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Food City 300

Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #22 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Friday, August 21, 2015 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Food City

Race Time: 7:30pm/et

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

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, August 20th
10:30 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, August 21st
7:30 AM-7:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
8:00 AM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-11:25 AM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
3:45 PM NXS QUALIFYING
5:15 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
7:00 PM NXS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NXS RACE (300 LAPS, 159.9 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Bristol race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins XFINITY race at Bristol: #54-Kyle Busch won the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He took the lead with 1 lap to go when Chris Buescher slowed with a fuel pickup problem. Buescher had been trying to stretch fuel mileage. He went on to finish 11th.
    #42-Kyle Larson finished second, followed by #20-Denny Hamlin, #3-Ty Dillon, #18-Daniel Suarez, #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #88-Kevin Harvick, #7-Regan Smith, and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
    Suarez won the $100,000 Dash4Cash bonus.
    There were 8 cautions for 52 laps and 10 lead changes among 4 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).(8-21-2015)

  • Bristol XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 34th Annual Food City 300, his 73rd victory in 302 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his eighth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 22 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Larson(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Denny Hamlin(i) (third) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 19 points over Ty Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-21-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Bristol:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 800
    2) #3-Ty Dillon, 781, -19
    3) #9-Chase Elliott, 777, -23
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 749, -51
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 718, -82
    6) #18-Daniel Suarez, 697, -103
    7) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 697, -103
    8) #2-Brian Scott, 681, -119
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 676, -124
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 606, -194
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(8-21-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #14-Conley, 18th
    Caution 2: #62-Gaughan, 10th
    Caution 3: #39-Sieg, 16th
    Caution 4: #4-Chastain, 17th
    Caution 5: #14-Conley (2), 18th
    Caution 6: #4-Chastain (2), 17th
    Caution 7: #14-Conley (3), 18th
    Caution 8: #4-Chastain (3), 17th
    (8-21-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Hamlin on XFINITY pole at Bristol: #20-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light pole for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 126.896mph. #54-Kyle Busch will start second. The rest of the top 10: #88-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brian Scott, #60-Chris Buescher, #22-Ryan Blaney, #42-Kyle Larson, #1-Elliott Sadler, #18-Daniel Suarez, and #9-Chase Elliott. Did Not Qualify: None. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page (pdf).(8-21-2015)

  • Bristol XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Denny Hamlin(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 34th Annual Food City 300 with a lap of 15.121 seconds, 126.896 mph.
    This is his 19th pole in 151 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third pole and sixth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2015 and his 15th in 22 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick(i) (third) posted his 18th top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his seventh in nine races this season.
    Daniel Suarez (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-21-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Gaughan fastest in XFINITY practice: #62-Brendan Gaughan was fastest during the only practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 125.289mph. #33-Brendan Jones was second, followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #20-Denny Hamlin, #3-Ty Dillon, #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Ryan Blaney, #60-Chris Buescher, #18-Daniel Suarez, and #88-Kevin Harvick. All 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-21-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Brad Teague will be in the #13;
    The Rick Ware #15 is TBA;
    Denny Hamlin will drive the #20 for JGR;
    Ryan Blaney is in the #22 for Penske;
    Hermie Sadler will drive the JGL #26;
    Brandon Jones returns to the #33 for RCR;
    Kyle Busch is in the #54;
    Benny Gordon and the #66 team are entered again.(8-17-2015)
    UPDATE: Dylan Kwasniewski will drive the #97 again.(8-19-2015)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will drive the #15 for Rick Ware.(8-20-2015)
    UPDATE: Jordan Anderson will make his NXS debut in the #74 for Mike Harmon.(8-20-2015)
    See the complete list on the Bristol entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 6 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.64 in. (2,226 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
    Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Bristol this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams ran at Bristol this April and teams in all three national series ran here last August . . . Bristol is the only track at which NASCAR teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes . . . 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

    Dash 4 Cash Round 3: Smith’s Million Dollar Chance

    The third round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash program rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 300 on August 21 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Regan Smith, Daniel Suarez, Elliott Sadler and Ryan Blaney will compete for a $100,000 cash bonus this weekend. Smith, the winner of the first two rounds of the 2015 Dash 4 Cash program, still has the chance to win the additional $600,000 bonus at the end of the season. Smith will need to win this third round at Bristol for $100,000 and then win the Darlington race outright to claim another $100,000, which will then award him an additional $600,000 - bringing his total cash bonus winnings to $1 million dollars.

    Smith is the only driver to qualify for all three rounds this season, and has qualified for the Dash 4 Cash bonuses six times since 2013.

    This will be Ryan Blaney’s first Dash 4 Cash appearance this season, but he is the defending winner of this race (August, 2014). Blaney will be in Team Penske No. 22 Ford, which won at Bristol early this season with driver Joey Logano and will be looking to make it three-in-a-row. Blaney has made three starts at Bristol, posting one win, two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 4.0 - his second-best series track average finish.  

