Dale Earnhardt Jr. once again competes in both the Scotts EZ Seed 300 and the Jeff Byrd 500 Presented by Food City at Bristol Motor Speedway March 19-20 as he tries to mirror his 2004 August sweep at the World’s Fastest-Half-Mile.
While Earnhardt goes after what would be his second NASCAR Nationwide win at BMS, his teammate Danica Patrick will taking on the high-banked concrete oval for the first time.
Patrick is coming off a fourth-place finish at Las Vegas, the highest finish ever for a woman in a NASCAR event. Not only will this be Patrick’s first time at Bristol, but also will be her first short track event.
Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are among the Sprint Cup series regulars who, like Earnhardt, will be pulling double duty next weekend.
Among the Nationwide stars battling for the Scotts EZ Seed 300 is Justin Allgaier, who won the race a year ago. Allgaier started 30th in the race and methodically made his way to the front, ultimately beating Keselowski to the checkered flag to claim his first Nationwide Series win.
Reed Sorenson enters the Scotts EZ Seed 300 first in the series point standings with 111 points, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (109), Jason Leffler (106), Patrick (98) and Allgaier (95). Knoxville native Trevor Bayne is sixth in the points with 87.
Tickets for the Scotts EZ Seed 300 March 19 start at $45, while tickets for the Jeff Byrd 500 Presented by Food City March 20 are available for $93. Ford Fan Friday tickets (March 18) are only $5 and are just $4 for fans who have tickets to the Jeff Byrd 500.
Practice for Ford Fan Friday begins at 8:30 a.m. for the Scotts EZ Seed 300 March 18, with practice for the Jeff Byrd 500 Presented by Food City getting under way at noon. Qualifying for Sunday’s Jeff Byrd 500 is at 3:40 p.m. Qualifying for the Scotts EZ Seed 300 is March 19 at 9:40 a.m. with the race slated to go green at 2 p.m. The Jeff Byrd 500 is at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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