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THE RACE: Food City 250

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #23 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Friday, August 24, 2012 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Food City

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:43pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage:ESPN, 7:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 23rd


Friday, August 24th

7:30 PM NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 133.24 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Bristol Motor Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Logano wins at Bristol Motor Speedway: #18-Joey Logano won the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 6th Nationwide win of the year. #6-Stenhouse, Jr. finished second followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #3-Austin Dillon, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Cole Whitt, #36-Ryan Blaney, #43-Michael Annett, #7-Danica Patrick, and #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. There were 9 cautions for 59 laps and 7 lead changes among 4 leaders. The estimated attendance was 85,000. Complete results are on the Bristol Motor Speedway race results page (pdf).(8-24-2012)

  • Bristol Motor Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 31st Annual Food City 250, his 15th victory in 103 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his sixth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2012. The six wins in a single-season career high.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2012.
    Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 17 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 19 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(8-24-2012)

  • Driver standings following Bristol Motor Speedway:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 864
    2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 845 -19
    3) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 836 -28
    4) #3-Austin Dillon # 829 -35
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 770 -94
    6) #43-Michael Annett 726 -138
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 671 -193
    8) #44-Mike Bliss 640 -224
    9) #11-Brian Scott 550 -314
    10) #7-Danica Patrick 539 -325
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-24-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Bristol Motor Speedway are posted (pdf).(8-24-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol Motor Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #23-Richardson, 24th
    Caution 3: #4-Teague, 26th
    Caution 4: #31-Allgaier, 30th
    Caution 5: #24-Gordon, 22nd
    Caution 6: #86-Lepage, 20th
    Caution 7: #19-Malsam, 12th
    Caution 8: #19-Malsam (2), 12th
    Caution 9: #33-Harvick, 15th

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Bayne on pole at Bristol Motor Speedway: #60-Trevor Bayne won the Coors Light Pole for the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 121.190 mph. #18-Joey Logano will start second. The rest of the top ten: #11-Brian Scott, #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #31-Justin Allgaier, #2-Elliott Sadler, #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. and #54-Kyle Busch. Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd, #47-Stephen Leicht, #00-Blake Koch. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol Motor Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(8-24-2012)

  • Bristol Motor Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Trevor Bayne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual Food City 250 with a lap of 15.833 seconds, 121.190 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 85 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2012 and his sixth in eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his second top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 15th in 23 races this season.
    Austin Dillon (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(8-24-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Bayne fastest in practice: #60-Trevor Bayne was fastest during the only practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 120.687mph. #38-Kasey Kahne was second, followed by: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #18-Joey Logano, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #22-Brad Keselowski, #2-Elliott Sadler, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., and #54-Kyle Busch. See complete results on the Bristol Motor Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-24-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Blake Koch is in the #00 for Mike Ruch;
    Time Andrews returns to the Randy Hill #08;
    The #24 driver is TBA;
    Ryan Blaney returns to the #36;
    Joey Gase will drive the #52 for Jimmy Means;
    Kevin Lepage and the #86 team return to the track;
    John Wes Townley will drive the #99 for RAB.(8-20-2012)
    UPDATE: Benny Gordon will drive the #24. David Starr will drive the #50 for MAKE Motorsports.(8-22-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Fain Skinner will drive the #41 for Rick Ware.(8-23-2012)
    UPDATE 3: With Skinner in the #41, Timmy Hill moves to the #15. Brad Teague will drive the #4 for JD Motorsports. Stephen Leicht will be in the #47. Carl Long moves to the #71 and Scott Riggs shifts to the #75. Rick Crawford has been added in the #74 for Mike Harmon.(8-23-2012)
    See the complete list on the Bristol Motor Speedway entry list page.

  • Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Bristol in Prime Time: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race under the lights at the high-banked and high-speed Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend with events on Friday and Saturday nights, Aug. 24-25. ABC will have a live telecast of Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. ET and the race's green flag at 7:43 p.m. Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race airs on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green flag at 7:43 p.m. Also from Bristol, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday at 5 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nationwide)

  • Number of Tires: Nationwide: Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500

  • Set limits: Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4404; Right-side -- D-4526

