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 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: IRWIN

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown 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

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 6:00pm/et on FoxSports2

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, August 24 at 4:00am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    Fox Sports TV Listings
    FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR

  • Saturday Night NASCAR Race at Bristol on Alternate Channels in Some Markets: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway is being broadcast live nationally by ABC on Saturday night, Aug. 23, but viewing will be affected in 15 markets due to NFL preseason games airing on local ABC affiliates. In all 15 markets where the race telecast is being preempted, NASCAR fans who are satellite TV subscribers will be able to watch the race on ESPN alternate channels (DirecTV - channel 209-1; DISH - channel 145). For cable subscribers, the race will air on alternate channels in 11 of the 15 markets.
    The telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown at 7:00 pm/et and the race's green flag is scheduled for 7:43 pm/et.
    The affected markets:
    Austin, Texas - race telecast on digital cable: Time Warner channels 811 and 1240, Suddenlink channel 721, AT&T Channel 3024.
    Charlotte, N.C. - race telecast on WAXN TV64. Available on Time Warner channel 1230, Charter channel 703, Compas channel 16, Comporium channel 110. WSOC-TV will join race in progress after football game ends.
    Casper, Wyo. - only available to satellite TV subscribers
    Cheyenne, Wyo. - only available to satellite TV subscribers
    Duluth, Minn. - race telecast on digital cable: Charter channel 398, Mediacom channel 113.
    Harrisburg, Pa. - race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 246, Verizon channel 461, Blue Ridge Cable channel 152, Kuhn channel 67, Nittany Media 228.
    Houston - race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channels 315 and 685.
    Louisville, Ky. - race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 432, Time Warner channel 207.
    Nashville, Tenn. - race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 245, Charter channel 136.
    St. Joseph, Mo. - only available to satellite TV subscribers
    San Antonio, Tex. - only available to satellite TV subscribers
    Sioux Falls, S.D. - race telecast on digital cable: Mid-Continent channels 596 and 614. (Also DISH channel 36).
    Tulsa, Okla. - race telecast on digital cable: Cox channel 131.
    Washington, D.C. - race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 205, Cox channel 806, Verizon FiOS channel 467.
    Weslaco, Tex. - race telecast on digital cable: Time Warner channel 877.
    In Milwaukee, Little Rock, Ark., Jonesboro, Ark., Fort Smith, Ark., and Tyler, Texas, the local ABC affiliates will not air NASCAR Countdown due to airing local newscasts but all will join ABC for the race telecast at 7:30 p.m. ET.(ESPN)
    REBROADCAST is scheduled for Sunday, April 24, 2014 on ESPN2 at 4:00am/et.(8-21-2014)


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 21
9:00 - 10:00 PM Transporter Parade: Bristol Mall to Bristol Motor Speedway Infield
9:00 PM NSCS Infield Hauler Parking

Friday, August 22
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM NSCS Practice
1:30 - 2:20 PM NSCS Final Practice
5:40 PM NSCS Qualifying

Saturday, August 23
2:00 - 5:00 PM Pre-Race Superpass In Effect/Track Walk
7:00 PM NSCS Driver Introductions
7:30 PM NSCS IRWIN Tools Night Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, August 22, 11:00 am/et - 1:00 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 22, 1:30 - 2:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, August 22 at 5:40 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $6,367,971
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: Michael Buffer
    Command to start engines: Michael Buffer
    Presentation of Colors: TN Army National Guard
    Invocation: Michael McDowell, driver of the #95 Ford
    National Anthem: MRO children of drivers and crews
    Flyover: 10 RV-8 planes from Team Aerodynamix

  • 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 2014: see the Bristol Race Info page

  • August 2013: see the Bristol Race Info page

  • 2014 March Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 84.051mph, started 12th

  • 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

  • 2014 March Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 129.991, finished 6th

  • 2013 August Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 128.969, finished 28th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, March 14, 2014, 129.991mph

  • 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

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Bristol:
    #42-Kyle Larson 104.5
    #20-Matt Kenseth 102.7
    #18-Kyle Busch 101.7
    #24-Jeff Gordon 100.6
    #2-Brad Keselowski 95.9
    #16-Greg Biffle 93.7
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 91.2
    #41-Kurt Busch 90.7
    #11-Denny Hamlin 90.7
    #4-Kevin Harvick 90.3
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Bristol Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    · 431 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol; 296 in more than one.
    · 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.
    · There has been four green-white-checkered finishes at Bristol - all four were the spring race: 2007 (500/504); 2008 (500/506); 2009 (500/503); 2014 (500/503).
    · Two of the 107 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.
    · 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.
    · 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.
    · Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford with 34. Toyota is ranked fifth among Manufacturers with six wins at Bristol. · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 38th, by Elliott Sadler; in 2001.
    · Seven of the last 10 races have ended with a Margin of Victory of less than a second at BMS.
    (NASCAR)(8-23-2014)

