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Worn Bristol dirt surface “slicker than pavement”, says Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his Truck Series win at Bristol dirt. Credits: NASCAR, Getty Images.

Truck Series race winner at Bristol dirt Martin Truex Jr. says that despite having the same color as usual pavement, the dirt track surface at the Last Great Colosseum is more slippery.

The track conditions at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track has been one of the hottest topics throughout the entire NASCAR race weekend. After some laps, there is less and less dirt on the racing line, which obviously changes grip and they driving style. The winner of the Trucks race Martin Truex Jr. shared his point of view about the surface conditions.

“It definitely didn’t feel like pavement,” Truex Jr. said. “Definitely a lot slicker than pavement. Sliding a lot more. Definitely, as the track got slicker and more black towards the end, you started driving it straigher and straighter for sure.”

“Early on, when the track was tacky and it was kind of a white groove, that was a lot of fun. You could really drive in into corner, get sideways, drive it like a dirt track, so there’s a lot of learning going on there and being able to make passes and drive to the front, so I had a blast,” he added.

Martin Truex Jr. also hoped that the track conditions would be improved ahead of the Cup Series race later today: “I’m hoping they can put the track back to where we started the Truck race to start the Cup race. I have no idea if they can do that or not or what it all entails, maybe we need a couple of monsoons before it will get back to that.”

“It was a lot of fun in the beginning and just to see how much the track changes was really in need, so if it stays like it is now in the Cup race, it is going to be super slick and by the end I can’t even imagine how slippery it’s going to be and how quickly the tires are going to wear out,” the no.51 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck driver said in the end.

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