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Former Bristol Motor Speedway President Jeff Byrd, who passed away last year after a battle with cancer, will be honored for his contribution to NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Byrd’s wife Claudia and children Christian and Belton are the honorary starters.
Last season, Kyle Busch became the first driver to sweep all three NASCAR national series races in the same weekend when he swept the Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup series at Bristol last fall.
Several fan friendly events are scheduled for Friday, March 18. Admission is free of charge. On tap: Food City will honor Richard Petty during on-stage ceremonies; a special Q&A session with Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, A.J. Allmendinger and David Ragan; a Wii Boxing Tournament featuring Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler, Marcos Ambrose, David Reutimann, Clint Bowyer, Trevor Bayne and Bobby Labonte; and a Newlywed Game with Kasey Kahne and crew chief Kenny Francis versus Brad Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe.
Milestones this week: David Ragan and Travis Kvapil will be making their 150th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts; Tony Stewart is going for his 40th win and 250th top-10 finish. If he succeeds he will be the 19th NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to reach 250 top 10s. Kasey Kahne is going for his 50th top five in the series.