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THE RACE: FOOD CITY 250

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #23 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Friday, August 23 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Food City

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


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Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, August 22nd

11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, August 23rd

6:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-11:50 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
3:40 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS - ALL POSITIONS)
5:15 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

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 Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 9th win of the season and the 60th of his Nationwide career. #22-Brad Keselowski finished second followed by #3-Austin Dillon, #31-Justin Allgaier, #32-Kyle Larson, #6-Trevor Bayne, #33-Ty Dillon, #5-Kasey Kahne, #2-Brian Scott, and #11-Elliott Sadler. Only 9 cars finished on the lead lap. There were 4 cautions for 32 laps and 2 lead changes among 2 leaders. Complete results are on the Bristol race results page (pdf).(8-23-2013)

  • Bristol Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 32nd Annual Food City 250, his 60th victory in 261 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his ninth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his sixth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 19 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2013.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 6 points over Austin Dillon.
    With the win tonight Kyle Busch now has 120 NASCAR National Series wins - second most all time behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 200. Breakdown of Busch's NASCAR National Series wins: 27 NSCS, 60 NNS (series most) and 33 NCWTS.
    Kyle Busch last swept a NASCAR national series weekend earlier this season at Auto Club Speedway (NSCS and NNS). He last swept all three NASCAR national series at Bristol Motor Speedway in the fall of 2010.
    Kyle Busch has set a new track record for the most NASCAR national series wins at the track with 15 (5 NSCS, 6 NNS - series most and 4 NCWTS - series most) (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-23-2013)

  • Driver standings following Bristol:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. 801
    2) #3-Austin Dillon 795, -6
    3) #11-Elliott Sadler 790, -11
    4) #7-Regan Smith 777, -24
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 762, -39
    6) #20-Brian Vickers 761, -40
    7) #2-Brian Scott 741, -60
    8) #32-Kyle Larson # 735, -66
    9) #6-Trevor Bayne 734, -67
    10) #77-Parker Kligerman 696, -105
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-23-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Bristol are posted (pdf).(8-23-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #18-Herring, 36th
    Caution 2: #18-Herring (2), 36th
    Caution 3: none, #18-Herring caused the caution
    Caution 4: #11-Sadler, 10th
    (8-23-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on pole at Bristol: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 124.971mph. #2-Brian Scott will start second. The rest of the top 10: #33-Ty Dillon, #31-Justin Allgaier, #32-Kyle Larson, #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, #6-Trevor Bayne, #2-Brian Vickers, and #77-Parker Kligerman. Did Not Qualify: #52-Joey Gase, #86-Kevin Lepage, #17-David Starr, #15-Carl Long, #00-Michael McDowell, #74-Mike Harmon, #90-Martin Roy, and #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page (pdf).(8-23-2013)

  • Bristol Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 32nd Annual Food City 250 with a lap of 15.354 seconds, 124.971 mph.
    This is his 32nd pole in 261 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his sixth pole and 13th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his third pole in 19 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Brian Scott (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2013 and his fourth in nine races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Ty Dillon(i) (third) posted his first top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in six races this season.
    Kyle Larson (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-23-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Scott fastest in final practice: #2-Brian Scott was fastest during the only practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 123.467mph. #31-Justin Allgaier was second, followed by: #33-Ty Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #32-Kyle Larson, #6-Trevor Bayne, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #99-Alex Bowman, #54-Kyle Busch, and #29-Kenny Wallace. 48 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-23-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 49 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Cole Whitt is in the #10 for Tri-Star Motorsports;
    Jeff Green moves to the #91;
    The #14 driver is TBA as Eric McClure's status is still unknown;
    Ryan Reed returns to the Roush #16;
    Drew Herring will drive the #18 for JGR;
    Brendan Gaughan is in the RCR #21;
    Kenny Wallace returns to the RAB #29;
    Ty Dillon will drive the RCR #31;
    The Mike Harmon #74 is TBA;
    Kevin Lepage will drive the Deware #86;
    The #90 is TBA.(8-19-2013)
    UPDATE: Jeff Green will be back in the #14 for Eric McClure. The TriStar #91 will probably be withdrawn.(8-20-2013)
    UPDATE 2: The #47 with T.J. Bell has withdrawn. TriStar will keep 5 cars in the race. Chase Miller will be in the #91.(8-21-2013)
    See the complete list on the Bristol entry list page.


