Chase Briscoe, Kyle Busch comment on the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track
On Friday, the NASCAR Cup Series and Truck Series both unloaded at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Each ran two separate rounds of practice.
There wasn’t much of a break between any of the four sessions. However, track officials did take the water truck to the top lane of the track between most, if not every session.
But, it didn’t take long for drivers to burn through that mud and find the dust from the hard surface underneath. In the back half of the final practice round for the NASCAR Cup Series the track was extremely dry. Yet, drivers were able to move around on the track and it wasn’t locked down to a single groove.
However, for a very long race, locking down is expected. However, drivers are hoping they’ll take a bigger swing with the water truck…
“I couldn’t personally tell a huge difference sitting in there. But, I thought it was interesting we were running the top,” NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe said of the track changes from last year.
“Last year, we were always on the bottom. Hopefully, we can race like that, where we can kinda move around.”
“When it’s that dry, starting off, it’s going to be an issue. The top has never got a lot of water in it. In our practice, they barely tilled it. Then, they watered it and it was pretty good. We could roll around on the top.”
“But, as we start running that top glaze off, we just get to the dust. Cause it’s so hard and so dry underneath.”
“I think they could water it, a ton, on top. We’re never going to get sprayed in the corner, unless we’re on the bottom. If we’re on the top, it’s just going to go to the fence anyways.”
“We could water it a lot more, up top. That would fix a lot of the dust problem underneath. But, then also probably put on a little bit better product for the racetrack standpoint.”
What to expect for Sunday?
“It depends on what the guy with the keys to the water truck and the tiller do,” Briscoe added.
“Hopefully we have multiple grooves. It was fun there, the first 5-10 minutes of practice.”
“They could definitely get a lot more aggressive. Till it deeper and water it more.”
“With the windshields, we cant go that heavy. But, we could definitely be way more aggressive than what it is right now.”
“I think all of us are going to say the same thing. We’d love for them to put more water on it. But, I could see where they’re scared to do that too, from a visibility and overheating standpoint.”
“Until you try it and over water it, you never really know.”
“You’re hired,” Kyle Busch stated as Chase Briscoe discussed what he’d do to the track.
“So far, better, I guess,” Kyle Busch said of the track compared to last year.
“But, the second half of that practice, you couldn’t see. That’s going to be the toughest part, the dust.”
Teams have showed up with various screens on the front grill. Those are designed to keep dirt from plugging up air to the radiator. The Cup cars have only taken to the track when it’s dry but Kyle Busch’s car was still running hot.
“The screen, yeah, I’m overheating already. We don’t even have mud on it yet and I’m hot.”