NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Irwin Tools Night Race

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Irwin Tools

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:43pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: ABC - 7:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 7:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 6:00 pm/et with John Roberts, Kenny Wallace & Kyle Petty

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, August 25 at 4:00am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 22
10:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter (Truck Parking Only)

Friday, August 23
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 - 11:50 am NNS Final Practice
11:00 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing For Qualifying Order
12:00 - 2:00 pm NSCS Practice
2:45 - 3:30 pm NSCS Final Practice
3:40 pm NNS Qualifying
5:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
7:30 pm NNS Food City 250 race
8:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, August 24
2:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
5:30 pm NSCS Driver & Crew Chief Meeting
7:00 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
7:30 Start of the NSCS IRWIN Tools Night Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, August 23, 12:00 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-FoxSports1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 23, 2:45 - 3:30pm/et, TV-FoxSports1

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, August 23 at 5:40 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $6,320,354
2012: $6,255,621
2011: $6,123,745
2010: $6,171,126
2009: $6,358,952
2008: $6,311,169
2007: $6,182,147
2006: $6,075,119
2005: $5,928,193
2004: $5,820,438
2003: $5,288,972
2002: $4,598,287


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    500 laps, 266.5 miles
    Degree of banking in corners: 24 to 30 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 4 to 9 degrees
    Straightaways: 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface: 43 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: 160,000
    Bristol has two pits roads: 22 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch
    Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
    Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
    Pace Car Track Speed: 35mph
    Track Opened: 1960
    First Cup race: 1961

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Irwin Tools Tradesmen
    Command to start engines: Irwin Tools Tradesmen
    Invocation: Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey
    National Anthem: MRO / Children of the drivers / crew
    Flyover: Ten planes from Team AeroDynamix

  • Track Websites:
    Bristol Motor Speedway
    Bristol Motor Speedway's Online Ticketing Center
    Speedway Motorsports
    Bristol Raceway Ministries
    Bristol Motor Speedway - Facebook
    BMS Photo Page on Flickr

  • March 2013: see my Bristol Race Info page

  • July 2012: see my Bristol Night Race Info page

  • 2013 March Race Winner: #5-Kasey Kahne, 92.206mph, started 2nd

  • 2012 August Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 84.402mph, started 8th

  • Track Race Record 1st Race: Cale Yarborough, Apr 1977, 100.989

  • Track Race Record 2nd Race: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074

  • Slowest Race Record: Ned Jarrett, July 1965, 61.826mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 48 years, 3 months, 30 days, 8/28/1999

  • Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 21 years, 10 months, 23 days, 3/25/2007

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Elliott Sadler, March 2001, started 38th

  • 2013 March Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 129.535, finished 2nd

  • 2012 August Pole Sitter: none, set by rules book, fastest in 1st practice, #13-Casey Mears, finished 21st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, March 15, 2013, 129.535mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Harry Gant, 54 years, 7 months, 17 days, 8/27/1994

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 19 years, 9 months, 23 days, 3/19/2010

  • Two top-five milestones are on tap this weekend: #99-Carl Edwards continues to hunt for his 100th career top-five finish, which would make him the 36th driver to reach 100 top fives and tie him with Geoff Bodine on the all-time list. After a fifth-place finish at Michigan, #15-Clint Bowyer is on the verge of scoring his 50th career top five. He would be the 69th driver to do so (NASCAR)(8-24-2013)