  • Bristol Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    · 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. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five.
    · 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), Jeff Gordon (swept 2002) and Denny Hamlin (fall 2013, spring 2014).
    · Jeff Gordon leads (active drivers) the series in average starting position at Bristol with a 7.442. · 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.
    · 35 of the 107 (33.0%) races at Bristol have been won from the front row: Pole position (22 wins); second-place (13 wins). · 85 of the 107 (32.7%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position; including 53 from the first four spots. · Five of the 107 (4.6%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20. · 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.
    (NASCAR)(8-22-2014)

  • Bristol Notes & Facts - Thursday - drivers:
    · NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts.
    · Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Bristol with 10; Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with four.
    · 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).
    · Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty lead the series in top-five finishes at Bristol with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 16.
    · Richard Petty has 37 top-10 finishes at Bristol, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes with 24.
    · Kyle Busch leads the series (active drivers) in average finish at Bristol with a 10.895.
    · Kurt Busch posted his first series career win at Bristol (2002), and Joey Logano won his first pole at Bristol (2010).
    · Joe Nemechek leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol without visiting Victory Lane with 38.
    · Two female drivers have made NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(8-21-2014)

  • Bristol Notes & Facts - Wednesday - track history:
    · There have been 107 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.
    · 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 in 2012 to eliminate part of the progressive banking.
    · All races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps. (NASCAR)(8-20-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    26: The number of races between Jeff Gordon's two most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories at Michigan International Speedway. Gordon took the checkered flag at MIS on June 10, 2001 in his last championship season. On Sunday, he won his third race at the two-mile track.
    20: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races Jeff Gordon has won from the pole position, fifth most on the all-time list. Gordon claimed the Coors Light pole award for Sunday's race at Michigan with a track-record speed of 206.558 mph and went on to take the checkered flag.
    4: The number of consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway in which Joey Logano has both started from inside the top 10 and finished inside the top 10. Logano has two ninths, a third (Sunday) and a win from the pole at MIS since joining Team Penske in 2013.
    3: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories recorded at Bristol Motor Speedway by Matt Kenseth, the defending winner of the IRWIN Tools Night Race. Kenseth would like nothing better than to win for a fourth time at Thunder Valley on Saturday night, given that a victory would lock him into the Chase.
    54: The number of laps led at Bristol Motor Speedway by Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifier AJ Allmendinger, second only to the 152 laps Dinger has led at Dover. The driver of the #47 JTG/Daugherty Chevy followed his victory at Watkins Glen with a strong 13th-place run at Michigan on Sunday.(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-19-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Joey Logano wins at Bristol: #22-Joey Logano won the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, first at Bristol and 6th career win.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #41-Busch, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #99-Edwards, #1-McMurray, #27-Menard and #16-Biffle.
    Pole winner #4-Harvick led 75 laps and finished 11th.
    #24-Gordon (3 wins) finished 16th and keeps the points lead, 27 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr. who was involved in a wreck on lap 160 and finished 39th.
    #24-Gordon leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins being 1st in points followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr with 3 wins, 2nd in points.
    There were 16 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 64 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 92.965mph.
    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) and Bristol Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-23-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Bristol Motor Speedway:
    #22-Joey Logano won the 54th Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race, his sixth victory in 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 12 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    This is the first time Ford has swept all three races in a weekend since August 2006 at Bristol. Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races. Mark Martin won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2014.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 30 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #42-Kyle Larson (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #24-Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 27 points over #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-23-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 24 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 845
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 818, -27
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 776, -69
    4) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 761, -84
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 751, -94
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 726, -119
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 721, -124
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 716, -129
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 710, -135
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 699, -146
    Five drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    17) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 629, -216
    20) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 594, -251
    21) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win], 586, -259
    22) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 582, -263 24) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 559, -286
    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).(8-23-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Bristol, race 24 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 3 wins, 1st in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 3 wins, 2nd
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 3rd
    4) #22-Joey Logano(X), 3 wins, 4th
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 6th
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick(X), 2 wins, 7th
    7) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 8th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch(X), 1 win, 17th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin(X), 1 win, 20th
    10) #47-A.J. Allmendinger(X), 1 win, 21st
    11) #41-Kurt Busch(X), 1 win, 22nd
    12) #43-Aric Almirola(X), 1 win, 24th
    Others without a win in contention for a Chase spot via points:
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth, 5th in drivers points
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th, +26 points
    On the outside looking in:
    17) #42-Kyle Larson, 12th, -26 points
    18) #5-Kasey Kahne, 13th
    19) #3-Austin Dillon, 14th
    20) #27-Paul Menard, 15th
    (X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
    See the Chase Grid Outlook page (pdf).(8-23-2014)

