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NASCAR Preview: Bristol

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After a disappointing 38th-place finish last at Vegas, Kyle Busch looks to rebound at Bristol this weekend where he’s had a lot of success in recent years. Busch was the points leader heading into Vegas, but dropped to 14th when he left.

It was just last August at Bristol when Kyle became the first driver to win all three of NASCAR’s national touring series races in the same weekend.
He almost did it again last month at Phoenix, winning the Truck and Nationwide races before finishing second to Jeff Gordon in the Sprint Cup event. So now it’s on to Bristol where he’s won three of the last four races.
Kyle’s older brother, Kurt, is a five-time winner at Bristol, but he hasn’t won there in five years. Kurt Busch currently shares the points lead with Tony Stewart. Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya trail the leaders by seven points.
The spring race at Bristol is the first of six short-track events on the Sprint Cup schedule.
Jimmie Johnson won at Bristol for the first time a year ago. It was also the 50th career victory of the five-time defending Cup champion. And he won it with strategy. Johnson put on four new tires, while most of the other leaders only took two. He was running sixth at the final restart with 10 laps to go, but charged past Tony Stewart for the lead four laps later. Johnson has scored nine top-10 finishes in 18 starts at Bristol. But he’s currently 12th in points.
The Nationwide series is also running this weekend at Bristol.

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