NASCAR Heads To Bristol Motor Speedway For Its Version Of March Madness

College basketball shouldn't have all the fun.

Stock-car racing has March Madness every year, too, as the NASCAR schedule brings us to Bristol Motor Speedway, the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" in the Tennessee mountains.

Historically, tempers flared and drivers took out their anger on one another at Bristol – though the racing has changed since the track was repaved in 2007.

But Bristol is still Bristol, and it's always worth watching.

Some of the storylines heading into this weekend include Kyle Busch (can he continue his Bristol success after his three-race sweep there last summer?) and NASCAR itself (can the sport pick up where it left off in early-season momentum despite an off-week?).

In regard to the off-week, this is likely the last time NASCAR will have an early-season break. Next year's Daytona 500 has been pushed later, so there will be no need to take an off-week before Easter.

Will drivers bring back "Boys, have at it" in time to rival the real March Madness? We can hope.

Here is the schedule for this weekend (all times Eastern):

FRIDAY

8:30 a.m. – Nationwide Series practice (90 minutes)

10:30 a.m. – Nationwide Series practice (80 minutes)

12 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series practice (90 minutes)

1:40 p.m. – Nationwide Series practice (110 minutes)

3:40 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series qualifying

5 p.m. – Nationwide Series practice (60 minutes)

SATURDAY

9:40 a.m. – Nationwide Series qualifying

10:45 a.m. – Sprint Cup Series practice (45 minutes)

12 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series practice (60 minutes)

2 p.m. – Nationwide Series race

SUNDAY

1 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series race

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