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THE RACE: JEFF FOXWORTHY'S GRIT CHIPS 300

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #4 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, March 14th

9:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
10:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

Friday, March 15th

8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM-11:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
2:00 PM 3:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, March 16th

7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:35 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

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Bristol race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins at Bristol: #54-Kyle Busch won the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, his 5th a Bristol, and 53rd of his career. He held off a hard charging #32-Kyle Larson by .023 second. It was the second closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Bristol. #20-Brian Vickers finished third followed by #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #7-Regan Smith, #16-Chris Buescher, #77-Parker Kligerman, #31-Justin Allgaier, and #2-Brian Scott. There were 8 cautions for 54 laps and 5 lead changes among 5 leaders. Complete results are on the Bristol race results page (pdf).(3-16-2013)

  • Bristol Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 31st Annual Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300, his 53rd victory in 248 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his fifth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 18 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 22 points over Justin Allgaier.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-16-2013)

  • Driver standings following Bristol:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. 167
    2) #31-Justin Allgaier 145 -22
    3) #2-Brian Scott 142 -25
    4) #7-Regan Smith 141 -26
    5) #20-Brian Vickers 137 -30
    6) #3-Austin Dillon 133 -34
    7) #6-Trevor Bayne 128 -39
    8) #99-Alex Bowman # 120 -47
    9) #32-Kyle Larson # 118 -49
    10) #11-Elliott Sadler 116 -5
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-16-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Bristol are posted (pdf).(3-16-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #5-Sweet, 22nd
    Caution 2: none, #5-Sweet caused the caution
    Caution 3: #40-Wise, 19th
    Caution 4: #44-Martin, 31st
    Caution 5: none, #44-Martin was in the accident
    Caution 6: #3-Dillon, 11th
    Caution 7: #25-Townley, 17th
    Caution 8: #99-Bowman, 14th
    (3-16-2013)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Allgaier on pole at Bristol: #31-Justin Allgaier won the Coors Light Pole for the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 124.759mph. #3-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top 10: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #7-Regan Smith, #11-Elliott Sadler, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brian Scott, #19-Mike Bliss, and #6-Trevor Bayne. Did Not Qualify: #4-Danny Efland, #89-Morgan Shepherd. #52-Joey Gase withdrew after Friday's accident. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page (pdf).(3-16-2013)

  • Bristol Qualifying Notes:
    Justin Allgaier won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 with a lap of 15.380 seconds, 124.759 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 145 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in nine races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2013 and his third in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his third in four races this season.
    Allgaier is currently in a three-way tie for second in points with Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott, 19 points behind Hornish.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-16-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kevin Harvick fastest in happy hour: #33-Kevin Harvick was quickest during happy hour for the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 with a speed of 123.889mph. He was followed by: #31- Justin Allgaier, #6-Trevor Bayne, #12-Sam Hornish, #33-Brad Keselowski, #7-Regan Smith, #99-Alex Bowman, #77-Parker Kligerman, #32-Kyle Larson, and #2-Brian Scott. 41 drivers participated in the session. #70-Brad Teague, #5-Brad Sweet, #52-Joey Gase, and #33-Kevin Harvick were involved in an accident. The #5 of Sweet and #52 of Gase suffered the most damage. Gase does not have a backup. See complete results on the Bristol practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-15-2013)

  • Austin Dillon fastest in first practice: #3 Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 124.186mph. #99-Alex Bowman was second, followed by: #7-Regan Smith, #22-Brad Keselowski, #54-Kyle Busch, #30-Nelson Piquet, #6-Trevor Bayne, #31-Justin Allgaier, #33-Kevin Harvick, #20-Brian Vickers. 42 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-15-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Brad Sweet remains in the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    Chris Buescher will be in the #16 for Roush Fenway;
    John Wes Townley will drive the #25 for Venturini Motorsports;
    Michael McDowell is in the #27 Toyota;
    The #51 of Jeremy Clements is TBA;
    Kevin Lepage returns in the #86 Ford.(3-11-2013)
    UPDATE: #89-Morgan Shepherd has been added to the entry list.(3-12-2013)
    See the complete list on the Bristol entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series at Bristol on ESPN2: The NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to the high-banked Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend for a 300-lap race and ESPN2 will have a live telecast on Saturday, March 16. NASCAR Countdown begins at 1:30 p.m. ET with the green flag at 2:13 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.(ESPN)(3-10-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,250, Right-side -- 1,250;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

  • Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4526

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 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 both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Bristol this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at Bristol last August . . . this right-side tire code (D-4526) was also run by Cup teams at Bristol last March, and by Nationwide teams at both race weekends at the track in 2012 . . . this left-side tire code (D-4416) has been run by teams in both of these series at Richmond for the past two seasons . . . as a reminder, since the track surface at Bristol was modified after this race weekend last March, Goodyear held a tire test at the track on June 12-13, 2012 . . . drivers participating in that test were Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Tony Stewart . . . 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

    Hornish Seals The Deal In Sam’s Town 300 At Las Vegas
    In only his second full-time season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Sam Hornish Jr. is finding his groove and serving notice to all that he’s a serious title contender.
    After his victory in last Saturday’s Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas, it is evident that he’s on the championship radar now as the series heads to Bristol for Saturday’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300. 
    Hornish has finished in the top 10 in the first three races of the 2013 season, capped with his strong victory last Saturday, where he led 114 of the 200 laps to hold off NSCS regular and NNS career wins leader Kyle Busch at the finish line by 1.1 seconds. 
    In the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona, he finished second to NSCS regular Tony Stewart. Hornish left Florida with a slim one-point advantage over Justin Allgaier. In the second race of the season, Hornish finished seventh in the Dollar General 200 Fueled by AmeriGas in Phoenix. 
    When the series arrived in Vegas, he was deadlocked with Allgaier atop the points standings. However, due to his runner-up finish in the season opener, Hornish held the tiebreaker. He surged forward on his Vegas win and now leads a trio of drivers (Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott) by 19 points.
    If Hornish is to remain in his current position, he’ll need to finish higher than he has in any of his past three starts at the short track. While finishes of 14th, 13th and 10th aren’t bad, they could spell the difference between remaining the focal point on the radar and falling back among the other contenders.

    Bayne Returns Home To Good Ol’ Rocky Top
    There will always be added pressure when drivers return to their home state to compete at what they consider their home track.
    Add that to the list of pressures facing Knoxville, Tenn.’s, Trevor Bayne when he arrives at Bristol Motor Speedway in the northeastern corner of the Volunteer State for Saturday’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300.
    This season marks the first time since 2010 the driver best known for his 2011 Daytona 500 victory will compete full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Last year, Bayne only started six races, finishing 32nd in overall points. His best finish was fourth at Las Vegas.
    Competing in front of family and friends and racing full-time, however, aren’t his only pressures. Bayne has some pretty big shoes to fill. He replaces two-time reigning Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was promoted to a full-time NSCS ride, in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
    Mike Kelley, Stenhouse’s crew chief for both championship seasons, remains atop the pit box this season to help guide Bayne to what they both hope is a title-winning campaign.
    Although he is facing pressure to perform and prove to everyone that he can be a title contender, Bayne is currently holding his own in the standings at eighth. A solid performance this Saturday could go a long way in relieving some of that pressure.  
    In eight visits to “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” Bayne has one top-five and two top-10 finishes. In last year’s spring race, he led 64 laps and finished eighth after starting second.

    Trio Of Drivers Share Second In Points Standings
    Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott all have one thing in common  they are all currently in second place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings, 19 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr.
    After three races in the young season, the trio of drivers has performed well  the worst finish among them is 15th  and they are ready to seize the points lead should Hornish experience any hiccups this weekend or further down the road. 
    In three races this season, Allgaier has finished seventh (Daytona), third (Phoenix) and 15th (Las Vegas). In eight NNS career starts at Bristol, he has one win, two top fives and three top 10s.
    Sadler, who finished as the runner-up in the points standings each of the past two seasons to Ricky Stenhouse Jr., has a 15th-place (Daytona) finish and a pair of fifth-places (Phoenix, Las Vegas) in 2013. At Bristol, he has two wins, five top-five and six top-10 finishes and one pole in 12 races.
    Scott has finished no worse than 10th (Phoenix) in the first three races of 2013. He also has sixth-place (Daytona) and ninth-place (Las Vegas) finishes. In seven races at Bristol, he has one top 10.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Brian Scott is the only NASCAR driver to have finished inside the top 10 in the last five races in any of NASCAR’s national series, going back to last fall’s Phoenix race. & Grammy award-winning comedian Jeff Foxworthy will be the grand marshal for the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300. & Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are among the NSCS regulars who will compete in the Saturday race. & Milestone Watch: Sam Hornish Jr. will make his 200th NASCAR national series start on Saturday.

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