Explained at the NASCAR Bristol Dirt Race: Format, Rules, Classification and Other Changes to the Food City Dirt Race
NASCAR will celebrate the weekend on one of its most popular routes.
Cup Series cars will compete on dirt for the first time in more than half a century on Sunday when the green flag for the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is lowered. The last dirt race of the round was on September 30, 1970, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Food City Dirt Race in Bristol, including heat races, rule changes and car changes.
Why is NASCAR racing dirt in Bristol?
NASCAR saw how famous the Truck Series was at the annual dirt race at Eldora Speedway and also decided to be on the cover of the Cup car race. Bristol is a great place to take a trip along the memory trails; fans and people from the race love the track, and the facility is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
How did the Great Colosseum become a dirt track?
We went behind with the crew @BMSupdates to find out!
– NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 25, 2021
Of course, dirt was the chosen race in the early days of NASCAR.
“This is not new to NASCAR,” Fox analyst Clint Bowyer said said the Bristol website. Bowyer will be a member of the race broadcast team. “It’s back to where we came from. I think that’s also something to focus on and remember. This isn’t completely thrown out of nowhere. This is something that was our past and our history.”
NASCAR canceled the Eldora dirt truck race last year due to a COVID-19 outbreak and then took the race to Bristol. The Truck Series will run another dirt race in July at the Knoxville, Iowa Raceway.
How does ranking work?
Qualifying for the Bristol Dirt race on Saturday will be four double races of 15 laps in a row. NASCAR nearly equalized the heat race pitches among the 39 cars that entered the main race: three 10-car pitches and one nine-car field. The starting line-ups for each heat were determined by random draw, according to the driver’s point classification.
1st qualifying race
|1||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing|
|2||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing|
|4||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing|
|7||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|8||Anthony Alfredo||Front Row Motorsports|
|9||Shane Golobic||Fast live motorcycle|
|10||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing|
Classification of the 2nd race
|1||Brad Keselowski||Penske team|
|2||Mike Marlar||Automotive Business Management|
|3||Daniel Suarez||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|4||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports|
|5||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing|
|6||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|8||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|10||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing|
Classification 3rd race
|1||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||JJ Yeley||Rick Ware Racing|
|3||Ty Dillon||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing|
|6||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|7||Cody Ware||Petty Ware Racing|
|8||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||Joey Logano||Penske team|
|10||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing|
Qualifying race 4
|1||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports|
|2||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing|
|3||Chris Windom||Rick Ware Racing|
|4||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|6||Stewart Friesen||Spire Motorsports|
|7||Ryan Blaney||Penske team|
|8||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing|
NASCAR will use a two-part point system to set the starting lineup for the main race.
The first part is to finish the order in the heat races. The winner of each level will receive 10 points and the 10th place will receive one point.
The second part is the number of positions a driver gets in a heat race. Drivers will receive one point for each position earned and will not deduct points for losing positions.
A total of two points will be added to determine a total of points. The links will be broken according to the position in the ranking of the owner of the moment.
These classification points are for the implementation of the starting lineup. They will not be added to all points of the driver’s season.
NASCAR Bristol schedule
The Cup Series race will feature dirt races this weekend in the Thunder Valley. Camping World Truck Series will compete in Bristol on Saturday (playoffs and majors) before and after the round heat races. Each series will have two practice sessions on Friday.
The 1st qualifying race for the Cup Series will start at 6pm and the next three races are scheduled for 6:15 pm, 6:30 am and 6:45 pm The main race on Sunday is to start before 3:30 pm.
Friday, March 26th
|Truck Series first practice||15:05||FS1, TSN3|
|Cup Series first workout||16:05||FS1, TSN3|
|Truck Series latest practice||5:35 p.m.||FS1, TSN3|
|Cup Series final workout||18:35||FS1, TSN3|
Saturday, March 27th
|First truck qualifying race||4:30 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Second truck qualifying race||4:45 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Third truck qualifying race||5 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Fourth truck qualifying race||5:15 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|First round qualifying race||6 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Second Cup qualifying race||6:15 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Third Cup qualifying race||6:30 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Fourth round qualifying race||18:45||FS1, TSN2|
|Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt||8 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
Sunday, March 28th
|Event||Time||Television and radio|
|Food City Dirt Race||3:30 p.m.||Fox, TSN, PRN|
Car changes for Bristol dirt race
Changing the surface required changing cars, especially on the outside. The audience will be able to notice the differences.
To begin with, the protrusion of the front dividers has disappeared. A device called a waste deflector can appear on the hoods of some cars. Groups can cover the pipes with screens or other materials to prevent dirt from entering them. The rear spoiler will be larger than usual for short track races. Cars can be reinforced on the sides and in places of high stress, such as the back and the steering wheel.
Fans of racing hoping to see how the cars will take turns will be disappointed. As Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports stated, NASCAR decided to install suspensions that would make cars faster because of the cost to the team.
“They don’t drive like I’m used to in a sprint car, a dwarf, or a late-dirt model now,” said Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports, who took the final model to two second-place finishes last weekend at Bristol Dirt Nationals. “These cars are much heavier and have far fewer horses than I’m used to on a dirt track.”
The round cars weigh 1,000 pounds more than the latest models driven by Larson.
Get to know the Bristol dirt races, the format and the rest of the rules
The Bristol Cup Series is a land race 250 returns (133.25 miles), or half the number of regular laps for the Cup race on the Bristol concrete track. The race will be divided into three stages: 75, 75 and 100 laps. Drivers will not have to stop for fuel at all stages.
And stops will be limited nonetheless. They will only be accepted during inter-stage breaks or in the event of a car accident. During the stage break, the teams will have no choice but to do so. Drivers who stay out will start at the front of the field at restart. Cars will not be allowed to race from the pit or outside the pit. Positions will not be won or lost at stops.
NASCAR says the procedures for entering and exiting pit roads will be similar to how pit stops occurred in Eldora truck races. NASCAR is imposing all of these requirements in the name of safety.
Be careful flag laps will be counted in the main race, unlike in the heat races in the standings, where only green flag laps will be counted.
Although NASCAR is racing on the short track this weekend, there will be no “pick” rules, as drivers will be allowed to choose the inner or outer lane when they restart. As NASCAR.com says, “Keeping an orange” V “on the surface in a dirt race was a crucial factor in the decision.”
This report uses material from the NASCAR Wire Service.