Kurt Busch says NASCAR Cup Series cars will ‘bake the dirt’ at Bristol Motor Speedway


Kurt Busch ticked another box on his NASCAR bucket list last Sunday by winning the race from his hometown in Las Vegas for the first time.

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The 2004 champion said it was an incredible victory that ended 21 years of frustration and he would place in his top three.

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“So many people, memories and volunteer crew members then thoughts came to my mind and as long as no one was there so it was even more special to win for everyone,” said declared the pilot of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Of course, Busch didn’t start driving Cup Series cars at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but about an hour and a half of dwarf car racing on the dirt track at Pahrump Valley Speedway. So he has some thoughts on next March’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which will be covered in clay to host the Cup Series’ first dirt race in over 50 years.


“The dirt changes with every lap when you go around the race track and put 40 big, heavy cars on the dirt in Bristol, it’s going to bake the dirt,” he said.

“It will be like pottery and the cars will look like snails. I mean, it’s gonna be so slow, you’re gonna think the cars are idling.

Bristol Motor Speedway was previously covered in clay for World of Outlaws races in 2000 and 2001.

Bristol Motor Speedway was previously covered in clay for World of Outlaws races in 2000 and 2001.

Busch said drivers will need to figure this out both during and before the race when their teams need to develop new simulation programs to prepare them. He wouldn’t be surprised to see teams bringing ringtones for the event. He also expects Clint Bowyer, who competes in late model dirt races on the side, to do well and has said former teammate and current World of Outlaws rider Kyle Larson will be one to watch. ‘he was returning to the series next year after being suspended in April. for using a racial insult.

“It’s early in the season. It’s going to be one of those fun weekends where we just let it get ripped apart and hopefully we get some points out of it, ”said Busch.


Busch still needs some of those this year if he is to make it to the championship race. Winning in Las Vegas got him his ticket to the round of 16, but he’s ninth overall and says his plan is to get aggressive and tough the next two races at Talladega and Charlotte to get points no matter what. come.

Busch finished eighth in Texas in July.

Busch finished eighth in Texas in July.
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After that, Kansas and Texas await him, two and a half mile tracks, which he says is Chip Ganassi Racing’s strength.

“This is our ticket to the Phoenix Championship Round, if we can win Kansas or Texas.”


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