>>>Coming to Bristol is intimidating and
scary.>>There’s nowhere to hide. You are in constant
turmoil.>>Every man for himself.
>>You have a lot of hungry young drivers.>>They’re trying about $100,000.
>>This is not going to be pretty.>>It’s getting a little hot in here.
>>You are going 140 mile an hour and pushing your car to the limit.
>>They know what’s on the line.>>There’s 100,000 reasons to do it. Let’s
get it.>>I love that. That’s classic Bristol.
>>Just about time to go green here at Bristol. Aerial coverage provided by Goodyear. Everything
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Goodyear, the official tire of NASCAR. Now we go from the driver seat with Darrell Wallace
junior.>>It’s Michael Waltrip in the booth. Do you
copy?>>What’s going on?
>>You got a great starting position there. I’m getting worried. You have to go to the
back. How can you cut through?>>Just like basketball, we are down the first
half, we come back in the second half. We’re all right. We’ll be okay. A little adversity.
Let’s go have some fun. The track is a little different. Going to have to adjust to that
as the race goes on. Maybe the groove will move up. My guys gave us a good one, we will
take it to the front and have some fun.>>If you are as fast on the track as you
are on the basketball court, I know it will be fine. We will check in later.
>>Thanks.>>Now we get our headlines, downstairs, before
we go green, ladies first, that means Jamie little, you are up.
>>Thank you. Ty Dillon is coming off a relaxing hawaiian vacation with his wife. Today, it’s
back to business. He is doing double duty. He gotup car an hgo. I asked him if we will
see that in today’s race. He said. He will not be the first to do it.
Looking for his first top five of the season.>>Bristol is special to Elliott Sadler. It’s
his first cup series win. He has two XFINITY tryphys in his case. He starts back in 17th.
He is on the inside. That should be a positive for the 1 car. He thinks you will see more
passing on the outside down in turns one and two. You can see there’s a seam developing
in the strip. That could be where you see the 1 car make his move.
>>Erik Jones won this race last year. He was the only driver to win multiple times
on the short tracks, looking strong this weekend. The team is watching tire wear. If drivers
don’t migrate higher, after 70, 80 laps, tires could be an issue.
>>The story line we will watch. How high will they go? Will they stay in the low line,
which means bump and run could be in play? Kyle Larson on the pole. Second of his career.
Outside of him Austin Dillon. Who will get the dash for cash? So many questions to be
answered. We’re green at Bristol.>>He answered one of them. Austin Dillon
went to the top and took the lead away.>>Erik Jones won this race last year. Settles
in third. Behind him the rookie Cole Custer in the 00.
>>I think that answers our question of what’s going to happen with the top groove. I think
it’s going to get better and better. I think as you run through the race, I think the bottom
is going to be the place to be for the beginning of the run.
>>You know, Kevin, that traction compound on bottom, when it sets, it doesn’t have quite
the grip once it heats up. The bottom could come in and be the preferred line after laps.
>>It’s crazy down there. You are holding your brother. Once you get settled in and
get the grip and you start getting in the throttle, it’s like let out and right back
into the throttle. As a driver, you have to pay attention and
hit your marks.>>You know what I find crazy about that?
They have taken the down force off the cars. They are running through the corners and using
the mechanical grip of the car to make these move.
>>You talked to bubba, aggressive early, had to start at the back. He is making his
way through the field. Allgaier, that is not good.
>>I think you are seeing right now the bottom, like Michael was saying, it’s starting to
warm up, get run in. The cars are getting more grip.
>>Watch Wallace, on board with the 6. Wasting no time.
>>Easy, easy. Still there. Still there. Stay up. Up, up, up. Keep coming. Keep coming.
Stay up, stay up. Stay up.>>You hear the spotter when that bump happened.
Ryan Blaney in the 22 car, he has been all over the 7 of Allgaier, bumping into his back
bumper.>>We don’t know when it’s going to rain.
It might rain soon. You have to get everything you can as quick as you can. Bubba, he is
over half a lap behind. He has to go.>>Ryan Blaney inside of Justin Allgaier.
Hemric trying to get in there in the 21. If you watch the fox box, highlighted in red
are the drivers in position to advance and be eligible for the $100,000 dash for cash
in our final stage. The top two advance from stage one. The top two not qualified advance
to stage two. This is a transfer position. Cole Custer has spot one. Hemric trying to
get the second transfer spot from Justin Allgaier. That’s the battle for eighth on track.
>>I love what this dash for cash does for the series. They have done a great job. The
competitors know they want to be the dash for cash guy because it’s a lot of money.
>>There’s the Dillon brothers. Racing for the third position. Austin on the bottom. Ty up top. I like the
versatility of the track. Doesn’t look like so far there’s a real preferred groove.
>>I think as we run, I think that bottom groove is going to be the preferred groove.
I can tell you this, the longer that they run, the cars are going to get loose getting
in the corner. They will get tighter in the center of the corner. You will see guys making
mistakes. They will slide across and slide up out of the groove. Next thing you know,
there’s going to be somebody under you. That second groove is going to get run in. Thttom
will stay the fastest way around. It’s hard to hit this bottom groove lap after lap. You
are going so fast.>>The fastest car I have seen early in this
going is the 22 of Ryan Blaney. He made the pass on Justin Allgaier and drove away. Now
he is up in the sixth spot on the back of Daniel Suarez. Not only is he fast, he has
been aggressive.>>Look at Suarez as well. Started tenth.
Fifth right now. They struggled in practice yesterday. That 18 car finding speed in the
early going.>>He might grab confidence after a strong
practice today. Got a good feel for the track. Now he is using it to his advantage.
>>Let me tell you one thing that’s hard to get ahold of around this track. Michael can
speak for this as well. When you get on it, it’s hard to breathe. You are
going so fast. You forget to breathe.>>I think about Kyle Larson, out front, feeling
good about himself. So stressful because you are always in some kind of traffic here. Whether
you are racing someone for position or working against the lap car — speaking of positions,
Suarez up to fourth as he goes inside of Cole Custer.
>>He will bring Ryan Blaney with him. Custer stuck on the outside. These guys are marching.
>>Right now, this reminds me of old Bristol. See all the cars going across the bottom.
Somebody makes a mistake, you jump underneath them and you lose four, five spots if you
don’t find a hole. This is going to be interesting to see how
the day progresses.>>Battle for the lead. Erik Jones is around
Larson.>>You talked about Suarez, how good he has
been on the cup side this weekend. Same for Erik Jones. He is the race leader and Larson
up above the black groove sliding high coming through the corner.
>>He dedicated himself to the bottom and lost the lead. He says to himself, it’s time
to roll around, investigate some other lines. I like it.
>>Erik Jones, a winner here one year ago. It was a thriller as he beat Kyle Busch and
Kyle Larson on a two-lap shootout late. Here is how he got the top spot early today.
>>Used a lap car.>>Used the 40 car as a pick as they went
in the corner and made the pass look relatively easy.
>>21 laps into this thing. 22 now. Hard to believe Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon,
Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney your top five.>>>Closing off the halfway point of the opening
stage. Time for our Ford performance track facts. The last eight Bristol races have been
won from the front row. The last eight Ford wins won by eight different drivers. Larson
started on the pole. Looked like he might dominate. Erik Jones got by. The 42 is back
on point.>>Back up there running where he thought
he should be. On the high side and making it work. Watch this big run off the turn he
gets on Jones.>>I think that’s just going to get better
and better as the entry opens up and exit opens up. Right now, these guys don’t figure
out how to get to the top of the racetrack, they’re all going to go a lap down. He is
mowing them down.>>The view from on board Kyle Larson’s 42
machine around the outside of the 20 of Erik Jones and driving away. You can’t run or hide
anywhere at Bristol.>>Heavy traffic.
>>Larson working the other Jones. That’s the 33 of Brandon Jones trying to put him
a lap down. Jeff Burton in the 24 also about to lose a lap to the leader. This is what
I talked about. Lap traffic.>>There’s nowhere to hide here. Right now,
when everybody is trying to stay on the lead lap, they’re doing everything they can do.
Sometimes going slow is harder than goes fast because you are in the way before you flow
it.>>Daniel Suarez good early rally up to third.
He has fallen back to fourth. Ryan Blaney got by him. No doubt the 22 is fast here today.
Ty Dillon looks good. Give a shoutout to bubba Wallace. So far, able to stay on the lead
lap. That’s big for him at a place like this when you have to drop to the rear at the green.
>>He is hearing a lot from his spotter, the progress that Kyle Larson is making. They’re
on the same straightaway. You don’t want to hear he is on the same straightaway. It means
the leader is coming. He is passing strong cars now. Going around cook as you can see
there. We talked about net, he doesn’t start well but he seems to rally and get better
and better. He has been able to move up to 16th.
>>If I’m these guys and I’m their spotter, I’m telling them to move up the racetrack.
If you don’t, you will go a lap down. Bubba is the next — he is two cars from going a
lap down. Blake Koch will go a lap down if they don’t move up the racetrack and figure
this out quick.>>The race within the race, those drivers
trying to make themselves eligible for the dash for cash. Right now, when you look at
the running order, Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier, the two drivers that would advance
and have an opportunity in our final stage to run for the cash.
>>Hemric in the top ten, he is next in line. Poole is in tenth. Those guys will be fighting
to try to get forward and grab the spot away.>>You mentioned Elliott dler.
>>There’s the battle. For the tenth spot. There’s Elliott on the bottom in the gold
car.>>Right behind them, Chastain, great qualifying
effort. And Clemens in the top 15. Celebrate the success of those two.
>>Ryan reed started at the back. A lap down. He had a moment.
>>It’s a fine line up there. You see Kyle Larson making good ground. But
if you creep up a couple inches too high, those marbles, they’re like ball bearings
under the tires. The car will step out from under you. There’s a lack of grip.
>>Kyle Larson, mowing them down. Working on Blake Koch who is in 18th. 46 laps complete
here at bristol.brand. I’m very, very impressed. Did I mention they received more of them last
year too? Look at that. Oh Wow! And the year before that… More doors. Oh my god! What?!
And the year before that… Oh man! It keeps going! In fact, Chevy has received more J.D.
Power awards for Initial Quality than any other car company, four years in a row. I’m
speechless! Impressive! Chevy, stepping up their game!
Woman: So this happened. Zoe brought over some lime-a-rita’s to Ava’s rooftop and that’s
when we knew it was going to be one of those nights. That’s Elyse busting out her dance
move from summer of ’08. Looks like we’re staying here tonight. Lime-a-rita. Make it
a margarita moment. New bike? Yeah, ’cause I got allstate. If you total your new bike,
they replace it with abrand new one. So, kinda like your second husband. Kinda. It’s good
to be in(good hands). If you believe life starts where the blacktop ends… If the power
of an engine makes your heart race… Don’t settle for anything less than Polaris rzr,
the ultimate off-road vehicle… With unequalled power…>>>Bristol is always exciting. I think one
of the keys here is to –>>It’s hard to explain to people the forces
that you go through.>>You almost forget to breathe it’s so intense.
It’s so fast. I think that’s something that makes Bristol interesting.
>>It’s easy to get turned around here and forget what corner you are in, especially
when you are in a long green flag run.>>It’s incredible.
>>The mental grind of being a driver at Bristol motor speedway. So far, no problems at all
for Kyle Larson who is out front. Amazing.>>He is making the mental grind bad for everyone
else. He is putting quality cars a lap down. He can go high or low. We talked about rhythm
and the — being able to be versatile when you get to the corners. It looks like he has
it all.>>He can go and slide in and use the middle
of three and four as a cushion and run the bottom. What do you got on the 20?
>>He had been working the bottom. Starting to migrate higher. His crew chief says he
has a fast race car this weekend. Yesterday in practice, they tried to do a
couple things to make it more comfortable for Erik Jones to drive. We took the speed
out of the car when we did that. We have to go with a fast setup and you have to hang
on.>>How difficult is a crew chief’s job here?
Because the track will change as it rubbers up.
>>It will change when the groove goes from the bottom to the top. You have to keep the
car turning. That’s one thing we talked about after practice, let’s go off what we have
done in the past.>>This has been a really impressive run for
Elliott Sadler. He has a fast car. He is in the top ten. He is closing in on the position
to advance to the finals of the dfor cash. Check out what he had to do.
>>On board with Brendan Poole.>>I like that.
>>I said it, bump and run. Elliott Sadler has made some good early gains.
>>You mentioned you love that bump and run, especially here at Bristol. Sadler talked
about how he may have to use the top and bottom to migrate to the front. Right now you can
see how the vht has worn off. He has been trying to work that. His spotter told him
that the 42 has gone up top and is cleaning up it if he needs to go up there. He has been
doing that here and there trying to work his way around lap cars.
