AUGUST 17th, 7:30 ET on NBCSN

½ MILE, 30 Degrees of Banking

STAGES END LAPS 125/250/500

Nothing gives you more drama than 36 plus cars on a high banked (30 degrees) short half-mile track.  Add to that the fact that drivers only have three chances left to lock into the Top 16 drivers that will race in the Playoffs and you have all the action you need on a Saturday night. Bristol Motor 

Speedway is one of the best places on the circuit to watch a race and when you factor in the implications of this race, it IS one of the best race tickets to get, bar none. 150,000+ lucky fans will be gathered this Saturday in Thunder Valley to watch what the track describes as “racing the way it ought’a be.” And they are right! This is racing the way it should be, especially as the regular season winds down. If there are any simmering tensions out there amongst the drivers, and there are, they may well get settled Saturday night. Tensions that do not currently exist may get established here and have to be resolved later in the season. Short track = short tempers. High banks = short tempers + high anger. This is always a fun race and with championship eligibility on the line, it makes an event not to be missed. And to add to the drama, more work has been done to reduce the “progressive banking” that was added when the track was repaved making it more like the old Bristol. Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing have won ten races at Bristol in the last ten years. Fan favorite Kyle Busch notched six of those ten wins including his win here in April. That is the most of any team or manufacturer. Will someone else upset dominate Joe Gibbs Racing, will we lock another driver into the Playoffs with a win? Who will dominate and who’ll lock into the Playoffs?  We’ll know Saturday night.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers by track type for week 24 and on Thursday we’ll rank the top 30 drivers.