    Suarez finished second at Bristol earlier this season, currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, and is making his second Dash 4 Cash appearance this season. 

    Sadler, a former NXS winner at Bristol (2012), is making his first Dash 4 Cash appearance this season. He has qualified for Dash 4 Cash bonuses seven-times since 2012, and has won the bonus twice.

    The highest finishing driver of the four for Round 3 will win the $100,000 bonus and qualify to compete in the fourth and final round at Darlington Raceway along with the three highest finishing NASCAR XFINITY Series championship contenders.

    12 To Go: Chris Buescher Still The Man To Beat

    With just 12 races left on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule this season, Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher’s consistent high-level performance has positioned him to hold the standings lead over second-place Ty Dillon (-24) and third-place Chase Elliott (-25).

    Buescher’s unswerving season has seen zero DNFs and a series-leading 10 top-five finishes in 21 starts. His average finish is 8.1 and his Driver Rating is 99.2.

    Buescher has made four starts at Bristol posting one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 9.0. Buescher’s talents were on display earlier this season at Bristol; where he started 14th and drove up to a third-place finish.

    Title Hunt: Dillon And Elliott Need To Keep Digging

    This weekend at Bristol could be Richard Childress Racing driver Ty Dillon’s ticket to chop into Chris Buescher’s points lead. Dillon has made four starts at Bristol posting two top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 5.5 - almost four positions better than Buescher.

    In Dillon’s 21 starts this season he has posted six top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 8.9 - second among championship contenders behind Buescher (8.1).   Dillon’s season-to-date Driver Rating is 97.0.

    Chase Elliott is just one point behind Dillon, and 25 points back from standings leader Chris Buescher.

    Elliott’s 2015 season has seen eight top fives and a series leading 17 top 10s in 21 races.

    Elliott has excelled at Bristol in his brief career; in three starts at the half-mile track, he has posted three top 10s and an average finish of 6.0.

    Over the next four tracks (Bristol, Road America, Darlington and Richmond) both Elliott (3.5) and Dillon (11.8) have better average finishes than Chris Buescher (15.4).

    Starting Upfront Puts The Odds In Your Favor To Win

    When it comes to picking a winner this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 300, your best bet would be to pick the drivers starting from the front row, because six of the last eight NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Bristol have been won from the first or second starting positions - a 75% winning percentage.

    Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford has won the last two consecutive races at Bristol from the second starting position (August, 2014 and April, 2015), and are now looking to make it three wins in a row. The defending winner of this event, Ryan Blaney, will be back in the No. 22 Ford this weekend.

    Prior to Team Penske’s last two wins, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch had dominated the NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Bristol winning six of the last 10 races (2010-2015) at Bristol - three of which were from front row starting positions.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Suarez Leads The Pack

    Following the 21st race of the season, Daniel Suarez has opened up his Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings lead to 20 points over second-place Darrell Wallace Jr. as the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.

    Suarez is having a solid rookie season, posting two Coors Light poles, four top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 13.0. He has finished on the lead lap 13 times this season and his 2015 Driver Rating is 92.1.

    Suarez finished runner-up to Joey Logano earlier this season at Bristol in his series track debut.

    “Bristol is a track that I had a good run at earlier this year,” said Suarez. “I think we’ve grown a lot since that race and I’m looking forward to getting another strong result on Friday.”

    Sunoco Rookie Standings following Mid-Ohio: 1. Daniel Suarez (224); 2. Darrell Wallace Jr (204); 3. Ross Chastain (157); 4. Cale Conley (139); 5. Harrison Rhodes (123); 6. Peyton Sellers (97); 7. Josh Reaume (55).

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Sprint Cup Drivers To Watch: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin will all compete in this weekend’s Food City 300 at Bristol. Both Busch (seven, series-most) and Harvick (five, second-most) are former NXS Bristol winners.

    Hermie Returns: Long-time veteran Hermie Sadler III will attempt to qualify and compete in the Food City 300 this weekend, his first race since last season at Richmond. Hermie, the brother of NXS championship contender Elliott Sadler, will be the No. 26 with crew chief Ken Evans for car owner James Whitener.

    Milestones: Kevin Harvick will attempt to make his 325th NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend at Bristol. Harvick is 15th on the all-time NXS starts list, six starts behind 14th-place Todd Bodine (330). ... Joey Gase will attempt to make his 100th NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend at Bristol. Gase is 122nd on the all-time NXS starts list; four starts behind Martin Truex Jr. (103) in 121st. ...  Kevin Harvick can post his 175th NASCAR XFINITY Series top-five finish this weekend at Bristol. Harvick is ranked second on the all-time NXS top fives list; five top fives behind Kyle Busch (179) in first.

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TV: FS1
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10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
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12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
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