Who Will Win Bristol Motor Speedway? [Ultimate Guide!]

Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the most historic motorsport venues in the U.S. Located in southwest Virginia, the half-mile concrete oval has been the home of NASCAR for more than 70 years. It is undoubtedly one of the most important tracks on the NASCAR schedule, which this year features 20 events from March through November.

Bristol Motor Speedway is a legendary track. It was originally constructed in 1947, and has seen many historical moments in the sport. The most famous of these moments came in 1969, when the track was the site of one of racing’s most iconic races – the epic Battle of the Titans.

The winner of the NASCAR event was determined by which of the two drivers had the best car that finished the race. Richard Petty, who was driving for the Richard Petty Motorsports team, won the race in his No. 43 car. A crowd of 125,000 people attended the event, which is considered one of the biggest events to take place at a sports arena at the time. It was a historic moment for the track, its fans, and the entire NASCAR community.

The Battle of the Titans was the culmination of a rivalry that had been growing between NASCAR legends Richard Petty and his arch-nemesis, Ralph Beaver Smith. The two had been facing off at Bristol for years, and it was finally going to pay off. The previous year, at the same track, Petty had defeated Smith by a record margin. This year, he wouldn’t make the same mistake. With victories in four of the six events at Bristol in 1969, Petty became the first driver to win the championship in less than 80 races. It was a historic season for the 43-year-old driver, and the culmination of a rivalry that had been brewing between him and Smith since their days as members of the NASCAR elite in the mid-1950s.

After winning his first NASCAR title, Petty remained at the top of the sport for the rest of the decade. He won seven more championships in the next ten years, and his record 42 victories at Bristol from 1962 through 1971 were the most by any driver in that span. During that time, he set the all-time track record for wins with 48, and also tied the event record for most laps led with 763. He is still the record holder for most wins and most podiums at the track, having won 18 times and third place five times, respectively. In addition, he set a record for the most wins at a single NASCAR track with 17. Bristol Motor Speedway – where it all began for Petty.

Richard Petty remained at the top of the sport for another decade, winning six more championships from 1972 through 1976. However, his dominance would soon come to an end. The 1977 season was his last as the NASCAR elite looked for someone to dethrone the King. It started with an eventful season opener at Daytona International Speedway. After wrecking his car on the first lap, he would walk away with a loose tire, allowing Jim Vandiver to win the race and become the new face of NASCAR. This would be the start of a three-year winless streak for Petty. He would ultimately finish the 1977 season with 12 victories, his lowest total in over twenty years. The next year, he won just twice at Bristol, and his win total would dwindle to four in 1979. This was due in large part to his decision to retire from full-time racing after the 1978 season. He would continue to make occasional starts for Richard Petty Motorsports in the 1980s and early 1990s, but did not have a full-time ride until Jack Roush started the Roush Racing team in 1989. Since that time, he has been successful on a regular basis, winning five NASCAR Cups.

Will This Year’s BMS Champion Be Conquered At The Finale?

There are a few drivers who have a good shot at dethroning Richard Petty this year at Bristol. However, when it comes to actually winning the championship, they come up short. Despite their odds, here are the top contenders going into the season finale:

Darth Vader

If you thought last year was intense, you’ll want to brace yourselves for what’s in store for us this year at Bristol Motor Speedway. Last year, we saw a lot of action packed races that culminated in a battle for the championship between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. This year is looking just as intense, and for good reason. The season opener is going to be a battle royal, as all of the top drivers are going to be fighting for the NASCAR crown. The race for the championship is going to be among the most exciting races you will ever see.

Hamlin won his maiden victory at the season opener in 2018, dominating the field. Since then, he’s won four more races, including the AAA Texas 500. The momentum will continue into the season finale as he looks to defend his title. Hamlin should be considered the favorite considering his consistent performance throughout the season, and the depth of the competition. Most importantly, he has the championship experience, having won the title in 2015. He also finished second in 2013, 2014, and 2017. Hamlin has won a total of 17 races at Bristol, including the season opener. It will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of being the favorite going into the season finale. Will he be able to maintain his composure, or will his emotions get the best of him?

Let’s face it; Hamlin is one of the best drivers in the history of NASCAR. He’s won more than 100 races, including the prestigious Daytona 500 in 2015. In addition, he’s made a name for himself by dominating the competition at Bristol, especially in the past three years. If you want to catch the action, consider heading to the bleachers behind section 14 for some seats. You may also want to get a cardboard box to sit in, just so you can be near the action. The upper deck behind the grandstand is another good location to catch the action, as it’s still quite scenic and offers a decent view of the track. If you can’t make it to a track, follow the action on Twitter, as the onboard cameras will be showing the entire race, including the crowd reaction, which can be quite thrilling to watch.

This year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting season we have seen in years. Richard Petty continues to hold the title of ‘King’, but his reign as the sport’s top dog is coming to an end. Even if you weren’t a fan of Petty, you have to admit that he was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, drivers of all time. Now, the top dogs of today seek to unseat the King, as there’s a new generation trying to make its mark on the sport. Let’s see how these young guns perform at Bristol, as well as the rest of the season, and which one(s) will be able to dethrone the King.

As mentioned above, Joey Logano won the season opener last year. The following week at Bristol, he finished second, losing out on the championship by a slim margin to Hamlin. Since then, Logano has won just once more, at the Road America 500, but was able to secure a spot in the 2019 Chase for the Championship, thanks to his third-place finish in the season-opening race. While it’s great to see him finally win after all those years of battling through, it’s still only one win and one second place, which means that he’s still far from being the champion. Even if he somehow wins the championship this year, it will be considered a minor miracle.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush has been one of the most successful sponsors in NASCAR history. The luxury brand is credited with helping to turn Donald Trump into a fan of the sport, and the president even proclaimed that his relationship with Bush was ‘one of the great relationships in history’. It’s been a whirlwind year for Bush, as he took home the championship in the newly-renamed NASCAR Gander RV & Adventures Series this year. After winning just twice at the Daytona International Speedway, he went on to capture the series title in eight out of the ten races. He won at Talladega, and tied for the win in the season finale at Atlanta. In total, Bush won fourteen races and took home the championship. This marks the first time in the history of the series that the trophy has changed hands within the same year. It’s quite an accomplishment for the 43-year-old driver, especially since he replaced Danica Patrick, who won seven championships in the span of six years with Jeb Bush. Will Bush continue his domination in the upcoming races?

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