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Cup winner will have new place to celebrate at Bristol

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500

BRISTOL, TN - APRIL 17: Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Comcast Business Toyota, celebrates with champagne in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

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The winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway will have a new place to celebrate.

Victory Lane will be moved to the frontstretch, putting it closer to the fans, a source told NBC Sports.

The winner of Saturday’s Xfinity race at Bristol will go to the Victory Lane location on the roof of a building between turns 3 and 4.

This will be the third time this season that a Cup winner celebrated on the frontstretch. Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway each had Victory Lane on its frontstretch.

Another change is that Bristol has been using a tire-dragging machine, called the Tire Dragon, to increase the grip in the corners.

The track has added a compound to increase grip on the lower 3 feet in the corners, as was done in August. The Tire Dragon is 7 feet wide and has been used to enhance the lower groove by that much.

The Cup and Xfinity Series are at Bristol this weekend. Xfinity teams race Saturday in the Fitzgerald Glider 300, and Cup teams race Sunday in the Food City 500.

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