“It’s a blast, absolute blast. The fastest I’ve ever went.”
Bristol Motor Speedway is now a half-mile dirt track. Multiple weeks of dirt racing are set to take place in Bristol, Tennessee.
Watch the Bristol Dirt video below.
The NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Truck Series will highlight the action on the new dirt track. However, there’s a lot more on the schedule.
In the week leading up to the NASCAR event, it’s the Bristol Dirt Nationals. The event will be highlighted with a $50,000 dirt late model show. Multiple NASCAR drivers will be in the 6-day event. As of now, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano have been confirmed.
After the NASCAR dirt race, the World of Outlaws will roll into the facility for two more weeks of dirt track racing. The track is set to be very busy.
Now, after weeks of track prep, cars entered the racing surface for the first time on Tuesday. Damon Murty and Kyle Brown took machines on the track.
Bristol Dirt Gearing
Modified gearing: “When I drove Mike’s mod, he’s got a 4.68 in it. It was on the chip mid straight-away. I’d probably start with a 4.60 maybe have a 4.50 or 4.55 ready. I think they make a .48 and a .54.”
Stock car gearing: “I think everybody should come down with a 5.29 or 5.43. If you get up around that top, if you get a fast heat race, I think a 5.14 might be the place to be.”
Stock Car Gearing: “My gearing’s a lot different than I thought it was gonna be. I thought we would have to go down in gear but the track got worked in. I think a guy’s going to be running a 5.29 or 5.14 in a stock car.”
Damon Murty on Bristol Dirt
“I could hold it about wide open around here. And, that’s crazy,” Damon Murty stated.
“[The banking] is deceiving. We thought we was running pretty high. We’re like 5 foot from the wall but it looks like you’re right up against the wall [from inside the car] but you’re not.”
Kyle Brown on Bristol Dirt
“It’s a blast, absolute blast. The fastest I’ve ever went,” Kyle Brown stated after his practice laps.
Brown started his practice in a stock car and blew the motor. He broke a rod after 8-10 laps on the track.
“This place, the photos and videos do not do it justice. When you roll across the track and pull out there, it’s pretty cool. I’m just lucky to be involved.”
“It’s steep alright. When you’re racing, it doesn’t feel as steep as when you’re just rolling around on pace laps.”
“But, like David said, it’s super deceiving. You think you’re running the top. But, the g-force sucks you into the track so hard that it almost brings the race car down the hill a little bit.”
“I noticed in every car I drove today, I entered on the top then it tended to want to come down the hill. The things are so stuck to the race track, in every division I drove.”
“Grip is not a problem. Even when it was slick, it had grip.”
“This dirt compacts itself. I think this is going to get dirtier when the moisture goes away.”
“Overall, I think this is the best dirt, for this facility. Cause, they can’t get enough water in it, with the banking. This dirt holds water really well. Today, it really never lost moisture, even when it was in the sun.”
“It’s going to be fun at the car wash. It sticks to everything.”