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,250, Right-side -- 1,250;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side  475;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side  325

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 4 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 all three NASCAR series in action at Bristol this week will run the same Goodyear 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 . . . for Sprint Cup teams, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires they have run in the last two races at Bristol . . . Nationwide teams also ran this same combination at Bristol earlier this season . . . both Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams ran this right-side tire code (D-4526) with a different left-side code at Bristol in 2012 . . . this being Truck teams first Bristol race on this left-side tire code (D-4416), it features both compound and construction changes compared to last seasons left-side and will give the trucks more grip . . . 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

    Could Championship-Hunt Experience Determine Champion?

    Let's assume that the NASCAR Nationwide Series points battle has narrowed to only five contenders: Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, Regan Smith, Austin Dillon and Brian Vickers. With only 18 points separating them, all five drivers have a very realistic shot at capturing the title.

    The determining factor in this year's championship battle could come down to one thing  championship-hunt experience. As the series heads to Bristol for Friday night's Food City 250, four of the five drivers in the top five have some type of championship battle experience.

    The odd man out is Smith, currently tied for third (-15), who returned to the series fulltime after six years of giving it a go in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In seven years in the top series, seven previous years in the NNS (of which only one was fulltime before this season) and five years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he had never been in the title conversation. His best points finish in one of NASCAR's three national series was 20th in 2006.

    Although Hornish, the current points leader, has never really been embroiled in a battle for the points lead during his tenure in NASCAR (he finished fourth in 2012, but never made it higher than third in points during the season), he won the IZOD IndyCar Series title three times  2001, 2002 and 2006.

    Sadler gained a lot of experience dueling for the title the last two seasons. Unfortunately, his efforts fell short both years, finishing runner-up to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the final standings.

    Dillon was in the thick of the NNS championship hunt last season up until the very end, ultimately finishing third. The year before, he held off a hard-charging Johnny Sauter to capture the 2011 NCWTS title.

    Vickers, who will be pulling double-duty for most of the remaining weekends, won the NNS championship in 2003. This could be his last chance at another NNS crown since he'll be returning to the NSCS fulltime in 2014.

    The points battle is so close that one poor performance could shake things up among those in contention, as evident by Dillon dropping from first to fourth at Mid-Ohio. With two shorts tracks (Bristol and Richmond) remaining on the schedule, no lead is safe.

    Penske Racing's No. 22 Claims Top Spot

    For most of the summer only one team has held the top spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owners' championship points standings  the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. That was until last Saturday at Mid-Ohio when the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford claimed the position with a 22-point cushion.

    The No. 54 JGR team took its first owners' lead after the season's sixth race at Texas, which Kyle Busch won. The point margin reached its zenith of 51 points in mid-July at New Hampshire.

    Since then, the drivers of the No. 22 Ford have gradually chipped away at the No. 54's lead knocking it down to five points entering Mid-Ohio's road race. AJ Allmendinger's win in the inaugural NNS event at the Lexington, Ohio, road course, propelled the No. 22 into the top spot in the owners' points standings.

    When the series travels to Bristol for Saturday's Food City 250, Penske Racing and the No. 22 will arrive on a hot streak having won four of the last five events. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Allmendinger and Sam Hornish Jr. have combined for eight wins in 2013, seven of them coming in the No. 22.

    Tryson To Man The Pit Box For Piquet

    Veteran crew chief Pat Tryson returns to the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at Bristol to call the shots for the No. 30 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Nelson Piquet Jr. Piquet won last year's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at the .533-mile track.

    In 11 previous races atop the pit box in the series (2005 and 2007), Tryson's cars have visited Victory Lane twice  both with Mark Martin in 2005. He spent 17 years as a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, winning eight times with three different drivers  Elliott Sadler, Martin and Kurt Busch. His first national series win came at Bristol with Sadler in 2001.

    Tryson was the crew chief for David Reutimann's No. 83 BK Racing Toyota in the NSCS for the first 19 races of 2013 before leaving the team.

    Chris Carrier, Piquet's former crew chief, will serve as the crew chief this weekend in the NCWTS for the No. 96 Chevrolet driven by Ben Kennedy, the great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.

    Ty Dillon announced he will move to the NASCAR Nationwide Series fulltime in 2014. He will compete in both the NCWTS and NNS races at Bristol Motor Speedway for Richard Childress Racing. & NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driver Martin Roy of Napierville, Quebec, will attempt to make his first national series start this weekend in the Food City 250.

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