Different types of dirt and material trucked in from locations nearby were used to cover Bristol Motor Speedway’s concrete surface. Steve Swift, vice president of operations and development at Speedway Motorsports, says the amount of dirt used on the track could build up a football field to 12.9 feet tall.
Did dirt tracks start Nascar?
The first race in NASCAR premier series history was on dirt on June 19, 1949, at the . 75-mile track known as Charlotte Speedway. Jim Roper was the winner. In the 1949 season seven of the eight tracks competed on were dirt.
What Nascar drivers are racing on dirt?
A host of NASCAR drivers have dirt racing backgrounds — Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman to name a few.
Is the Bristol dirt race Cancelled?
Bristol, Tenn. NASCAR has postponed its Cup Series dirt race at Bristol until 4 p.m. Monday, citing overnight heavy rainfall and local flood warnings, safety concerns and a menacing Sunday forecast at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Did Nascar get postponed today?
NEWS: Today’s NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series races have been postponed at @BMSupdates. NASCAR said it decided to postpone the races “due to overnight weather and forecast (and) the Sullivan County flood warnings and safety concerns.”
Who won the last dirt Nascar race?
Joey Logano made history Monday afternoon. Leading the final 61 laps in the face of a determined charge by Denny Hamlin, Logano won the rain-delayed Food City Dirt Race in overtime at Bristol Motor Speedway, the first dirt-track race for the NASCAR Cup Series since 1970.
When was the last Nascar dirt track race?
It was also the last NASCAR national touring series season to feature a dirt track race until the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and the last time the Cup series raced on dirt until the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series.
How deep is the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway?
Track officials have shallowed up the original 36 degrees of banking with 9-10 feet of dirt, transforming the banking down to 19 degrees. A view down the backstretch as the dirt begins to be leveled and smoothed out.
Which Nascar driver has the most dirt track experience?
Larson, who has arguably the most dirt experience of any Cup driver, will have the most experience on the Bristol dirt. Larson is currently entered into the Camping World Truck Series’ Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race on the temporary surface the day before the Cup event.
Which Nascar drivers are best on dirt tracks?
NASCAR Driver Averages at Dirt Tracks
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Who is the best Nascar driver on dirt?
Kyle Larson competed in the Bristol Dirt Nationals last weekend, finishing second in both of the Super Late Model feature races at the controls of his No. 6 machine.
Is Nascar racing on dirt in 2021?
Building on the success of the dirt races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports and Las Vegas Motor Speedway announced the 2021 fall NASCAR tripleheader weekend will be run on entirely on dirt at the speedway.
Will Bristol stay a dirt track?
Dirt racing will remain on the NASCAR Cup Series bill at Bristol into 2022, following Monday’s race at the circuit – the championship’s first dirt event since 1970.
How many laps will the Bristol dirt race be?
The Bristol Cup Series dirt race is scheduled for 250 laps (133.25 miles), or half the usual number of laps for a Cup race on Bristol’s concrete track. The race will be divided into three stages: 75, 75 and 100 laps. Drivers won’t need to stop for fuel during any stage.