  • Top 12 Driver Ratings at Bristol:
    #18-Kyle Busch............................... 103.0
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 100.6
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 99.9
    #2-Brad Keselowski......................... 99.0
    #16-Greg Biffle.................................. 95.8
    #48-Jimmie Johnson.......................... 93.8
    #78-Kurt Busch................................. 92.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 90.8
    #29-Kevin Harvick............................. 90.3
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 87.9
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 86.8
    #39-Ryan Newman............................ 86.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Bristol Notes & Facts - Friday:
    Fred Lorenzen won the inaugural Coors Light pole with a speed of 79.225 mph.
    46 different drivers have poles at Bristol, led by Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough with nine each. Martin swept both poles at Bristol in 2009.
    The race winner has started from the pole 22 times, the most productive starting position. The last driver to win from the pole was Carl Edwards, in the night race of 2008.
    Four drivers have won from the pole position more than once: Bobby Allison (1972 twice), Cale Yarborough (1973, 1977 twice, 1980), Darrell Waltrip (1981 twice, 1982) and Rusty Wallace (1991, 1993, 1999, 2000).
    10 different drivers have posted consecutive poles at Bristol Motor Speedway; Mark Martin is the only of the 10 to win four consecutive poles at Bristol: Fireball Roberts (swept 1962), Fred Lorenzen (swept 1963), Richard Petty (1967-'68), Bobby Allison (swept 1972), Cale Yarborough (swept 1973; swept 1977; swept 1980), Darrell Waltrip (swept 1981), Geoff Bodine (swept 1986), Mark Martin (swept 1995-1996- all four races; and swept 2009); Rusty Wallace (swept 1998) and Jeff Gordon (swept 2002).
    Jeff Gordon leads (active drivers) the series in average starting position at Bristol with a 6.876.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway three times; most recently this event last season.(NASCAR)(8-23-2013)

  • Bristol Notes & Facts - Thursday:
    41 different drivers have won at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip (12). Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch each have five wins, the most among active drivers.
    Junior Johnson leads the series in car owner wins at Bristol with 16; Rick Hendrick, Roger Penske and Jack Roush are tied among active car owners for the most wins at Bristol with 10 each.
    12 drivers have won consecutive races at Bristol led by Darrell Waltrip with seven consecutive victories from 1981-1984. The other 11 are Fred Lorenzen (1963-1964 sweep), David Pearson (1968 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), Cale Yarborough did it twice (1974 sweep and four straight from 1976-1977), Richard Petty (1975 sweep), Dale Earnhardt also did twice (1985 sweep and 1987 sweep), Alan Kulwicki (1992 sweep), Rusty Wallace (2000 sweep), Kurt Busch (2003 sweep and 2004 spring race), Kyle Busch (2009 sweep), and Brad Keselowski (2011 fall-2012 spring).
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol was the 3/25/2007 race won by Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.064 second.
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford with 33. Toyota is ranked fifth among Manufacturers with five wins at Bristol.
    Six of the last eight races have ended with a Margin of Victory of less than a second.
    There has been three green-white-checkered finishes at Bristol - all three were the spring race: 2007 (500/504); 2008 (500/506); 2009 (500/503).
    84 of the 105 (80%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position; including 53 from the first four spots.
    35 of the 105 (33.3%) races at Bristol have been won from the front row: Pole position (22 wins); second-place (13 wins).
    Five of the 105 (4.7%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 38th, by Elliott Sadler; in 2001.(NASCAR)(8-22-2013)

  • Bristol Notes & Facts - Wednesday:
    Mark Martin leads the series (among active drivers) in runner-up finishes at Bristol with six; followed by Kevin Harvick and Terry Labonte with four.
    Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty lead the series in top-five finishes at Bristol with 26 each. Terry Labonte leads the series among active drivers with 19 followed by Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin (16).
    Richard Petty has 37 top-10 finishes, more than any other driver. Terry Labonte leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes with 33; followed by Mark Martin with 23 and Jeff Gordon with 22.
    Kyle Busch leads the series (active drivers) in average finish at Bristol with a 9.824.
    Two of the 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 3/31/1996.
    Kurt Busch posted his first series career win at Bristol (2002), and Joey Logano won his first pole at Bristol (2010).
    All 15 active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers who have won at Bristol Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane - among the active winners Kurt Busch won in the fewest starts (third) at Bristol.
    Jeff Burton competed at Bristol Motor Speedway 28 times before winning (2008 spring race); the longest span of any the 15 active winners. Burton is the only active driver to have made 20 or more attempts before his first win at BMS. Kasey Kahne, who won earlier this season made 18 previous starts before his win at BMS.
    Bobby Labonte leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Bristol without visiting Victory Lane with 41.
    Two female drivers have made NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.(NASCAR)(8-21-2013)

