Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/16/13

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Brad Keselowski, driver of the Discount Tire Dodge, celebrates after winning the Nationwide Championship with a third-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Fans once flocked to Bristol Motor Speedway, amped to see the beating and banging the short track regularly offered. Drivers often left the track in anger, tempers flaring after contact, over wins that slipped away, at a track where they felt they had little or no control over their own destiny. Then the track was changed and, suddenly, drivers liked it a little more. The March 2012 race featured 13 lead changes, with Brian Vickers and Brad Keselowski combining to lead 246 of the 500 laps and Keselowski taking the lead for good on Lap 390 of the 500. The race had five caution periods for 49 laps, one for a multi-car crash. Drivers could race the way they wanted, regained some measure of control. Suddenly, they seemed to like racing at Bristol. Fans? Not so much. Then the track was changed. Again. Between the races in 2012, the top groove was ground, aiming to make the passing more difficult, to bring the bump-and-run into play. That race featured 22 lead changes, with winner Denn...
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