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in. (2,215 mm); Right-side -- 88.5 (2,248 mm)
  • 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 the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series will run a slightly different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol this weekend . . . while teams in all three series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4526), Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams will run their own left-side code (D-4404) . . . another difference is that 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 Nationwide teams ran at Bristol in March . . . this left-side tire code was also run by teams in both of these series at Bristol last season . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners in their tires, 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.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Multi-Dimensional Tracks, Tight Points Race  Need We Say More?
    In one of the season’s most difficult stretches, coming off back-to-back road courses and heading to a reconfigured short track makes this championship battle one that proves a driver’s mettle. Four drivers are still jockeying for the season-ending spoils and out front sits Richard Childress Racing’s Elliott Sadler with a lead of 22 points over second-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and third-place Sam Hornish Jr. Sadler’s teammate, Austin Dillon, is fourth in the standings, 35 points off the lead but still a contender. 
    Crew chiefs this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway can toss out their notes from the season’s previous race there because the speedway has partially removed the progressive banking in the corners and this is the first race back at the 0.533-mile track since the change. 
    Of the contending four, Sadler has logged the most laps at Bristol having made 11 starts, posting one Coors Light pole, two wins  including earlier this season  four top fives and five top 10s. Of the four drivers, Sadler also has the best pre-race Driver Rating (106.0) and Average Running Position (8.128).
    Roush Fenway Racing’s Stenhouse has made five starts at Bristol, posting one Coors Light pole and a best finish of sixth earlier this season. His Food City 250 pre-race Driver Rating is second-best among the four contenders with a 94.6. Stenhouse has rallied back into contention over the last nine races, posting an average finish of 6.4.  
    Penske Racing’s Hornish has found his stride and is marching right into this championship battle. Late-season momentum is key to a championship run and Hornish has plenty: Ten straight top-10 finishes. In his last nine NNS races, he has averaged a finish of 4.7, including finishing in the top three in the last four races. Hornish has made two series starts at Bristol, posting an average finish of 13.5 with a pre-race Driver Rating of 80.8.  
    Dillon welcomes the return to a short track having cut his teeth on them in the NASCAR K&N Pro East and West Series. The Sunoco Rookie of the year candidate has one series start at Bristol, posting a 12th-place finish, which is the best first-start finish of any of the contending four. Dillon’s Food City 250 pre-race Driver Rating is 90.2.

    Bayne Returns Home In Race Car Honoring Tennessee’s Summitt
    Tennessee native Trevor Bayne (Knoxville) returns to his home state for this weekend’s NNS Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a paint scheme honoring one of the state’s biggest icons, University of Tennessee Head Women’s Basketball Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt.
    Bayne will be driving the Roush Fenway Racing-owned No. 60 Yourracecar.com Ford Mustang sporting the phrase “We Back Pat.” The Volunteer-orange race car is part of a promotion to raise awareness for The Pat Summitt Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for the battle against Alzheimer’s.   
    “Growing up in Knoxville, I’ve always been a big UT fan and an even bigger fan of Pat Summitt,” said Bayne, who has one top-five finish in five starts in the series this year. “I have always respected what she stood for. & I am excited she is going to be a part of our team at Bristol.”
    Summitt will serve as Grand Marshal of the Food City 250 on Friday night.
    In 38 years at UT, Summitt led the Lady Volunteers to eight NCAA titles. 

    Will Patrick’s Solid Outing At Montreal Continue At Bristol?
    After a solid performance in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where she led 20 of 81 laps, Danica Patrick is hoping her success continues this weekend in Bristol. Despite running strong, she finished in 27th place after running over a shoe.
    The race-high 20 laps Patrick spent at the front of the event are the most laps a female race car driver has led in a race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2012, she has also led in four other races (spring Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, summer Daytona) for a total of 38 laps.
     This weekend, Patrick will be pulling double-duty by competing in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide races. She won’t be alone. Kyle Busch, Sam Hornish Jr., Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Joe Nemechek, Scott Riggs and Josh Wise will also attempt to run both races.
    Brad Keselowski is the only driver slated to pull triple-duty in all three national series races.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Turner Motorsports became only the sixth team in history and first non-Cup affiliated team to win two NASCAR national series races (NNS, NCWTS) on the same day (8/18/2012). Turner Motorsport’s driver Justin Allgaier is fifth in the standings, 68 points behind the standings lead following his win last weekend at Montreal. & Milestone Watch: Danny Efland Racing’sDanny Efland will attempt to make his 50th NNS start; Austin Dillon will be making the No. 3 car’s 350th start in the NNS; and Brad Keselowski will attempt to post the No. 22 car’s 200th top-10 finish in the NNS. & Food City will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its sponsorship of the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) this Friday. Food City is BMS’ longest-running sponsor.

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