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FACT FILE: F1 Bahrain GP + NASCAR Cup and Trucks on the Bristol Dirt

1. Formula 1 ‘Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix’

• Race Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
• TV (race): TSN3/5 at 11:00A to 1:00P (check http://www.prnmag.com/tv-listings for complete listings)

VENUE:
• Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
• 5.412 km (3.36 mi) road course with 15 turns.

CIRCUIT MAP

PHOTO BAHRAIN CIRCUIT MAP

THE EVENT:
• Race Distance is 57 laps = 308.238 km
• There will be two one-hour practice sessions on Friday, another one-hour practice session Saturday morning and a one-hour qualifying session Saturday afternoon (see the Schedule). In addition there will be three F2 races over Saturday and Sunday.

PREVIOUS RESULTS:
• Two F1 championship Grands Prix were held at this circuit last year, the Bahrain GP on November 29 and the Sakhir GP on December 6. The Sakhir GP was run on the 3.543 km/11 turn ‘Outer Circuit’.
> The Podium Results of the Bahrain GP were: 1. Lewsis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 3. Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
> The Podium Results of the Sakhir GP were: 1. Sergio Perez (Racing Point), 2. Estaban Ocon (Renault), 3. Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
• This year’s Bahrain GP is the season-opener. The most recent Grand prix was the 2020 final, the Abu Dhabi GP on December 13. The Podium Results in that race were: 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

CLICK BELOW FOR THESE LINKS:
• Weekend Schedule
• Entry List 

• Qualification Results

• Race Starting Grid

• Live Scoring: When the race starts go to https://www.formula1.com/en/f1-live.html; then click on Live Timing; then select Leaderboard (you may need to subscribe for this service).
• Lap chart
• Tire usage history
• Race Results

PHOTO BRISTOL DIRT PREPARATIONSAdding dirt to the concrete Bristol half-mile

NASCAR on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway

• Two races will be run at Bristol on a temporary dirt surface this weekend, the Truck Series race on Saturday and the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday.
• For each of these races will include two practice sessions on Friday and a set of four qualifying heats on Saturday, one quarter of the entry in each heat (see the Weekend Schedule).
• Here are the rules for the weekend:
> Heat Race Starting Lineup – Random draw determines heat race designation and starting position for the heat race. The draw will be in order of current owner points.
> Qualifying Heat Races – Four qualifying races held at 15 laps each with only green flag laps counted – no overtime rule. Free pass and wave around procedures will be in effect
> Passing Points – Drivers will accumulate points in the heat races based on finishing position and passing points. The points total determines the starting position for the feature event. Passing Points = The difference between assigned starting position and finishing position. (Go forward – accumulate passing points; Go backward or finish where you started – zero passing points)
> Heat Finishing points: 10 points for heat winner; sliding scale downwards (9, 8, 7, etc.)
> Feature – Lineup based on combined points of Heat Race finishing position and passing points. Feature race will be 250 laps (NCWTS: 150 laps) divided into three stages (NCS: 75/150/250) / (NCWTS: 40/90/150). Running order will be frozen at the conclusion of each stage. During the stage breaks, teams can change tires, add fuel and make adjustments to their cars/trucks. These non-competitive pit stops must be completed in a time designated by NASCAR (TBD). No fuel or tires except at stage breaks.

2. NASCAR Cup Series ‘Food City Dirt Race’

• Race Date: Monday, March 29, 2021 (the Race has been postponed to Monday due to rain conditions on Sunday)
• TV: FOX/TSN5? at 4:00P

VENUE:
• Bristol Motor Speedway (on dirt), Bristol, TN
• 0.533 mi concrete oval. For this event the track surface has been covered by a layer of clay, transforming the track into a familiar ‘dirt track’. In the turns, 9-10 feet of dirt changed the banking from the corner’s usual 28 degrees to 19. The width of the racing surface gained 10 feet, now measures 50 feet wide.

THE EVENT:
• Race distance is 250 laps = 133.25 mi; Stages: (revised) 100/100/50 = 250 laps
• The practice and qualifying sessions on Friday/Saturday as outlined above are cancelled. All Saturday running cancelled. Sunday's race has been postponed to Monday at 4:00P
• Starting positions were to have been based on the combined points of Heat Race finishing position and passing points. Due to cancellation of heat races, starting grids will be based on metrics.

PREVIOUS RESULTS:
• The most recent NASCAR Cup race run on a dirt surface was on September 30, 1970 at the half-mile North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. The race was won by Richard Petty driving a Plymouth.

CLICK BELOW FOR THESE LINKS:
• Weekend Schedule
• Entry List 
• Qualifying Races Starting Lineups

• Starting Lineup
• Live Scoring: when the race starts, go to https://www.nascar.com/ select LIVE LEADERBOARD; then select 'RAW FEED'
• Cumulative Race Report
• Race Results

3. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ‘Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt’

• Race Date: Monday, March 29, 2021 (Rescheduled to 12:00 noon on Monday due to rain conditions on Saturday and Sunday.)
• TV: Fox Sports Racing at 12:00 noon

THE EVENT:
• Race Distance is 150 laps = 80 mi; Stages: 40/50/60 = 150 laps
• The practice and qualifying sessions on Saturday are all cancelled.All Saturday and Sunday running cancelled. The race has been rescheduled to noon on Monday
• Starting positionswere to have been based on the combined points of Heat Race finishing position and passing points. Due to cancellation of heat races, starting grids will be based on metrics.

PREVIOUS RESULTS:
• Since 2013, there has been Truck Series race held at the half-mile Eldora dirt track on Ohio. Last year’s winner was Stewart Friesen in a Chevrolet. The Bristol race wil be the only dirt track race for the trucks this year.

CLICK BELOW FOR THESE LINKS:
• Weekend Schedule
• Entry List 
• Qualifying Races Starting Lineups

• Starting Lineup
• Live Scoring: when the race starts, go to https://www.nascar.com/ select LIVE LEADERBOARD; then select 'RAW FEED'
• Cumulative Race Report
• Race Results

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