>>I think Sadler is going to be okay and stay on the lead lap at the end of stage one.
Kyle Larson is on the move. He has put up to 13th a lap down. Larson leads it. Your
leader for dash for cash in stage one, Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier.>>>Ten laps to go in our opening stage at
Bristol for the NASCAR XFINITY series. I said Elliott Sadler would stay on the lead lap
at the end of stage one. I was wrong. He is tenth, a lap down. Daniel Hemric about to join him there. This
pace being set by Kyle Larson is electric.>>I don’t want to hear him complain about
the top groove or bottom groove.>>He is flying in both lanes. Kyle, when
you get done with this race, make sure you are excited about everything that went on
today because you look awesome out there.>>We haven’t had a green flag run this long
at Bristol to start a race in five years. What does that mean for strategy?
>>Well, I think no question, when I look at what the lap times have fallen off, you
will want four fresh Goodyear tires. I go back to what you were talking about as far
as a crew chief having to make the adjustments. The one luxury a crew chief has this year
that he never had before, for example in this race, you know absolutely when you are going
to get at lease two of the cautions, one at 85 and one at 170.
>>We have problems here at the end of our opening stage.
>>Larry Mcreynolds was talking strategy. We are getting ready to see them. I think
a lot of the other guys will stay out to get points.
>>You saw what it did to Ryan Blaney when he didn’t pit. Stayed out for stage points
and then wound up in the back of the field. I think you have to pit in order to keep up
with everybody.>>There goes the tire. I’m wondering, five
laps, four laps to go in the stage. We will close pit road with two to go. Is it possible
we don’t get pit road open? I’m looking for the light here.
>>The situation here, they paid stage points to the top ten. We only have eight drivers
on the lead lap. Look at the battle of the drivers one lap down fighting for the last
two stage points. This is an interesting twist, if we can get back racing to finish off stage
one.>>We know NASCAR will do everything in their
power to get pit road open and then back to racing. We didn’t open it that time by. I
don’t know.>>Here is a look back at what happened to
Ryan reed, bringing our our first caution of the day.
>>Stay low. Clear.>>What usually happens is right front tire
blows because the tire gets too hot. You don’t anticipate all the brake hit that you wind
up — when you have a car look like Ryan’s car, wasn’t handling well. It melts the bead.
>>We saw him scrape the outside wall. Maybe damage there. Definitely, ill handling car
and lost his right front tire.>>Three laps to go. Our first stage. Caution
came out with six to go. Kyle Larson the race leader, Blaney, Jones, Dillon, Suarez the
top five. First car one lap down is Daniel Hemric. He will get the free pass here.
>>Copy that. I think obviously when pit road is open, they’re all going to come. You are
four away from the stage end. Don’t know if we get it started or not. Weather is not far
out. Real close.>>Greg Irwin, crew chief for Ryan Blaney
talking there. Used to be rules, you make it to halfway and you get weather, the race
is official. That’s not the rule anymore. You have to make it to the completion of stage
two. We’re a good ways away from making this an official race. Two laps to go here in stage
one as they cross the start/finish line.>>It doesn’t look like we’re going to get
back green here.>>The one thing I like to see is the sweepers
up in the top groove getting that stuff picked up, which is something NASCAR told us they
were going to pay attention to today to really make sure that the competitors had two grooves
to race in and let the top groove work in. The 42 car, as he was going through three
and four, everybody is running through the middle, he is running through the top. What happens is it will pick that rubber up
laid down that kind of gets picked up. You see him going to the top groove as he is going
through the caution. He is trying to pick that rubber up to clean that groove up so
it will be ready to go when it gets going under the green.
>>That’s an old dirt racer. He likes to run around in the caution lap and pick up dirt
off the track.>>The other thing he knows is it doesn’t
matter how much debris is on the tires. Because they are coming off.
>>Celebration here as we wrap up our opening stage. We’re not going to go back green. Pit
road not going to open. As they run now, that’s how they will be at the end of stage one.
Kyle Larson going to win the stage. Second going to Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ty Dillon,
Daniel Suarez. Cole Custer is sixth. He will advance to our final stage and run for the
$100,000. Joining him there, Justin Allgaier. In between them Austin Dillon and ninth is
Daniel Hemric. He and Elliott Sadler will get points at the end of stage one. But for
Daniel Hemric, he will have to get the free pass here as the first car one lap down. The
green and white tablecloth being displayed as they come across the start/finish line.>>>We’re live in Bristol, Tennessee, on a
Saturday afternoon. Happy to have you with us on FS1. Stage one is complete. Kyle Larson
LED 80 laps. He wins the stage. Here you see the series regulars inside the top ten that
got some points. Leading the way there, Cole Custer. We told you he and Justin Allgaier,
the top two series regulars will advance to the final stage and be dash for cash eligible.
They were the only two series regulars in our opening stage to be on the lead lap. Daniel
Hemric was ninth. He will get the free pass. Elliott Sadler the final car in the top ten,
one lap down.>>Gets on the lead lap, racing to be a part
of the dash for cash.>>Pit road is open. A no brainer, you come
down and get service here. Jamie little, you are up first.
>>Ty Dillon started this race sixth. He gained two positions in the first stage. He wants
a little bit more bite. They will make a wedge adjustment to help that out and put four tires
on the 3.>>Impressive start for Kyle Larson. Trying
to free up the 42. They made a track bar adjustment. They think sticker tires will help free him
up.>>Daniel Suarez started in tenth today. Already
up into the top five. Happy with his car. He said he can run high and low on the racetrack.
When he does push too hard, he says he senses the front end of the car. Erik Jones saying
he is loose in the front of the car late in the run.
>>Good work by the 42 team on pit road. Kyle Larson able to win the battle there. Erik
Jones down in the number one pit stall.>>Get four tires.
>>Ty Dillon able to stay in the top five.>>Kyle Larson, this is Kevin Harvick. It
looks like you have that car going pretty good on the top and the bottom. It’s been
a lot of fun to watch everything develop with the racetrack up here. What can you do to
make your car better?>>Thanks. As we have gotten up top, I’m a
little too tight on throttle. Especially off of both ends really. Try to it up a little
bit. You are in the bottom and you get the traffic. Then you can move up and carry momentum.
It’s been fun so far. I’ve been able to lap a lot of cars. Our Chevy has been good. I
have LED a lot of laps before, but never won. Maybe I can close it out.
>>Been fun to watch. Keep it up.>>Larson LED the most laps here in the spring
and in August. He didn’t win either time. He is looking for his first Bristol win today.
So far, he has been the dominator.>>>Welcome back to Bristol, before we go
green, let’s look at today’s liberty mutual worry less strategy.
>>Everyone keeps their cool. I know we are fighting weather. Kyle Larson is making our
life miserable. The only way to make things better is stay calm. We have to have good
communication.>>Communication is the key and stay cool.
>>We get set to go green here to begin stage two. They win join cars on the lead lap. We
have 13 of those, including Hemric who took the wave around at the end of caution number
one. Kyle Larson has dominated this race leading 86 of our first 94 laps. For the restart to
begin stage two, he says I’m going to go outside of Ryan Blaney. No surprise there.
>>I thought he was freaked out about being on the outside at the start. Now they choose
it.>>Usually they get loose getting into turn
one.>>You know what I say? Make up your mind. Suarez up to third. Ryan
Blaney looking to the inside of Larson for the lead. 22 with one lap out front today.
A couple of years ago, Joey Logano drove that car and LED all 200.
>>On sticker tires it was different in practice today compared to starting on scuff tires.
Thed on scuff tires. They are all experiencing the sticker tires for first time.
>>Problems for Cole Custer who is eligible for the dash for cash, trying to avoid the
78.>>Took a hard left and got loose. Custer
pitted late on that caution flag and got stuck in the back. We had some cars take the wave
around on this caution as well. They will be hoping for an early caution. The way these
cars are bumping and banging, I’m surprised we haven’t seen one.
>>Suarez up to second position around Blaney in the 22. On board with Blaney.
>>Blaney had trouble sticking to the bottom. The back of the car is sliding out. He moved
up to the top groove. Now he is back to the bottom. He has options.
>>That’s right. See the 22 car there running low on the track. Kyle Larson has had everything
go his way today. Hear what he has to say about it.
>>I don’t know, but the right here and I can’t see the yellow on the tire. I don’t
know if you have pictures.>>It would only be you. I think we might
have got a little bit there on the 22.>>Hard to tell. You see anything there on
the right rear?>>He was talking about you don’t see the
yellow letters. It rubbed something. How much of a concern are tire rubs?
>>I think everything happens fast. If the letters are rubbed off, you don’t know what
it hit and how hard it hit. I would be concerned a little bit. His car looks a little loose
as well. But it’s still fast.>>Poole and Sadler racing for 14th. Why is
that a big pass for Poole? He is the first car one lap down. Should we get a caution,
that would be big for him. Watch Erik Jones way up high.
>>Barely keeps it out of the wall. We noticed damage on the 20 car during the caution on
left front. He has fallen back. Do you think aerodynamics playing a factor where the car
is not performing as well as earlier.>>As big as the dent, it would say it has
affected the handling in some way, shape or form. There’s a lot of mechanical grip and
things built into the car. But you want the aerodynamics to be as good as possible. I
would say the fender damage is going to make it tighter.
>>We’re at the one-quarter point. We know justice Allgaier, Cole Custer, eligible for
the dash for cash. Here are the drivers we’re keeping an eye on. One of
them, Blake Koch. He and Daniel Hemric would transfer. Keep in mind, Koch did not pit at
the end of stage one. Not sure how that strategy will balance out as the stage continues.
>>It won’t balance out well if we don’t get a caution soon. If it does, he is golden.
That’s what that — that’s a great call. Let’s take a chance. We’re short track racing. Somebody
will spin someone out and we will take advantage of that.
>>A couple of cars –>>I would love to give a callout to Daniel
Suarez. He is running down Kyle Larson. Just remember, when Justin Allgaier won the dash
for cash in the race at Phoenix, that car got progressively better all day long. Adjustment
after adjustment. At the end they were at strong as they have been. He is in the sixth
position. I see improvement.
>>The 18 is catching the 42. I feel like Kyle’s car is loose and he is not able to
manage it like he did in first run. It will be interesting to see how that progresses
as it gets tighter on the bottom. He started too free.
>>Suarez, the reigning series champ, think about everything he has been through since
he celebrated on the big stage in south Florida in November. Here is a kid that keeps walking
up to the plate and swinging. You have got to admire the way he goes about his business.
>>I think it goes further back than winning the championship. That was a heck of an accomplishment.
Look at a kid from Mexico City coming to the United States into a series and you can imagine
all the things that — I can’t imagine. I don’t know if anybody else can. I can’t imagine
everything he has gone through to get to this point. He is very good at dealing with things
and learning how to make things better. He can drive a race car pretty good, too.
>>We saw it right away in 2015 here at Bristol when he ran second to Logano. Logano LED a
record 300 laps and just about three or four car lengths back all day long it was Daniel
Suarez, making one of his first XFINITY starts period. He loves this track. I love his attitude.
He always has a smile on his face. He can’t wait for opportunity to drive a race car.
That’s what I appreciate the most.>>30 laps complete here in stage two. Our
only caution of the day came out with six laps to go in stage one. It’s when Ryan reed
hit the wall. Let’s hear from him. Here is Jamie little.
>>Ryan reed’s day is done. He is getting ready to go to the medical center. When you
got out of your car, you were holding your wrist.
>>I think I sprained my wrist. I don’t think it’s broken. Blew a tire getting into one.
It happened so fast. I didn’t have time to release the wheel. I think it was violent.
Ripped the wheel out of my hand. It was a tough day all together. Started in the back.
Balance wasn’t very good. We went a lap down early. Kind of fighting through it. Ended
up losing it, had a tire go down. That ended our day. We will go to Richmond,
one of my favorite tracks and rebound. A good thing is we have insurance against days like
this. Proud of everyone. It’s a tough group.>>I hate that for Ryan. What’s good? He won
at daytona. He knows he is locked into the playoffs. Easier to brush off a day like today.
>>One interesting part –>>Man, Larson is lose in the corner.
>>Suarez, could it be the bump and run?>>I think it won’t take much to bump that
42 out of the way.>>Right in front of them, our second caution
of the day.>>Talked about that gamble, that call by
Blake Koch. Back on the lead lap.>>Elliott Sadler got back by Poole, first
car one lap down. He will get the free pass. Which means he is right back in this dash
for cash game.>>Let me give out one more shout, the 46
car is in the 13th position. A 19-year-old kid from Virginia. Check him out on the lead
lap. What a great day for this kid.>>They will get fresh tires. Here is what
happened to bring out the caution. The 07 up ahead of Ryan Blaney.
