Race: Friday, August 22, 2014 in Bristol, TN
Title Sponsor: Food City
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:43pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 7:00pm/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, August 21st
7:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
8:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
12:30 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM-2:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, August 22nd
10:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:40 PM NNS QUALIFYING
5:15 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (300 LAPS, 159.9 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Blaney wins at Bristol: #22-Ryan Blaney won the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. #54-Kyle Busch, who started from the pole, finished second followed by #9-Chase Elliott, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Reagn Smith, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #5-Kevin Harvick, #20-Erik Jones, #99-James Buescher, and #60-Chris Buescher.
Blaney took the lead from Busch on the final restart with 6 laps remaining. It was his first win of 2014 and the 2nd of his Nationwide career.
The start of the race was delayed by almost an hour after a rain shower hit the track just before pre-race ceremonies.
There were 10 cautions for 57 laps and 9 lead changes among 5 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).(8-22-2014)
Bristol Race Fast Facts:
Ryan Blaney won the 33rd Annual Food City 300, his second victory in 24 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 21 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2014.
Chase Elliott (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Chase Elliott (third) was the highest finishing rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-22-2014)
Driver standings following Bristol:
1) #9-Chase Elliott # 834
2) #7-Regan Smith 821, -13
3) #3-Ty Dillon # 804, -30
4) #11-Elliott Sadler 792, -42
5) #2-Brian Scott 783, -51
6) #6-Trevor Bayne 771, -63
7) #60-Chris Buescher # 682, -152
8) #62-Brendan Gaughan 664, -170
9) #16-Ryan Reed # 632, -202
10) #99-James Buescher 621, -213
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-22-2014)
Owner Standings following Bristol are posted (pdf).(8-22-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #4-Earnhardt, 12th
Caution 2: #10-Bliss, 17th
Caution 3: #44-Starr, 31st
Caution 4: #17-Berryhill, 36th
Caution 5: none, #40-DiBenedetto was involved in the accident
Caution 6: #20-Jones, 8th
Caution 7: #16-Reed, 14th
Caution 8: #16-Reed (2), 14th
Caution 9: #6-Bayne, 13th
Caution 10: #25-Townley, 18th
Busch on pole at Bristol: #54-Kyle won the Coors Light Pole for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 125.142mph. #22-Ryan Blaney will start second followed by: #42-Kyle Larson, #9-Chase Elliott, #11-Elliott Sadler, #20-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon #7-Regan Smith, #2-Brian Scott, #33-Cale Conley, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #6-Trevor Bayne.
#54-Busch was also quickest in the opening qualifying session at 124.719mph
Did Not Qualify: #37-Ryan Ellis, #13-Carl Long, #46-Matt Frahm, #70-Derrike Cope and #29-Milka Duno. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page (pdf).(8-22-2014)
Bristol Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 33rd Annual Food City 300 with a lap of 15.385 seconds, 124.719 mph.
This is his 41st pole in 287 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his fifth pole and 15th top-10 start in 2014.
This is his fourth pole in 21 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2014 and his first in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Elliott Sadler (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 14th in 23 races this season.
Chase Elliott (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-22-2014)
Larson fastest in happy hour: #42-Kyle Larson was quickest during happy hour for the Food City 300 with a speed of 125.313mph. He was followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #2-Brian Scott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #9-Chase Elliott, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Cale Conley, #7-Regan Smith, #3-Ty Dillon, and #6-Trevor Bayne. All 45 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-21-2014)
Elliott fastest in practice: #9-Chase Elliott was fastest during opening practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 123.324mph. #54-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #5-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brian Scott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #42-Kyle Larson, #7-Regan Smith, #3-Ty Dillon, #42-Dylan Kwasniewski, and #6-Trevor Bayne. 43 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-21-2014)
Entry List: There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Mike Bliss will be in the #10 as Hermie Sadler drives the #19 for TriStar;
Erik Jones will drive the #20 for JGR;
John Wes Townley returns in the #25;
Milka Duno makes her first attempt in the RAB #29;
David Starr returns to the #44 for TriStar;
Timmy Hill will drove the #87;
Morgan Shepherd is entered in his #89.(8-18-2014)
UPDATE: John Jackson has been added in the #72.(8-19-2014)
UPDATE: Brad Teague will be in the #23 for Rick Ware.(8-20-2014)
UPDATE: Ryan Ellis has been added in the #37 and #72-John Jackson withdrew. Matt Frahm is in the #46 and Matt DiBenedetto in the #40. There are 45 teams at the track.(8-21-2014)
See the complete list on the Bristol entry list page.
Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series in Prime Time at Bristol: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will compete under the lights in prime time at Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 22-23 and both races will be televised live. The NASCAR Sprint Cup race is presented by Autozone and airs Saturday night, Aug. 23, on ABC, with NASCAR Countdown at 7:00pm/et and the green flag at 7:43pm The race also airs live in Canada on TSN and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Aug. 24 at 4:00am. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, Aug. 22, airs on ESPN at 7:00pm with a 7:43pm green flag. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes at 4 a.m. on Aug. 23. Also from Bristol, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday at 5:30 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.(ESPN)(8-18-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
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
Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4526
Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm);
Right-side -- 88.50 (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 . . . this is a different tire set-up than Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Bristol in March, though these teams did run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at this track in 2013 . . . 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.
