CONCORD, N.C. – Hendrick Motorsports heads to the Last Great Colosseum and is ready to take on dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time in the Cup Series.
The drivers are rolling into Sunday’s event with a lot of momentum. Kyle Larson was a force to be reckoned with at Atlanta, where he led 269 laps and took home a runner-up finish. William Byron also adds to the momentum after he won at the virtual Bristol dirt track Wednesday night for the first race of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, leading 38 of the 70-lap feature race.
Alex Bowman’s dirt-racing background has expanded after he participated as a team owner in the 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals. Chase Elliott won the All-Star race held at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2020 and practiced his dirt skills through various events during the offseason.
Here is everything you need to know to tune into Sunday’s race at Bristol Dirt.
WHAT TIME IS PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING?
The first practice session for the Cup Series drivers at Bristol Dirt race begins Friday, March 26 at 4:05 p.m. ET. The last practice session begins at 6:35 p.m. ET the same day. Both sessions will be televised on FS1.
Qualifying for Sunday’s race will have four 15-lap heats to determined the starting order. Heat 1 begins Saturday at 6 p.m. ET and the remaining heats will follow in succession. The final qualifying heat will start at 6:45 p.m. ET. The qualifying races will be televised on FS1, as well.
WHAT TIME IS THE RACE?
The race will start on Sunday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX.
CAN I LISTEN ON THE RADIO?
The race will be available on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
CAN I STREAM ONLINE?
WHAT CHANNEL IS FOX?
It varies, but this link allows fans to find the channel by entering their zip code and selecting their television provider.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Sunday’s much-anticipated dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway will mark the 11th new track configuration the NASCAR Cup Series has competed on since 1994. In the previous 10 inaugural races, Hendrick Motorsports has gone to victory lane four times – twice the total of any other team. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon won the debut events at Indianapolis in 1994, California in 1997 and Kansas in 2001. Elliott won the most recent new addition at the DAYTONA Road Course in August 2020. The six other venues to hold first-time Cup Series races since 1994: Texas in 1997, Las Vegas in 1998, Homestead in 1999, Chicagoland in 2001, Kentucky in 2011, and the Charlotte ROVAL in 2018.