Food City 500 Preview: World's Fastest Half-Mile
Food City 500 Preview: World's Fastest Half-Mile

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

After a good weekend of competitive racing in Texas, we head back east this week and return 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.  So avoiding a poor qualifying run and bad starting spot on the grid is very important.  Much like the super speedways, you don't want to be in the eye of the storm when things go wrong.  The teams that can pull off the right handling setup and qualify up front will likely stay out of the worst part of the battle in this 500-lap event.  You don't want to deal with the handicap of starting beyond mid-pack and having to navigate the field as the leader is bearing down on your rear bumper.  Since 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

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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