Kenseth, Edwards Lead Roush-Fenway Charge At BMS
Jack Roush has reason to smile when he thinks about this weekend's NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Roush's drivers are good at the .533-mile short track. Really good. Until an uncustomary slump a year ago, they had scored Sprint Cup wins at the legendary bullring every year from 2002 through 2008. Since Roush teams began competing at Bristol in 1988, they have notched an incredible 17 wins - 10 Cup, five Nationwide and a pair in the Truck Series.
What better place to come to then when your team is looking for its first win of the 2010 campaign?
"Bristol has always been just a really great track for us," Roush said. "I really can't say why we're so successful at Bristol. I know that drivers must have nerves of steel and be really motivated to win here, and we've been able to attract a core of drivers that share those attributes."
Matt Kenseth, currently second in the Sprint Cup point standings, just 26 behind leader Kevin Harvick, is one of those drivers. Kenseth has a pair of Bristol wins to his credit and looks forward to going after No. 3 on Sunday.
"We've had a lot of success at Bristol over the years," he said. "Being a concrete, high-banked track that is so small, really makes Bristol stand out from other tracks on the circuit. Bristol feels like the seats are on top of you, and the great fan atmosphere really makes it an exciting place to race.
"They re-configured the track surface a few years ago ...it's still fast and small; stuff definitely happens in a hurry. Qualifying is very important at Bristol since track position and pit position can really make or break your race sometimes. I'm looking forward to getting back there this weekend for another exciting race."
Like Kenseth, Edwards is hoping to get back into the win column after a disappointing 2009 season that left him winless in Cup competition. He had back-to-back wins at BMS in the 2007 and 2008 August races and is one of only three drivers in NASCAR history with wins in the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series at Bristol.
"We've had a lot of success at Bristol," said Edwards, who is doing double duty this weekend, racing also in the Scotts Turf Builder 300. "I like racing there. They've paved it and made it to where you could go the same speed anywhere on the track and it makes for some really tough racing."
Qualifying for the Food City 500 is Friday, March 19 at 3:40 p.m. while the lineup for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 will be set at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, March 20.
Food City 500 tickets are still available. A package, consisting of Ford Fan Friday qualifying, the Scotts Turf Builder 300 and the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown and Sunday's Food City 500, starts at only $99.
Single day tickets for the Food City 500 also are available for $93. Tickets for Saturday's doubleheader start at just $45 while fans can watch Ford Fan Friday qualifying for only $5, then attend Food City Race Night at BMS for free.
A season ticket package featuring nine events during the March and August NASCAR weekends starts at only $199. The package includes NASCAR's two most popular Sprint Cup races, along with a pair of Nationwide events, a Camping World Truck Series race, the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown, a Whelen Modified event, qualifying and Food City Race Night.
For more information concerning tickets, please visit www.bristoltix.com or call the BMS ticket office at 423-BRISTOL (274-7865).