That short-track knowledge came in handy Friday during qualifying for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500.
“I can walk up to him and say, “Yeah, I let you have it” and he will giggle”.
42 McDonald’s Chevrolet woke up on the right side of the bed Saturday morning and was fastest in the early morning practice session for the cup drivers ahead of the Food City 500. He also has a history of running well at Bristol, earning the pole last August and leading a race-high 260 laps before finishing second to current teammate Kyle Busch. “Like wine, it gets better with time”.
While he is one of the favorites to win any time he travels to Bristol, it’s interesting to note Busch didn’t immediately take to the place.
“I’m very excited to be back in a K&N auto this weekend at Bristol”, said Tullman. “You let it settle”.
” We got a little bit tight there in that final round, but was able to still maintain a quick enough speed in order to beat Kurt (Busch) out”, Kyle said.
A year ago the Busch finished 1-2 at Sonoma with Kyle Busch holding off his older brother. “Overall we just need to keep trying to make sure they are good battles and clean battles and not ugly ones”.
Add in that the 21-year-old had the top 10-lap average in the first practice Saturday and there are the makings of a first career Cup win.
Brad Keselowski qualified third, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fourth and Ryan Blaney fifth. In all seven, Fords will start in the top 10. The team has gone to a backup vehicle, which means Busch will need to start at the rear of the 39-car field.
The list of marquee drivers who struggled in qualifying included Denny Hamlin (25th), Martin Truex Jr. The green flag for the race was previously scheduled to wave at 2:13 p.m./et, but NASCAR bumped it back an hour to 1:13 p.m./et due to the threat of rain on Sunday.
“Winning my first Cup race is something that I really want to get done”, Jones said.