BRISTOL, Tenn. – For most of the 2012 season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series “young guns” have stolen the spotlight for the veterans.
This could be the week the tables turn.
Bristol Motor Speedway – old, new, reconfigured, shaved or whatever – promises to be the ultimate test of aggression tempered by patience.
In other words, right up a veteran’s alley. The track’s only first-time winner was Rick Carelli in 1996.
“Bristol is always a wild card because it’s a high-banked short track; you never know what is going to happen. Tempers can flare and you can easily get caught up in someone else’s mess because everything happens so quickly,” said two-time champion Todd Bodine, who won June’s concrete race at Dover.
No driver has won more NCWTS short-track races than Ron Hornaday, Jr. Two of those 22 wins came at Bristol, including 1998, Hornaday’s second (of four) championship season. The 51-time NCWTS winner has yet to visit Victory Lane in 2012 and the UNOH 200 seems a likely event to break the drought.
“The last four races have been at tracks that I’ve never won at and getting back to a place like Bristol will be refreshing,” Hornaday said. “We found some things in our trucks in the last couple weeks and I feel like I finally have the trucks where I can drive them.”