>>42 is struggling. Watch the 07. He is coming low. One outside.
>>He was okay when he hit it first time. Then he went back for more and they had to
put the yellow out.>>You get up there and you get too high that
I was talking about earlier. They get on the tire. You can’t get it down. It gets worse.
>>49 to go, stage two. Where are we at in regard to pit windows and an opportunity to
play strategy?>>I don’t know if I see any. We know the
four drivers that took the wave around that they will be coming. If you came right here
and you are one the drivers that pitted the last caution, that means you only have one
set of tires left. Only four sets, including what you started
the race on. If you are one of the drivers that pitted a while ago, you almost cannot
afford to pit right here.>>Second caution of the day. Pit road is
going to be open. 49 laps to go in stage two. Look at the radar. We remind you once again,
we don’t need to get to halfway like the old days. We have to get to the end of stage two.
This radar could factor into the strategy as well.
>>I like everything Larry is saying about pit strategy. If you are in the lead lap,
put on a set of tires. Do something different than our leaders. What’s cool about that is
we know that’s what Blake Koch and Brandon Jones are going to do along with Gaughan.
>>48 laps to go in our second stage. So far today, it has been the Kyle Larson show.>>>Back here at Bristol motor speedway. Take
a look at Kyle Larson. What they have been able to accomplish here, they seem to be attached
at the hip so many times running up front late in the races. Three times they finished
one two. Kyle Busch, he is not competing today. It opened the door for Larson to go out and
deliver, leading 117 of our 125 laps. But, Kevin, the handling could be starting to go
away a bit.>>I’m not so sure the caution wasn’t a good
thing. Earlier this practice today, we would go out and scuff tires and fire off and be
fast. Come in and change tires and put sticker tires on, go back out you would be slower
and sliding sideways. This caution cycle and the heat cycle on the tires may be better
for him.>>Both Suarez and Blaney were all over the
back of Larson. Kyle Larson looks around at Kyle Busch making his world uncomfortable,
today it’s Suarez and Blaney. We have a Chevy, Toyota and Ford fighting for the lead.
>>The laps he LED today, Larson is now seventh on all-time list here at Bristol. Never been
to victory lane. The only driver with more than 250 laps LED here in his career to not
have a Bristol trophy.>>It’s going to be — he made it look that
first stage, made it look easy. The competition — that’s what happens when you have a dominant
car. The guys that are chasing him know they have to make adjustments. They have to compete.
The adjustment for the competition have gained them on Larson.
>>We heard him talk about his car being tight on the top. He thought he needed to loosen
his car up. It looks like it’s a little bit too loose.
>>Halfway through stage two. We will go green next time. Larson will take the outside lane.
It’s Dillon, Blaney in row two. Allgaier is fifth. He is qualified for the dash for cash
in the final stage. Ty Dillon is sixth. Daniel Hemric is seventh. He is one of the
leaders right now to advance to the dash for cash in our second stage. Next in line in
that category would be Blake Koch. He just pitted and will restart ninth. We will add
another lap here. Our other driver already advancing and eligible for the dash for cash,
the 00 of Cole Custer. This is when drivers don’t agree where they are in the running
order.>>Well, you have cars that are a lap down.
What happens is the lead lap cars go first. Then they line everybody else up where you
are running on the track. One guy goes up forward and he says, I want this spot. Next
thing you know, everybody is mad because they think one guy got a spot he shouldn’t have.
>>Keep an eye on Blake Koch, Gaughan. All of them will be fighting for a dash for cash
position. What will be 41 laps to go in stage two when we go green once again here at Bristol.
Out in front of them, Daniel Hemric is looking to advance and run for the $100,000.
>>That’s the good stuff. You give these XFINITY series regulars a chance to go get big money
in the dash for cash, it makes it fun for us watching.
>>Allgaier already eligible. He is getting aggressive in the 7 car on the restart.
>>Thought about taking them three wide. Didn’t he?
>>Don’t do that.>>Austin Dillon hanging in on the top side.
>>We were listening to Ryan Blaney’s in-car audio. He said his car got better and better
during that run. Didn’t take off well. Looks like he struggled a bit on the restart as
well.>>He was struggling with what I felt like
Larson was struggling with. It looked like his car was loose. I think
as they get the heat cycles on the tires, that might play into their benefit.
>>On board with Poole here. Outside of Cole Custer. Gaughan right behind them. Blake Koch
up to ninth on the restart. Currently eligible for the dash for cash, 38 laps to go in our
second stage. I have a feeling we’re going to have a dramatic finish when the checkered
flag goes in the air again.>>I got a feeling there’s crew chiefs that
are proud of their strategy to stay out. Blake Koch, the Gaughan machine, they put themselves
in a position to do something special here today with cars that were out of contention.
>>Blake Koch, they have done a nice job this year. Had the problems early wreck in Atlanta
when they finished dead last. Outside of that, inside or around the top 15. Solidly in the
top ten running eighth today.>>This is where the weather kind of comes
in. I don’t know if it’s going to rain. I don’t know when it’s going to rain. We might
stay out. Like you talked with the strategy on those guys pitting right there, they will
be able to at least have that car in place. We will see.
>>Erik Jones, fourth position inside the Justin Allgaier. He is fifth. Just behind
them, Blake Koch. So good today in the 11 car.
>>He is running eighth right now. They played that strategy. One of the reasons they were
able to do it is because his car is handling so well. He said the balance was perfect right
now. They want to take four tires and make an air pressure adjustment. A great call to
stay out.>>You know, if they make that call, that
proves the crew chief has the gambler mentality. Whyou do if we run another 30 laps? What is
rain is nearby? Do you take a chance and don’t pit and get
the track position, try to swipe one from the competition?
>>If we were to get rain at the end of stage two and the race is official, whichever one
of the four drivers that is out front and eligible for the dash for cash would get the
money.>>Look at this battle for the lead. Suarez
is there.>>You saw Larson just wiggle a little off
the corner. His car is like we talked earlier really edgy right now. I think as you see
Suarez behind him, it looks like his car is consistent. He is able to make good moves.
>>Suarez while we were talking, he got loose into turn three. That tells you exactly how
hard these guys are going at it.>>It’s so hard to hit the bottom of the racetrack.
That’s the groove you want. That’s the only groove there is with that much grip. You have
to hit it right every type. If you get to the throttle too soon or turn the wheel too
hard, it makes the car squirrely. Then thing you know you are facing the back and you are
all over the place.>>What’s the confidence level in the 18 camp?
>>After having last weekend offidence level is very high. He got to visit family and friends.
He needed it after the crew chief change on his cup team. He said, I needed to relax,
get my head back into racing. He told his team, I am killing Kyle Larson in one and
two.>>I think he is doing a nice job of being
patient. I know there’s a fine line here of patience and aggression. He is playing nicely.
>>You have to be patient here. But you have to take advantage of something when it is
presented to you. He has to stay close enough to be able to — oh, man. The 24 just tried
to get down.>>Jeff Burton, Spencer Gallagher and Elliott
Sadler said get out of my way. He is able to get around the two vehicles that are a
lap down.>>He thought they were going to crash in
his lap. Now he has them in his rearview mirror. Gallagher said, I think I have a hole and
I will take advantage of it. Jeff Burton closed it.>>It’s been an interesting afternoon. As
fast as Kyle Larson has been, we had that caution with six laps to go in stage one.
There were only eight cars on the lead lap. First car one lap down was Daniel Hemric.
Gets the free pass with the caution. Right now the rookie from north Carolina is seventh
and in position to get a dash for cash spot.>>I wish I could tell everybody how much
is going on. In that last segment, I was talking about what was going on on the racetrack instead
of looking at the monitor. There’s so much going on on the racetrack. If you have never
been to Bristol, it’s one of the coolest places to watch. You can run the bottom. You can
run the top. Everything is in your sight.>>21 laps to go in our second stage. Kyle
Larson out front. Daniel Suarez right there. I know you got that calculator working in
case we are to get a caution before the end of the stage.
>>No, I don’t. I have the weather out. I think we’re racing for the stage. But I’m
telling you, it should be all but raining right now. I think that’s one reason it’s
ramping up. Watching the radar.>>We got 19 laps to go to get there. They
are ramping up the pace at the front. Daniel Suarez sideways again. Lost a little ground
to Kyle Larson. Check out this battle.>>Battles all over the racetrack.
>>We saw the 3, he was headed to the top. He is committed to the top and lost four or
five spots. These guys have been going at it.
>>Brandon Jones able to get by the 00 of Cole Custer. Next car he will see on track
is Blake Koch in the 11. That would be the second and final position out of stage two
for the dash for cash. That could be a big battle with 17 laps remaining. If we get to
the end of the stage –>>Bubba is really being aggressive on the
back of Poole.>>Don’t wreck it. Keep going. Keep rolling.
>>It doesn’t get any more aggressive than that.
>>Bottom three. Bottom two with him in the middle. Keep rolling.
>>That’s the free pass position. Big move there by Darrell Wallace junior.
>>That explains a lot of the aggression. Unfortunately, that’s what you have to do
sometimes. Unfortunately for us — we get to watch it.
>>That was as aggressive as you will see without wrecking somebody. The hole was open.
Poole did a nice job of closing the door. Lost his bumper out of the deal.
>>Byron is thinking, I gotta do everything I can to get myself in position for the free
pass. That’s why you are seeing the aggression. And the bumper off the back of the 48 car.
>>Might get a debris caution before we get to the end of our second stage. 13 laps to
go. Larson a half a second in front of Suarez. Theten, quite a mix here today.
>>Raindrops starting to fall. You keep these cars green and running, that rain won’t be
>>There’s the caution.>>Bad news for bubba Wallace. Just before
that caution, that puts the free pass car and takes bubba back to a lap down.
>>Ten laps to go in the stage. Larson leads it. Justin Allgaier is sixth. If we’re able
to make it to the end of this stage, make the race official, the weather were to continue,
it would be Justin Allgaier who wins the $100,000 and would be halfway to a million because
if you can win all four of the dash for cash — he won at Phoenix. Richmond next week, Dover in June, you get
a bonus $600,000 taking the payout for $1 million. That would be nice.
>>That would be awesome. That’s a lot of money.
>>A lot of money.>>We know Justin Allgaier is thinking, maybe
I will build a pool, an addition to the house. Car owner is thinking, tires, aerodynamics.
>>When you look at the program, with the $100,000 or the million dollars, that’s a
lot of money to these teams to do those things, to buy more tires. The budgets are tight.
They spend everything they can on every week to make their cars as competitive as possible.
>>Let’s take a look at how Josh Williams, the spotter for Blaney, helped him worry less.
>>On the bottom. Watch 07 on top. He is coming low. Keep coming. One outside. Caution is
out. Caution is out. Still outside.>>Spotters are huge here at Bristol.
>>Josh Williams not only a great spotter —
>>There’s Kevin Clark, our spotter, NASCAR on fox. High atop the liberty mutual spotter
stand.>>Looks like NASCAR is going to take the
cars down to pit road. Eight to go in stage two.
>>I like this move. Instead of running out there, it’s obviously raining harder than
we think it is standing up here in the dry booth. Bringing them down pit road and not
running the stage out so that these guys have to race and do all the things that they need
to do. There’s a lot of money on the line. It doesn’t look like that’s going to last
all day on the weather front, on the rain cloud we have.>>This track dries to quickly. We get this
ready to race in a half hour. There’s still a lot of daylight and action ahead.
>>The cup champion turns out, Kevin Harvick can play the role of meteorologist as well.
He says this one is going to pass and we will be racing again soon.>>>Easy, easy. Still there. Stay up. Up,
up, up. Keep coming. Keep coming.>>You know he loves taking a risk.
>>A blew a right front.>>I think we have weather heading this way.
>>We have to go. We have to go around.>>The weather is here. 162 of 300 laps complete.
We are under a red flag because of the rain. It was sort of in the area. It was letting
its presence known throughout the weekend. Obviously, throughout today. And it is finally
opened up. A little rain out there. You know Kyle Larson, Larry, he was sitting in the
car thinking, just make it to halfway. If the rain does come, he would have been the
winner.>>I’m looking right now and I’ve been looking
at the radar for 30 minutes. What it’s showing is the cell that hit us, it’s going to last
for 30 minutes. As you saw, it’s clear behind that. We will do everything we can to get
this race restarted. Too much on the line to say, let’s call it.
