NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Food City 500

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #4 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Food City

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:13pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

Radio Coverage

(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, March 14

Friday, March 14
12:00 - 1:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE

Saturday, March 15
9:00 - 9:50 AM NSCS PRACTICE

Sunday, March 16

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    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.


2014: $5,630,559
2013: $5,598,242
2012: $5,551,155
2011: $5,439,768
2010: $5,506,217
2009: $5,700,744
2008: $5,661,265
2007: $5,551,106
2006: $5,426,071
2005: $5,336,617
2004: $5,293,316
2003: $4,649,329
2002: $4,032,688
2001: $3,591,445
2000: $2,307,231


  • 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 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
    Speedway Motorsports
    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

RACE and links

  • 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
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    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.

  • 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

info, news, speeds and links

  • Final practice: for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes. The top 5, slowest, and notes:
    #13-Mears 125.906
    #2-Kenseth 125.815
    #99-Edwards 125.683
    #2-Keselowski 125.486
    #41-Busch 125.469
    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:
    #31-Newman 127.081
    #4-Harvick 126.863
    #41-Busch 126.687
    #20-Kenseth 126.670
    #27-Menard 126.545
    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:
    #41-Busch 129.789
    #24-Gordon 129.421
    #11-Hamlin 129.351
    #99-Edwards 129.317
    #9-Ambrose 129.238
    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)

Local Newspapers

Bristol Herald Courier
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Greenville Sun
Johnson City Press
Kingsport Times-News
Knoxville News
Nashville City Paper
The Tennessean

Weather Links

Weather Channel
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground

Camping, Eating and Travel Info

Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Earhart Campground
Red Barn Campground
Bristol Campground
Laid Back Racing
Speed Eats
Track Stay

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 Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis:PRS-839. Last Raced: Backup at several races (never raced). Backup Chassis: PRS-853. Last Raced: Texas 2013 (finished third as No. 22 car)
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 430 in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon raced to a 24th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2. The Gil Martin-led team utilized this RCR-prepared chassis on two occasions during the 2013 season, finishing first (Phoenix International Raceway, November) and third (Chicagoland Speedway, September).
    #4-Kevin Harvick: The #4 team will utilize Chassis No. 846 in Sunday's race. This is a new car from the Stewart-Haas Racing shop.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809 for Sunday's event at Bristol. Kahne raced this car three times last year, recording an average finish of 7.3. He notably drove it to a third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2013 and a seventh-place result at Michigan International Speedway in August 2013.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-846: Chassis No. 10-846 is a new car that has not been on track before.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-825: This is a brand new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack. It has, however, visited the wind tunnel numerous times.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 804 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is a new chassis. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis tested at New Smyrna and Nashville.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-885. Brand new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-863. Last ran Kansas - finished 13th.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-888 is a brand new chassis for the 2013 Rookie of the Year. The back-up chassis raced several times in 2013, but most recently at Dover where Stenhouse finished 17th.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-845. Last Raced: Richmond Fall Race (finished 17th as No. 2 car). Backup Chassis: PRS-858. Last Raced: Phoenix backup chassis (never raced).
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-812 for this this weekend at Bristol. This chassis has been raced six times - all during the 2013 season - with Gordon claiming one pole (Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September) and three top-10s (Kansas Speedway in October, Richmond in September and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July).
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 403 in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS has been a workhouse for the Richard Childress Racing stable, testing and racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last month, it was utilized in a test session at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 438 in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is brand new in competition. It was utilized in two test sessions at Nashville Superspeedway in December and January, in addition to Charlotte Motor Speedway in December.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-David Reutimann: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 727: Busch will pilot Chassis No. 727 in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. In four previous starts, all as the No. 39 for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), it has two top-10s with a best finish of eighth in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 727 finished 13th as the SHR No. 39 at the 2013 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte, 21st at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in August, eighth at Charlotte in October and ninth at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth in November. The chassis tested in Nashville prior to the start of this season. Sunday marks its first start for the No. 41 team.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-728 for Bristol. This chassis has 7,200 miles on it as Johnson drove it five times last season to an average finish of 8.2. Johnson notably drove this chassis to win at Pocono Raceway in June 2013 and record top-five results at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (second), Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (fourth) and Texas Motor Speedway (sixth in April 2013). The backup car for Bristol is Chassis No. 48-784 which Johnson last raced in June at Michigan International Speedway.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary 805 Backup 781 - Neither car has raced.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a second-place finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway last September.
    #95-Michael McDowell: will pilot Chassis No. PRS-838 in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. McDowell drove this LFR-prepared Ford Fusion to a 33rd-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2 and tested it at Bristol Motor Speedway in February.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-886 is a new chassis. Backup chassis RK-831 was last used in 2013 as a primary at Texas where it started on the pole but finished the day in 37th due to engine troubles.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(3-13-2014)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4564; Right-side -- D-4598

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.5 in. (2,247 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi

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

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Bristol this week . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams have run this tire combination at Bristol, though they did run this left-side tire code (D-4564) at New Hampshire last season . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Bristol last September 17 . . . teams participating in that test were the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (Paul Menard) from the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet and No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota from the Nationwide Series . . . compared to what was run at Bristol last year, this left-side tire features both compound and construction changes to give the cars more grip, while this right-side tire features just a slight compound change . . . Bristol is unique among NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length . . . normally, inner liners are not run on short tracks, though teams will run them in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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