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Chase Elliott (9) and Michael McDowell (34) race for position in the first stage of the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

BRISTOL — Multiple sources said over the weekend that Bristol Motor Speedway will once again be covered in dirt for its spring NASCAR races in 2023.

There was no official announcement from the speedway. NASCAR didn’t run any Cup Series races on dirt from 1970-2020. It changed with the announcement that a temporary dirt surface would be put over Bristol Motor Speedway for the 2021 Food City Dirt Race.

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Jeff Birchfield is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press with a lifelong passion for motorsports. The father of two attended ETSU and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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