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Race: Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Bristol, TN
Title Sponsor: Food City
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:13pm/et
NASCAR Pre-Race: FOX - 12:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FoxSports, 1:00pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Pit Reporters: Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond
FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty & Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Friday, March 21 at 12:00pm/et on FS1
Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, March 14
7:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, March 14
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 15
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 - 9:50 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:00 - 1:00 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
1:15 PM NSCS ALL CARS MUST BE PARKED IN HAULERS
2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Sunday, March 16
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM NSCS RACE
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All times above are listed in LOCAL Time
Friday, March 14, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-FS1
Saturday, March 15, 9:00 - 9:50 am/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 15, 12:00 - 1:00 pm/et, TV-FS2
Qualifying: groups for positions 1-36, Friday, March 14 at 4:35 pm/et, TV-FS1, no re-air scheduled.
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
Grand Marshals: University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer
Command to start engines: University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Invocation: Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ
National Anthem: Cheryl LuQuire
Flyover: none shown
Track Websites & Social Media:
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway's Online Ticketing Center
Bristol Raceway Ministries
Bristol Motor Speedway - Facebook
BMS Photo Page on Flickr
March 2013: see the Bristol Race Info page
August 2013: see the Bristol Race Info page
2013 March Race Winner: #5-Kasey Kahne, 92.206mph, started 2nd
2013 August Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 90.279mph, started 5th
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
2013 August Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 128.969, finished 28th
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
Bristol News & Notes:
• Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile in length.
• 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 in 2012 to eliminate part of the progressive banking.
• There have been 106 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 '77, which were 400 laps.
• 423 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol; 295 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.
• Fred Lorenzen won the inaugural Coors Light Pole with a speed of 79.225 mph.
• 47 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 multiple times: 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 7.476.
• 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 it 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).
• 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 six wins at Bristol.
• 85 of the 106 (80.1%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position; including 53 from the first four spots.
• 35 of the 106 (33.0%) races at Bristol have been won from the front row: Pole position (22 wins); second-place (13 wins).
• Five of the 106 (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.
• Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Bristol with 10; Kevin Harvick and Terry Labonte lead all active drivers with four each.
• 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 Jeff Gordon with 23.
• Kyle Busch leads the series (active drivers) in average finish at Bristol with a 9.889.
• Seven of the last nine races have ended with a Margin of Victory of less than a second at BMS.
• 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).
• Two of the 106 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 3/31/1996.
• Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway three times; most recently August 25, 2012.
• 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 Series 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 in the spring of 2012 made 18 previous starts before his win at BMS.
• Bobby Labonte leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol without visiting Victory Lane with 42.
• 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.(NASCAR)(3-11-2014)
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Bristol:
#18-Kyle Busch 101.8
#20-Matt Kenseth 101.8
#24-Jeff Gordon 101.2
#2-Brad Keselowski 94.9
#16-Greg Biffle 94.8
#78-Kurt Busch 92.0
#48-Jimmie Johnson 91.4
#11-Denny Hamlin 90.3
#29-Kevin Harvick 89.8
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 89.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races(18 total) among 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)(3-12-2014)
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Bristol Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page
Human error caused final caution at Bristol: A long and bizarre day came to an unusual finish Sunday night when the caution lights were accidentally turned on from the flag stand and rain then prevented an attempt for a green-white-checkered finish. A person in the flag stand leaned on the manual override switch, turning on the caution lights on lap 499, according to Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. Six seconds after the lights were turned on, the flag man - seeing the lights on - waved the yellow flag, according to NASCAR's review of the finish. Pemberton said that the flag man can wave the caution flag without a call from series officials in the tower if they see a proper reason. The rain then arrived before the race could be restarted, giving Carl Edwards the victory.
The caution snafu did cause NASCAR to change the finishing order. NASCAR went back to when the caution lights flashed and froze the field. Pemberton said NASCAR only had to adjust three positions - placing Denny Hamlin sixth, Jeff Gordon seventh and Kasey Kahne eighth. Pemberton said NASCAR will work to make sure the incident is not repeated.(Motor Racing Network), for the transcript of Pemberton's comments, see the NASCAR Press Conference transcript page.(3-17-2014)
Edwards wins at Bristol: #99-Carl Edwards won the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2014, his 3rd at Bristol and his 22nd career win.
