NASCAR drivers turn first laps at Bristol

Jeff Burton was one of three drivers testing at Bristol Tuesday. (Photo: Bristol Motor Speedway)


Jeff Burton was one of three drivers testing at Bristol Tuesday. (Photo: Bristol Motor Speedway)

Three NASCAR Sprint Cup series drivers turned the first laps on the newly reconfigured oval at Bristol Motor Speedway Tuesday.  In response to fan complaints of lackluster racing, officials reconfigured the track by grinding the upper groove down in hopes of returning the track to what it was prior to 2007 when the progressive banking was added.

Driver Jeff Burton said the top groove is gone, but isn’t really pleased with results.

“I really can’t imagine running up there in that top groove,” Burton said. “I think it is going to force everyone more to the middle and bottom of the track. The drivers aren’t going to be happy, but the spectators probably will be because it is going to put more cars in a closer space.” MORE>>>

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