  • Bristol Notes & Facts - Tuesday:
    Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile.
    First NASCAR Sprint Cup race was July 30, 1961; Jack Smith won the event (with relief from Johnny Allen).
    In the fall of 1969, the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533-miles.
    The name changed to Bristol International Raceway in 1978.
    The first night race was held in the fall of 1978.
    The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.
    The name changed to Bristol Motor Speedway in May 1996.
    The track was resurfaced between races in 2007, and the turns were ground down last season to eliminate part of the progressive banking.
    There have been 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.
    All races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps.
    422 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol; 294 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 58 starts.(NASCAR)(8-20-2013)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Bristol Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Kenseth wins Bristol: #20-Matt Kenseth won the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 5th win of 2013 and 29th career win. Kenseth led the most lap with 149 of 500.
    #5-Kahne finished 2nd followed by #42-Montoya, #55-Vickers, #22-Logano, #27-Menard, #24-Gordon, #9-Ambrose, #16-Biffle & #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    Mark Martin finished 20th in his first run in the #14 Chevy. Points leader #48-Johnson had another rough race, wrecking and finishing 36th. #99-Edwards, coming into the race 3rd in points, lost an engine and finished 39th. Pole sitter #11-Hamlin was caught up in a late wreck and finished 28th.
    There were 16 lead changes among 9 drivers and 11 cautions for 74 yellow flag laps and a very short red flag.
    The average speed was 90.279mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Bristol Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Bristol Penalty Report (pdf).(8-24-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Bristol:
    #20-Matt Kenseth won the 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race, his 29th victory in 496 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his third victory and 18th top-10 finish in 28 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 20 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2013.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 14 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 18 points over #15-Clint Bowyer.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-24-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 24 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 821
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 803, -18
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 768, -53
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 760, -61
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 739, -82
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 736, -85
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 714, -107
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 701, -120
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 698, -123
    10) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 685, -136
    2012 Chase drivers not currently in the 2013 Chase
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 11th in points (4pts out of 10th)
    , #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th in points (-11pts)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 18th [will miss rest of season](-91)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury](-229)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(8-24-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Wild Card Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 24 of 36]
    Current Wild Cards:
    WC1) #56-Truex Jr. [1 win], 14th in points (22pts out of 10th)
    WC2) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 15th in points (26pts out of 10th)
    other wild card contenders
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win] 19th in pts (91 out of 10th)
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 11th in points (4 out of 10th)
    #78-Kurt Busch, 12th (6 out of 10th)
    #24-Jeff Gordon 13th in pts (11 out of 10th)
    #1-Jamie McMurray 16th in pts (38 out of 10th)
    #27-Paul Menard 17th in pts (47 out of 10th)
    #43-Aric Almirola 19th in pts (69 out of 10th)
    #31-Jeff Burton 20th in pts (93 out of 10th)
    #34-David Ragan [1 win] 26th in pts (233 out of 10th)
    The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd place finishes, etc)
    See wild card standings on the Unofficial Wildcard Standings page (pdf).(8-24-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup OWNER Championship Points Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 24 of 36]
    (note: owner points are different then drivers points)
    1) #48-Hendrick Motorsports [4 wins], 821
    2) #15-Michael Waltrip Racing, 803, -18
    3) #99-Roush Fenway Racing [1 win], 768, -53
    4) #29-Richard Childress Racing [2 wins], 760, -61
    5) #18-Joe Gibbs Racing [3 wins], 739, -82
    6) #20-Joe Gibbs Racing [4 wins], 736, -85
    7) #88-Hendrick Motorsports, 714, -107
    8) #5-Hendrick Motorsports [1 win], 701, -120
    9) #16-Roush Fenway Racing [1 win], 698, -123
    10) #22-Penske Racing [1 win], 685, -136
    Owners Wildcards
    WC1) #14-Stewart-Haas Racing [1 win], 13th in OWNER points (8 points out of 10th)
    WC2) #56-Michael Waltrip Racing [1 win], 15th in pts (22 out of 10th)
    #39-Stewart-Haas Racing [1 win], 16th in pts (26 out of 10th)
    #55-Michael Waltrip Racing [1 win], 19th in pts (48 out of 10th)
    See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(8-24-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #30-Stremme, 17th
    Caution 2: #13-Mears, 33rd
    Caution 3: #93-Kvapil, 16th
    Caution 4: #38-Gilliland, 25th
    Caution 5: #7-Blaney, 22nd
    Caution 6: #30-Stremme(2), 17th
    Caution 7: #38-Gilliland(2), 25th
    Caution 8: #13-Mears(2), 33rd
    Caution 9: #93-Kvapil(2), 16th
    Caution 10: #31-Burton, 13th
    Caution 11: #43-Almirola, 15th
    (8-24-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Irwin Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2013.
    Television (TV): ABC at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 7:43pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2, Sunday, August 25 at 4:00am/et

  • Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Race to Air on Alternate Channels in Seven Markets: NASCAR fans in seven affected markets will watch ABC's telecast of Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on alternate channels through arrangements made by their local ABC affiliates. The ABC affiliates in the seven markets will be airing NFL preseason games Saturday night rather than the NASCAR race but with the alternate channels in each market, the race telecast will still be available nationwide. ABC's coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown at 7:00pm/et with the race's green flag at 7:44 pm. In six of the seven markets, the race telecast will air on ESPN and several of the ABC affiliates also will air the race on their Digital Tier channels. In Columbus, Ohio, the race will air on local station WWHO-TV. Also, ABC affiliates in Buffalo, Charlotte, N.C., and Rochester, N.Y., will join either NASCAR Countdown or the race telecast in progress following the conclusion of a 4:30 p.m. ET game between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. The Rochester station will air NASCAR Countdown and the race on its Digital Tier channel until the game ends. NASCAR Countdown will be pre-empted by local news in Little Rock, Ark., and Tyler, Tex., but both ABC affiliates will air the race telecast.
    The affected markets:
    Buffalo - ABC affiliate WKBW-TV will join either NASCAR Countdown or the race in progress following 4:30 p.m. Buffalo-Washington game.
    Charlotte, NC - ABC affiliate WSOC-TV will join either NASCAR Countdown or the race in progress following 4:30 p.m. Buffalo-Washington game.
    Columbus, Ohio - NASCAR Countdown and race will air on local station WWHO-TV.
    Dayton, Ohio - NASCAR Countdown and race will air on ESPN and on Digital Tier 2 channel of ABC affiliate WKEF-TV.
    Nashville, TN - NASCAR Countdown and race will air on ESPN.
    Philadelphia - NASCAR Countdown and race will air on ESPN and on Digital Tier 2 channel of ABC affiliate WPVI-TV.
    Phoenix - NASCAR Countdown and race will air on ESPN and Digital Tier 2 channel of ABC affiliate KNXV-TV.
    Rochester, NY -- ABC affiliate WHAM-TV will air NASCAR Countdown on its Digital Tier 2 channel and will join in progress on its main channel following 4:30 p.m. Buffalo-Washington game.
    St. Joseph, MO - NASCAR Countdown and race will air on ESPN.
    Weslaco, TX - NASCAR Countdown and race will air on ESPN and Digital Tier 2 channel of ABC affiliate KRGV.(ESPN)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Irwin Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #78-Busch took pit stall 23, the first pit stall on the backstretch.
    #99-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the last pit stall on the front stretch pit road.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #55-Vickers, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-23-2013)

