- Race: 7:30pm/et, Friday, August 26, 2011 in Bristol, TN
- Length: 250 Laps, 133.24 miles
- TV: ESPN - 7:00pm/et
- Radio: PRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,219,615
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Busch wins at Bristol: #18-Kyle Busch won the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 7th win of the season and the 50th Nationwide race of his career. He is now the winningest driver in Nationwide Series history. #20-Joey Logano made a late race charge but finished second, .019 seconds behind Busch. The rest of the top 10: #33-Clint Bowyer, #60-Carl Edwards, #88-Aric Almirola, #62-Michael Annett, #30-Jason Leffler, #2-Elliott Sadler, #22-Parker Kligerman, and #11-Brian Scott. There were 5 cautions for 27 laps and 6 lead changes among 3 leaders. The estimated attendance was 108,000.
Complete results are posted on the Bristol race results page.(8-26-2011)
Bristol Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the 30th Annual Food City 250, his 50th victory in 219 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Busch is now the all-time wins leader in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, breaking a tie with Mark Martin.
The margin of victory of .019 seconds is the closest at Bristol and seventh-closest overall since the inception of electronic scoring in 1993.
This is his seventh victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his fourth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 15 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2011.
Clint Bowyer(i) (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-26-2011)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol and their finish
Caution 1: #15-Hill, 22nd
Caution 2: #32-Sorenson, 12th
Caution 3: #62-Annett, 6th
Caution 4: #31-Allgaier, 15th
Caution 5: #66-Wallace, 14th
Driver standings following Bristol:
1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 867
2) #2-Elliott Sadler 862 -5
3) #31-Reed Sorenson 857 -10
4) #88-Aric Almirola 809 -58
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 801 -66
6) #30-Jason Leffler 776 -91
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 722 -145
8) #66-Steve Wallace 706 -161
9) #11-Brian Scott 692 -175
10) #62-Michael Annett 687 -180
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(8-26-2011)
Owner Standings following Bristol are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Atlanta.(8-26-2011)
Kyle Busch on pole at Bristol: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 120.083mph. #20-Joey Logano will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Elliott Sadler, #09-Kenny Wallace, #30-Jason Leffler, #60-Carl Edwards, #16-Trevor Bayne, #31-Justin Allgaier, #33-Clint Bowyer, and #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Did Not Qualify: #41-Johnny Chapman, #74-J.J. Yeley, #72-John Jackson, #50-T.J. Bell, #13-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #75-Carl Long. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page.(8-26-2011)
Bristol Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 30th Annual Food City 250 with a lap of 15.979 seconds, 120.083 mph.
This is his 23rd pole in 219 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. With the pole, he ties Sam Ard, Jeff Green and Kevin Harvick for fourth on the all-time series poles list.
This is his second pole and 12th top-10 start in 2011.
This is his second pole in 15 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2011 and his fourth in six races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Elliott Sadler (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 18th in 25 races this season.
Sadler fastest in only practice: #2-Elliott Sadler was fastest during the only practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 119.775mph. #09-Kenny Wallace was second, followed by: #16-Trevor Bayne, #30-Jason Leffler, #18-Kyle Busch, #20-Joey Logano, #60-Carl Edwards, #66-Steve Wallace, #19-Mike Bliss, and #38-Kasey Kahne. Complete results are posted on the Bristol practice results page.(8-26-2011)
Entry List:There are 48 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Some notes:
Scott Riggs will be in the #03 for R3 Motorsports;
Benny Gordon is entered in the #04 for Go Green Racing;
Clint Bowyer will be in the KHI #33;
Kasey Kahne will drive the #38, while Jason Leffler moves to the #30 for Turner Motorsports;
Fain Skinner will return to the Go Green #39;
The #47 for Key Motorsports is TBA;
TJ Bell is entered in the #50;
Kevin Lepage returns to the Means Motorsports #52;
John Jackson will be back in the #72;
Joe Nemechek will be in his #97.(8-22-2011)
UPDATE: Parker Kligerman will replace Brad Keselowski in the #22.(8-23-2011)
UPDATE 2: Brian Keselowski will be in the #47 for Key Motorsports.(8-24-2011)
UPDATE 3: David Starr at the #05 Wayne Day team have been added.(8-25-2011)
See the complete list on the Bristol entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live from Bristol: The NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecast on Friday night, Aug. 26, on ESPN begins at 7 p.m. with NASCAR Countdown presented by OneMain Financial with the race's green flag at 7:43 p.m.
Analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will join lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid for the Friday night telecast. 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 Nicole Briscoe with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.(ESPN)(8-22-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Thursday, August 25th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, August 26th
6:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM 11:00 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
3:40 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS - ALL POSITIONS)
5:00 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 133.24 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Standings Race Is Lightning Hot Heading To Thunder Valley
With only 10 races to go in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the driver standings are so tight, competition has become lightning hot and at perfect time too. Bristol Motor Speedway is the next stop for the series and the ‘World’s Fastest Half Mile’ should be nothing less than a spectacle this weekend for the Aug. 26 Food City 250, Friday night under the lights.
At this time last year, the top three in the standings were separated by 599 points and Brad Keselowski was pulling away with what later became his championship season. This season with 10 to go, the top three are only separated by nine points, and a lot of this great competition is due to the ‘select a series’ format that was put into place for this year.
After the March race at Bristol, the top three in the standings were separated by 18 points. Twenty races later, one of those drivers – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – has moved into the lead. Elliott Sadler, who was in third place, 21 points behind the leader four races ago, has moved back into second, now eight points out. Reed Sorenson, the leader after the July race at Nashville, has slumped a bit, but is within striking distance, nine points behind, in third.
In March, Sadler bested the top three drivers at Bristol with a fourth-place finish. Stenhouse, who won the pole for that race, was 14th. He looks to become the first driver to sweep the pole at Bristol. Sorenson left with a 34th-place result after a blown engine. That’s been his worst finish of the season.
Sadler also leads the top three drivers in the standings in pre-race Driver Rating at Bristol with a 97.6.
Kyle Busch Could Soon Be Crowned ‘King’ Of The NASCAR Nationwide Series
Basketball players like LeBron James have huge marketing campaigns driving a message to his fans to ‘Witness’ the greatness of his skills on the court. Well, it is time for everyone to ‘Witness‘ the greatness that Kyle Busch has displayed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series over the course of his career.
Busch’s success is unmatched. His career has set a new standard in the series as he heads to Bristol on the cusp of becoming the first driver in series history to win three-in-a-row at Bristol. He also has the chance to reach the milestone of 50 series wins – solely becoming the all-time series wins leader – and almost certain to deserve the name ‘King,’ like the aforementioned basketball player.
Quick highlights of Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Nationwide Series career:
• 49 NASCAR Nationwide Series wins in 217 starts; he is currently tied with Mark Martin on the all-time wins list; Martin reached 49 wins in 232 starts.
• 116 Top-five finishes in 218 starts – 6th on the all-time series list
• 145 Top-10 finishes in 218 starts – 13th on the all-time series list
• 14 Perfect Driver Rating performances (150.0) out of a total of 29 ever accomplished in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since the advent of Loop Data in 2005 – the most of any driver in all three NASCAR national series.
Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Battle Close With 10 To Go
Timmy Hill and Blake Koch continue their close Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings battle. Hill leads by three points with 10 races to go. And if recent results are any indication, that competition should remain tight this weekend. Hill was 29th and Koch was 30th following their series track debuts at Bristol in March.
Hill, a Port Tobacco, Md., native cut his teeth in the NASCAR ladder system. In 2010 he competed in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West and in 2009, he posted 10 victories in the Allison Legacy Series on his way to his national championship that year.
This season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Hill has made 22 starts and posted three top-15 finishes including his career best 11th-place finish at Road America.
Koch, a West Palm Beach, Fla., native also honed his skills in the NASCAR ladder system. Koch participated part-time for three different seasons in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, posting four top fives and 13 top 10s in 23 starts.
This season, Koch has made 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, posting four top-20 finishes including his best finish of 14th at Road America.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Upcoming milestones this week at Bristol: Clint Bowyer will make his 175th series start, Chase Miller will attempt to make his 50th series start, Joe Nemechek will be going for his 75th top-five finish and Scott Wilmer will be going for his 75th top-10 finish. … Reigning champion Brad Keselowski hasn’t run in a series race since winning at Lucas Oil Raceway in late July. The ankle injury he suffered during a test precluded him from racing at Iowa and Watkins Glen – he was already giving up the seat of the No. 22 Dodge to Jacques Villeneuve at Montreal. Will he get back in his Nationwide car at Bristol or once again turn it over to a substitute driver? In nine career series starts at Bristol, Keselowski has a win, four top fives, six top 10s and two poles. In the three NASCAR Sprint Cup races he’s run without a companion Nationwide event since his injury, Keselowski has a win, two top fives and has moved from 21st to 12th in the points.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525
Nationwide: 6 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4404; Right-side -- D-4408
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 all three NASCAR series in action at Bristol this week will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in all three series ran at Bristol last August . . . Nationwide Series teams also ran this same tire set-up at Bristol earlier this season . . . in addition, NASCAR teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4408) several times this season, including at Auto Club Speedway (Sprint Cup and Nationwide), Kansas Speedway (Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck) and Nashville Superspeedway (Nationwide and Camping World Truck) . . .
unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners, teams are required to run 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.
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