  • Bristol Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 12th, 11 rookie points
    #51-Allgaier, 19th, 10
    #3-Dillon, 28th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 30th, 8
    #23-Bowman, 32nd, 7
    #83-Truex, 37th, 6
    #7-Annett, 38th, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    See the 2014 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(8-23-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #42-Larson, 12th
    Caution 2: #23-Bowman, 32nd
    Caution 3: #95-McDowell, 18th
    Caution 4: #36-Sorenson, 24th
    Caution 5: #34-Ragan, 23rd
    Caution 6: #95-McDowell(2), 18th
    Caution 7: #55-Vickers, 21st
    Caution 8: #27-Menard, 9th
    Caution 9: #24-Gordon, 16th
    (8-23-2014)


    ESPN.com's Racecast - Live Coverage and Chat
    Racing Live! on ESPN.com
    Watch the race LIVE online at WatchESPN
    Listen Live Online at Performance Racing Network
    Ask in-race reporter #42-Kyle Larson


  • Race Coverage of the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2014.
    Television (TV): ABC at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00pm/et; green flag approx. 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, August 24, 4:00am/et, ESPN2

  • 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 #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 23, the first pit stall on the backstretch.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the final stall on the front stretch.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #18-Busch, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-23-2014)

  • 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 & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Chase Grid Outlook
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List Preliminary 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


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

  • Harvick wins Bristol pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with track record speed of 131.362mph for his 5th pole of 2014, 1st at Bristol and 11th of his career. Harvick has won four races from the pole out of 10 previous poles.
    #24-Gordon is on the outside pole followed by #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #41-Busch, #16-Biffle, #2-Keselowski, #9-Ambrose, #31-Newman and #5-Kahne.
    #42-Larson smacked the outside wall, then slide and hit the inside wall on his lap early in round 1 and did some damage to the right rear and the left front of the car.
    #26-Whitt backed into the wall and spun around, doing damage to the rear of the car. #43-Almirola and #13-Mears also make some contact with the wall and did damage to their cars with the #43 going to a backup car.
    Missing the race were: none, as the were 43 drivers entered for 43 starting spots.
    See the starting lineup, round 1 & round 2 qualifying results, qualifying order and more on the Bristol Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(8-22-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Bristol:
    #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 54th Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race with a lap of 14.607 seconds, 131.362 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 490 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth pole and 16th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in 28 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2014 and his 33rd in 44 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his ninth in 24 races this season.
    #51-Justin Allgaier (19th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-22-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 30 minutes.
    #24-Gordon 130.637
    #4-Harvick 130.362
    #99-Edwards 130.336
    #9-Ambrose 130.265
    #18-Busch 130.247
    the rest of the top 12: 31 2 41 48 16 22 5;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2: 11 15 55 20 27 1 51 88 17 47 78 10 14 3 23 95 34 98 66 38 83 26 37 36 32 7 40 42 33 43 13
    Driver who will miss the race: none.
    #42-Larson smacked the outside wall, then slide and hit the inside wall on his lap early in round 1 and did some damage to the right rear and the left front of the car. #26-Whitt backed into the wall and spun around, doing damage to the rear of the car. #43-Almirola and #13-Mears also make some contact with the wall and did damage to their cars with the #43 going to a backup car.(8-22-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #42-Larson.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #99-Edwards.
    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.(8-22-2014)

  • Happy Hour practice for the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 131.048
    #48-Johnson 131.012
    #5-Kahne 130.869
    #43-Almirola 130.780
    #42-Larson 130.762
    slowest: #13-Mears 123.937 & #38-Gilliland 124.379
    no speed listed: #33-Stremme, #37-Blaney
    notes: Track qualifying record is 129.991mph.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap consecutive average on the Bristol Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-22-2014)

