Baseball Bucs return to Bristol Motor Speedway – WJHL-TV News Channel 11


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For the second year in a row, the ETSU baseball team and nearby Bristol Motor Speedway partnered together as the Bucs performed workout drills on the racetrack Wednesday afternoon.

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Last year, the baseball team split into four groups as part of the two-week ?Buc Challenge,? where each group would compete in drills in a point-based competition. Four of the drills took place at BMS.

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This fall, ETSU head coach Joe Pennucci re-implemented the Buc Challenge after a successful first year. Instead of a two-week challenge, the offseason program started in September and will cultivate over two months. Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the final checkpoints.

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?We love coming to Bristol Motor Speedway,? Pennucci said. ?We can?t thank the people here enough for us to be able to come out here ? especially for me to cruise around here in the pace car and for the guys to push it, slinging some tires around and having a good time.

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?It?s also great to see our guys compete at a different venue. And who knows ? maybe we can play some baseball in here one day.?

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The four teams began the first competition by pushing the pace car down pit road, seeing which group could record the fastest time. The team also competed in a communication drill with blindfolds, avoiding an obstacle of tires while distributing baseballs into buckets.

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?The guys are really excited about the Buc Challenge, and coming to Bristol is something that many of the guys haven?t experienced until today,? said redshirt senior pitcher Daniel Sweeney, a Johnson City native. ?Getting to be close up and on the track, pushing cars and being with our teammates is really fun.?


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