>>Absolutely. The vhc is something we have talked about throughout the weekend. Heat
— you mentioned that that — it’s better when it’s hot, when it’s heated up. The rain
comes. How does that change it?>>The biggest thing it’s going to do is cool
it down. It will take a little bit of heat from the tires — doesn’t take long, especially
when you have that many race cars out there. A little heat in it. It will get more grip
again.>>It’s been the Kyle Larson so far in this
race. He has LED 154 laps. He is down on pit road with Matt.
>>I saw Kyle Larson’s five new best friends, four jet dryers and a sweeper, come out on
the track to do cleaning. Your car not as good this run versus earlier?
>>I’m a little loose in the bottom. If we were to get a long run and move up, right
there like it was before the rain came, I think we’re going to be better. I guess give
up a little on the short run to help the long run. We can go back on our changes a little
bit. Meet in the middle and we will be better.
We have a good balance. I wish we could catch traffic quicker. I’m good through traffic.
Been able to move around. Taking too long to get there.
>>You started working in the high line in cup series practices. Surprised it came in
as quickly as it did?>>No. Not for this race. I thought we got
the top rub nerd good in happy hour in the cup car. I figured once we got the traffic,
the top would come in. I’m happy me and Ty Dillon were able to get the top going to help
us for today.>>He has been second here three times. Hoping
for the big W.>>Daniel Suarez is currently second. You
are trying to hunt down Kyle Larson there for probably close to 40, 50 laps. It looked
like you were catching him. You feel good?>>Feel good about my car. I feel like we
are a little faster than the 42 in the bottom. For some reason, we are not quite as fast
as he is and some other guys. I feel like we have a good car, much better than yesterday.
It’s going to be a new game here now the racetrack is going to be like starting again.
>>What do you think the rain will do to the track?
>>I don’t know. You tell me. It’s going to be a brand-new game here. It can play either
way. It can play against us or it can play in favor. We will see how it will play out.
Hopefully, the rain — seems like the rain will go away in 15, 30 minutes.
>>If the track does change, did you build adjustability into your car?
>>I think we did. We have a little bit of water before the race started. I start very,
very strong. I was passing cars every corner. Hopefully, without out the same way.
>>I think we’re going to get back at it.>>Ty Dillon is ninth on the board. He told
me, we will get up there but later in the race. You and Kyle went up there early. Was your
car comfortable?>>We were — our Chevy was fast to start.
Was up to fourth. I saw Kyle move up. If he can do it, we will be good. Both our cars
took off well there. I kind of made a couple more mistakes on the last restart. I got into
a lap car and damaged our right rear. Took me a little bit to get used to the car. We
were just a little too loose. Made mistakes. I’m glad we stopped and looking forward to
getting the race going and run the full distance. I think we will have a good shot.
>>You were talking about adjustments. What do you need to run with those guys?
>>The second set of tires I was loose. I need a little wedge whatnot. I’m sliding around
too much out of the comfort zone to be able to hustle around here. We will work on that.
Once the rain goes away, hopefully have a good shot at it.
>>This is one of Ty Dillon’s best tracks. Looking for his first win.
>>Thanks. That’s exactly what we’re hoping. We’re hoping the rain goes away, we get you
back out there and get the green flag going. We’ll be right back here at Bristol, XFINITY
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Event.>>>This is the second race in the dash for
cash. The first one was at Phoenix. Justin Allgaier, not only won the $100,000, but he
won the race. He was the man, Larry.>>Yeah. Qualified fifth. Showed speed all
weekend. They started the season off with two 30th place finishes. This got the ball
rolling for them.>>It’s a nice — a lot of zeros after the
one. The party continues. This is what happened. The guys throw water balloons. They dump water.
He can’t make it in the door.>>What a great problem to have. They could
more than happy hit me with water balloons if I win a race. No question.
>>There’s Jason at his desk. He needs a shower after that one. So far today, we have only
had one stage. The two guys who have been able to transfer in the dash for cash for
today’s race is Cole Custer, who finished sixth in stage one and Justin Allgaier who
finished eighth in stage one. Remember, if Justin Allgaier is able to win all four of
the dash for cash, how much money?>>Another $600,000, just equal it out to
a million dollars total.>>I could think of a lot of things I could
do with a million dollars. Matt is down with Justin.
>>That would buy a lot of water balloons. You have had a chance to size up where you
are and your competition. Looking at the big check.
>>Yeah, unfortunately, our biggest goal for the fans is to get in a full race. I was counting
the laps down looking at the rain going, we’re the first car on the dash for cash. If it
rains, I wasn’t going to be too disappointed. We have a fast Chevy. Proud of everybody.
I would love to get Jason with water balloons again. This racetrack has been so much fun.
It’s moving around a lot. So many different dynamics to the race and passing cars. We
would love to be up farther battling it out with Kyle for the win. Right now we feel like
we’re solid where we are at. Again, huge thanks for this. Not only for
today, to do it twice and be in the running for the million dollars at the end of the
program would be something special. That’s the end goal.
>>Does the track have a unique personality today?
>>It does. That’s what’s so great about Bristol. It doesn’t matter if it’s today or if it’s
in the fall or last fall or the spring before, every time you come to Bristol it’s different.
That’s what makes this track so much fun. It’s changing. This week probably more than
I have ever seen it. You are able to go to the bottom for a little while. Then you have
to move off the bottom, go to the top. I need to move back down. A lot of moving, moving
parts. It reminds me of growing up on a dirt track. That’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been
getting my dirt racing in, so I feel like it’s helping me out.
>>The paint check could be a lot bigger at the end of the day.
>>Yeah. He would love that. Last year when he won the $1 $100,000, he gave it to his
crew.>>Right now, he is the top running dash for
cash driver. He wants to win the race. There’s a lot of cup guys he will have to beat.
>>There are eight air titans here today. NASCAR said it would take an hour to dry the
track. You see them out there. We will be back here as Bristol.>>>Welcome back to Bristol motor speedway.
Waiting for the rain to clear out, the air titans to get on track. We have drivers on
pit road with all of our pit reporters. Jamie little with the guy who won here last
year.>>They’re playing great music. The good news
is, the rain is letting up. It looks like we’re going to get back to racing. What did
you think of your car? We’re almost at the end of stage two.
>>There wa difference between stickers and scuffs. When we put stickers on our car, it
was good. Now with the rain washing off rubber, I’m interested to see what’s going to happen
when we go green. Pretty good all in all for the rheem Chevy.
>>Last week you were at the red hot chili peppers.
>>I had a lot of fun. We got to go. It was a blast.
>>Shannon ratted you out. Car is pretty good. Your little brother is up high. You are going
to run with him when we get going?>>Hopefully, I don’t see him. I don’t have
to worry about it. That top groove did come in. I jumped up and gained a couple spots.
It’s pretty fun. I think the way we have got it with the grip on the bottom and being able
to cut to the top and come back across, it’s fun with the rubber laid down. I’m excited
about tomorrow’s race.>>Austin Dillon, when we get going he will
be fifth.>>We are seeing different lines out there.
Erik Jones you let six laps early in the race. You have damage on left front corner. Did
the car change after that?>>Not really. I don’t think we have any damage
that’s been hurting the performance of the race car. It’s been okay. I thought we fired
off good. Now we have had to make adjustments. The track is moving around a lot. We have
been to the top, to the bottom. Trying to keep up with that. We have been doing an all
right job. Just figuring the balance out.>>Listening to you talk about the balance
of the race car, the adjustments, are they working?
>>I think we’re going in the right direction. The first adjustment was a little bit better. I think we’re on the right track, somewhat.
We will keep working down that road. We have a long way to go. We fought up to fourth here.
Keep working on it and hopefully be contending for the lead.
>>He won at Texas a couple weeks ago. Trying to back that up.
>>Thanks. Larry, you heard Austin Dillon say he went to the red hot chili peppers.
>>I did not attend the concert.>>We will go together. We will be back to
Bristol after this.>>>What a beautiful sight, the air titans
are out on the racetrack. They are starting to dry the track. There’s eight of them. NASCAR
said it would take an hour to dry the track. Let’s start those watches right now. There’s
so many great memories from Bristol, Larry. Some of them, no matter how many years go
by, they will live forever. 15 years since this little gem.
>>I said Greg Biffle was a good guy. He is about the most impatient thing. I will be
waiting when he comes in here.>>I didn’t do it on purpose. That’s racing
at Bristol.>>Biffle is an idiot.
>>Well, well.>>He told him he was going to be waiting.
You saw him standing on the wall. Kevin, we knew what you were waiting — we knew what
was going to happen. It was no surprise when we saw it.
>>What did you say to Greg Biffle exactly?>>I don’t remember.
>>I bet he does. It would sound like this, beep, beep, beep, beep. How were you so agile?
You flew over the wall and landed in his lap.>>It was 15 years younger. I don’t think
those mobility jumps would be in my execution anymore. I think as you look at that particular
moment, I was mad. And young and obviously felt like I needed to make a scene, I guess.
>>Scale of one to ten, your anger on that Saturday was?
>>I W lot whether he was younger. That was probably a ten.
>>You have mellowed.>>Now it would be a pulled hamstring and
a sore back and I would still be in trouble. To wouldn’t be as expensive today.
>>I made the mistake of trying to express to Mike Dillon how mad I was at him. I grabbed
him. Before I knew it, he had me in a head lock. I didn’t know how strong Mike Dillon
is.>>Mike Dillon is one of the strongest men
you will come across in your life.>>Somebody should have told me that when
I went at him. He got me in a bind in a hurry.>>His two kids having good days, inside the
top ten. Kyle Larson has been the dominator so far. Eight laps to go, stage two, under
the red, what are the observations? What do we think.
>>I’m looking forward to going back to caution. I hope we go to caution one lap, open the
pits so we can see strategy. All the cup guys that don’t need the stage points will pit
to give themselves in a better position to win the race. That’s the battle. The guys
that want to win the war — that’s the war. The battle. Whichever one is not as possible.
The XFINITY will try to win stage two. We will have mixed strategy on the racetrack.
That’s always a lot of fun. Think about this. A lot of progress made by Suarez and Blaney
running down Larson.>>Our pit reporters doing a great job down
there chasing down drivers. We heard them talk about how the track will change after
it has dried.>>I think the vhc will cool off and won’t
have as much grip right off bat. You will see that come back around. I think that obviously
when it cools off at the rain comes, it will change something. We saw Kyle Larson’s car
change from how he ran first run to the second run. I don’t think it was as good. But Kyle
had the track position.>>Shannon said they’re trying the track.
She said start your clock. I have 2:30 eastern. I say at 3:15, we are dry and ready to roll.
You agree? The fun that comes out of Bristol.>>>Today is an FS1 doubleheader. The nationals
step up to the plate against the mets. Harper is hitting over .400. That’s followed by the
cardinals versus the brewers. It all starts right after our race coverage here from Bristol.>>We were talking a lot about old Bristol.
We saw a lot of that today. Especially from you. Very talented move using your bumper
and not parking the 48, just gently moving him out of the way. That was old school.
>>Heck of a job. I found something right on bottom. It was helping it. I picked off
a couple guys. I was giving them the per. Saturday night racing. Got by them and got
by the 48. Gave him — letting him know I was there. Letting him know he is the car
I need to get by for a free pass. That was good racing. I would expect the same thing.
Hopefully no hard feelings. I’m in that spot and holding you up, give it to me. It’s fun.
It’s like old Bristol. It’s what I was thinking about on the bottom. I didn’t end up like
Harvick. I think I can move like that.>>Ibuprofen, Harvick would need it. This
race is not over. He is back in 15th. If he was running fifth, the race might be called.
>>That’s true. That’s very true. I don’t know if he is really mad at Ryan Blaney or
if he was kidding there.>>I know one thing I’m happy with, I’m happy
with this radar. You see we are at the tail end. One cell out there. We get this racetrack
dry, we’re ready to go. Look at it. It’s to the northeast of us.
>>Rain, rain, go away. We like the green stuff getting out of here. The air titans
are out on the racetrack right now. We are here at Bristol motor speedway waiting for
the track to dry and to go green. New bike? Yeah, ’cause I got allstate. If you total
your new bike, they replace it with abrand new one. That’s cool. I got a new helmet.
We know Steve. It’s good to be in(good hands).>>>This telecast may not be reproduced, retransmit
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>>>A little rain isn’t going to keep us from racing. This is what happened earlier today.
The drivers climbing into their cars. Green flag. Of course, now we have a little bit
of rain in the area. So we’re drying the racetrack off. We’re going to get these cars back out.