Youthful Success Keeps Flowing In The NASCAR Nationwide Series
Look no further than the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the next wave of young talent. At Mid-Ohio on Saturday, Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chris Buescher became the third rookie this season to win, joining Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon. This is the first time since 2005 that there have been multiple rookie winners.
The average age of the three winning NNS Sunoco Rookies this season is 20.3.
Following this weekend at Mid-Ohio, the bright lights turn to 21-year old Chris Buescher who hails from Prosper, Texas. The cousin of 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher, Chris became the 14th different winner in 22 series races this season. Though his Sunoco Rookie competitor Chase Elliott has set the bar high by leading the points and posting three wins, Buescher has certainly found his stride late in the season. He is currently ninth in the standings, 144 points out of the lead. He has posted one win, three top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 13.4 this season.
Buescher’s last weekend win also padded the stats for the most successful team in series history, giving Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 team its 91st victory. Buescher is the fourth driver to win in the No. 60 Ford; joining Mark Martin (39), Carl Edwards (38) and Greg Biffle (14).
Heading to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Food City 300 (7 p.m. ET on ESPN), Buescher is looking to better his finish of 16th from earlier season. Of its series leading 91 wins, the No. 60 team has only been to Victory Lane twice at Bristol with drivers Mark Martin (1996) and Carl Edwards (2007).
Dillon and Elliott both finished in the top 10 at Bristol earlier this season.
Four-Of-A-Kind: Can Anyone Stop Busch From Four Straight?
Following the past three races at Bristol, the only sound fans have heard was Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Toyota engine screaming during his celebratory burnouts.
Busch is ‘King’ when it comes to winning (a record 66 series wins) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Bristol is one of his most successful tracks. In 20 starts at the 0.533-mile speedway, he has posted a series-leading seven wins, including two sets of three consecutive wins (fall 2010-2011 sweep and 2013 sweep-spring 2014). He has posted 13 top fives and 16 top 10s with an average finish of 8.6.
But can anyone stop him? Yes, but it won’t be easy.
Toyota has won seven of the last eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Busch is responsible for six of those trophies.
Turner Scott Motorsports driver Kyle Larson has come quite close to besting Busch at Bristol. He finished runner-up to Busch two out of the last three races and in doing so put on a brilliant display of driving in close quarters. Though Larson’s full-time stint in the series was short-lived, his success was apparent; of the tracks at which he made multiple starts, Bristol was his best. In three starts he has posted three top fives and an average finish of 3.0.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota team could use some of Busch’s winning magic to get them back in the title hunt of the owner championship standings following an engine failure last weekend at Mid-Ohio. The DNF dropped the 54 Toyota team from the lead to second, 21 points back from Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team. Ryan Blaney will be handling the duties in the No. 22 Ford this weekend. Blaney has made two starts at Bristol posting one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 5.5 (series career second-best).
Elliott Versatile In His Championship Pursuit
While many others have struggled to balance the challenges the varying tracks pose on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, series point standings leader Chase Elliott seems almost unfazed by any of them.
Elliott sustained a cushion of 10 points over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith, in second place, following Elliot’s ninth-place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Elliott has amassed three wins (Texas, Darlington and Chicago - tied for series most), nine top fives and 16 top 10s. His average finish for the season is 8.8 and his season-to-date driver rating is 107.9 (second only to Kyle Busch).
Elliott has reached a part of the season where he will start returning to several of the tracks he visited earlier in the year, Bristol being one of them. He started 15th and raced his way up to ninth at Bristol in the spring. Still, maintaining the points lead will prove difficult.
Coming off a series career-best road course finish of second-place last weekend at Mid-Ohio, Regan Smith is hoping to carry his momentum to Bristol and close the 10-point gap that separates him from his teammate. Smith has made nine starts at the 0.533-mile track, but only his last three events have been with JR Motorsports. In those last three starts he has finished in the top-10 twice with an average finish of 12.3.
Just six points behind Smith and 16 back from the standings lead sits Elliott Sadler third in points. Sadler has been chasing a championship in the series full-time for the past four consecutive seasons, only to finish runner-up twice. This season Sadler is positioning himself to make a run at the championship and in doing so has posted one win (Talladega), five top fives and 16 top 10s. He finished 17th at Bristol earlier this season but finished 10th in this event last season. Sadler has made a total of 15 starts at Bristol posting two wins (’98 and ‘12) five top fives and seven top 10s.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
JR Motorsports announced this week that veteran crew chief Ernie Cope will replace Greg Ives as the leader of the No. 9 Chevrolet team next season. Ives is scheduled to be working with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the NSCS next season. Cope began his crew chief career in the NCWTS in 1997; he has worked with many drivers in all three NASCAR national series. Cope currently leads the No. 5 Chevrolet team at JR Motorsports. ... Milka Duno looks to become the 18th different female driver to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the seventh in series history at Bristol Motor Speedway. Duno is a former IndyCar, ARCA Racing Series and Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car driver who hails from Caracas, Venezuela. She will be driving the No. 29 RAB Racing Toyota for car owner Robby Benton. ... Speedway Children's Charities offers a wide array of events during the August Races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Since its inception in 1996, the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) has raised more than $7.5 million in support of children's agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. For information on participating in the August race week events or to learn more about Speedway Children's Charities, visit www.Bristol.SpeedwayCharities.org .
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)