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NASCAR Cup: Bristol Motor Speedway applies more track bite

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 19: Erik Jones, driver of the #77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota, leads the field to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

For its fourth-consecutive NASCAR race weekend, Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway is applying PJ1, a traction compound, to its lower racing groove ahead of its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series/NASCAR Xfinity Series race weekend that will culminate in Sunday’s running of the Food City 500 for the Cup Series. The compound is being applied with the aim of giving drivers feasible options of where to run on the race track.

“Now that they have the bottom groove going back again, that seems to open it again for the bottom and the top,” Kyle Busch said, as quoted by a BMS press release Wednesday. “You can run two lanes, and you can have the lanes be more equal to one another, rather than the top just being so much faster and having to run up there.”

Busch is the most recent Cup Series winner at Bristol, winning the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race there last August.

At least three tracks used PJ1 on parts of their racing surfaces last season with the hopes of improving races by increasing passing opportunities — Bristol, Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

“It’s something we continue to learn and work with the race tracks; what’s the right application? It was the first time we’ve ever done this on asphalt,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said during an interview on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio after the use of the traction compound at Charlotte last year. “We continue to learn and as we see multiple grooves open up earlier, I think it’s something you could see us apply in the future.”

Both Dover and Bristol have concrete surfaces, with Charlotte Motor Speedway is asphalt.

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