The driver of the number 4 cup car Kevin Harvick is in the boos here today. The driver of the
4 XFINITY car is down with Jamie little.>>Ross Chastain, we heard his name. Qualified
11th. You have had a good run going. I heard back and forth about the 51. What happened
on track? And then when we came in under caution.>>With our two teams, we run together every
week. Nose to tail, one in front of the other. We ran into each other for three years now.
Had a bunch of stuff off the track happen. I’ve been good with it. I’ve been the bigger
man in a lot of cases. I started today, I got into him when the 6 and 48 were trying
to wreck each other and getting into one I pushed him up and went by and ran the bottom
and pulled away. Then the caution came out for rain. He got on my back bumper and tried
to wreck us. I told my owner, when we get out, I’m going to talk to him. I’m not doing
anything in the car. I don’t want to crash the cars. We got out and I forgot about it,
to be honest. Somebody grabbed me by my shoulder, pushed me. I turned around and saw who it
was. Hope he realizes that he can talk — we can talk. You can’t grab somebody by the shoulders.
That happened before. I said right then I would never let it happen again. What’s done
is done. Hope I get to go back racing. Our car is really good. I found grip on bottom.
We’re 11th or 12th. Realistically, we’re back in 19th. All in all, not trying to be like
Kevin by any means. I didn’t want to go look for it. I gotta stand up for myself at some
point.>>He and Daniel Hemric having a strong run.
Seventh on the board. Texas two weeks ago, not a good weekend. Things are looking good
here today.>>It’s been good so far. We got off in the
first round. We got tuned up. We’re going in the right direction. We got a caution and
get our track position back, which everybody knows is key. It’s interesting how the track
is going away on the bottom. If you are in clean air, you want to be down there. You
can make moves around the middle and top. It’s going to be interesting to see. Hopefully,
we can get back out there. We have eight or nine laps to the end of the stage. Hopefully
the fans are tuned in and sticking with us.>>Coming off the off weekend, how important
was that for you? You have five XFINITY teams and the alliance
with 11?>>It was huge for rcr. When you have that,
a ton of cars and production behind the scenes, when you make your swing and start down a
certain path, you get to where you want to get back home to re-evaluate. We were able
to do that with the off weekend. Everybody on the 21 team was able to spend time together,
pick out our strong suit and where we felt like we needed to be better. Had a couple
meetings. Figured out what we needed to do. We’re making strides here as a group.
>>Five of the six cars in the top ten.>>Thanks so much. We did just get word that
Clemens and Chastain will make a trip to the NASCAR hauler, discussing this further. Charlotte
is where most of the race teams are located. Itrace hub is located. That’s where we John
Roberts.>>We are in a holding pattern. You can see
covers are coming off cars. When it comes to NASCAR tracks, Bristol at a half mile of
high banked concrete is the easiest dry in all of racing. We’re going to be with you
here for a little bit. Wally and myself, we will get you back out to Bristol for racing
shortly. Today we talked about how this rain is going to change the alreachanging race
at Bristol.>>Everybody has been adjusting to the track.
Now, it’s all gone. A lot of the these guys will go back to green and their car setups
will be off. A green racetrack, there’s not any rubber on it. You have to start over.
There may be guys that weren’t handling that start handling well because of the track.
>>Sure. Now we have to look at not only a green racetrack but changing temperatures,
different people on different strategies. It’s almost the end of stage two. We’re set up for a little bit of what we call
Bristol chaos.>>Yeah, for sure. It does change everything.
Everybody is basically — you have to start with a clean sheet of paper for the rest of
the race.>>We have seen tempers fly so far in the
XFINITY series race this weekend. It’s all part of what we will call once again Bristol
chaos.>>Problem in turn two. Kyle Busch and a host
of other cars. Martin Truex junior and Kyle Larson involved.
>>Kurt Busch is out of shape. He collected keselowski. They slide to the outside wall.
A host of cars with no place to go. Kyle Larson gets significant damage this time.
>>A five-car crash following a four-car incident over in turn two.
>>You can always leave it to our good friend Ken Schrader to put it in the right terms.
He stood up at a driver meeting before a Bristol race once — you might have been in the meeting.
He said, sorry. For what? Throughout the day I’m going to make somebody mad today. I’m
apologizing.>>When you go to Bristol, there are 39 guys
that are really ticked off. There’s one guy happy. I don’t care how you look at it. It’s
a very frustrating race. You can’t get away from anybody. You are always in traffic. You
are either getting into somebody or somebody is getting into you. Sometimes it’s not on
purpose. Sometimes it’s on purpose. There’s a lot of emotions that go through a race at
Bristol. It’s a fast racetrack. No matter who you are and how many laps you have around
that place, when you go to Bristol the first time, you take those first practice laps,
you forgot to breathe. You come in and you are — it gets your attention. It’s a fun
racetrack to drive. It’s so fast. But it is a fun place for a driver to get around.
>>Let’s look at some of the practice that happened so far this weekend. Very crucial
because of the changing track conditions. Here we go. Ricky stenhouse junior for a wild
ride.>>It could have been worse for a lot of the
wrecks I have seen today. Did some damage to the right rear quarter
panel and bumper. They elected to fix that car, which I think is a good move. That keeps
their 19th starting position. You have a car in here — we see Kyle Larson, was working
the high groove. He was trying to get rubber down in the high groove. It almost bit him.
That could have been a lot worse. He could have been starting in a backup car at the
back of the field. He got away with one.>>In the XFINITY race, he is a stage winner.
That should not surprise us. The other Kyle, part of the Kyle and Kyle show at Bristol
not too long ago, Kyle Busch was fastest.>>That’s not surprising. This guy has owned
this racetrack for a long time. Kyle is very, very fast here.
>>We see the quarter panel on Ricky stenhouse’s car.
>>Let’s look at what happened to Chris Buescher. He was a driver who went for a spin.
>>Yeah. That looked like Chris was in the groove. It wasn’t like he got out of the groove
and got sideways. The car was just loose and got away from him.
>>77 practice laps for Jimmie Johnson. The strange thing was it was 77 in a row. They
were obviously trying to figure out — they have an agenda.
>>They were trying to make a run or close to a run to see what the car was going to
do. If you are making a long run like that, all you are trying to do is — you are trying
to gain information for what may happen for tomorrow, what direction the car may go in.
>>Breaking news out of Bristol, Kyle Busch fastest.
>>He keeps on doing it at Bristol. They don’t have a win this year but you are not going
to count this guy out.>>That could be the shot in the arm that
Joe Gibbs racing needs. Daniel Suarez ran 78 laps. The only guy to run more laps than
Jimmie Johnson was Suarez. Kasey kahne was third on the speed chart. Erik Jones up there
as well. Right now, Kaitlyn vincie has more on what chase Elliott expects for Sunday’s
race.>>So far this season, we have seen a lot
of the young drivers ramping up the intensity. Chase Elliott is one of them. Finished in
the top ten five times in seven races. He was fifth here at Bristol in the spring last
season. Earlier he spoke about some of the challenges of racing here at Bristol motor
speedway.>>Bristol is a physical place. You don’t
have a lot of time down the straightaways to think about things. You get into a rhythm.
Of just running. I feel like you are wide open all the time. You don’t have much of
a break. It’s just all the time wide open. And knowing how quickly the leader can get
back to you to put you a lap down, I think is one thing that keeps everybody on their
toes and keeps the intensity up. As we know, the race — a lot of times where it gets interesting
is when the leader catches lap traffic and he has to work his way through. That guy in
second might navigate the traffic better. I think that makes the racing that much more
entertaining.>>Chase Elliott and the 24 team have brought
a car that they race on concrete tracks. So here and Dover. Checked in with the team to
find out where they are at at the final practice at the end of it. They were top five. They
said, still a little too tight for chase Elliott. They were working on loosening up the race
car. He will start second for tomorrow’s race.>>Kaitlyn, thank you very much. In the background,
you can hear the air titan driers working very hard to get Bristol dry. We should be
able to go back to XFINITY series racing very shortly. Wally, as chase Elliott said, doesn’t
matter if you race XFINITY or monster energy series, you can get caught by the leader in
a hurry. You are talking about a 14 second lap around the world’s fastest half mile.
>>When you string those cars out after things settle down or after a restart, you are — the
leader is looking at the back of a car in the tail end of the field. You can’t mess
around. The way the traffic looked earlier with the
bottom groove being the groove that these guys are going to be using the most, that
makes it more difficult. If you try to pull out and pass, there’s no grip up there. You
could have ten cars go by you. You can be a lap down in no time. It’s a struggle. That’s
why the start — that’s why Ricky stenhouse, you know — 19th is better. That’s half the
field. You will remove — if I go to my backup car, I go to the back. It’s real easy to get
a lap down. You see the track position stuff and starting position, how important they
are. It really is at Bristol.>>So much to watch for for the rest of this
afternoon and tomorrow at Bristol. Take a quick break here. Track drying continues.
Ricky stenhouse got damage in the first practice session of the day. He did bounce back. What
happened and how did Ricky fix it? Kaitlyn vincie will check in with him coming up next.
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the new AT&T Unlimited Plus plan.>>>Welcome back. There we see the Bristol
motor speedway getting drier by the minute. We should be able to go back racing in a short
period of time. The officials at Bristol are always working hard to put on a great show
for fans. This time around, they put a rosin material on the bottom of the track to make
more grip and better racing. What do a couple former champs think about the move and the
track?>>It’s really tough for any track to address
just the restart problem. I think without the vhc down, there’s no chance. During the
course of the 500 lap race, I think there are issues that we run it off and use it up. At the start of the race the advantage — at
the end of the race, there’s not much you can do.
>>With the lack of practice time we might have, it might not be as consistent as we
want it to be. You have to ease into it. You can’t trust it right away. It’s the same thing
as the outside groove. When you are against the wall, you can’t go there right away. You
have to have some of the XFINITY rubber lay down and groom in the outside as well. This
is a perfect style of track to think about when you are a dirt racer. It’s not ready
to go right away. You have to pack the track a little bit. You are to groom in the different
grooves. Then it’s going to change once you get into the race.
>>Martinsville looked at it for the outside lane. It was hard to fell if it was worth
the risk to try it. Here it worked. After our fall race here, we were eager to make
sure it was packed down and thought it did offer more options than without it.
>>It was a group effort to make the racing better. What do you think with the race last
fall we saw them use the same substance, the same type of approach to the track? What’s
your overall opinion on it?>>They’re doing it to try to make racing
better. Sometimes you have to experiment with some things to see if it’s going to work or
not. Kurt mentioned, it’s very true, you go to Bristol and Dover and it just takes a while
to get those upper grooves working. On that concrete. Takes a lot of laps. As we see what
we were looking at this morning, you see everybody was running down there. I think one of the
biggest things that I’m looking at is the marbles. It seems like there’s a lot more
rubber marbles up off the tires in the high groove. That’s something that’s going to really
give these guys fits once they start running higher and higher. If you get that on your
tires, you are in trouble for a lap. It sticks to the tire like we saw in the one
shot. I think they’re trying to make it where both lanes are usable, at least for the first
part of the race. This weather is not helping any of that. When it rains like it does, if
there’s rain — whatever they get done today and if it rains tonight, you are basically
starting all over again.>>Let’s look at Kyle Larson. He likes to
go to the high side on almost any track. Here he is earlier today running the high groove.
>>Yeah. You can see the dark. They’re working that top groove in. You can see how that rubber
is being laid down. That’s what it takes. It takes a little — a couple of guys to go
up there and experiment with it. Kyle was so good today. He had such a good car. He
could take that chance and run up high and wasn’t going to lose a lot of time. He is
thinking about tomorrow just as much as he is trying to win this race today. Let’s get
this thing worked in not only for today but I have something to work with tomorrow as
well.>>For Ricky stenhouse junior, this is one
of his better racetracks. He scraped the wall in practice. They decided not to go to a backup
car, which was their original inkling. They decided to fix the one that they had out originally.
Kaitlyn vincie caught up with Ricky.>>Thank you. A little bit of a challenging
day. Hit the wall in first practice. But you got it fixed up. Where is your confidence
in it now that practice has concluded?>>Our confidence is still really high. This
is my favorite track. We have had really bad practices here and still ran really well in
the race. Practice yesterday I felt like our car was competitive. Today we started out
just really out of the racetrack, trying to get it in there. I told the guys the way it
was driving, I was probably going to crash it. And we did. The guys busted their butt.
