Dirt Is The Word: Bristol To Do It Again In 2022

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Joey Logano won the historic Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, but the good news for everyone else is there will be another.

That’s the latest from track owner Speedway Motorsports, which announced that more fun in the sun (and hopefully, not mud) can take place again in 2022.

“There has been so much buzz and excitement around the inaugural Food City Dirt Race weekend that with NASCAR’s blessing, we are thrilled to announce that we will be bringing back dirt in 2022 as part of the NASCAR Cup Series spring schedule,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “The dirt experience is unlike any other for NASCAR fans and could become a must-see event every season.”

Monday’s race was NASCAR Cup Series’ first on a dirt track since 1970. There was plenty of contact and some visibility issues, creating an interesting race in which Logano left all others in the dust.

He led in 61 of the 253 laps and ended up winning by .554 seconds, edging Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Denny Hamlin. As an aside, there have been seven races this season — and seven different winners.

NASCAR has held two Cup Series races each year at Bristol since the Tennessee track opened in 1961.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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  1. I used to watch the sport religiously when there was an appeal and this race use to be the hardest ticket in all of sports. I think adding dirt to the spring race will bring that tradition of selling out. I don’t get the visibility issues. Every vehicle on earth that races dirt doesn’t have a windshield, but these do? 80% of the drivers out there raced dirt before. How do they miss that here?

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