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Wood's ailment opens door for hungry rookie Bires

Kelly Bires' lightning-fast start in the Busch Series surprises even him. Will Bristol Motor Speedway be the great equalizer? Bires is eager to find out, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: August 21, 2007, 10:04 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

Kelly Bires will see Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time on Thursday, when the Busch Series holds an open practice session at the recently resurfaced facility. A night later, he'll be racing for keeps in the Food City 250.

Things happen fast at Bristol, but that's nothing new for Bires this season. A Wisconsin native who will celebrate his 23rd birthday Saturday, Bires was slated to split time with Mark Martin in a Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Ford in the Craftsman ...

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