Race: Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Bristol, TN
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN2 - 1:30pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, March 13th
9:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
10:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Friday, March 14th
11:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
12:40 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:40 PM-2:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 15th
7:00 AM NNS & NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:10 AM NNS QUALIFYING
11:30 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
Busch wins at Bristol: #54-Kyle Busch won the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. #42-Kyle Larson finished second followed by #5-Kevin Harvick, #22-Ryan Blaney, #20-Matt Kenseth, #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #6-Trevor Bayne, #9-Chase Elliott, and #7-Regan Smith.
There were 7cautions for 47 laps and 7 lead changes among 3 leaders. Complete results are on the Bristol race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-15-2014)
Bristol Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the 32nd Annual Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes, his 65th victory in 274 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Busch now has 16 NASCAR national series points race wins at Bristol, which is more than any driver at any track in NASCAR national series history. The breakdown: 5 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; 7 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series; 4 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his seventh victory and 16th top-10 finish in 20 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his third consecutive win at Bristol.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2014.
Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 20th top-10 finish in 25 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ty Dillon (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 1 point over Trevor Bayne.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-15-2014)
Driver standings following Bristol:
1) #7-Regan Smith, 151
2) #6-Trevor Bayne, 150, -1
3) #3-Ty Dillon, 143 -8
4) #9-Chase Elliott, 138 -13
5) #11-Elliott Sadler, 135 -16
6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 131 -20
7) #2-Brian Scott, 127 -24
8) #99-James Buescher, 117 -34
9) #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, 116 -35
10) #Landon Cassill, 105 -46
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-15-2014)
Owner Standings following Bristol are posted (pdf).(3-15-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
Caution 1: None
Caution 2: #22-Ryan Blaney, 5th
Caution 3: #9-Chase Elliott, 9th
Caution 4: #3-Ty Dillon, 6th
Caution 5: #6-Trevor Bayne, 8th
Caution 6: #33-Cole Conley, 11th
Caution 7: #01-Landon Cassill, 12th
Larson on pole at Bristol: #42-Kyle Larson won the Coors Light Pole for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 124.476 mph. #54-Kyle Busch will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Matt Kenseth, #2-Brian Scott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #5-Kevin Harvick, #7-Regan Smith, #99-James Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, and #19-Mike Bliss. Did Not Qualify: #76-Willie Allen. #31-Dylan Kwasniewski hit the wall in the final session of qualifying, will drop to the rear after repairs. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page (pdf).(3-15-2014)
Bristol Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Larson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 32nd Annual Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes with a lap of 15.415 seconds, 124.476 mph.
This is his first pole in 37 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2014 and his 13th in 20 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Matt Kenseth (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in four races this season.
Ty Dillon (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-15-2014)
Elliott fastest in happy hour: #9-Chase Elliott was quickest during happy hour for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 with a speed of 124.154 mph. He was followed by: #42-Kyle Larson, #20-Matt Kenseth, #7-Regan Smith, #2-Brian Scott, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #54-Kyle Busch, #6-Trevor Bayne, #60-Chris Buescher, and #22-Ryan Blaney. 42 drivers participated in the session. #67-Tommy Joe Martins withdrew after he was unable to get up to speed following an accident in the first practice session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-14-2014)
Busch fastest in first practice: #54-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 123.079 mph. #20-Matt Kenseth was second, followed by: #42-Kyle Larson, #5-Kevin Harvick, #33-Cale Conley, #9-Chase Elliott, #2-Brian Scott, #99-James Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, and #7-Regan Smith. 39 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-14-2014)
Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Kevin Harvick is in the #5;
Ryan Blaney is in the #22;
Josh Reaume is in the #23;
Jason White is in the #24;
Kelly Admiraal 3is in the #29;
Cole Conley is in the #33;
Will Kimmel III is in the #44;
UPDATE: Timmy Hill will replace Josh Reaume in the #23.
UPDATE 2: Ruben Garcia is in the #24 in place of Jason White;
UPDATE 3: Matt Carter has been added in the #13; Carl Long is now listed in the #93;
See the complete list on the Bristol entry list page.
NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 4 - Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile oval) - Bristol, Tenn. Fast Facts for March 14-16, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
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-4564; Right-side -- D-4598
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.5 in. (2,247 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 tire codes at Bristol this week . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams have run this tire combination at Bristol, though they did run this left-side tire code (D-4564) at New Hampshire last season . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Bristol last September 17 . . . teams participating in that test were the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (Paul Menard) from the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet and No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota from the Nationwide Series . . . compared to what was run at Bristol last year, this left-side tire features both compound and construction changes to give the cars more grip, while this right-side tire features just a slight compound change . . . Bristol is unique among NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length . . . normally, inner liners are not run on short tracks, though teams will run them 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.
Bayne Heads Home In Better Place Than 2013
What a difference one year can make. After the first three races of 2013, Trevor Bayne sat eighth in the standings, 32 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr. The Tennessee driver had a respectable pair of fourth-place finishes to ease the burn of a disappointing 31st in the season-opening race at Daytona.
Fast forward to 2014 and Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bayne returns to his home state and track in a much better position - second place in the standings, three points behind current leader Regan Smith. Bayne arrives at his home track with a streak of five consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to last season, with finishes of third, seventh and eighth to start this year.
In 10 series starts at the .533-mile short track, Bayne has three top 10s, including a sixth-place finish in his most recent visit. In the 2013 March event, he finished 12th after pacing the field for 13 laps. If there is one thing evident after the first three races, it is that the points battle is closer than it was last year, especially at the very top. The three-point gap between Smith and Bayne is small in comparison to the 19 points last year that separated Hornish from Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott, who were all tied.
Sadler (-9), Ty Dillon (-12) and Chase Elliott (-14) round out the top five.
Of the five drivers currently in the top five, only Sadler has won in Bristol. In March 2012, he beat NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Kasey Kahne by 1.159 seconds. He also won there in the NNS in 1998 and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in 2001. Sadler's team, Joe Gibbs Racing, has fielded six of the last seven Bristol winners
One Year Later: Now For The Encore!
On March 16, 2013, Bristol Motor Speedway, nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee, was the place to be, especially for racing fans. On that day two Kyles put on a show that turned into an epic battle between veteran and young gun.
A year later, the NASCAR Nationwide Series contingent returns to the short track for Saturday's Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes with hopes of replicating that thrilling end-of-race action.
In last year's running, former series champion Kyle Busch paced the field for 156 laps, including the last 64 trips around the track. The win, however, didn't come that easy as he had to contest with eventual Sunoco Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson. The two battled back and forth and side-by-side over the last couple of laps with Busch ultimately claiming the victory by 0.023 seconds.
The obvious question is who should fans expect to see provide this type of late-race drama this year? Both Busch and Larson, who is still looking for his first series victory, are slated to be in Saturday's starting field. So, it's feasible the two could stage another classic showdown that we'll still be talking about a year from now.
The Value Of Starting Positions
Starting position is always important to consider when determining a driver's chances at winning. At some tracks where a driver starts on the grid is key to how his or her day will unfold. Bristol Motor Speedway is one of those tracks.
Over the past nine NNS races at the .533-mile short track, eight of the winners have started 13th or better. In the fall 2013 race, Kyle Busch started on the pole, led 228 of 250 laps and won by 0.831 seconds over Brad Keselowski.
In 63 series races at Bristol, nine of them have been started by drivers on the pole. Thirty times the race winner has come from the first two rows. Only six race winners have come from a starting position of 21st or further back in the field.
The new qualifying format introduced prior to this season places an even higher premium on starting position. This weekend marks the first time the new format will be implemented at a short track.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc. Cale Conley will attempt to make his first national series start Saturday in the Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes in the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. The 21-year-old becomes the 37th driver to make his NNS debut at Bristol, joining notables such as David Pearson, Brett Bodine and Trevor Bayne. ... Ryan Blaney returns to the No. 22 Team Penske Ford for the first time since winning at Kentucky in the car. He has run one NNS race since the win, driving the No. 48 at Phoenix. Blaney has never finished outside the top 10 at Bristol in any series. ... Josh Reaume is attempting to make his first Nationwide start this weekend.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)