NASCAR Getting Down And Dirty For First Time in 50 Years

If you’re ready to get down and dirty, well, this weekend’s NASCAR race is for you.

Actually, no one has ever really associated NASCAR with cleanliness, but now it is pulling out all the sooty stops for the Food City Dirt Race on Sunday. NASCAR even brought in a guy nicknamed “Dr. Dirt” to make sure the track at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway is up to messy standards.

Either way, this marks the first time since 1970 that the Cup Series will race on dirt.

β€œIt’s the longest dirt race in the history of mankind, so who knows what the race track is going to be like at the end of 250 laps,” No. 4 Ford driver Kevin Harvick told reporters.

Seriously. Just imagine if it rains first.

Anyway, drivers should feel confident that NASCAR brought in a soil specialist from California to analyze the dirt before dumping 2,300 truckloads onto the concrete half-mile racetrack.

That specialist has not been named. All we know is he knows dirt. And this weekend in Bristol, everyone else will too.

Sunday’s race will broadcast on FOX, beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST.

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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