The Colloseum of Crash!

Kyle Busch held off Mark Martin to win at Bristol Saturday night.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)
(photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
It is Bristol. baby!
Saturday night the NASCAR boys invaded the Tri-Cities of Northeastern Tennessee, better known as Bristol Motor Speedway!  You know that bullring that seats a mere 160,000 rabid NASCAR race fans!
The variable high banked, world’s fastest half mile race track didn’t disappoint anyone  when the race was concluded.  Bristol has a reputation for rubbin’, beatin’, and bangin’ as part of the melee that occurs when 43 race cars are put on this storied race tack.  There was no shortage of the cars rubbin’, rootin’, and downright wreckin’ each other!

To be successful at the small bullrings of NASCAR, you need to have a fast car that handles well, very strong front and rear bumpers, but most importantly you must to check your feelings and your fists at the pit gate entrance!  If you are successful at keeping your feelings and your temper in check, the chances of having a good finish at Bristol greatly improve!

Saturday night the #18 M&M’s Toyota driven by ol Kylie Busch seemed to have accomplished just that.  In the end TLVW (Busch) was racing, and cleanly I might add, the #5 Kellogg’s/Carquest Chevy driven by Mark Martin for the win at Bristol.
There were also many disappointments after the race Saturday night.  To some of the teams the Chase is starting to slip from their grasps.  The Bullrings of NASCAR, as well as the two restrictor plate races, are the races where a team can have great performances and be caught up in someone’s crash.  The results of those unfortunate circumstances can have a devastating impact on, an otherwise, great day at the race track!
For the teams just outside looking at  the opportunity to get on the inside in the Chase for the Cup, time is running out quickly!  There are only two races left to try to capitalize on luck and skill to make the Chase!  Fortunately for some of the teams, this weekend is an off week.  This might just be what the doctor ordered to try to re-energize and re-focus those teams that are just on the cusp of making the Chase!

A good showing at Atlanta and Richmond is, needless to say, extremely vital!


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