Got it back together. We get to start 19th, which is nice, instead of last. That was a big deciding factor if we were
going to fix it or not. Was having to start at the back in a car we might not have any
laps in. We were expecting that practice to maybe rain out. Then we were going to have
a lot of time to fix it. Then we started noticing it wasn’t going to rain. We bust our butt
to get it out there. We know what we need to work on. The racetrack, whether it moves
to the top, our car will be better.>>I noticed you helping the team work on
the car. I want to talk about the stages. How they shake up the strategy and what you
think we might see.>>Yeah. Bristol will be interesting. It depends
on where the racetrack goes. Around the bottom, tires I think do mean a little something.
If we run in the top, stages come out, there’s times that you can stay out and if you start
in the outside lane, you are going to have a good shot at getting a good finish in that
stage. You might want to take a gamble stage one, to get points. Stage two, you can’t talk
a gamble just to get points in stage two, because you have to set up for the end of the race. It will
be interesting. We only got eight sets of tires. That’s a little bit less than what
we normally have here. I’m sure that will play into the strategy as well.
>>Thank you for your time. Good luck tomorrow. Ricky stenhouse junior will start 19th for
tomorrow’s race.>>Thank you. Wally, we noticed earlier he
said his car was out of the racetrack.>>Yeah. You look for a feel on these race
cars. What you are looking for is when you get into the corner, it’s almost like the
car is pushing into the racetrack. You want that car to push into the racetrack where
it’s gripping. When he says it’s out of the racetrack, it feels like when you drive, it
feels like you are on top of the track, the tires are barely touching the concrete. That’s
what you look for. You want to get in the concrete. You want them to dig on the tires.
That’s the feel he was looking for.>>Heading into this weekend, Ricky stenhouse
was a one to 66 long shot to win this race. It’s one of his better racetracks. We welcome
in our Vegas insider, Todd Berman who knows who the odd makers like this weekend.
>>After a week off, NASCAR returns to thunder valley. Mother nature probably the odds on
favorite to wreak havoc on the schedule this weekend. If we look at the betting favorite,
that’s for Kyle Busch at 13 to 2. 23 races since the 18 has found victory lane. He is
a five time winner as Bristol. Right behind him it’s 7 to 1, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick.
Larson has been the best driver through the first seven races this season. Kevin Harvick
won in August. Has three top ten finishes his last three trips to Bristol. 8 to 1, Joey
Logano. If it wasn’t for a wreck at Phoenix, he might be boasting seven top six finishes.
Further down, value play, Jimmie Johnson at 14 to 1. It’s rare you can say that about
a seven time champion. If you are looking to catch lightning in a bottle, Ricky stenhouse
at 66 to 1. He finished in the top two twice at Bristol. This is one of his best career
tracks.>>Thank you very much. Let’s look where your
betting favorite, Kyle Busch. This is of course, by way of points. There was no qualifying.
It was rained out. Kyle Busch will start seventh. Let’s check in with Daniel to see how his
morning has gone so far.>>I think it was good. Definitely, we made
some improvements in our 19 Camry. I was telling the guys, I’ve been working hard to find more
speed. This last practice, luckily, we found some good speed. I feel like that we still
need a little bit more in the long run. So far, I feel like we have a good car to race
tomorrow.>>You told us all week long and all day long
today, you are not worried about Joe Gibbs racing. They will get on their stride.
>>Listen, such a good team. They have showed some speed this year. It’s not like they haven’t
been fast. They have been there. Matt had a lot of bad luck. Then you come to a racetrack
where three of those guys have won. Matt, Denny and Kyle, they run well at Bristol.
It takes one race to turn things around and get the confidence going. They are fast there
this weekend. It’s surprising for everyone. They were so dominant. Then all of a sudden,
where are they? I’m not worried about Gibbs racing.
>>Says a lot about the competition level at NASCAR’s highest level. Gotta take a quick
break. We are getting closer and closer. It looks good. We will be back to racing in no
time. Stay with us.>>>Welcome back. We get a bird’s eye view
of the Bristol motor speedway. We promised you, this is one of the fastest dries in all
of racing. The air titan machines got out there. They dried the track in a hurry. We’re
about ready to go back. Sometimes when we promise things and they come through, we bring
them back up.>>They are incredible.
>>Ever since they got those things — a lot of racetracks, it would have been hours and
hours and maybe not getting race in. I’m glad that they made that investment.
>>Great machine. Also great result. The track is dry right
now. We’re glad you could join us for this little bit of bonus “Race hub” coverage. We
are will send you back to Bristol motor speedway for XFINITY series racing and Shannon.
>>Thank you so much. Larry, you want to tell the people at home the good news.
>>I heard the words, drivers, to your cars.>>Yes, we did. We love those words when we
are waiting for the rain to clear. Especially at Bristol when things can get so exciting,
and they have. We have been dodging the rain all day long. This is really a dodge. We got
a little bit and now it’s gone.>>Clean and green to the west of us. That’s
all we wanted to see right there.>>Clean and green. The vhc has been the big
story. Now that the rain has come, cooled the racetrack, maybe washed a little of the
rubber away, what do we expect?>>It’s going to take a little bit to get
heat to get grip. The big story, if we can get this thing racing and get back to stage
two, that’s going to set up interesting strategy if that’s the case when pit road opens.
>>Another big story is the 18, who was hunting the 42 of Kyle Larson who has been the dominant
car of this race. He LED 154 laps. You upstairs, you have the best seat in the house. Take
it away.>>Kyle Larson has been the guy to watch so
far. I think about the many opportunities that exist once the caution comes back out.
Larry talked about strategy. Ultimately when we get to the final stage and we go racing
for the checkers.>>We know the track will change. What do
you do if you are Kyle Larson? He has been dominant. The competition is closed in. Now
we’re going through this change with the track. What does he do? What does Blaney and Suarez
do? The last stage is going to be crazy entertaining.>>If the caution comes before the end of
the stage and all the dash for cash guys have to decide, do I stay on the track to win the
money today? Do I stay out and get points? You know all the cup guys are going to come
to pit road and try to win the race.>>That’s what we’re rooting for when we go
back to the caution. Pit road opens and we shake up the balance on this strategy. That’s
what’s going to make it entertaining.>>We have seen that with every opportunity,
especially in the XFINITY series for the cup drivers to take a chance. Change things up.
The XFINITY drivers stay out, grab a stage win and try to parlay that into a race win.
We have $100,000 for dash for cash incentive for these guys to do something different than
the cup guys. That’s what we will see if we can get pit road open.
>>They fired engines. We are about ready to go under caution and lift the red. My question
for you, Kevin, how do you reset mentally as a driver?
>>You have do it quick. You will have things that will be different. You will have to adjust
your car. You have to be aggressive. There’s really only one section of this — one stage
of the race left. You have to keep your track position. I have a feeling it might get mixed
up here.>>We have seen great S by crew chiefs. They
are racing for a spot in the dash for cash and they’re inside the top ten. How do they
roll the dice here?>>When they come around, they will come by
the start/finish line, seven laps remaining. We understand, they will open pit road. Decision
making time for these crew chiefs, Larry. What do you anticipate?
>>I’m like Kevin. I think the top five, they’re cup drivers. They’re not about stages. They’re
about winning the race. Come get your tires now. Also I’m thinking about Justin Allgaier
and his crew chief. I’m thinking about Cole Custer and his crew chief. They’re all the
way back in 11th. They are locked in as far as two of the dash for cash drivers. Come
get your tires now. This is about winning the race. After some of the others, maybe
it’s more about stage points. If you come now, you will stay out at the end of stage
two.>>I look at my scoring monitor. We’re going to have 13 guys on the lead lap,
14 once you add the free pass. How does that factor into your thought process here?
>>I think that even more so leads you to come now, especially if you are some of guys
I mentioned. Maybe if you are Daniel Hemric, Blake Koch, that’s two guys — they want to
be a part of the dash for cash. Maybe they possibly stay out and try to see if they can
hang on.>>Think about your decision a little longer.
Just as we got the drivers in the cars, fired the engines, a quick burst here of rain. We
look good on the back straightaway. Front straightaway in three and four. But turns
one and two have really gotten damp. They’re telling drivers, stay in your cars. We will
run the jet dryers out, air titans to dry things down quickly. Then we will resume the
race.>>You asked Kevin about the mentality of
the drivers getting in the car, cranking the engine, trying to figure out how to win the
stage, possibly win the race, $100,000 bonus. Shut your driver off, everybody everybody.
>>We will keep you covered from Bristol motor speedway. Hey! Kevin Harvick. Changing your
oil after 3,000 miles? Yes. If you’d used new Mobil 1 Annual Protection, you wouldn’t
have to. It protects your engine for one year with just one oil change.>>>You gave the good people at home the good
news. Why don’t you give them the bad news.>>The bad news is, we’re in the mountains.
Cells keep building. Now it has started raining a little bit again.
>>We had a little bit of a burst. They did cover up the cars. They have to redry the
racetrack. How about we look at highlights, 162 laps? This is how it went. It’s Bristol.
It started early. We had beating and banging, guys moving people out of the way, up the
racetrack, trying to stay on that bottom groove. Then on lap 80, Ryan reed, he hit the wall
hard.>>This was our first caution. We ran 80 caution-free
laps. The right front tire went down before he hit the wall. That was the result, a very
torn up 16 car.>>Told Jamie little he hurt his wrist. Kyle
Larson went on to win stage one. Take a look at Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier, they have
advanced to the dash for cash. They will be racing for $100,000. Before there red flag,
the 6 of bubba Wallace, he was wearing out thmper of the 48.
>>They were fighting to get the free pass. William Byron finished off the bumper cover
on Poole. Here is our radar. There’s the little aggravating cell I talked about. Just to the
west of us. It’s going to be quick. It will move through.
>>The green is moving out. The clearness is looking good. While we’re continuing to
wait for the track to dry, let’s go back to Charlotte. John Roberts, the whole crew, over
to you.>>Thank you very much. Little bit of a tease
there as we saw the drivers get behind the wheel of their cars. Now this little cell
has just popped up.>>Larry is doing weather.
>>It’s true. He is loving it. Nobody else is loving this right now.
>>Just when it looks good, you get that one little — it looks good after this. I don’t
know — I don’t think the track is in as bad a shape as it was two hours ago. Hopefully,
they can get it turned around.>>The air titan machines do a wonderful job. Bristol is the fourth largest sports venue
in America. It’s surrounded by 160,000 seats. For more numbers, let’s go crunching with
Adam Alexander and Shannon spake.>>Did everyone have a good Easter break?
Great. Because it’s time to get back to work. It’s Bristol, baby. When talking Bristol,
you have to start with the Busch brothers. Kyle and Kurt have combined for ten victories
in thunder valley. Five apiece. Incredible stat when you realize there are only 15 total
victories spread among the rest of the field.>>A tale of two haves. Since then, has an
average finish of 21.5 with no visits to victory lane. In fact, in driver 18’s last six trips
to the half mile track, he has more finishes worse than 35th than inside the top ten.
>>Wait a minute. If Kyle can lead 40 laps on Sunday, he will top the 2,000 lap mark
LED in his career at Bristol. Making him the only active driver to accomplish that.
>>Like his younger brother, much of Kurt Busch’s success in Tennessee came early in
his career. The last of driver 41’s five victories came 11 years ago. He has just three finishes
inside the top in his last 11 starts.>>Two drivers with starts in their favgano
and Harvick. Happy has his own top ten streak going. Second, seventh, and that win last
fall. They are the only drivers in the field to finish in the top ten in the last three
at Bristol.>>Let me give you a sleeper for Sunday. Keep
an eye on Ricky stenhouse junior. Since moving up to the monster energy series in 2013, driver
17 has the best average finish at thunder valley and has scored more points than any
other driver. 261.
>>Will we see a first time winner on Sunday? Only the last great coliseum knows.
>>So many numbers whether it comes together for Bristol. You knowstands out? Ten victories
between the Busch brothers. They were a long time ago.
>>It has been a while. What have you done for me lately? They always are running good.
Kyle runs good there seems like every time they go there. It’s been a while since they
won there.>>Another driver to keep an eye on this weekend
is K Jones. Let’s get you back to the track and check in with Kaitlyn.