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. finished 2nd for his best career finish. The rest of the 10 were #43-Almirola, #14-Stewart, #9-Ambrose, polesitter #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #5-Kahne, #55-Vickers, and rookie of the year candidate #42-Larson.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr., who came into the race as the points leader, finished the race in 24th.
The race started nearly 2 hours late because of morning rain and there was a 3 hour an 20 minute red flag just after 100 laps, again for rain. Then with just over 2 laps remaining in the race, a bank of caution lights malfunctioned and came on automatically. Realizing the problem, NASCAR called for a full course caution and it then began to rain. The race finished under caution.
Keselowski now has the points lead by 10 points over Earnhardt, Jr.
There were 20 lead changes among 12 drivers and there were 12 cautions for 95 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 84.051mph.
See unofficial 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).(3-16-2014)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol & Points Report (pdf).
Race Fast Facts - Bristol:
Carl Edwards won the 54th Annual Food City 500, his 22nd victory in 341 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his third victory and eighth top-10 finish in 20 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted career-best finish and first top-10 finish in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway. His previous best finish was third, at Talladega in October of 2013. It is his second top-10 finish in 2014.
Aric Almirola (third) posted his career-best finish and second top-10 finish in ten races at Bristol Motor Speedway. His previous best career finish was fourth (at Homestead in 2010 and Martinsville-2 in 2012).
Kyle Larson (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-16-2014)
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Bristol, race 4 of 36]
1) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 163
2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 153, -10
3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 152, -11
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 152, -11
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 143, -20
6) #22-Joey Logano, 141, -22
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 140, -23
8) #20-Matt Kenseth, 138, -25
9) #31-Ryan Newman, 125, -38
10) #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 122, -41
Other drivers with a win:
21) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 89, -74
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-16-2014)
Bristol Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#42-Larson, finished 10th, 12 rookie points
#3-Dillon, 11th, 10
#51-Allgaier, 17th, 9
#7-Annett, 26th, 8
#23-Bowman, 32nd, 7
#30-Kligerman, 34th, 6
#26-Whitt, 40th, 5
#83-Truex, 42nd, 4
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #36-Sorenson, 28th
Caution 2: #7-Annett, 26th
Caution 3: #98-Wise, 23rd
Caution 4: #22-Logano, 22nd
Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 12th
Caution 6: #98-Wise (2), 23rd
Caution 7: #16-Biffle (2), 12th
Caution 8: #41-Busch, 35th
Caution 9: #9-Ambrose, 5th
Caution 10: #3-Dillon, 11th
Caution 11: #15-Bowyer, 15th
Caution 12: none, race ended
Bristol race under rain delay: After morning rains, NASCAR was been able to dry the track at Bristol and get the Food City 500 underway just before 3:00pm/et. However more rain put the race under a red flag at 3:45pm/et with 123 of 500 laps completed.
UPDATE: After a red flag of more than 3 hours, cars are back on track and the race will be back under green soon. TV coverage will be on FoxSports1.(3-16-2014)
Rain expected Sunday at Bristol; race could be held Monday: The National Weather Service forecast for Sunday calls for rain, mainly after 8:00am with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Sunday night the rain will continue, mainly before 5:00pm, then periods of drizzle. Low around 37. Chance of precipitation 80%. The forecast for Monday looks better but there is still a 50% chance of rain early.
See more weather info and links on the Bristol race page - weather section.
Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell said, "By now, nearly everyone has seen Sunday's weather forecast and expressed questions regarding plans. NASCAR has a nearly 70-year history of working with tracks to get races in on the scheduled date. In Bristol Motor Speedway, we have a track that dries in less than an hour, equipment here to do it, and lights that allow us to go well into the evening. We are very hopeful and fully intend to run the Food City 500 tomorrow. If by chance that does not happen, we are prepared to race Monday at noon. But that is a backup plan we hope to not need."(3-16-2014)
Race Coverage of the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 16, 2014.
Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30 pm/et; green flag approx. 1:13pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Friday, March 21 at 12:00pm/et on FS1
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Food City 500 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 #2-Keselowski took pit stall 23, the last pit stall on the backstretch.
#20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 20th pit stall, the last pit stall on the frontstretch.
The first pit stall on the backstretch was taken by #9-Ambrose, who starts 5th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-14-2014)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
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.
See Jayski's - 2014 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
Final practice: for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes. The top 5, slowest, and notes:
slowest: #36-Sorenson 122.185 & #66-Nemechek 121.167
All 43 drivers have practiced.
Notes: #40-Cassill broke a rear end housing, causing the left rear tire and wheel to come off, sending him into the wall hard. He is ok, but will have to go to a backup.
See the speeds, laps run, 10-lap averages on the Bristol Practice 3 speeds page.(3-15-2014)
First Saturday practice: for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes. The top 5, slowest, and notes:
slowest: #66-Nemechek 121.213 & #33-Hill 120.150
All 43 drivers have practiced.
See the speeds, laps run, 10-lap averages on the Bristol Practice 2 speeds page.(3-15-2014)
Hamlin wins Bristol pole: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with a TRACK RECORD speed of 129.991mph for his 1st pole of 2014, 2nd at Bristol and 18th of his career.
#2-Keselowski is on the outside pole, followed by #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #9-Ambrose, #24-Gordon, #18-Busch, #16-Biffle, #31-Newman, #5-Kahne, #48-Johnson, and #99-Edwards.
#22-Logano was fastest in the first qualifying session with a speed of 129.369
Missing the race were: #35-Reutimann & #77-Blaney.
See the full starting lineup, qualifying results & order on the Bristol Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(3-14-2014)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Bristol:
Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 54th Annual Food City 500 with a track qualifying record lap of 14.761 seconds, 129.991 mph. Kyle Busch held the previous record with 129.535 mph/14.813 seconds.
This is his 18th pole in 295 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He is now tied with Lee Petty, Joe Weatherly and Donnie Allison for 38th on the all-time list.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2014.
This is his second pole in 17 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in nine races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his second in four races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-14-2014)
Friday practice: for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes. The top 5, slowest, and notes:
slowest: #30-Kligerman 123.300 & 33-Hil 119.010.
#51-Allgaier was the only driver to not complete a full lap.
Notes: Five minutes into practice, #10-Patrick got loose off turn 2 and slid into #30-Kligerman. Patrick will go to a backup car. Other drivers making contact with the wall and going to backups: #51-Allgaier, #18-Busch, #16-Biffle. #20-Kenseth and #17-Stenhouse, Jr. also got in to wall but suffered only minor damage.
Qualifying is this afternoon at 4:40pm/et and will be shown on FoxSports 1
See the speeds, laps run, 10-lap averages on the Bristol Practice 1 speeds page.(3-14-2014)
For the new 2014 group qualifying rules and format, see the Qualifying Rules page
Qualifying Order for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. This is the order drivers can go through inspection.
The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
The final driver scheduled to go out is #78-Truex, Jr.
Fastest in Friday practice, #41-Busch, is scheduled to qualify 14th.
Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
See the full qualifying order on the Bristol Qualifying Page.(3-14-2014)
Entry List for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Kvapil, #33-Hill, #35-Reutimann, #66-Nemechek. With 45 cars entered, 2 drivers will miss the race. 2014 owners points will be used the rest of the year so this week drivers who must qualify via speed are: #35-Reutimann, #77-Blaney.
#44-Yeley has been removed from the entry list.
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Bristol Entry List
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
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]
1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 133
2) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 132, -1
3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 117, -16
4) #22-Joey Logano, 116, -17
5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 115, -18
6) #99-Carl Edwards, 105, -28
7) #20-Matt Kenseth, 105, -28
8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 101, -32
9) #31-Ryan Nemwan, 97, -36
10) #18-Kyle Busch, 95, -38
14) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 83, -50
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Las Vegas Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-9-2014)
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 Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway:#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
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
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.
(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)
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 12:00 pm/et