NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace Doubles Down on the Dirt This Weekend in Bristol

by Madison Miller
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NASCAR drivers are spending the weekend gliding and racing around a dirt track at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

This weekend is the Food City Dirt Race of the NASCAR Cup Series. It’s the first time since 1970 that the Cup Series raced on dirt.

Bubba Wallace, in his No.23 Toyota Camry, will take on the dirt alongside other Cup Series racers. In a recent tweet, he wrote, “Double the dirt.” Bubba Wallace also is taking part in the Camping World Truck Series. He is double the trouble this weekend for both the Truck and Cup Series.

Also this weekend, Wallace will take place in the inaugural Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol. Here he will be driving the No. 11 Toyota Tundra for Spencer Davis Motorsports. He is a six-time race-winner in the Trucks Series.

Bubba Wallace will be taking on other Cup drivers like Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, and Chase Briscoe.

He is expected to perform well at the dirt race and is considered a key figure to watch out for. He won at the Eldora Speedway in 2014. Before that, he is in the Cup Series race on FOX at 2:30 p.m. today. It’s a busy weekend for Wallace.

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Wallace teased the reappearance of his victory shoes from his 2014 Eldora win. He posted a photo of the velcro shoes on his Twitter on Friday and asked fans “Should I bring these out of retirement?”

The shoes could be the magical formula for another Truck Series win against some pretty serious competitors. He practiced in both his truck and car on Friday. However, according to Popculture, he was one of the few drivers that actually spun out during the session. Hopefully, he adjusted his methods for the big race.

Some racers are concerned with the stability and longevity of their tires while racing on the first during the Cup Series. While practicing on Friday several racers had their tires completely burn out several times.

According to NASCAR, there are now more competition cautions in place for the race now. The drivers are getting an additional set of tires, which means they now get six. Competition cautions will be on Laps 50 and Lap 150. This is where teams can track prep as well as give them a chance to pit.

After excessive tire wear on Friday, the organization is hoping these adjustments will make a major difference. All drivers will be dealing with very different racing conditions than what they are used to.

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