- Race: 2:00pm/et, Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Bristol, TN
- Length: 300 Laps, 159.9 miles
- TV: ESPN - 1:00pm/et
- Radio: PRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,271,723
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Busch wins at Bristol: #18-Kyle Busch won the Scotts EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He put on another dominating performance, leading 268 laps on the day to take his 45th career series win and his 2nd of the year. He also passed 10000 laps led in his Nationwide career. #38-Kasey Kahne finished second, followed by #5-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #20-Joey Logano, #33-Kevin Harvick, #60-Carl Edwards, #30-Jason Leffler, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #88-Aric Almirola. There were 8 cautions for 46 laps and 4 lead changes among 4 leaders. The estimated attendance was 80,000. Complete results are posted on the Bristol race results page.
Bristol Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the 29th Annual Scotts EZ Seed 300, his 45th victory in 206 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
On lap 265, Busch led his 10,000th career lap, the first driver in series history to accomplish the feat.
This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his third victory and 11th top-10 finish in 14 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kasey Kahne (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 14 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2011.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in ten races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Jason Leffler leads the point standings by 2 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol and their finish
Caution 1: #28-Cope,
Caution 2: #39-Wise,
Caution 3: #66-Wallace,
Caution 4: #30-Leffler,
Caution 5: #32-Sorenson,
Caution 6: #5-Earnhardt, Jr,
Caution 7: #60-Edwards,
Caution 8: none, #34-Buescher was involved in the accident
Driver standings following Bristol:
1) #30-Jason Leffler 142
2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 140 -2
3) #31-Justin Allgaier 124 -18
4) #32-Reed Sorenson 121 -21
5) #88-Aric Almirola 119 -23
6) #16-Trevor Bayne 112 -30
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 111 -31
8) #2-Elliott Sadler 110 -32
9) #7-Danica Patrick 109 -33
10) #11-Brian Scott 107 -35
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(3-19-2011)
Owner Standings following Bristol are posted. The top 30 from 2010 will remain locked in at California, the last race that will use 2010 owner points. If things stay the same after California, teams losing their locked in position will be #89-Faith Motorsports, #01-JD Motorsports, #23-R3 Motorsports, and #27-Baker Curb.(3-19-2011)
Stenhouse, Jr. on pole at Bristol: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the Coors Light Pole for the Scotts EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 126.071mph. #30-Jason Leffler will start second. The rest of the top 10: #31-Justin Allgaier, #16-Trevor Bayne, #18-Kyle Busch, #2-Elliott Sadler, #60-Carl Edwards, #33-Kevin Harvick, #38-Kasey Kahne, and #20-Joey Logano. The only driver to not qualify was #03-Chris Lawson, who wrecked on his qualifying lap. The #24 team and driver Kevin Lepage withdrew after the wreck in Friday's 3rd practice. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page.(3-19-2011)
Bristol Qualifying Notes:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 29th Annual Scotts EZ Seed 300 with a lap of 15.220 seconds, 126.071 mph.
This is his second pole in 43 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. His first pole came at Iowa in 2009.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2011.
This is his first pole in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Jason Leffler (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2011 and his eighth in 16 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Justin Allgaier (third) posted his third top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his third in four races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-19-2011)
Stenhouse, Jr. paces happy hour: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was quickest during happy hour at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 123.245mph. #33-Kevin Harvick was second. They were followed by: #2-Elliott Sadler, #16-Trevor Bayne, #38-Kasey Kahne, #60-Carl Edwards, #22-Brad Keselowski, #20-Joey Logano, #09-Kenny Wallace, and #88-Aric Almirola.
#7-Danica Patrick spun late but did not hit anything. Just 32 drivers practiced during the session.
Complete results are posted on the Bristol practice results page.(3-18-2011)
Allgaier fastest in third practice: #31-Justin Allgaier was the fastest in the third practice session Friday afternoon. His top speed was 123.348mph.
