Bristol Motor Speedway Reapplies Traction Compound to Improve Grip

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After early morning collaboration between Bristol Motor Speedway officials, NASCAR and drivers the decision was made to reapply the traction compound, known as VHT or TrackBite, along the lower groove of the track.

The substance provides better grip around the bottom groove of the track in an effort to improve side-by-side racing and passing. It’s the second time VHT has been used at Bristol but this time, several drivers said the strip was wider than in during the Fall race.

“In discussions with NASCAR we evaluated and felt like it was the right thing to do,” Caldwell said.

According to NASCAR, all parties were involved and gave input on whether, or not, to reapply the substance but Caldwell said this didn’t deviate from the overall plan.

“It is what we had planned to do from the beginning of the weekend, was the possible treatment at the end of every day, so it just goes with that,” Caldwell said.

Track officials also ran Kentucky Motor Speedway’s Tire Dragon device, which was used two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway to help rubber-in the track after its repave. The Tire Dragon is pulled behind a tractor around the track as a row of tires are rotating backwards to help prepare the surface for racing.

After being delayed from Sunday to Monday, the Food City 500 is scheduled to go green at 1:07 p.m. with television coverage on the FOX Network at 1 p.m. Radio coverage will be carried on PRN with a pre-race show beginning on network affiliates at 12:30 p.m.

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