Seen in Bristol - 1 NASCAR drew more fans to qualifying in Bristol Friday than the IRL, Grand-Am and USAC Silver Crown series will draw for the entire weekend in Homestead. While you could shoot a cannon into the grandstands at Homestead and not hit a soul, Bristol had a fairly healthy crowd as can be seen in this Toyota photograph of Dale Jarrett during qualifying.
The Car of Tomorrow made its debut at Bristol Friday and all the cars looked identical but for the paint scheme and the $29.95 decal kit for the front grill and headlights. Here Jeremy Mayfield circles the Bristol bullring with his new paint scheme on his Toyota Camry.
Jeff Gordon said after qualifying "I just didn't think we would run these kinds of speeds. I just didn't think DuPont Impala SS would be able to run that fast, but it did.” To which we overheard one wag say, "That's because the artificial NASCAR computer generated qualifying speeds selected you for the pole this weekend."
AJ Allmendinger (pictured right, photo by Toyota) finally qualified for a Nextel Cup race, though it was dead last. "I'm sorry that I made my guys work a little bit harder tonight because I roughed up the side of it a little bit," Allmendinger said after qualifying. "I wanted to get into this race so bad that I ended up brushing the wall on my first lap.
"I'm just happy that we made the race. I was sitting there watching how fast the guys were going before me and it started to get me worried. I can't believe it. These guys are awesome."
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