  • Bristol Pit Rules: Bristol Motor Speedway operates under a plan where one-pit road will be used during pit stops under caution. Currently, Bristol remains the only track in the Sprint Cup Series that utilizes two pit roads with 22 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the backstretch. Teams that pit on the backstretch used to be at a competitive disadvantage. Since the spring 2002 race at Bristol, teams will enter pit road in Turn 2 (the current backstretch pit entrance) drive around down the backstretch and around Turns 3 and 4 and exit in Turn 1. Under green-flag conditions teams will enter and exit pit road under the current two-pit-road scheme.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Wildcard Standings
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Hamlin wins Bristol pole: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with speed of 128.969mph for his 4th pole of 2013 and 16th of his career. Hamlin has won three times from the pole in his career.
    #78-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #99-Edwards, #55-Vickers, #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #39-Newman, #56-Truex Jr. and #43-Almirola.
    #51-Ryan Truex will make his Sprint Cup Series debut starting 18th.
    Fastest in happy hour practice, #18-Kyle Busch, spun and wrecked on his qualifying run and will start 43rd/last.
    Failing to qualify for the race: #19-Mike Bliss.
    See the starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying results, qualifying order on the Bristol Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(8-23-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Bristol:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race with a lap of 14.878 seconds, 128.969 mph.
    This is his 16th pole in 279 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 14th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2013 and his eighth in 26 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 12th in 24 races this season.
    #10-Danica Patrick (22nd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-23-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Irwin Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 23, 2013 at 5:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN, 5:30pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Irwin Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #31-Burton.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #32-Schrader.
    Fastest in 1st Friday practice, #34-Ragan, is scheduled to qualify 29th.
    Fastest in Happy Hour practice, #18-Busch, is scheduled to qualify 19th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    If qualifying were to be rained out, starting order would be set by results from the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Bristol Qualifying Page.(8-23-2013)

  • Happy Hour practice for the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 128.253
    #78-Busch 128.099
    #24-Gordon 127.031
    #42-Montoya 127.031
    #22-Logano 126.922
    slowest: #33-Raines 119.648 & #32-Schrader 120.984
    notes: #78-Busch smacked the wall midway thru practice and #30-Stremme smacked the wall as practice ended.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, top-10 lap averages on the Bristol Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-23-2013)

  • 1st Friday practice for the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 120 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #34-Ragan 125.322
    #48-Johnson 125.134
    #24-Gordon 124.922
    #18-Busch 124.841
    #2-Keselowski 124.776
    slowest: #95-Speed 118.877 & #33-Raines 119.373
    notes: there is a chance of rain this afternoon, so this practice could be important in the sense that the starting order would be set by the speeds from this practice. Top-36 fastest, then by former past champs, race attempts, then those seven set in 37-43 by speed.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, top-10 lap averages on the Bristol Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(8-23-2013)

  • Entry List for the Irwin Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #14-Mark Martin, #55-Vickers, #51-Ryan Truex (debut), #40-Sassill, #33-Raines, #19-Bliss, #32-Schrader, #95-Speed. #40-Raines has to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Bristol Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 813
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 772, -41
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 762, -51
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 749, -64
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 706, -107
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 688, -125
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 679, -134
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 667, -146
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 665, -148
    10) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 663, -150
    2012 Chase drivers not currently in the 2013 Chase
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th in points (26pts out of 10th)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 18th [missed 2 race so far], 69pts out of 10th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], 224pts out of 10th
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(8-18-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Wild Card Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
    Current Wild Cards:
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 11th in points (4 points out of 10th)
    WC2) #56-Truex Jr. [1 win], 12th in pts (10 out of 10th)
    other wild card contenders
    #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 13th in pts (17 out of 10th)
    #39-Ryan Newman [1 win] 15th in pts (27 out of 10th)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win] 18th in pts (69 out of 10th)
    #24-Jeff Gordon 14th in pts (26 out of 10th)
    #1-Jamie McMurray 16th in pts (41 out of 10th)
    #27-Paul Menard 17th in pts (64 out of 10th)
    #43-Aric Almirola 19th in pts (76 out of 10th)
    #31-Jeff Burton 20th in pts (102 out of 10th)
    #34-David Ragan [1 win] 26th in pts (243 out of 10th)
    The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd place finishes, etc)
    See wild card standings on the Unofficial Wildcard Standings page (pdf).(8-18-2013)

