A must watch for the drivers at the NASCAR Cup Series race in Bristol

Now that it’s a file Looks like Kyle Bush’s situation has been settled (Sponsors’ names will be mentioned, though) the lights could return to the Cup qualifiers, which reach a critical juncture Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The annual night track race marks the end of the first round of qualifying, and four of the 16 drivers will be kicked out of the group at the end of the race. former heroes Kyle Bush and Kevin Harvickalong with Austin Dillon And the Chase Briscobelow the cut-off line entering the race.

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Christopher Bell He leads the points standings and books a place in the round of 12. He is the only driver guaranteed in the second round.

The BMS schedule includes the Camping World Truck Series race Thursday night, the Xfinity Series Action Friday (7:30 PM ET, USA Network) and the Cup race on Saturday (7:30 PM ET, USA Network).

Toil and trouble

Cup qualifiers have not yet been a safe haven for the tournament contenders.

The races in Darlington and Kansas were riddled with debris, off-road issues and other problems.

By two playoff races, Christopher Bell, William ByronAnd the Joey Logano And the Austin Cendrick They are the only drivers (out of 16) who have not had a serious problem.

Among the problems:

Can Bush and Harvick recover?

Kyle Bush Ho 13 and Kevin Harvick 16 – two under-cut line champions – enter Saturday night’s race.

None of the drivers were eliminated in the first round of previous qualifying. Bush was eliminated in the second round in 2014 and 2020, and Harvick was eliminated in the second round last year.

What are their chances in Bristol? In a word, great.

Busch has won eight times – far more than any other active driver – in the BMS. He’s placed fourth or better in six of the past eight races on the track.

Harvick has won three times in Bristol and won four times in elimination races, including at Bristol in 2020.

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with Eric Jones And the Bubba Wallace Scoring surprising victories over the first two weeks of the qualifying cup, blocking the qualifying teams from the victory lanes in Darlington and Kansas, it is worth noting that many other drivers are potential first-time winners of the season with eight races remaining.

Six drivers who won races – two of them in multiple races – in 2021 have big zeros in their columns this year.

Martin Truex Jr.who has barely missed the playoffs, won four times last year but has not won this season. Ryan Blaney, in the playoffs on points, won three times last year. The others who arrived at Al Nasr lane last year but were absent this season AJ AlmendirAnd the Eric AlmerolaAnd the Brad Kiselowski And the Michael McDowell.

Entry Lists

Thirty-six drivers are taking part in Saturday night’s Cup Series race, the third and final event in the first round of qualifying.

Bristol Cup entry list

41 drivers will be seeking a place in the starting grid of 38 cars in the Xfinity Series race. Included in the entry list are Sage KaramAnd the Jeffrey EarnhardtAnd the Nick Sanchez And the Josh Williams.

Bristol Xfinity Entry Menu

37 drivers are entered in 36 places in the Camping World Truck Series.

Bristol Truck Entry List

Schedule and forecast for this week

(all times east)

Thursday 15 September

Climate forecast: Sunny. height 84.

  • 4:30 – 5:05 pm – FS1 Global Camping Truck Series Training
  • 5:05 – 6pm – Camping World Truck Series (FS1) Series Qualifiers
  • 9 p.m. – Camping World Truck Series (200 laps, 106 miles; FS1)

Friday, September 16

Climate forecast: Mainly sunny. height 84.

  • 2:35 – 3:10pm – Xfinity Series Training
  • 3:10 – 4 p.m. – Xfinity Series Qualifiers (NBC Sports app)
  • 4:35 – 5:20 p.m. – Trophy Series Training (USA Network)
  • 5:20 – 6:30 p.m. – Cup Series Qualifiers (USA Network)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Xfinity Series Race (300 laps, 159 miles; USA Network, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday 17th September

Climate forecast: Sunny. height 85.

  • 7:30 p.m. – Cup Series Race (500 laps, 266 miles; USA Network, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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