As with any test around the high-banked .533-mile oval, there was the purpose of running fast laps and checking tire wear. But with rookie drivers Chase Briscoe and Ty Majeski, it was also about getting them up to speed for their stints in the No. 60 Ford, which each driver will be in 12 races this season.
Majeski will race the car in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 on April 14, while Briscoe will have his turn at it in the Food City 300 in August.
Briscoe, a 23-year-old, Mitchell, Ind., driver who broke Jeff Gordon's record as the youngest driver ever to win a 410 Sprint Car race when he was 14, will be making his second Bristol start. He finished 12th in last year's NASCAR Truck Series race, but feels his dirt background could be even more help when it comes to "The World's Fastest Half-Mile."
"Bristol is so unique being a half-mile with so much banking, so I think that plays a little into the dirt guys' role," Briscoe said. You're constantly on edge here because if you're going to be fast, you have to be loose."
Majeski, a 23-year-old Wisconsin native, is one of the top Super Late Model drivers in the country, racing in such events as the Snowball Derby, Slinger Nationals and Nashville's All-American 400. He came to Bristol as a fan as a youngster, but will be making his first start at the famed short track in a couple of weeks.
"I grew up watching Bristol Motor Speedway on TV and to come in here and go around it, was something I would have never dreamed of as a kid," Majeski said. "It gave me a speed sensation that I wouldn't have thought was possible.
"I've run some short tracks in Wisconsin, including the high-banked, quarter-mile Slinger Superspeedway, but it doesn't do this justice. It's a sensation of speed that took me a little to get adapted to, but I've come a long ways since the beginning of the test. It goes beyond the cars. We're getting better as drivers."
They each talked about driving the famed No. 60 car, which holds the NASCAR Xfinity Series record with 93 wins. Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Trevor Bayne are some of the drivers who have driven the No. 60 Ford, while Biffle, Edwards and Chris Buescher have wheeled the car to championships.
"It's a lot of pressure racing the same car which Mark Martin and so many great guys have run," Briscoe said. "There's always pressure in trying to perform, but when you're driving for Jack Roush, there is added pressure. Honestly, it's an honor to drive the 60 car."
Majeski added, "The 60 is the winningest car in the Xfinity Series and Mark Martin gave me some shout-outs on twitter. I talked to him and he's been a great help, giving me a lot of great advice. I just want to use that to the best of my ability."
Growing up in Indiana, Briscoe said Tony Stewart was an inspiration to him for his versatility in driving so many different kinds of vehicles. Majeski credited the great short tracks around Wisconsin which have produced drivers like Matt Kenseth, Johnny Sauter and Dick Trickle for getting him to this point.
Plenty of tickets to the April 14 Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 and the K&N Series Zombie Auto 150 that same day are still available.