  • Chase Clinches a bunch might come at Bristol: #48-Jimmie Johnson has stood alone for two weeks as the only driver to clinch a spot in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Already guaranteed a top-10 spot - and the three bonus points per win that go with it - Johnson will enter the Chase with at least 2,012 points. After race No. 26 at Richmond, all 12 Chase drivers will have their points reset to 2,000, but only the top 10 will have three points added to their total for each victory over the first 26 races. Johnson currently has four victories (both Daytona events, Martinsville and Pocono). In terms of Chase clinches, expect a few drivers to join Johnson this weekend at Bristol.
    Three drivers can clinch a top-10 spot: #15-Clint Bowyer, #99-Carl Edwards and #29-Kevin Harvick. The magic number for a top-10 clinch is 97 points; leaving Bristol, anyone 97 points ahead of 11th will clinch a top-10 spot.
    Bowyer is currently 113 points ahead of 11th. He is guaranteed to clinch a top-10 spot by finishing 12th or better, or 13th and at least one lap led, or 14th and most laps led. Edwards is currently 103 points ahead of 11th. He is guaranteed a top-10 clinch with a win or runner up; or third and at least one lap led, or fourth and most laps led. Harvick is currently 90 points ahead of 11th. He'll clinch by improving upon his current cushion by seven points.
    A number of drivers can clinch at least a Wild Card spot this weekend. Because they own multiple wins this season, after this weekend, a few drivers could fall out of the top 10 yet still be guaranteed a Wild Card spot after race No. 26. The Wild Card spots go to the two drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20. #20-Matt Kenseth, who has four wins but has yet to clinch a top-20 spot, can clinch at least a Wild Card this weekend (a win would guarantee it). The same goes for #18-Kyle Busch (three wins) and #5-Kasey Kahne (two wins).(NASCAR)(8-22-2013)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Bristol is PRS-849 which last raced at Dover in June and finished 5. The Backup Chassis is PRS-847 which has been a backup at several races but not raced.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Saturday night's event at Bristol. Kahne has raced this car five times this season, notably reaching Victory Lane at Bristol on March 17. During those five starts, he has averaged a 5.4 starting spot on the strength of outside pole positions at Phoenix and Bristol and a fourth-place start at Richmond. Kahne also lined up eighth in this car on July 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In 19 Sprint Cup starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kahne has one win, four top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He also has earned one pole position and has led a total of 456 laps.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Stanley team prepared chassis No. 784 back to Bristol after competing with the chassis at the .53-mile track in March. Ambrose has nine previous starts at the Bristol Motor Speedway. He has finished in the top-10 in four of those races and twice in the top-five. The half-mile track has proved to be one of the best ovals for Ambrose. He has best finishes of third and fifth.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-579 at Bristol which was used by #39-Ryan Newman during the 2010 and 2011 seasons but has since been completely overhauled and transformed into a Gen-6-style Chevrolet SS. The Irwin Tools Night Race will mark the third race for Chassis 10-579 with Patrick behind the wheel. She first used it in March at Bristol, where she started 41st and finished 28th. The GoDaddy team then tested Chassis 579 May 14-15 at Dover before returning to the track for the June race and starting 39th and finishing 24th.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-722 debuted in June 2012 at Pocono as Tony Stewart took Chassis No. 14-722 from its 22nd-place starting spot to finish third in the Pocono 400. It returned to Pocono in August for the series' second visit to the quirky, 2.5-mile triangle where it had a similar outing, as Stewart rallied it from its 28th-place starting spot to finish fifth in the rain-shortened race. While Chassis No. 14-722 didn't race again in 2012, it was tested extensively - in the wind tunnel and on the track. It tested at Nashville Superspeedway Sept. 25-26 and at Kansas Oct. 17-18. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-722 returned to racing in March at Bristol for the Food City 500. After qualifying eighth and practicing well, Stewart declared he had the best car he'd had in years at Bristol. But just nine laps into the 500-lap race around the .533-mile oval, Stewart's left-rear tire deflated. Stewart spun and impacted the SAFER Barrier on the outside of turn one with the left side of his racecar. Stewart was OK, but his racecar was not. After lengthy repairs, Stewart returned to the track and finished 31st. Chassis No. 14-722 was rebuilt and saw track time at Dover during a test May 14-15. That test paid off when the car returned to Dover in June, where in its fourth career start and second of 2013, Chassis No. 14-722 won after rallying from its 22nd-place starting spot. The car returns to the concrete for a third straight time for the Irwin Tools Night Race this weekend at Bristol.