>>I think Erik Jones surprised a lot of people with the veteran-like skill he has demonstrated
navigating the racetracks. He is running double duty in the XFINITY and cup series. Erik Jones
is fourth in the race. Dryers on track trying to get dried up so the drivers can get back
out there. Let’s look at the cup side. The 77 car has looked strong all throughout the
course of the weekend. The team happy with how that car has been performing. Remember,
Erik filled in for Denny Hamlin. He had to fill in for him here at Bristol. Not the first
time he has been here in a cup car. He will start 14th for tomorrow’s race. First, he
has to finish this XFINITY race.>>Thank you very much. See how quick the
track is drying?>>Really quickly over her shoulder. Kyle
Larson is now your points leader. Therefore, if you look at this, you are seeing the starting
grid for tomorrow’s race. Because of qualifying being rained out. Kyle Larson, chase Elliott
on the front row. A great start this season. Martin Truex junior and Brad keselowski, this
is not necessarily indicative of where they have finished the races. Remember, the stage
racing has kept these guys up there. Also another interesting thing to note, the difference
between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick, first through tenth, that’s almost two full races
worth of points.>>This thing is taking on — this stage racing
has been really incredible. That’s why you see these guys racing so hard. To get those
points. You look at that — we look at the weather. There’s a lot of guys on the left
side that are happy this is — there’s a lot of fast guys that are down in points.
>>Speaking of fast, look how fast the green blob is moving over thunder valley. If you
look behind that, like you pointed out, it’s drying fast. We will get you back to racing
fast at Bristol. Stay with us, everybody. Quick break here on “Race hub” as we continue
to dry the racetrack. We will be back shortly and back to racing just thereafter. It’s your
TV, take it with you. With DirecTV now and AT&T, get the ultimate in entertainment plus
unlimited data. Get DirecTV now for $10 a month when you have the new AT&T Unlimited
Plus plan. People just can’t get enough of me and my discounts. So this year, they’re
getting a whole lot more.>>>What do you do during a rain delay? Most
people eat. Breakfast, lunch. Even dinner. Very healthy. All five food groups represented
in there.>>We remember the best food we have eaten.
What about the worst? The worst you have eaten before a race. Sometimes that’s impossible
to forget. We asked your drivers what’s the worst thing they ate before hitting racetrack.
>>Worst thing?>>Worst thing.
>>Usually the worst thing you can eat is anything spicy.
>>I ate some sort of pepper.>>Real spicy wings.
>>Might have had chipotle.>>I remember wiping my mouth and wiping my
eyes. The burn getting in my eyes.>>Took one bite, that was a bad call.>>After the race, I won’t go into detail.
>>Worst thing I ate was ice cream. It makes your stomach really volatile.
>>Sloppy joes on the hauler.>>Broccoli and cheddar soup.
>>Yogurt outdated. It was not good.>>We went to a place that I usually don’t
eat that style of food.>>I know one or two times I have had things
come up in the race car. Usually, it’s hard to tell what it was.
>>In the helmet, everything was met.>>It messed my stomach up bad.
>>It was nasty.>>You think it’s a short race. The bouncing
and heat is not very good on your stomach when those things mix together.
>>Chicken, spaghetti. Don’t venture outside that. You don’t want it to go bad.
>>I’m kind of wondering what got Elliott Sadler sick behind the wheel of a race car.
This is a guy who eight 16 fried balogna burgers.>>I love Y food. I pounded — it was hot
pepper. It was delicious. It was hot that day. Sure enough, about halfway through the
race, I was in a lot of pain. That was a hurt.>>Like Daniel Suarez said, did you throw
out?>>It was not good.
>>It’s hard to forget when Michael Mcdonnell went flipping at Texas and pancaked the side
of his car. Now he is flipping a pancake of a different kind. It’s all part of fast food.
>>Whether you are at home or at the track, everybody has to eat. Everybody can cook at
least one thing. Right? Even drivers. We will find out what some drivers can do today. What’s up? Michael mcdowel, how are you?
>>Come check it out.>>Let’s do it.
>>I don’t have a lot I can make. My specialty is breakfast. Pancakes or waffles. It’s a
family recipe made from scratch. It’s not an instant box. I will make it for real.
>>Show me how.>>Sounds good. You have to have flour. If
you want to be healthy, you can do wheat. But we do flour in this house. We have our
milk. Only the best for the children. Extra protein, make up for the candy.
>>I assume you purchased it —
>>Practice makes perfect.>>With you around because I feel the extra
pressure, I’m measuring. Typically, I don’t use a pink measuring cup. A little sugar,
a little oil.>>Sugar, oil. One egg in there. You want
to make sure you crack the egg, very important process. That’s pretty much it. Flour, milk,
egg, sugar, oil. A little baking powder. That’s it.
>>Do it up.>>Are you ready for this?
>>Ready.>>Number one —
>>That’s a big pancake.>>Are we going to watch it in.
>>We gotta cook them. Awkward silence.>>It’s all good.
>>It’s really important that you get a little spray on there.
>>You can spray on — I have never seen that trick.
>>We don’t do golden brown. We do medium rare. It’s like a thin pancake.
>>This is my specialty. Wait until you see the syrup. Take a couple scoops of peanut
butter. Throw it in the cup.>>Have you tried this?
>>No. I don’t know what we’re doing.>>Get ready to live. It’s going to be amazing.
It’s going to revolutionize your breakfast.>>Peanut butter syrup. I have never seen
this before.>>Pour this on top. Basically —
>>How much?>>All of it.
>>Then throw it in microwave for 30 seconds. Let the peanut butter melt down. Mix it with
the syrup.>>Want to eat?
>>Let’s try out your homemade syrup.>>This is your syrup.
>>It’s like frosting a cake.>>I never had pancakes like this.
>>You have never experienced anything before then. This is going to be it. Most of the
time I dump it out. I want to watch you. I know what they taste like. They’re incredible.
I gotta see your face when you get your first pancake here.
>>Do you feel yourself getting fatter?>>It’s delicious. It’s delicious. The peanututter,
I never had that before. You have shown us people will benefit from.
>>Pull up the recipe.>>Let’s eat.
>>The recipe is on a website?>>I don’t know if that’s true. If it is,
I’m going there. I want to look that up.>>I will try that. That looks great.
>>You know, wally is a heck of a cook.>>I am.
>>You like to grill.>>I like to grill. I will try that. If there
is such a website, I’m going.>>Thanks for showing us that behind the scenes
recipe. Information you only get here. Look at the radar. It’s moving out. The track is
being dried. When we go back racing, there will be seven laps left in stage two of the
XFINITY series race. There will be a quick caution. Crews, get ready. Your drivers might
be coming down quickly as soon as we green flag, which should be a matter of moments
away.>>>Welcome back to this bonus edition of
“Race hub.” We are rating for the XFINITY series at Bristol to get under way. You see
drivers ready to go. A little bit of blue sky at Bristol that will help the drying efforts
at this track. We will be back to racing momentarily. Now depending on which side of the street
you are standing on, you are either in Bristol, Tennessee, or Bristol, vur vir. It’s also
home to thunder valley with sounds of another kind. People around here love their town and
their racing.>>Bristol is the place I grew up. A place
that has a great history. I’m glad to see folks coming in and enjoying and learning
about it.>>Good thing about the small town here in
Bristol is people do take care of each other. Everyone knows each other. My regulars, you
know them.>>A lot of family history. People have built
this town are still here.>>Where two states come together and manage
to work very well together.>>We open the doors of the town and we let
everybody in from all over the country.>>So much energy. I can’t find anything else
that would compare to it.>>I love everything that the races bring
to town. We’re not lacking anything here.>>This is my home.
>>This is my hometown.>>This is my home.
>>That racetrack and the people that work there give a lot back to the community. We
like to learn something new every day. Did you know that Bristol was the birthplace of
country music?>>I did not know that.
>>First ever commercially recorded country music in Bristol, Tennessee.
>>Amazing.>>I just read it. Before we wave the green
flag, what about the laps we have turn Ed? They have created exciting moments. Our producers
here put in the hard work and narrowed it down to some of the best from the 2017 season
so far. The bumps, beeps and punches we have seen.
>>Cloudless day here at daytona Beach. It’s perfect for racing. Perfect to kick off the
2017 season.>>From just outside Phoenix, Arizona, the
hot day in the desert. Picture perfect day in the valley here at Las Vegas motor speedway.
>>We’re in Hollywood. We’re probably going to have a Hollywood ending.
>>It’s warm and windy in Texas.>>The atmosphere is electric. Everybody is
so excited to see what’s going to happen today.>>This place is going to test your patience.
It’s going to test your temper. It’s going to test your physical nature.
>>These drivers have dreamt about this moment their entire life. Probably 130 degrees in
the car. Physically, that’s challenging. Tires, brakes are going to be pushing limits and
so are tempers.>>We are ready to go racing.
>>Let’s go racing, boys.>>Green, green, green.
>>[ Bleep ] Are gone. The [ bleep ].>>He owns the land I live on. Strategically,
that might not have been the best to do that to him.
>>He turned us around over there.>>That was your neighbor.
>>Oh, man. No more free beer for Blaney.>>Almost a collision.
>>Hard into the wall.>>I just saw my life flash before my eyes
in the mirror.>>Two inches [ bleep ].
>>Hold your breath, race fans. This is going to be exciting. One to go to end stage one.
>>Truex wins the stage. Joey Logano wins stage one. Ryan Blaney wins stage one. Joey Logano will win stage one.
>>Here we come. Three, two, one. Four tires.>>Right side on the jack.
>>Watch the 41. Oh, [ bleep ].>>22, too fast on pit road. Too fast, 20.
48, too fast. 27 too fast.>>I don’t see how.
>>This is [ bleep ].>>Green flag. We are back under way.
>>They’re about to –>>Trouble off turn four. A hard hit.
>>Around goes Kenseth.>>A pretty big flip for Matt Kenseth.
>>You all right?>>Yep.
>>Are you all right?>>I’m okay.
>>Right in front of you.>>Easy.
>>Hard in the wall. A tire went down on Kevin Harvick’s car.
>>Trouble on the back straightaway, Jamie Mcmurray is around.
>>It is Brad keselowski.>>I got ran over.
>>Jimmie Johnson gets turned.>>We’re sorry to break out of that feature.
I think you will give us a free pass because we have good news. We’re going back racing.
Let’s send you back to the track and to Shannon.>>Thanks so much. Yes, we do get a free pass.
Everybody is getting back on the racetrack. It looks like we’re about to go green after
hanging out during this rain delay, watching the track dry. You see the pace car out there.
The see the cars pulling off pit road. Let’s go up to our guys who have been calling the
race.>>Here they come. Under caution once again
as you said. At the start/finish line, there will be seven laps to go in the second stage.
We will keep an eye on pit road when we thought we were going to go back under caution a little
bit ago, we anticipated that pit road would be open and the drivers would have the opportunity
to come down the pit lane prior to the end of the stage. Pit road is open. Time to make a decision.
Play a little strategy. Larson the race lead he Suarez secretary, Blaney, Erik Jones, Austin
Dillon, they are cup regulars, at least the first three are coming down pit road.
>>Justin Allgaier comes in from sixth. They followed the leaders. They will tighten him
up with the lack of rubber on the track. It’s going to be loose. They will put four tires
on and make a wedge adjustment.>>A small chassis adjustment on the 42. Kyle
Larson was saying his car just too free to run on the bottom. Now with a clean racetrack,
they’re not sure what they will get. Cole brought the 00 in. Chassis adjustment to get
that car to fire better.>>Daniel Suarez was chasing down Larson.
Saying his car is a lit loose. He says it’s great in turns one and two. Ryan Blaney happy
but saying I don’t have the best fire off after 20 laps. Erik Jones, said to turn the
front of the car is not that great. The biggest concern is if we have a long run, that left
front tire not much having wear.>>Problems there for the 19. His teammate
Daniel Suarez was exiting. They got together. There were problems for Kyle Larson on his
stop. That battle off of pit road to determine who will be the race leader when we restart
at the end of stage two here.>>A little slow on the right front. Maybe
missed a lug. That’s all it takes to lose a spot. That’s exactly what has happened to
Kyle Larson.>>Here is what happened. Slight contact.
These cars will cycle back to the front. After we complete stage two and wrap up our caution
there.>>This is going to get good. We see differing strategies. This is what
stage racing was promoted for, mixing things up. Not necessarily the fastest guy get out
in front and ride. Making them work for it. We’re doing just that. The 21 of Daniel Hemric,
11 of Blake Koch, they have elected to stay out. They have track position.
>>So did Brandon Jones and Brendan Gaughan and Elliott Sadler. They are thinking, stage
points and can I be one of the top two XFINITY series regulars in stage two and advance at
a chance to win $100,000? A couple agendas.>>We know Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer are
moving to the final stage to run for the cash. The question is, who will join them? We just
read the names. Daniel Hemric, Blake Koch, Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler staying out
here. They will be the top on the restart. They will be running for an opportunity at
$100,000. The top two of that group will be the ones that are dash for cash eligible in
our final stage.>>Kevin, when you have to make something
happen in a couple of laps, there’s plenty of opportunities to do just that.
