It’s Bristol baby!! Short track racing is back and at one of the best arenas for it in the world. And yes I do mean arena given the 160,000 seating capacity and its nickname of “The Last Great Colosseum.” Bumping and running will be prevalent here and tempers will most definitely flare.

At .533 miles per lap, it’s the second-shortest track on the NASCAR Cup circuit and it’s one of the most banked as well with 26-30 degrees of tilt in the corners and 6-10 in the straights. The banking allows for higher speeds than a track of this size should ordinarily allow for. The concrete racing surface is just wide enough for two cars to run in two distinct racing grooves so long as the traction compound is warmed up and not slick like it was at Texas last week.

Track position that we’ve all grown accustomed to hearing so much about this season will be of the utmost import this week as you’ll see in the starting positions table down below. It is possible for drivers to move up through the...