  • First 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:
    #42-Larson 131.083
    #11-Hamlin 130.557
    #4-Harvick 130.504
    #55-Vickers 130.495
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 130.132
    slowest: #33-Stremme 122.764 & #32-Yeley 124.371
    most laps run: #5-Kahne 119; #22-Logano 114; #24-Gordon 110; #32-Yeley 103
    notes: #33-Stremme had the throttle hang open and smacked the wall, looks like the team will go to a backup car.
    If qualifying (scheduled for 5:40pm/et on ESPN2] is cancelled, this practice would be used to set the field by speed. Track qualifying record is 129.991mph.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap consecutive average on the Bristol Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(8-22-2014)

  • Entry List for the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #14-Jeff Burton in for Tony Stewart, #32-Yeley, #33-Stremme, #37-Blaney, #66-Moffitt in for Nemechek, #95-McDowell.
    #83-Truex is listed, but status (concussion) has not been announced.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Bristol Entry List

  • For the new group 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

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Michigan, race 23 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 3 wins, 1st in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 3 wins, 2nd
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 3rd
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 7th
    5) #22-Joey Logano(X), 2 wins, 4th
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick(X), 2 wins, 6th
    7) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 8th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch(X), 1 win, 15th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin(X), 1 win, 20th
    10) #43-Aric Almirola(X), 1 win, 21st
    11) #47-A.J. Allmendinger(X), 1 win, 22nd
    12) #41-Kurt Busch(X), 1 win, 23rd
    (no wins, in by points)
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth, 5th
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 111th
    (X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
    (8-17-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 24 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 816
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 813, -3
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 733, -83
    4) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 714, -102
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 709, -107
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 687, -129
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 686, -130
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 679, -137
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 679, -137
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 672, -144
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    15) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 620, -196
    20) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 589, -227
    21) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 556, -260
    22) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win], 556, -260
    23) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 543, -273 (186 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-17-2014)


