Justin Allgaier gave FOX19 NOW Sports a ride around the Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday morning. The NASCAR Xfinity Series driver described what racers will do to make their fastest laps around the .533-mile, high-banked oval in northeast Tennessee.
“The bottom seems slow, even though you’re not going slow,” he said, describing the lowest line around the track. He also ventured up into the upper groove of the track, explaining that “you slow down a lot less to go around the top” which is why “it feels faster up top.”
Allgaier, who drives the No. 7 for JR Motorsports—owned by NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr.—said drivers can make up time in this weekend’s races by having a good setup that allows them to run in the middle of the turns. “You can pass some guys if you’re able to get down in the middle and they’re running up top,” Allgaier explained.
Allgaier, a native of Riverton, Ill., took the pace car around the track to show media members what he and 39 other competitors will experience during the weekend. The high banks of the turns, which vary from 24 degrees nearer to the bottom groove and extend to 28 degrees up nearer to the wall, throw drivers to the right side of their seats as they drive laps around 15 to 16 seconds at Bristol, a track which deems itself as “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Gilder Kits 300 features heat racing for the first time in NASCAR’s second-tier series, and will start at 12:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 will start at 1 p.m. on FOX19 NOW. Carl Edwards won the pole for the race on Friday afternoon at the speedway.