NASCAR Cup Series drivers fill NASCAR Truck Series entry list for the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway
6 NASCAR Cup Series drivers now confirmed to make an attempt at starting the Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
On March 28, the NASCAR Cup Series will take the green on the Bristol Dirt Track. It marks the first Cup race on a dirt surface since 1970.
Many NASCAR Cup Series drivers have been branching out in search of dirt experience ahead of the event. Bubba Wallace has just added his name to that growing list.
Bubba Wallace will attempt to qualify for the NASCAR Truck Series race. That race is scheduled for March 27th, the day before the Cup race.
Spencer Davis Motorsports will supply a truck for Wallace in the race. The team is backed with help from Hattori Racing Enterprises.
Wallace will drive the No. 11 Toyota Tundra in the truck event. The team is backed with sponsorship from Columbia Sportswear.
Bubba Wallace is no stranger to the NASCAR Truck Series. He’s run 48 races and visited victory lane six times.
Wallace has also had success on the dirt. He won the 2014 Eldora Dirt Derby while driving a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck.
Bubba Wallace comments
“I’m pumped to get to Bristol and run on the dirt in the No. 11 Tundra,” Bubba Wallace said in a team release.
“This is a race I’ve had circled on my calendar for the Cup race, so to be able to add the Truck race and have Columbia come on board just adds to the excitement for that week.”
“I have the one win in the Truck Series at Eldora and it was a lot of fun. I may need to pull some notes from that race to prepare, but I’m just really looking forward to getting back in a Tundra and starting the Bristol weekend with a win.”
Team owner Spencer Davis is excited to bring Wallace into his team.
“He’s proven what he can do on dirt as a past winner at Eldora, so we’re definitely optimistic about running well at Bristol, and hopefully giving him some experience to take into the Cup race on Sunday,” Spencer Davis said in the release.
NASCAR Cup Series drivers testing on dirt
NASCAR Cup Series drivers have been searching for dirt in the past couple weeks.
Brad Keselowski visited Cochran Speedway last week in Georgia. He entered the race in a dirt late model. He took the green just two days ahead of the Cup race on the other side of the country in Phoenix.
Joey Logano and Austin Dillon have been running the Bristol Dirt Nationals. They took to the track for the first time on Tuesday. Logano ran a modified will Dillon has already visited victory lane in a crate late model.
Super late models have yet to begin their portion of the Bristol Dirt Nationals. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott will run in the event with their first race scheduled for Friday.
The truck race has become stacked with Cup drivers: Bubba Wallace, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman and Chase Briscoe.
Not everyone will make the show. The Bristol Dirt race is one of the few events in 2021 that will feature qualifying. The race will also see heat races. Some drivers will be sent home before the green flag.