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Camping, Eating and
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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 Irwin Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-918 at Bristol, which last raced at Michigan in June, finishing 3rd. The Backup Chassis is PRS-853 which last was a backup at New Hampshire.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 457 in the Irwin Tools Night Race. This is the same #3 Great Stuff Chevrolet Dillon drove to a 17th-place finish at Pocono in June, a 19th-place finish at Kansas in May and an 11th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in March. In one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dillon posted an 11th-place finish in March after starting 27th.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 4-850 in Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-850 debuted in March at Auto Club Speedway, where it started fourth but suffered two flat tires and finished 36th. Chassis 4-850 led five laps and finished second in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte, and finished seventh at Kentucky. It has qualified in the top-five in all three races it has started for the #4 team. Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race will mark Harvick's 28th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Bristol. Harvick has one win, nine top-five finishes and 12 top-10s and led 462 laps at the .533-mile short track. Harvick won the Sprint Cup race at Bristol in April 2005. Harvick also has five Nationwide Series wins and one Camping World Truck Series win at Bristol. In Sprint Cup competition, Harvick has an average starting position of 18.0, an average finish of 14.3 and has completed 97.6% (13,189 of 13,516) of the laps he's contested there.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809 for Saturday night's race at Bristol. Kahne drove this chassis to an eighth-place finish at Bristol in March. Most recently, he raced this chassis at Dover in June. In 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol, Kahne has one win, five top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. He also has earned one pole position and has led a total of 472 laps. In this race a year ago, Kahne earned runner-up honors at Bristol after contending for the victory at the historic short track. Most recently at the 0.533-mile track, he led 16 laps and finished eighth in March.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: will drive Chassis No. 10-805 which was used for the first time in July 2013 at Indianapolis, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. It was then used in September at Chicago, where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th, and in October at Charlotte, where Patrick started 35th and finished 20th. The last time it was used was in November at Texas, where she started 30th and finished 25th. Since then, it has served as a backup car in 2014 at Las Vegas and then was regulated to the primary car at Bristol in March, where she started 36th and finished 18th. It was then a backup at Kansas and for the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte. The last time it was used was in June at Dover, where she started 28th and finished 23rd.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 800 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Bristol. This chassis raced at Kentucky in June where Bowyer finished 23rd and Dover in June where he finished 4th. Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis and finished 12th at Darlington and 15th at Bristol earlier this year. Bowyer has five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts and completed 7,936 of 8,516 laps (93.2%) and has led 137 laps.
    #16-Greg Biffle: will drive primary chassis RK-896 which last ran at Pocono and finished 5th. This will be the fourth race of the season for chassis RK-896. Biffle has secured one top five and two top-10 finishes with this chassis this year. The backup chassis is RK-879 which last ran Vegas and finished 22nd. Biffle has 23 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol, earning six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 13.9 and finishing position of 12.0 at the short track.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 888 which last raced at Bristol in March, finishing 2nd. Backup Chassis is RK-877 which last raced at New Hampshire in July and finished 9th. Stenhouse has three Sprint Cup career starts at the World's Fastest Half-Mile earning one top-five and one top-10 finish.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #19-Carl Edwards: oops, not until next season.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-917 at Bristol, which last ran at Michigan in June, finishing 9th. The backup chassis is PRS-844 which last was a backup at Kentucky.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-819 for this Saturday night's race. This chassis has been raced once in 2014 with Gordon finishing 15th at Dover in June. In 2013, Gordon raced this chassis to finishes of 38th at Texas, seventh at Charlotte and sixth at Chicago. The 43-year old driver is tied for most wins among active drivers (5) while he is the active leader in pole positions (5), top-five finishes (16) and top-10s (24) in 43 Cup starts at the high-banked short track. Gordon is also the active leader in laps led at Bristol with 2,713, which is 1,209 more than second.
    #27-Paul Menard: and the #27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS team will pilot chassis No. 466 in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This #27 Chevy was utilized earlier this year at Kansas and Dover where the Richard Childress Racing team finished 17th and 10th, respectively. Menard has 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the high-banked 0.533-mile track. His best start of fourth and finish of fifth both came in March of 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 6,990 of 7,012 laps attempted (99.7%) at BMS.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 467 in Saturday night's 500-lap event at Bristol. This #31 Caterpillar chassis was utilized earlier this season at Charlotte where Newman qualified 42nd and finished 15th. In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Newman owns three pole awards including the spring races in 2003 and 2004, as well as the fall event in 2011. He has earned one top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. His best result of second place came in August 2004. Newman has an average start of 10th and average finish of 17th. He's led a total of 112 laps in competition. And, in the Nationwide Series, he owns one pole (fall 2006) and a 2005 victory.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 727 in Saturday nightˇ¦s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol. Last season, Chassis No. 727 made four starts as a #39 chassis. It was for updated for the 2014 season and saw its first laps of competition at Bristol in March, when Busch finished a less-than-desired 35th following an unavoidable incident in the latter stages of the race. He then raced this Chevrolet SS to an 11th-place finish in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte in May. Most recently, Busch scored a 12th-place finish with Chassis 727 at Kentucky in June. Saturdayˇ¦s Irwin Tools Night Race will mark Buschˇ¦s 28th career Sprint Cup start at Bristol. Busch has five wins, one pole, seven top-fives and 14 top-10s at the .533-mile oval. Additionally, the 36-year-old driver has led 923 laps, has an average starting position of 18.3, an average finish of 14.8, and has completed 94.8 percent (12,808 of 13,516) of the laps heˇ¦s contested there.
    #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 this weekend's event. This chassis is the same Chevy SS with which Johnson finished 19th at Bristol in March. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-784, which last saw on-track action at Charlotte for the Sprint All-Star race in May.
    #51-Justin Allgaier chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: will drive primary chassis 797 which finished seventh at California, sixth at Charlotte and 26th at Kentucky. Backup chassis is 812 which finished 43rd at Dover.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 Diet Mountain Dew team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a ninth-place finish at Dover International Speedway in June. In 29 Sprint Cup starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has scored one win, seven top-five finishes and 14 top-10s. The 39-year-old driver has an average finishing position of 12th and has completed 99.0 percent of all laps he's attempted (14,364 of 14,516 total) at the short track. He has led 790 laps at the 0.533-mile oval.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal Ford team will unload primary chassis RK-897 which was last run in spring of 2014 at Michigan, starting in the 22nd spot and finishing 23rd. The backup chassis RK-904 was last brought to Pocono in 2014 as the back-up car.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(8-21-2014)


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;
    Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 (2,248 mm)

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

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

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Bristol this week will run the same Goodyear tire codes . . . this is a different tire set-up than Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Bristol in March, though these teams did run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at this track in 2013 . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners in their tires, teams are required to run liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


Race / Cup Odds


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

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(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: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

Countdown to Race Time: 10/26/2014 ~1:43pm/et

Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, VA

ESPN, 1:30pm/et
Motor Racing Network
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Qualifying:
Friday, October 24, 2014, 4:40pm/et
FoxSports1 4:30pm/et
Live Radio online at motorracingnetwork.com

Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00pm/et
FoxSports1 12:00pm/et



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