Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Danica Patrick is headed to Bristol this weekend, but not that Bristol. She’s racing a car in Tennessee, not getting the “Car Wash” treatment from ESPN in Connecticut. Say the words “Bristol Night Race,” and drivers, crew members and fans immediately think of one of the great spectacles on the Sprint Cup circuit. The .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway with 160,000 seats wrapped around the track is the modern day equivalent of the Roman Circus Maximus. Some have compared the race track to the Roman Colosseum, but that makes little to no sense. Circus Maximus is what they’re intending to say. Danica Patrick experienced her first Bristol night race last year as she made just her fourth career Sprint Cup start. It was another terrible outing for Patrick as she was in the top-20 and on the lead lap with 66 laps remaining when her car was hit by another car and contacted the SAFER Barrier on the inside retaining wall of the frontstretch. She finished 29th, and gave another “One Lap Downica...
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