This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
This weekend we return to the bull ring in Bristol, Tenn., for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The high-contact, short-track action under the lights is one of the most popular races in the schedule. It's been a long, hard haul since race number eight of the season, which was the last time NASCAR's top division visited Thunder Valley. Since that time we've seen Kyle Busch dominate the championship standings lead. We've seen Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Busch completely pound the competition into the ground. We've seen Erik Jones' big upset victory at Daytona. We've also seen Chase Elliott's first-career win at Watkins Glen a couple weeks ago. So a lot has happened since the Monster Energy Cup Series last ran the high banks of BMS. We've also seen several different styles of tracks and generally raced on the larger ovals. Bristol should prove to be a big adjustment for the drivers to make this weekend. It's been some time since we've gone racing on an oval of less than one-mile in size. Despite the long layoff, we should see a lot of the same faces racing at the front that we saw here in April. Successful short track drivers are a rare mix of patience and aggression. Those who can balance that yin and yang and beat fenders when need be and still be able to sit back and wait for an opportunity to pass in traffic are the ones to succeed at this half-mile oval