The rest of the top 10: #30-Jason Leffler, #18-Kyle Busch, #33-Kevin Harvick, #88-Aric Almirola, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #51-Jeremy Clements, #34-James Buescher, and #22-Brad Keselowski.
#24-Kevin Lepage cut a tire and wrecked. The team does not have a backup so they will try to repair the car or get a car from another team. Complete results are posted on the Bristol practice results page.(
Edwards fastest in second practice: #60-Carl Edwards was fastest again in the second practice session at Bristol with a speed of 125.790mph.
#38-Kasey Kahne was second at 125.461mph. The rest of the top 10: #5-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #31-Justin Allgaier, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Aric Almirola, #20-Joey Logano, #22-Brad Keselowski, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and #18-Kle Busch. 35 drivers practiced. Complete results are posted on the Bristol practice results page.(3-18-2011)
Edwards fastest in opening practice: #60-Carl Edwards was the fastest in the opening practice session for the Scotts EZ Seed 300. His top speed was 123.586mph.
#38-Kasey Kahne was second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Kyle Busch, #22-Brad Keselowksi, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, #20-Joey Logano, #30-Jason Leffler, #11-Brian Scott, #88-Aric Almirola, and #34-James Buescher.
#2-Elliott Sadler cut a tire and wrecked. The team will go to a backup.
Complete results are posted on the Bristol practice results page.(
Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Scotts EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Willie Allen and the #05 Wayne Day team are entered;
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. returns to drive the #5;
James Buescher will be in the Turner Motorsports #34;
Brad Teague is entered in the Jay Robinson #49;
Tim Schendel will drive the Jimmy Means #52.(3-14-2011)
UPDATE: The #15 & #41 Rick Ware Racing cars have been added. There are now 44 cars on the entry list.(3-15-2011)
UPDATE 2: Chris Lawson has been added in the #03, a second car for R3 Motorsports.(3-17-2011)
See the complete list on the Bristol entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live from Bristol:
The Nationwide Series makes its first appearance of the season on ESPN this weekend with a 300-lap race at the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 19. The telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown at 1 p.m. ET, with flag-to-flag coverage of the race at 2 p.m.
Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Thursday, March 17th
10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Friday, March 18th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING ORDER
8:30 AM 10:00 AM NNS PRACTICE
10:30 AM 11:50 PM NNS PRACTICE
1:40 PM 3:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:00 PM 6:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 19th
6:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:40 AM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
11:45 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
1:30 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM NNS RACE (300 LAPS, 159.9 MILES)
2:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Turner Motorsports Loads Up For Bristol
For the past three seasons Joe Gibbs Racing has had a firm grip on the owner standings, but this season Turner Motorsports sits 1-2 in the owner standings, with Gibbs just 16 points back in third. Turner continues to ride momentum from its first series win, by series wins leader Mark Martin at Las Vegas.
Coming back from the off-week with an all-star cast of talent, picking a clear favorite at Bristol is difficult with the Turner Motorsports line-up. Three of Turner Motorsports full-time drivers are in the top five in the driver standings, including standings leader Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler (third) and the defending Bristol race winner Justin Allgaier (fifth). The team also loaded its roster this weekend by adding Kasey Kahne, fresh off his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Darlington, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver James Buescher.
• Reed Sorenson is the driver standings leader, two points ahead of second-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. In three starts this season Sorenson has posted two top fives. He has made nine career series starts at Bristol, posting one top five and three top 10s. His pre-race Driver Rating is 81.1. He is back in the No. 32 car this week, which is also leading the owner standings.
• Jason Leffler is third in the driver standings, five points behind Sorenson. He has posted two top 10s in three starts this season. He has made 15 starts at Bristol posting three top fives, seven top 10s and a pole. His Driver Rating at Bristol is 94.9.
