Harvick to battle Kyle Busch, Dale Jr., Danica as he goes for sixth Nationwide win at BMS
Travis Pastrana Makes Bristol Debut In Widow Wax 125 K&N Series Event
Kevin Harvick, Bristol Motor Speedway’s all-time win leader in the Nationwide Series, shoots to add to that total in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at BMS March 17 in what promises to be a day of non-stop action at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.
The Ford EcoBoost 300 race is the first half of a doubleheader that is followed by the 2012 season-opener for the K&N Pro Series East event, the Widow Wax 125.
Harvick has five Nationwide wins at the half-mile oval and joins several other Sprint Cup drivers vying for the checkered flag. Kyle Busch, winner of the last three Nationwide events at Bristol, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski, with one Nationwide win each at BMS and Danica Patrick, making her second start at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, also are looking for a trip to victory lane.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the 2011 Nationwide Series champion, goes for his first win at BMS while Justin Allgaier, another contender for the Ford EcoBoost 300, tries to duplicate the success he experienced winning for the first time at Bristol in March, 2010.
A surprise entry for the Ford EcoBoost is another Earnhardt. Jeffrey Earnhardt becomes a fourth-generation racer to compete in NASCAR events at Bristol, following in the footsteps of his great grandfather Ralph, grandfather Dale, and father Kerry.
"I’m excited to race Bristol,” said the 22-year-old Jeffrey Earnhardt. “My family has quite a few wins there and I hope to continue that success.”
Travis Pastrana makes his debut at BMS in the Widow Wax 125 presented by SealWrap Repair Tape K&N Pro Series East event. Pastrana, along with Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, and Darrell Wallace Jr., a three-time K&N Series winner a year ago, lead the field in the series’ season-opener.
“I’m really looking forward to the race and actually getting to compete at Bristol,” said Pastrana, a multiple X Games gold medal winner. “This place is just amazing, I’ve never seen anything like it and I know the race is going to be something else. I’m ready to go.”
Practice for the Widow Wax 125 takes place on Ford Fan Friday March 16 at 5 p.m. Qualifying is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday, after the Ford EcoBoost 300 Nationwide Series event while the green flag drops at 6:15 that evening.
Tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 300/Widow Wax 125 doubleheader are available, starting at $35 for adults and $17 for kids 15 and under, and may be purchased by calling toll free at 1-866-415-4158, 423-BRISTOL; fans also can purchase tickets online.
March race weekend ticket packages, which include the March 18 Food City 500 and the Ford EcoBoost 300/Widow Wax 125, also are available, starting at $99. A package in the Wallace Tower for both Sprint Cup races also is available for $99, while packages for fans 15 and younger are available for the March races at half price. Lower-row seating for the Food City 500 is available with tickets starting at $65 for adults and $32 for children 15 and under.
Guests are encouraged to purchase in advance while the price is $5 less per grandstand ticket than the race-day cost for the same seat.
BMS season tickets, which include the Food City 500 and IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup races, as well as both the Ford EcoBoost 300, the Food City 250 and the Widow Wax 125, also are on sale. Pricing for all four races begins at just $175 in the Wallace Tower.