No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Bristol Preview
This month’s NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen and Michigan saw multiple crashes, exciting finishes and post-race driver confrontations in the garage.
Now the series travels to Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s 500-lap race on the half-mile Tennessee high-banked track notorious for wild racing and boiling tempers. With just three races left to earn a berth in NASCAR’s 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup, Bristol could be the wildest race yet.
No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine driver Brian Vickers will rely on veteran spotter Roman Pemberton to guide him during Saturday night’s race. With the cars turning 16-second laps, Bristol is a challenge for Pemberton and all spotters atop the Bristol stands.
ROMAN PEMBERTON ON THE TWO SIDES OF BRISTOL: “Bristol is as close to a restrictor plate track as any in the series. Everything at Bristol happens fast and there is always something going on. It wears you down when you have to focus for 500 laps. It’s mentally draining. But, spotting at Bristol is probably one of the easiest because the corner speeds and momentum are constant. You don’t have cars slowing down in the corners and there aren't but one or two grooves. Also, out of your peripheral vision, you can see the whole track instead of constantly looking all around a track.”
DO YOU WATCH YOUR CAR OR THE FIELD? “Itdepends on where you are racing. If you get singled out you can look ahead and help the driver. When you are in traffic you are watching your car and helping him to avoid trouble.”
WHAT DO YOU DO DIFFERENT AT BRISTOL? “There are several different versions of how you spot at these tracks. At California you have multiple lanes so you are paying attention to what lanes the cars are running and where you can make up speed. At Bristol, you have to be really quick on the radio and economize your words. If you were to talk for 20 seconds that is more than a whole lap.”
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