• Justin Allgaier is fifth in the driver standings, 16 points behind Sorenson, in three starts this season he has posted one top five and two top 10s. Allgaier became the only series-regular to post a victory last season when he grabbed his first career series win at Bristol. He has made four starts at Bristol, posting the win and two top fives. His Driver Rating is 98.3.
• Kasey Kahne is not competing for the series driver standings championship but is contributing to the No. 38 team’s prospects at an owner championship, as they sit seventh. Kahne has made 13 series starts at Bristol posting one win (2007) and three top fives, with a Driver Rating of 92.7.
• James Buescher will be attempting to make his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series start for Turner Motorsports this weekend. Buescher has elected to compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver standings championship this season. He has made one series start at Bristol, last season for James Finch, where he started 36th and drove to a 12th-place finish.
Marquee Names Hit High Banks of Bristol
Previous champions and fresh faces pack the field this weekend at Bristol.
Danica Patrick leads the JR Motorsports contingent, making her fourth start in her limited schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series before heading full-time to the IndyCar Series. Patrick will return to NASCAR competition June 4 at Chicagoland Speedway. This will be her first time competing at Bristol.
• Patrick is fourth in the driver standings, coming off her series career best finish (fourth) at Las Vegas. Her season-to-date Driver Rating of 83.7 nearly doubles her rating of 43.1 after the first three races last season.
• Aric Almirola is seventh in the driver standings, 26 points behind Sorenson. In the first three races of the season, he has posted two top-15 finishes. He has made three series starts at Bristol, posting one top-10 finish.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be making his second series start of the season at Bristol this weekend. He has nine starts at Bristol, posting one win (2004), five top fives, seven top 10s and two poles.
Two-time series champion Kevin Harvick returns to the series, with Kevin Harvick Inc. teammate Elliott Sadler.
• Harvick is the all-time series wins leader at Bristol (five). In 20 Bristol starts, he has the five wins (2000, ’01, ’03, ’05, ’09), 13 top fives and 16 top 10s.
• Elliott Sadler is currently 12th in the driver standings, 41 points behind Sorenson. Sadler has had a slow start, but could rebound this weekend with a good finish. Sadler has made eight starts at Bristol, posting a win (1998), two top fives and a pole.
NNS Etc. – Bristol Motor Speedway
Four different manufacturers have won the last four races at Bristol. All but Ford have a win in the series’ new car through its first seven races (Chevrolet-4, Dodge-2, Toyota-1). Ford’s last win at Bristol was by David Ragan in the 2009 fall race. Its best new car finish was second by Carl Edwards – last August at Michigan and at Phoenix this season. … The last three series races to end under green at Bristol had a margin of victory less than one second. … Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update: Ryan Truex leads with 22 points after the first three races. He has a four-point lead over second-place Timmy Hill. Truex will be celebrating his 19th birthday this Friday, Mar. 18. .. Kenny Wallace countdown to 500 continues – a start at Bristol will be his 492nd, leaving him eight starts shy of becoming the second driver to reach 500 career starts. … Eric McClure will race at Bristol with a cast on his right hand after suffering a fracture last week in his home. McClure, from Chilhowie, Va., has been medically cleared to race. He posted on his Facebook page that he incurred the injury while trying to catch himself after stumbling over some party supplies that were being readied for daughter Mabreigh’s birthday. Jeff Green, the 2000 series champion, will be on stand-by as a substitute driver for McClure if needed.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires: Nationwide: Left-side -- 700, Right-side -- 700
Set limits: 2 sets for early-Friday practice, maximum of 6 sets for final practice/qualifying/race
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4404; Right-side -- D-4442
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Bristol this weekend . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams will run this right-side tire code (D-4442), though teams in both of these series did run this left-side code (D-4404) at Bristol last August . . . compared to what was run at Bristol last season, this right-side tire features slight compund and construction changes and gives the cars more grip . . . unlike most other NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally run no inner liners, teams are required to run inner liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Additional Bristol Nationwide Race Info: