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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR Chase Playoffs 3 Races Away Going into Thunder Valley

Roaring out of manufacturers' turf towards fan turf, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and teams head to Bristol Motor Speedway. BSM has nicknames like Thunder Valley and "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," but it is sometimes called the "bruise-bowl" given the bumping and slamming of race cars among NASCAR’s three top series during a typical night race. Call it what you want, this Bristol race counts big with only three races remaining before the Chase to the Sprint Cup is set for only 12 drivers. Fans might not know that this short-track event takes a heavy physical toll on drivers even if they avoid crashing. Bristol can weigh intensely on NASCAR’s fittest. Probably it’s the result of a short track with high banks and fast ...

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