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as of Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:39 PM.



NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Food City 500 Preview

Date: Sunday, March 16

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

Site: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tenn.

Track: 0.533-mile oval

Laps: 500

Miles: 266.5

Capacity: 160,000

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 54rd

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Charlie Glotzbach, 1971 (101.074 mph)

Qualifying record: Kyle Busch, 2013 (129.535 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kasey Kahne

Runner up: Kyle Busch

Pole winner: Kyle Busch (129.535 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kasey Kahne (Start: 2)

2. Kyle Busch (1)

3. Brad Keselowski (7)

4. Kurt Busch (19)

5. Clint Bowyer (23)

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr (32)

7. Ryan Newman (31)

8. Brian Vickers (4)

9. Paul Menard (5)

10. Jamie McMurray (6)

Average speed: 92.206 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 53 mins., 25 secs.

Margin of victory: 1.700 secs.

Caution flags: 10 for 66 laps

Lead changes: 17 among 10 drivers

Past winners

2013 Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 92.206 mph

2012 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 93.037 mph

2011 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 91.941 mph

2010 Jimmie Johnson, , 79.618 mph

2009 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 92.139 mph

2008 Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 89.775 mph

2007 Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 81.969 mph

2006 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 79.427 mph

2005 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 77.496 mph

2004 Kurt Busch, Ford, 82.607 mph

2003 Kurt Busch, Ford, 76.185 mph

2002 Kurt Busch, Ford, 82.281 mph

2001 Elliott Sadler, Ford, 86.949 mph

2000 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 88.018 mph

1999 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 93.363 mph

1998 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 82.850 mph

1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 75.035 mph

1996 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 91.308 mph

1995 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 92.011 mph

1994 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 89.674 mph

1993 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 84.730 mph

1992 Alan Kulwicki, Ford, 86.316 mph

1991 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 72.809 mph

1990 Davey Allison, Ford, 87.258 mph

1989 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 76.034 mph

1988 Bill Elliott, Ford, 83.115 mph

1987 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 75.621 mph

1986 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 89.747 mph

1985 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 81.790 mph

1984 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 93.967 mph

1983 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 93.445 mph

1982 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 94.025 mph

1981 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 89.530 mph

1980 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 96.977 mph

1979 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 91.033 mph

1978 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 92.401 mph

1977 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 100.989 mph

1976 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 87.377 mph

1975 Richard Petty, Dodge, 97.053 mph

1974 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 64.533 mph

1973 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 88.952 mph

1972 Bobby Allison, Chevrolet, 92.826 mph

1971 David Pearson, Ford, 91.704 mph

1970 Donnie Allison, Ford, 87.543 mph

1969 Bobby Allison, Dodge, 81.455 mph

1968 David Pearson, Ford, 77.247 mph

1967 David Pearson, Dodge, 75.930 mph

1966 Dick Hutcherson, Ford, 69.952 mph

1965 Junior Johnson, Ford, 74.938 mph

1964 Fred Lorenzen, Ford, 72.196 mph

1963 Fireball Roberts, Ford, 76.910 mph

1962 Bobby Johns, Pontiac, 75.280 mph

1961 Jack Smith, Pontiac, 72.450 mph

Last race

Race: Kobalt 400 (March 9)

Site: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nev.

Miles: 400.5

Laps: 267

Finish line order: Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Menard, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 35 mins., 24 secs.

Average speed: 154.633 mph

Margin of victory: 1.530 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 18 laps

Lead changes: 21 among 10 drivers

Lap leaders: Logano 1-19, Keselowski 20-21, Logano 22-46, Johnson 47-76, Ky. Logano 1-19, Keselowski 20-21, Logano 22-46, Johnson 47-76, Ky. Busch 77-95, Earnhardt Jr 96-97, Ky. Busch 98-129, Harvick 130-139, Ky. Busch 140, Keselowski 141, Kenseth 142-143, Harvick 144-156, Keselowski 157-195, Johnson 196-198, Menard 199-204, Johnson 205, Earnhardt Jr 206-210, Edwards 211, Hamlin 212, Keselowski 213-222, Earnhardt Jr 223-266, Keselowski 267.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 * Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Freight

