After a momentary pause for breath last weekend, we're back to the serious stuff this Sunday at one of the very best tracks in the sport: Bristol Motor Speedway. Thunder Valley, as it's known, is a half-mile (well, 0.533-mile) concrete bullring with 26-30 degrees of banking in the corners, so there's little-to-no-room for error at any point during the 500-lap race. Just the slightest slip can wreak havoc not just on your own ride, but those of your competitors, as well.
With two straight weeks of short-track racing before we break once again for Easter, those with a proclivity toward bumping and banging will be looking to make up some points in the overall standing. We'll start this week with just one of those folks, the newly engaged Truck Series owner himself ...
Who'll win? Kyle Busch. I'm backing Busch Junior to take the checkers this weekend and kick-start his 2010 season in his customary mannger.
The circus travels from the high banks of Bristol to the flat as a pancake paper-clip track that is Martinsville for the 123rd Cup race at the famous old Virginia circuit.