This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
After a couple weeks of racing on intermediate ovals, we head back to the roots of NASCAR, and short track racing. We take a trip to the "World's Fastest Half Mile" at Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend's Food City 500. Bristol's half-mile oval with 36-degree corner banking makes it one of the most unique tracks on the circuit. This bull ring will not only test driver's skill but their patience as well. Trading paint and short tempers are the norm at BMS. When you put 40 of the world's best and most competitive drivers in this half-mile mixing bowl, contact and hard racing are a natural result. Since qualifying and practice are not currently being performed, teams will have to rely on the luck of the draw for the starting grid, and on quick adjustments to the handling of their cars. Teams will unload/inspect/race for the foreseeable future, so hitting the setup as close as possible and making good adjustments will be key factors to success. Due to those elements and the fact that this will be our first time racing at the Tennessee short track since last summer there are some unknowns entering the weekend but it's probably safe to say we'll see some contact and hot tempers at the completion of 500 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Since this is the first of the season's true short track races, we'll have to put a lot of emphasis on the historical data as well as the current hot