NASCAR drivers light up Nashville streets with Burnouts on Broadway
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If Nashville didn‘t know NASCAR was in town, the city found out emphatically Wednesday night when the world‘s best stock-car drivers lit up Broadway in the heart of the Music City‘s nightclub district (Burnouts on Broadway airs Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
Some of them lit up Broadway, that is.
On a night when veteran 40-somethings ruled the Burnouts on Broadway, Kevin Harvick destroyed the rear tires of his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and walked off, leaving his disabled Mustang in the center of the street.
“Everybody tries to overcomplicate everything,” Harvick said. “I drove right to the dry area (after an earlier rain had dampened the asphalt). My hope was that we could blow the tires off down to the wheels, shoot sparks and walk off.
“We did everything but the sparks… My whole purpose was to make up for a year without winning.”
VIDEO: Sneak peek at Burnouts on Broadway
Fellow veteran Kurt Busch, who, like Harvick, had a secret weapon under his hood — one that produced copious smoke as Busch put the No. 1 Chevrolet through its paces.
“Given that Ganassi‘s (Chip Ganassi Racing) shutting down, that was our backup car from Phoenix with a bona fide race engine in it,” Busch said.
Most other drivers had tamer power plants, but that didn‘t prevent them from breaking transmissions.
As soon as NASCAR Cup Series championship runner-up Martin Truex Jr. released the clutch to start his routine, the car stalled and wouldn‘t refire. Alex Bowman, William Byron and Tyler Reddick had similar issues during their runs.
“Hendrick Motorsports really let me down,” Bowman said, clearly tongue-in-cheek. “I broke it way too early, as soon as I dumped the clutch.”
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The 16 Cup playoff motorists, along with NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Daniel Hemric, NASCAR Outdoor Camping World Truck Series champion Ben Rhodes and ARCA Menards Series champion Ty Gibbs, discovered unique methods to supply home entertainment.
The crowd that loaded the limiting barriers five-deep along Broadway got a back flip from Hemric and a salute from Gibbs as he based on his motorist‘s-side window ledge. Denny Hamlin bounced off a jersey barrier and kept going, kipping down a praiseworthy efficiency.
NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson closed the program with a prolonged run as his daddy — in the traveler seat — held the guiding wheel up out the window as Larson deftly assisted the automobile.
“That was a lot of fun,” Larson stated. “I hope the fans enjoyed it. I know I did. I‘m like shaking. That was more nerve-wracking trying not to embarrass ourselves right there than we do for a whole race.
“I enjoyed having my dad riding passenger with me, and we got to explode some tires, so that was cool.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.