Monday, April 10, 2023

NASCAR Race Weekend Recap (Bristol)

NASCAR Race Weekend Recap (Bristol)

Winners: Christopher Bell (Cup); Joey Logano (Trucks)


Christopher Bell Dominates Late to Win Bristol Dirt Race

Christopher Bell Dominates Late to Win Bristol Dirt Race


Before Sunday night‘s Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Christopher Bell lamented that a “dirt guy” hadn‘t won the NASCAR Cup Series‘ only race on the red clay in Thunder Valley.


Bell fixed the problem—in a race that also saw hard feelings between pole winner Kyle Larson and Ryan Preece boil over.


Holding off charging Tyler Reddick in the final stage of the 250-lap race, Bell held a slim lead over Reddick when NASCAR called the 14th caution with 200 yards left in the final circuit.


A dirt-track aficionado who won three straight Chili Bowl Midget Nationals from 2017-2019, Bell collected his first victory of the season and the fifth of his career.


“Man, let me tell you, these are some of the longest laps of my entire life,” Bell said of the late stages of the race. “This place is so much fun, whether it‘s dirt or concrete. Whenever the cushion got up there on the top, it was very tough, because you couldn’t drive it super hard. Otherwise, you’d get sucked in.


“If you got your right front into it, you’d push a little bit. If you got your right rear into it, you’d slide. It was a lot of fun.”


Pole: Kyle Larson

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Next Race: The Cup Series will return on Sunday, Apr. 16 - 3:00 PM for the NOCO 400 at Martinsville Speedway. 



NASCAR Xfinity

Off Week

NASCAR Xfinity Series had Easter Week off.


Next Race: The Xfinity Series will return on Saturday, Apr. 15 - 6:30 PM for the Call Before You Dig. 250 at Martinsville Speedway. 




Logano Weathers through Cautions, wins Truck Series Race at Bristol

Logano Weathers through Cautions, wins Truck Series Race at Bristol


The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion swept the first two stages of the race at Bristol Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track, led 138 of the 150 laps and crossed the finish line 1.241 seconds ahead of ThorSport Racing teammate Ty Majeski.


“My fun meter was pegged tonight,” said Logano, who won the second Truck Series race of his career. “I had a lot of fun out here racing at Bristol. The dirt’s a lot of fun.


“Hopefully, tomorrow is just as good with the other car.” (Didn’t happen – Logano finished last after adversity)


Logano will start 12th in his No. 22 NASCAR Cup Series car in Sunday’s Food City Dirt Race at the half-mile track. He won the inaugural Cup Series dirt race at Bristol in 2021.

“They gave me a great race truck,” said Logano, who pressed Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney into service as his spotter. “We qualified good in the heat race and were able to drive to the lead pretty early in the race and were pretty much able to control it.


“I’m not sure we learned anything for (Sunday) because I didn’t get to race a whole bunch, but it was fun leading all those laps. I had a great spotter up there in Blaney. He kept me entertained and light-hearted and a (was) a whole lot of fun, too.”


Majeski ran a strong second but was no match for his teammate.


Pole: Zane Smith


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Next Race: The Truck Series will return on Friday, Apr. 14 - 6:30 PM for the Long John Silver's 200 at Martinsville Speedway.




There was no ARCA Racing this weekend.


Next Race: The ARCA Series West will return on April 22, 2023 for the NAPA Nightvision 150 at Kern County Raceway Park. 



Superstar Racing Experience


Next Race: The SRX Series will return on 07/13/2023 for the SRX Series Season Opener at Stafford Motor Speedway.



source: NASCAR Media

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