NASCAR Heads to Bristol
Returning to action this weekend at Bristol, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are looking forward to heading to one of the shortest tracks on the circuit.
One driver anxious to return to Bristol is Kyle Busch, a former Kansas Speedway winner who is currently 14th in the Sprint Cup point standings, as he attempts to visit Victory Lane again for the fourth and fifth times in his last five races at the track.
The .533-mile track will also host Knoxville, Tennessee native and 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne in what will be his first race at his home track since winning the Daytona 500. He will be competing in both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races this weekend. Bayne, who has become a household name since his win, is also scheduled to compete at Kansas Speedway in the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 8 and the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 9.
The Sprint Cup Series will see 2010 Bristol spring race winner Jimmie Johnson, a former Kansas Speedway winner, looking for his first 2011 win. Johnson led fellow driver Tony Stewart to the checkered flag last spring by .894-second for his first Bristol win. Fans will be able to see Johnson, Stewart and the rest of the Cup drivers in action at Kansas Speedway on June 5 for the Kansas Speedway 400 and October 9 for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Stewart, a two-time Kansas Speedway winner, and Kurt Busch currently share the point lead while Missouri native Carl Edwards, a 2004 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner at Kansas Speedway, is seven points behind in third place.
Also, the defending Nationwide Series spring race winner Justin Allgaier, who is currently third in the point standings, will be trying to unseat Kyle Busch from his August win. Kevin Harvick the all-time series win leader at Bristol with five, will be trying to add to his total.
Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick, who is fresh off her fourth-place finish in Las Vegas and fourth in the point standings, will make her Bristol racing debut. Patrick is scheduled to compete in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 8.
The Nationwide Series will be televised on ESPN at 1:00 PM (CT) on Saturday (March 19) and the Sprint Cup Series will be shown on Fox at 12:00 PM (CT) on Sunday (March 20).
Tickets for all events at Kansas Speedway are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting www.kansasspeedway.com . Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and guests may bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.