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Pit PerspectiveThe teams were in Michigan for six days and five nights, which underscores how difficult our schedule is. We've got 13 more races in a row, and those teams are tired. To complicate things this weekend, it's extremely hot in Bristol. For the road guys the guys down in the pits it's a tough turnaround so conditioning and being mentally sharp will have huge implications on pit road.
Finish LineIf at all possible, stay out of trouble. For drivers like Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch who are trying to lock themselves into the Chase and even guys who have momentum and have clinched a spot in the top 12 for the final 12 races, no one can afford to have a bad night. We're running out of time. We go to California, and then we'll settle it in Richmond. Bristol is definitely a wild-card race getting in the Chase because you're going to see a lot of caution flags.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.