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Meguiar's

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Nationwide Insurance

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Skittles

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot Husky

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Axalta

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Swan Energy

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond

#30 Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT) Toyota/Swan Energy

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Quicken Loans

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/TBA

#33 Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Dockside Logistics

#35 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Ford/MDS Transport

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Smithfield

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Bush's Grillin' Beans

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Kobalt Tools

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/SEM Products

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Borla Exhaust

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/K-Love

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Kellogg's Frosted Flakes

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kasey Kahne 14 10 19 7 5 34 9 37 Won
Kyle Busch 28 8 Won 17 Won 9 Won 32 2
Brad Keselowski --- --- --- --- --- 13 18 Won 3
Kurt Busch 35 Won 29 12 11 3 7 18 4
Clint Bowyer --- 29 8 3 13 40 35 4 5
Dale Earnhardt Jr 4 11 7 5 14 7 11 15 6
Ryan Newman 30 9 39 33 7 16 10 12 7
Brian Vickers 12 37 15 39 29 15 36 5 8
Greg Biffle 9 7 5 4 39 4 8 13 11
Martin Truex Jr --- 38 37 13 26 12 17 3 12
Kevin Harvick Won 2 4 2 30 11 6 11 14
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 38 27 23 16 17
Carl Edwards 26 4 12 16 15 6 2 39 18
Jimmie Johnson 6 30 16 18 3 Won 3 9 22
Denny Hamlin --- 14 14 6 2 19 33 20 23
Tony Stewart 3 12 35 14 17 2 19 14 31
Jeff Gordon 15 21 3 11 4 14 14 35 34
Matt Kenseth 16 3 11 10 33 5 4 2 35

Notes

The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is the fourth race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Groundbreaking for Bristol Motor Speedway took place in 1960, with the racetrack measuring an exact half-mile. The track was reshaped and remeasured to 0.533 miles in the fall of 1969. The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.

Immediately following its spring race in 2007, Bristol was resurfaced as well as reconfigured with the addition of variable banking. It produced more side- by-side racing and therefore lowered the amount of beating and banging among competitors. Fan response to the modified banking at Bristol was not favorable since the number of cautions in races there was significantly reduced.

The concrete surface at Bristol underwent a modification after the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series competed there in March 2012. The top groove of the surface was grinded, with the intention of bringing back traditional racing at this short track.

Bristol has 24-28 degrees of banking in all four of its turns as well as 4-8 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and the backstretch. The lengths of the frontstretch and the backstretch are 650 feet.

There have been 106 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Bristol. The track has hosted two events each season since 1961.

Jack Smith won the inaugural race at this track, the Volunteer 500, on July 30, 1961. Smith had relief from Johnny Allen.

Darrell Waltrip holds the record for most victories at Bristol with 12. Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with five victories each at this track.

Twelve drivers have won consecutive races at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip with seven straight victories from 1981-84. The other 11 are: Fred Lorenzen (1963-1964 sweep), David Pearson (1968 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), Cale Yarborough did it twice (1974 sweep and four straight from 1976-1977), Richard Petty (1975 sweep), Dale Earnhardt also did it twice (1985 sweep and 1987 sweep), Alan Kulwicki (1992 sweep), Rusty Wallace (2000 sweep), Kurt Busch (2003 sweep and 2004 spring race), Kyle Busch (2009 sweep), and Brad Keselowski (2011 fall-2012 spring). Matt Kenseth won the most recent at Bristol last August.

Petty holds the record for most starts at Bristol with 60. He won three races there. Gordon leads all drivers entered in this event with 42 starts at this track.

Mark Martin and Yarborough share the record for most pole wins at Bristol with nine each. Gordon leads all drivers entered in this event with five poles there.

The race winner at Bristol has started from the pole 22 times, which is more than any other starting position there. The last driver to win from the pole at this track was Carl Edwards in August 2008.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Bristol occurred on March 25, 2007 when Kyle Busch beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by just 0.064 seconds. That race marked the competition debut of NASCAR's previous race car, the Gen-5 or Car of Tomorrow (COT).

Kurt Busch scored his first career Cup victory at Bristol on March 24, 2002. Elliott Sadler's first win in the series came there in March 2001. Sadler is now a full-time competitor in the Nationwide Series.

Joey Logano is the only driver entered in this race that claimed his first pole in the series at Bristol (March 2010).

Two drivers on the entry list made their Cup debuts at Bristol: A.J. Allmendinger (March 25, 2007) and Ryan Truex (Aug. 24, 2013).

Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Bristol. His 2007 win there came when he was 21 years, 10 months and 23 days old. When Dale Earnhardt was 48 years, 3 months and 30 days old, he became the oldest driver to win there on Aug. 28, 1999.

The next race is the March 23 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Kyle Busch won last year's event there.



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