They call it “the last great coliseum” and the NASCAR circuit stops in Bristol twice a year for the Sprint Cup Series drivers to fight itout on the high-banked quarter-mile track. Door-banging, fender-bending action always make Bristol an exciting race to watch and this year’s Food City 500 featured plenty of bump and run racing excitement. Tire issues prevented Kyle Bush from attaining a third straight Sprint Cup win and contributed to a number of drivers sliding into the outside wall during the course of the afternoon. Carl Edwards ran a flawless race, staying close to the front all day, and posting his first win of the 2016 season.Ford drivers seemed to be unable to catch the breaks they needed to stay competitive for any sustained run near the front of the field. Trevor Bayne in the Roush-Fenway number six Fusion finished fifth, breaking the hold that the Team Penske had held as the top finishing Ford week after week. Joey Logano did post a 10th place finish for Penske, Ryan Blaney in the Wood brothers Ford finished 11th1 and Bayne’s teammate Greg Biffle finished 12th. Logano and teammate Brad Keselowski are the only Ford drivers to remain in playoff position holding two of the top 16 positions in the season-long standings. However, Rickey Stenhouse Jr., Blaney, and Bayne sit within striking distance at 17th, 19th, and 20th respectively.A full field of 40 cars started for the 3rd week in a row and the new cable-suspended video display centered over Bristol’s infield parking lot proved to be an impressive site. Less impressive was the small crowd that showed up on a beautiful spring day that featured 70-degree weather and crystal clear blue skies for the start of the race. Next week short track thunder continues with a Sunday afternoon stop at Richmond for the spring 400 lap event, followed by a return to the super-speedways at Talladega on May 1st.