Wednesday, August 19, 2009

If I click my heels 3 times, will I end up in Bristol?

You know those moments when you are doing something you really don't want to do and you daydream about being in another place? I usually find myself wishing I am somewhere tropical, drink in hand and on a boat. Well, not today. If I could be anywhere right now, it would be Bristol. The Bristol night race is one of my favorite races to attend, even with the god awful heat.

It's not just the excitement of watching the boys go around worlds fasted half mile. It is the drama that comes with this race. There is no such thing as a "boring" Bristol race. One year ago started the rivalry between Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. I wonder what the big story line will be on Saturday night?

If you find yourself lucky enough to be in Bristol this weekend, hopefully you already have your race tickets. Saturday night marks the 55th consecutive sell out at Bristol. There are four races this weekend, starting with a double header tonight (some tickets are still available for the other series). The NASCAR Whelen Modified series goes green at 6:15pm and will be broadcasted on Speed at 7:00pm. Two NASCAR drivers and crew chiefs will be involved in this race. Ryan Newman will be driving the 7NY, owned by Martin Truex JR's crew chief, Kevin Bono Manion. Meanwhile, Kasey Kahne will be driving #96 and his crew chief is Sprint Cup team owner, Tommy Baldwin JR. We were lucky enough to witness Newman clench Manions first victory as a modified owner this February in New Smyrna, FL. Hopefully tonights race will end in the same result!

The green flag drops at 8pm for the Camping World O'Reilly 200. Will Ron Hornaday clench his sixth consecutive win of the season?

Did we mention that Ryan Newman is driving in all four races this weekend? That sure makes for a tiring week. I bet he is happy they have off next weekend.

Thursday night marks the 13th annual Bristol Motor Speedway Transporter Parade. Thousands of fans will line up along the 10 mile route to watch the haulers make their way into the track. Inside the hauler, dreams will be coming true as many of the haluer drivers will be transporting a child from either the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the Children's Miracle Network. The parade starts at 9pm at the Bristol Mall and ends at BMS.

Friday is a busy day full of practicing, qualifying and the Nationwide race, which goes green at 8pm.

Saturday nights race goes green at 7:30 and you can view the entire weekends schedule here. If your on Facebook or Twitter, Bristol has been updating fans all week with photos and updates. Become a fan of them here or follow them on Twitter here.

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