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Week 5 for NASCAR: Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21

Bristol Town Sign (wfe)

After a week off, the NASCAR circuit is ready get back on the track.

This week, the site is Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Located in Sullivan County and directly across the stateline  from its twin city of  Bristol, Virginia has a population of 24,821.

It is the birthplace of  singer and actor Tennessee Ernie Ford. It’s recognized as the birthplace of country music by Congress in 1998. Also, known as the best known site of first commercial recordings of country music of Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family and Uncle Charlie Osborn.

This week’s race is the Food City 500 and will be broadcast by Fox-TV. Leading up to the race, Sprint Cup qualifying will begin on March 19 and the Nationwide Scotts Turf Builder 300 will began on March 20.

Seating 160,00 fans, Bristol has sold out 55 consecutive Cup races since 1982, the longest streak currently in NASCAR.

Known as “Thunder Valley”, this concrete track with the tall grandstands was resurfaced in 2007. Banking now is transitional, going down 26 degrees at the bottom of the turns to 30 degrees at the top. On the straightaways, it goes 5 to 8 degrees.

Bristol Motor Speedway (bms)

Kyle Busch dominated the 2009 Food City 500, leading 378 of the 503 laps, and held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin for the win. Jimmie Johnson led 88 laps and finished third; Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and pole-sitter Mark Martin were next across the line.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on NASCAR pole for Kobalt Tools 500 race

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has captured the pole  for the first time since 2008 after Friday’s qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt claimed the pole for Sunday’s race with a eye-opening speed of  192.8 mph. The last time he headed the field was in April 2008 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Says Earnhardt, “Our team is so hungry to do well”.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. no wins in 2009 (wfe)

Junior is coming off a terrible 2009 season in which he failed to win a race, cracked the top 10 only 5 times and finished in 25th place in the overall standings eventhough he was racing for Hendrick Motorsports, the best on the NASCAR curcuit.

During the offseason, a major shakeup in his group has given Earnhardt new optimism for 2010. “We got beat down last year. We have a chance to start fresh this year. We have a better team”.

Kyle Busch will start on the outside of the front row, with Juan Pablo Montoya in third. Jeff Gordon qualified fifth  giving  Hendrick Motorsports three of the top five spots. 2009 pole-sitter Mark Martin qualified fourth.

Series leader Kevin Harvick  will start 35th in his Chevrolet.

Week 4 in Nascar Schedule: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta Motor Speedway (ams)

Can the red-hot number 48 Lowes Chevrolet team led by Jimmie Johnson make it three wins in a row?

NASCAR moves into dixieland this week at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., which is 30 miles  south of Atlanta. The seating capacity is 113,000 on a quad-oval track. The Kobalt Tools 500 will be on March 7 on Fox TV at 1 p.m. This is the 50th anniversary of the speedway and Atlanta has hosted more 500-mile races (93) than any other NASCAR facility.

Renovations at the facility turned th speedway into NASCAR’s fastest 1.5 mile track. The asphalt is banked in the turns.

Since Jimmie Johnson’s sweep in 2007, two Dodges, a Ford, and a Toyota have won at Atlanta. Fireball Roberts won the first NASCAR event in Atlanta, the 1960 Dixie 200.

Recapping the 2009 race, Kurt Busch dominated, leading 234 of the 330 laps in his Miller Lite Dodge, but needed to get past Carl Edwards with two laps to go to win the race. Jeff Gordon, who led 47 laps, also slipped past Edwards for second. Mark Martin, the pole-sitter finished 31st.

NASCAR WEEK 3: Las Vegas Motor Speedway February 28

The 2010 Nascar season moves into week three this Sunday at 3 p.m. for the Sprint Cup Shelby American on Fox-TV.

This is one of the circuits biggest tracks with a seating capacity of 142,000. The race will go 267 laps (400.5 miles). Mark Martin won the first race at Las Vegas on March 1, 1998. His average speed of 146.554 mph remains the race record.

Last season, in the Shelby 427, Kyle Busch and Clint Boyer duked it out for the final 58 laps, with Busch holding on in the final two restarts to claim the win.

The speedway’s recent $35 million upgrade increased the banking and moved pit road closer to the grandstands. The wide racing surface is fast and driver-friendly.

No driver has won the Las Vegas Cup from the pole. Jeff  Burton is the only driver with multiple wins at the track in a Cup and a Nationwide Series car. As far as owners go, Jack Rousch (6) and Rick Hendrick (4) have accounted for 10 wins in the 12 Cup races held at Las Vegas.

This year’s Co-Grand Marshall’s will be Carroll Shelby and Kim Kardashian will give the command, “Drivers, start your engines.”!

Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS)

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