While numerous drivers are wearing their dirt-track excitement on their proverbial sleeves, others aren’t nearly as pumped. In fact, some are only at Bristol this weekend because it’s their job and they owe it to their fans, sponsors and team members.
“I would be way more optimistic about it and way more looking forward to it, I think, if it was in a real full-fledged dirt car, rather than the Cup cars,” two-time series champion Kyle Busch said. “I just don't know that our big, heavy stock cars are cut out and made for the dirt profile. That's my opinion, but the tire also is not conducive to the dirt surface very well. And so to me, from my understanding, from talking to some of the other drivers that have run the Eldora truck race (on dirt) the last few years, you're pretty much holding on the whole time, praying you're not going to spin out or crash. And that, to me, doesn't sound like a very fun time, although it is entertaining to watch.”
Kevin Harvick, another veteran driver and former Cup champion with limited dirt-track experience, is perhaps only slightly more enthusiastic.
“I’m just not a fan of racing on dirt, in general,” Harvick said. “It’s just not something I’ve done a lot of. I love to watch dirt racing, but for me as a driver, it’s not something that I’ve really enjoyed doing. But that also motivates me to go out and try to figure it out and do something that’s very different from anything I’ve ever done, especially at this level of racing. That motivates me and my team to see if we can go and figure something out that’s way outside of our comfort zone.”