>>There’s also a lot of opportunities to mess up. We don’t really know what the grip
level is going to be with the track. It just rained. It’s probably going to be slick. The
thing that I’m interested in is obviously I think Kyle Larson caught a break here. I
think that he would have lost control of the race to Blaney. The race for the lead after
the stage is going to be between those guys back there. It will be interesting to see
who gets that.>>I’m interested to see which lane Hemric
takes. High side? It looks like that’s what he is going to do. Brandon Jones in third,
Gaughan in fourth, racing hard for a chance to compete for $100,000 at the end of the
day.>>I like Hemric’s choice at the top. That’s
the safe move. Getting going on the restart in the restart zone, it seems to be an advantage
that you clear the guy on the inside and do whatever you want.>>You talked earlier, when the slower traction
grip strip comes in, it needs heat to do that. That heat won’t be there initially. Be interesting
to see if they can get going down there.>>When we go green, two laps remaining in
our second stage. Hemric, Gaughan, Brandon Jones and Elliott Sadler there. Good jump
by Hemric. Gaughan going with him. Blaney fast on the restart. So is Suarez. Hemric
not only racing for an opportunity to go for the cash, he could win the stage, get a playoff.
One lap away from doing it. Koch has dropped it. Will be Hemric and Gaughan that advance
and run for the cash. Off of turn four, back to the line, Hemric going to win stage two.
He is dash for cash eligible. He is a stage winner. Gets ten regular season points, a
playoff point. I would say that all worked out pretty good for the kid.
>>I talked earlier about the gamble that this team took earlier. They have done it
all day long. What a great day not only for that team but also guys like Brendan Gaughan.
He will be racing for $100,000. We talked at the beginning of the race how he struggled
all year. Bristol seems to set him free. Now he will be dash for cash eligible.
>>Cole Custer made himself dash for cash eligible in stage one. Getting aggressive
with Brandon Jones here at the end of our second stage.
>>I think what happens here is I think the caution was getting ready to come out. After
you take that green and white checkered flag at the end of a stage, you slow down. I think
there might have been miscommunication there. I don’t think that was intentional.
>>Let’s look at the drivers that will run for $100,000. Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier,
Daniel Hemric and Brendan Gaughan. Allgaier not only won the $100,000, he won
the race at Phoenix. If he can deliver another dash for cash victory, he would be halfway
home to a million bucks. If you win all four installments, Phoenix, Bristol, Richmond and
Dover, that’s $400,000 plus a $600,000 cash reward.
>>That’s not bad.>>I would take it.
>>Yeah.>>Now the pits will open. We are under caution
completing stage two. Those drivers that stayed out there prior to the end of the second stage
will come down and get their service. It will cycle through. Ryan Blaney in the lead. Second
will be Daniel Suarez. Third, Kyle Larson. Of those drivers pitting, they are heading
down toward Jamie.>>Brendan Jones said, no harm, no foul. It
didn’t work out. You see the chassis adjustment. Wants the car to handle better. Four tires.
Down pit road more, Daniel Hemric in on the bottom. You see Blake Koch up top. They tried
to get the dash for cash. Didn’t work out for him. The balance of the car has been good.
Four tire stop.>>An update on 21 car that Jamie was talking
about. He was free late on exit. Especially coming off of exit of turn four. Air pressure
change on that 21. This team really trying to change things up. Mixed results this year.
Finishing their best results nine through 13. He has good success here in the trucks.
Two top fives.>>A rookie wins stage two. The guy you were
talking about, Daniel Hemric in the 21. A rookie gets the free pass under this our fourth
caution of the day. William Byron running 15th. He returns to the lead lap has an opportunity
to make something happen here in our final stage. Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson,
Austin Dillon, Cole Custer your top five. Erik —
>>Let’s get a world with Daniel. Great job. You won the stage. You drove the wheels off
of it.>>They have done a great job all year. Good
to get stage points there and put ourselves in position for the dash for cash. We’re giving
all we got. A long race to go. We will see what we can do.
>>How is that upper groove? Are you enjoying running up high and low, all the options you
have out there?>>There’s a lot of options. It seems like
the dominance is on the bottom. You get traffic, you can make moves and dive in thacetrack.
Hopefully we can tick away and make adjustments. See what we got.
>>Have a good finish to this race. It’s been fun to watch.
>>Hoping the fans are enjoying it.>>Look who is restarting beside him in the
ninth position, Michael.>>He has been on a mission today. It has
been so fun. We noticed this morning he had a tough practice yesterday. Not a lot of speed.
He came out to qualify this morning, put up the fastest time early. LED the first session
for 12 of the 20 minutes.>>Quinn has been able — Quinn has been able
to really make a big progress all day long. He runs in the top ten.
>>Here are the stage points that have been handed out. Stages one and two now complete.
Daniel Hemric the best of the bunch after getting the win in stage number two. He has
12. Brendan Gaughan eight after the great finish. Cole Custer, Blake Koch, Justin Allgaier,
Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler adding up points here this afternoon. An entertaining first
two stages. Kyle Larson dominated from the pole early. LED 155 laps. Blaney has been
good, Suarez, Erik Jones. The other drivers that we have talked about today and the four
drivers going for the $100,000 as we get set for our final stage from Bristol, Cole Custer,
Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric and Brendan Gaughan.>>You talked about who is going to control
the race. The race between Blaney and Larson after that restart. Blaney made progress on
the start. He will start up front. Also Daniel Suarez really fast car there as well. I think
the guys that have been the three best all day long have returned to the front. Be interesting
to see who made the best adjustments and can take advantage of that.
>>It’s interesting, you see Kyle Larson with the mistake off pit road. The restart on bottom.
Lost another spot. It will be interesting to see if they can keep their track position.
Do they have to battle and get in another spot? On restart, it will be important to
maintain the track position that they have. To have a chance at winning.
>>With the weather we have seen, we should point out this race should we get more precipitation
would be deemed official. Under way in our final stage. Blaney jumps out front.
>>You see how important that top is on the restart. Right now, Blaney got a good launch.
Right back to the bottom. In control of the race means a lot.
>>Look how loose Larson is down on the bottom, losing more spots. We know that car was loose
earlier. Interesting to see if it gets under him quicker.
>>Look behind him. 21 of Daniel Hemric, really good on the restart. He tried to jump in front
of Custer and Allgaier to lead the battle for the dash for cash.
>>The advantage Hemric has, he doesn’t have rubber on his tires. He had clean, fresh sticker
tires. He was able to make up a couple spots.>>It worked out good for him. Not only did
get the win in the stage and get the points, came down, got those tires. Now he is leading
the battle for the 100 grand. That’s impressive.>>He ran good here in the trucks. This is
the racetrack that he has taken to good. You see some of the younger guys that are short
track racers be able to come to Bristol and be competitive.
>>Those banks really do take advantage of some inexperience. If you have the nerve to
dive in there and lean up against them, it will help your car stick. Your aggression
can then be benefitted.>>It’s amazing how much more nerve that you
have until you hit something. Then you realize, I need to pay more attention to what’s going
on here. I tell people that hitting things makes you realize how fast you are going in
these cars. You are hauling the mail here.>>We said earlier today during qualifying
when you are running for the dash for cash, Allgaier said show me money, we are seeing
it again. He jumped back out. Those three — those two and Cole Custer running together.
Sadler behind them now.>>We know that all day long. He got behind
early. Now he has been able to rebound. Interesting to see if he can do anything with these guys.
>>Keeping an eye on Kyle Larson in third. Soistance between him and Suarez. Suarez doing
a good job of hawking Blaney at the front. Blaney enjoying the race lead, first time
in a while.>>Blaney is trying to get the 22 car in victory
lane. All year long we have been talking about Kyle Larson in the cup series, all the second
place finishes. The 22 car finished second four times this year. I talked to the crew
chief today. Are you sick of finishing second? We are so sick of finishing second. Better
than what we were last year but we want a victory.
>>They’re sick of not winning. Last time they had an opportunity to get to victory
lane, 2015, November of that year at Texas. While he is out front, it’s not going to last
long. Low lane, Daniel Suarez going for the top spot. We head to turn three.
>>I think this is the wrong guy that they want to have in control of the race. I feel
like he has the best car. You see Blaney’s car was getting loose as they got into the
run. I feel like on the longer run, the 18 has been good. On longer run, Suarez has been
the best.>>I think Suarez has been so patient today.
>>Now he has control of the race. I know I keep talking about that. But I feel like
that’s important here as Bristol. I feel like his biggest deficit is if we get into a long
run and the bottom gets tight and Kyle Larson gets that top groove rolling again. I think that’s the thing that he doesn’t want
to see happen.>>I think Ryan Blaney, he likes the fact
that Blaney is holding up Larson. He can get out there, establish his lead. We know how
versatile Larson has been all day, able to go fast on the bottom, middle and top. We
have seen Daniel dedicated to the bottom. He might have to see where Larson is running.
Listen to his spotter. Make adjustments.>>The biggest place it’s going to come into
play is when you get into lap traffic. They are there. I think that’s what Kyle Larson
was talking about earlier. How good that he was on the top and bottom and working his
way through traffic. I agree with him. I think he is good at maneuvering through lap traffic.
>>108 laps to go here at Bristol. For those of you tuning in to see the Washington nationals
and New York mets, coverage of that game starting over at Fox Sports go along with the mid-atlantic
sports network and sports net New York. We will get you there live on FS1 as soon as
we wrap up here. 193 of 300 laps complete for short track race of the year for the NASCAR
XFINITY series. We’re live in Bristol, Tennessee. Kyle Larson dominated early. He is now in
the third position behind Ryan Blaney and race leader Daniel Suarez. We have four drivers
running for a bonus $100,000 here today. Saw one of them on your screen a moment ago, Justin
Allgaier. Cole Custer in the category. Daniel Hemric and Brendan Gaughan.
>>Here you go. We got the 18 on the bottom. You have the lap cars on the bottom. The 42
is up top making up ground. You see Kyle Larson committing to the top. Knowing that that lap
traffic is stuck on the bottom. He is going where they aren’t. He is being very aggressive.
>>I think about how much time Larson spent in the high groove during monster energy series
practice earlier today. The time he spent up there earlier in this race. All a little
bit of an experiment to build confidence for what he needs right now, to go to the outside
of Suarez, regain the lead.>>It may have been an experiment. If he didn’t
make one lap up there, he is probably going to be better than anybody else up there. He
is just that good at going up in the top groove and seeing where the marbles are and pushing
that groove up higher in the corner. He is really good at it.
>>Clemens in the 51, a lot of time inside the top 15 early stages of the race. That’s
a good day.>>That’s a good save. You are on the edge
of out of control. That sounds very much from the movie “Days of thunder” but you are on
the edge of out of control. When it slips like that, it’s usually a big slip. Luckily,
Quinn was able to move up and not get sideswiped by the 51.
>>51 back in the 22nd position right now. Cole Custer behind Gase. Try a little bump
and run to get around him. Working over the 21 of Daniel Hemric, those two drivers eligible
for the $100,000. Racing behind this guy, Justin Allgaier who leads the way right now
in trying to win the 100 grand for a second time this year. He got it done at Phoenix.
If you are wondering why you haven’t heard Michael in a little bit, he is headed to the
spotter stand. We have a new vantage point for our coverage. How is it up there?
>>All I can say, wow. It’s amazing watching these guys operate in all the different lanes
around the racetrack. Our Fox Sports team up here with a camera, manning those. All
the things going on. Look at this battle for the lead. This is amazing racing. When you
are standing above it and outside, you can really appreciate how these guys are slipping
and sliding.>>That didn’t take long.
>>That’s what I was talking about earlier. When you get into lap traffic and start having
to do something different, Kyle is versatile but his car is versatile as well. It will
work on the top and bottom. He has options when gets to traffic. The 18
has himself on the bottom. Can’t make the top groove work. Wound up losing the lead.
>>Does Suarez have to search now? He realizes what was happening before is not going to
work. He has company, Ryan Blaney back to him in the third position.
>>He needs to search. If he doesn’t, he is not going to win this race because of the fact that Kyle can get
through traffic and he has options. His car is fast on the top. It seems like the 18 has
slowed down here. Maybe he has gotten tight and can’t do what he needs to do. The top
groove is definitely the place to be after 25, 30 laps.
>>Blaney up to second. Michael, you have a great vantage point. Lap traffic going to
play a huge role in who wins this race today.>>Certainly will. I have a good eye on
the 20 car of Erik Jones. He was a half a straightaway behind the battle for second. He closed there. He is making the move on Suarez.