The irony of the Bristol schedule modifications

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A number of drivers deliberate to compete within the NASCAR Truck Sequence race on the Bristol Motor Speedway grime to arrange for the Cup Sequence race.

On account of the truth that the Saturday afternoon and night rain turned the Bristol Motor Speedway floor from grime to mud and made visibility practically unimaginable with mud flying on and sticking to the windshields of the vans, NASCAR made some schedule modifications.

The 4 Truck Sequence warmth races for the 150-lap Pinty’s Grime Race across the four-turn, 0.533-mile (0.858-kilometer) high-banked oval in Bristol, Tennessee have been canceled after only one lap was accomplished within the first one, and the 4 Cup Sequence warmth races for the 250-lap Meals Metropolis Grime Race have been canceled as nicely.

The beginning lineups for each races have been set based mostly on the NASCAR beginning lineup system, which has been used frequently since August of final yr.

As a result of the monitor was not appropriate for a race on Saturday evening, the Truck Sequence race ended up being postponed.

The Cup Sequence race continues to be scheduled to happen this afternoon starting at 3:30 p.m. ET, however the Truck Sequence race was moved from 8:00 p.m. ET yesterday night to this night at 9:00 p.m. ET. That change, particularly the results of it, is an ironic one, contemplating what it means for a handful of full-time Cup Sequence drivers.

Right now’s Meals Metropolis Grime Race is slated to be the primary Cup Sequence grime race since September 1970, and lots of drivers took further steps to arrange for this occasion. Among the many some ways drivers had deliberate to take action was by competing within the Truck Sequence race — beforehand.

Seven full-time drivers had deliberate to take action: Trackhouse Racing Workforce’s Daniel Suarez, Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and rookie Chase Briscoe, 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace, Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman.

Now the Cup Sequence race is ready to “put together” them for the Truck Sequence race.

A number of of them haven’t competed within the Truck Sequence in a number of years, nor are they particularly involved with their leads to that occasion.

The one driver to whom this doesn’t apply is Newman. Due to the beginning lineup system, he didn’t qualify for the race, so solely six of those full-time Cup Sequence drivers are slated to “put together” for the Truck Sequence occasion.

Newman, who drives the #6 Ford full-time Roush Fenway Racing within the Cup Sequence, had been set to drive the #39 Ford for DCC Racing within the Truck Sequence race.

Two different drivers, Stewart Friesen and Mike Marlar, are set to compete in each occasions. Neither one has ever competed in a Cup Sequence race earlier than.

Suarez is ready to drive the #02 Chevrolet for Younger’s Motorsports within the Truck Sequence race whereas Harvick is ready to drive the #17 Ford for David Gilliland Racing, Briscoe is ready to drive the #04 Ford for Roper Racing, Wallace is ready to drive the #11 Toyota for Spencer Davis Racing, Larson is ready to drive the #44 Chevrolet for Niece Motorsports and Truex is ready to drive the #51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Friesen drives the #52 Toyota full-time for Halmar Friesen Racing within the Truck Sequence and is ready to drive the #77 Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports in his Cup Sequence debut. Marlar is ready to drive the #56 Chevrolet for Hill Motorsports within the Truck Sequence race and the #66 Toyota for MBM Motorsports in his Cup Sequence debut.

Tune in to Fox at 3:30 p.m. ET for the reside broadcast of the Meals Metropolis Grime Race from Bristol Motor Speedway, and tune in to Fox Sports activities 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET for the reside broadcast of the Pinty’s Grime Race from the identical venue.



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