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis 773 finished eighth at Charlotte in May. Backup chassis No. 727 has served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M / Bondo Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-822, which last ran at Martinsville and finished 9th.. Backup chassis RK-803 last ran at Bristol and finished 11th. Biffle has 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol, earning six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 13.4 and finishing position of 12.1 at the short track.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Nationwide team will be using primary chassis RK-791, which last raced at Kentucky and finished 17th and also ran at Bristol earlier this year. The backup chassis is RK-801, was a chassis for the #99 team in 2012. Stenhouse made his first Sprint Cup start at the World's Fastest Half-Mile in March, earning a respectable 16th-place finish.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-842 which last race at Dover in June and finished 7th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which has been a backup at several races but never raced
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. This #27 Schrock/Menards Chevrolet SS previously ran this season at Auto Club, Darlington and Kentucky, with its best finish of eight coming at Auto Club Speedway. Menard has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the half-mile oval. His best start of fourth and best finish of fifth both came in 2011. In Menard's last five Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol, he has earned four top-10 finishes. The Wisconsin native has completed 5,990 of 6,009 laps attempted (99.7%) at the Bristol track, leading 36 of them. Schrock is a manufacturer of fine kitchen and bath cabinetry, offering on-trend styling and creative organization solutions for the entire home.
    #29-Kevin Harvick:will pilot chassis No. 383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the IRWIN Tools Night Race. This Jimmy John's Chevrolet was most recently driven to an eighth-place result at Dover International Speedway in June. Since his first Sprint Cup Series appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2001, Harvick has made 25 starts at the half-mile oval. In those 25 starts, the California native has collected one win (April 2005), nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Harvick holds an average starting position of 17.8 coupled with an average finishing position of 12.6, has completed 98.2 percent (12,290 of 12,513) of the laps contested and led 427 circuits.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 392 this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevy was utilized three times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Kentucky and Dover. Burton also piloted this machine to a top-10 finish earlier this season at Phoenix and an 11th-place finish at Dover in June. This weekend's 500-lap event marks Burton's 40th start at the half-mile bullring and his 679th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton has garnered one win, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track and led 322 laps at the Bristol, Tenn.-based race track.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-727 which debuted at Charlotte in May 2012, when Newman finished 14th. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Homestead, where Newman and the #39 team recorded a third-place finish. Chassis No. 39-727 was outfitted with a Chevrolet SS body over the winter and was raced again at Charlotte, this time in the NASCAR Sprint All- Star Race, where Newman finished 13th.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 RainEater Wiper Blades team will race chassis No. 850, last ran in April at Martinsville.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 720 at Bristol, which last raced at Texas in November 2012 and won. Chassis No. 797 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary chassis is - 776, which was raced by Mark Martin in June at Michigan, finishing 26th. Vickers owns two top-five and three top-10 finishes in 17 starts. He's led 127 laps. He's finished in the top eight in the last three races at Bristol driving the #55..
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports No. 88-745. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in June. In 27 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol, Earnhardt has scored one win, seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. The 38-year-old driver has an average finishing position of 11.6 and has completed 98.9% of all laps he's attempted (13,365 of 13,513 total) at the short track. He has led 758 laps at the .533-mile oval.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will run RK-802 which last ran at Dover. The backup chassis is RK-826, which last ran at Texas. In 18 starts at the 0.533-mile bullring, Edwards has two wins, four top-five, seven top-10 finishes and two poles. His average start is 18.5, and his average finish is 14.6. Edwards has completed 8583 of 9013 (95%) laps attempted at Bristol. Fastenal will run a primary paint scheme with supplier brands Milwaukee, Greenfield, IRWIN and Krylon on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and b-post.
    (from numerous team PR's /sites)(8-21-2013)


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 season's 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.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
Bristol Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
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(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Sylvania 300

Countdown to Race Time: 9/21/2014 ~2:15pm/et

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