Quick Hits on Bristol 1
This week's edition is from a different perspective since I was at the track. Everyone knows the race looks different (and better!) in person than when watching it on television. It's possible then that some of what caught your attention didn't come through on the coverage. It's also possible you saw some things I wasn't able to keep up with. Let me tell you one other thing before I get into the race. I'm talking about the race, that's it. I'm not discussing the attendance or weather or anything else that's been debated non-stop on social media.
It was a great race, plain and simple. Chase Elliott showed he was strong from the get go. It will be interesting to see if he continues to be competitive in the weeks to come. It was a shame he was caught up in the trouble of others. It's my opinion that first caution should have never happened. Ryan Preece had a tire rub for several laps before it blew, catching Elliott and Corey LaJoie in the process. One spotter I was listening to told his driver two laps earlier to be careful around Preece. It's a shame he and his team decided to keep going instead of taking care of it so early in the race.
Elliott was also impressive in coming back from a later incident but was most impressive by driving the majority of the race without power steering at a short, fast track. Finishing 11th is nothing for him to hang his head about.
Speaking of comebacks, there were multiple drivers who came back from being at least a lap down and ended up posting solid finishes. Clint Bowyer led several laps and was near the top for a big portion of the day. A tire issue put him a lap down but he came back to finish 7th. Daniel Suarez also went down at least a lap but came back to claim 8th. It was good to see him run with the leaders for much of the day.
Kevin Harvick finishing 13th and on the lead lap is amazing. He started at the back of the field due to inspection issues and had to serve a drive through penalty. He was 3 laps behind for much of the day. He probably passed more cars than anyone on the track Sunday.
The worst part of the day had to be Chris Buescher finishing two laps down in 22nd. He was in the top 10 for the majority of the race and even worked his way into the top 5. He was in line for great finish before having a loose wheel.
Bristol had it all, 3 wide at times, multiple leaders, multiple drivers and teams coming back from problems as well as some names like Ryan Newman back in the top 10. Hopefully Richmond will match that kind of excitement.