Bristol Motor Speedway to treat track surface ahead of race weekend
By Matt Courson
August 4, 2017
For the third consecutive NASCAR race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, track officials confirmed to The Racing Experts that once again, the speedway will be treating the lower groove of the racing surface with the PJ1 TrackBite substance.
The product has been successful in allowing the Goodyear Tires to find more grip in the bottom groove.
It isn’t immediately known if additional PJ1 TrackBite substance will be applied proceeding the Camping World Truck Series race and XFINITY Series race. Additional substance was applied to the racing surface following the XFINITY Series race in April.
The substance has been used this year for NASCAR race weekends at venues including Charlotte Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson, the most recent winner at The Last Great Colosseum, previously commended track officials for the effort and was a supporter of reapplying it to the racetrack.
“In the Driver’s Council meeting after our fall race here, we were all eager to make sure it was back down,” Johnson said in April. “And [we] thought that it did offer more options [for passing] than without it.”
However, Kyle Larson is not pleased with the result of applying the “sticky substance,” saying it is not fun from a driver’s perspective.
“The VHT [substance] is wider than the width of our race cars now too, which makes it extremely easy to run around the bottom and not a lot of fun,” Larson said in April.
“I don’t know, maybe some guys like it, but I think, yeah it looks like old Bristol because we are all running around the bottom, but I just don’t see how that is fun.”
The tripleheader weekend at Bristol kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 16, when the Camping World Truck Series takes center stage.
The racing continues on Friday with the NASCAR XFINTY Series, and to close out the weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will complete 500 laps around the .533 mile short track.
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