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THE RACE: Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, April 19, 2015 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Food City

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 16
7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, April 17
6:30 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, April 18
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
1:15 PM NSCS ALL CARS MUST BE PARKED IN HAULERS

Sunday, April 19
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:20 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

Pre-Race Schedule:
12:20pm: NSCS Driver Introductions (Each driver will introduce himself/herself.).
12:59:30pm: Pledge of Allegiance by: Military Children
1:00:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: TN Army National Guard
1:00:20pm: Invocation by: Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant, VA
1:01:00pm: National Anthem by: Captain Stephanie McKeen
1:02:30pm: Flyover TOT by: 2 A-10s from Moody AFB
1:07:30pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Ella and Leo Gordon, children of 4-time Food City 500 winner, Jeff Gordon (command given at #24 car)
*2nd pace lap will be in support of Steve Byrnes (Teams standing on pit wall with placards)
1:13:30pm: Start of the Food City 500 (500 laps, 266.5 miles)
(NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, April 17, 12:00 - 1:25 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, April 18, 8:30 am - 9:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, April 18, 11:30 am - 12:25 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, April 17 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled Saturday, April 18 at 4:30am/et, 7:00am/et and 4:30pm/et, all on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,628,518
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    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.
    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
    Seating capacity: 153,000 [was 158,000 and 160,000]

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshals: Jeff Gordon's Children: Ella (age 7) and Leo (age 4)
    Command to start engines: Ella (age 7) and Leo (age 4)
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: TN Army National Guard
    Invocation: Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant, VA
    National Anthem: Captain Stephanie McKeen
    Flyover: 2 A-10s from Moody AFB

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Bristol Motor Speedway website
    Bristol Motor Speedway's Online Ticketing Center
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Google+
    BMS Photo Page on Flickr
    Bristol Raceway Ministries
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • March 2014: see the Bristol Race Info page

  • August 2014: see the Bristol Race Info page

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

  • 2014 August Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 92.965mph, 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

  • 2014 August Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 131.362, finished 11th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick, August 22, 2014, 131.362mph

  • 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 Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    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.
    (NASCAR)(4-16-2015)

  • Bristol Motor Speedway 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.
    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), 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 7.318.
    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)(4-17-2015)

  • Bristol Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    432 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol; 302 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts.
    42 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.
    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).
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Bristol with 10; Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with four.
    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; followed by Matt Kenseth (12) and Kevin Harvick (nine).
    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; followed by Matt Kenseth (19) and Kurt Busch (15).
    Greg Biffle leads the series (active drivers) in average finishing position at Bristol with an 11.917.
    Kurt Busch posted his first series career win at Bristol (2002), and Joey Logano won his first pole at Bristol (2010).
    Ryan Newman leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol without visiting Victory Lane at 26.
    Two female drivers have made NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(4-18-2015)

  • Bristol Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    There have been 108 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.
    All races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps.
    Junior Johnson leads the series in car owner wins at Bristol with 16; Roger Penske and Jack Roush are tied among active car owners for the most wins at Bristol with 11 each.
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford with 35. Toyota is ranked fifth among manufacturers with six wins at Bristol.
    35 of the 108 (32.4%) races at Bristol have been won from the front row: Pole position (22 wins); second-place (13 wins).
    86 of the 108 (79.6%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position; including 53 from the first four spots.
    Five of the 108 (4.6%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20; most recent was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2004 - he started 30th.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler; in 2001.
    Eight of the last 10 races have ended with a Margin of Victory of less than a second at BMS.
    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.
    (NASCAR)(4-19-2015)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Bristol Motor Speedway:
    #20-Matt Kenseth 103.4
    #18-Kyle Busch 100.0
    #24-Jeff Gordon 99.9
    #2-Brad Keselowski 98.6
    #16-Greg Biffle 93.5
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 91.9
    #4-Kevin Harvick 91.6
    #41-Kurt Busch 91.6
    #42-Kyle Larson 91.6
    #11-Denny Hamlin 90.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 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)

  • 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 & Links

  • Kenseth wins at Bristol: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 4th win at Bristol Motor Speedway and his 32nd career win. The race ended with one green-white-checkered attempt.
    #48-Johnson finished second, the rest of the top 10: #24-Gordon, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #31-Newman, #14-Stewart, #42-Larson, #51-Allgaier, #10-Patrick, and #3-Dillon.
    After starting an hour late, there were 3 red flags during the race - all for rain. The first was on lap 23 and lastest 3 hours and 58 minutes, the second was 13 minutes long on lap 273 and the final one was just before the green-white-checker restart.
    Harvick, Logano, and Truex, Jr all came into the race with top-10 finishes in every race this season, but all three rain into trouble during the race. Harvick finished 39th, Logano 40th, and Truex, Jr 29th.
    #11-Denny Hamlin started suffering neck spasms early in the race and was replaced by Erik Jones when the race restarted after the first red flag. Jones finished 26th.
    Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead. He and Johnson each have 2 wins on the season but Harvick has 314 points to Johnson's 258.
    There were 21 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 11 cautions for 117 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 74.997mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-19-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Bristol Motor Speedway:
    Matt Kenseth won the 55th Annual Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes, his 32nd victory in 552 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his fourth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 31 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 25th top-10 finish in 45 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Brett Moffitt (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 30 points over Joey Logano.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-19-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 8 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 314
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 258, -56
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 284, -30
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 255, -59
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 223, -91
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 263, -78
    7) #78-Truex Jr., 281, -33
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 241, -73
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne, 237, -77
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 227, -87
    11) #43-Aric Almirola, 226, -88
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 223, -91
    13) #10-Danica Patrick, 211, -103
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 210, -104
    15) #19-Carl Edwards, 203, -111
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 201, -113
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-19-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #23-Yeley, 32nd
    Caution 2: #98-Wise, 39th
    Caution 3: #51-Allgaier,
    Caution 4: #31-Newman, 8th
    Caution 5: none, #10-Patrick was involved in the accident
    Caution 6: #24-Gordon, 3rd
    Caution 7: #48-Johnson, 2nd
    Caution 8: #10-Patrick, 9th
    Caution 9: #43-Almirola, 13th
    Caution 10: #42-Larson, 7th
    Caution 11: #10-Patrick (2), 9th
    (4-19-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30pm/et; green flag approx. 1:13pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, April 20 at 10:00am/et on FS1
    Monday, April 20 at 1:00pm/et on FS2

  • 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 #20-Kenseth 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.
    #19-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the last pit stall on the frontstretch.
    The 43rd pit stall, the first on the backstretch, was taken by #4-Harvick.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-17-2015)

  • 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.

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final 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 - 2015 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

  • Final practice for the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #41-Busch 127.554
    #5-Kahne 126.537
    #18-Ragan 126.503
    #24-Gordon 126.420
    #2-Keselowski 126.378
    Most laps run: #46-Annett 126, #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 109
    slowest: #23-Yeley 122.733 & #33-Kennedy 121.305
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Bristol practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(4-18-2015)

  • First Saturday practice for the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over after 55 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #5-Kahne 126.829
    #4-Harvick 126.395
    #22-Logano 126.137
    #41-Busch 126.088
    #11-Hamlin 125.996
    Most laps run: #1-McMurray 106, #48-Johnson 88
    slowest: #23-Yeley 122.693 & #33-Kennedy 122.217.
    notes: #14-Stewart slid up into the wall early in the session, suffering rear end damage. The team will repair the car. #17-Stenhouse, Jr got into the back of #19-Edwards, but only minor damage for each. #48-Johnson made contact with the wall. The team will fix the car. Also, slight damage to #98-Wise after hitting the outside wall.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Bristol practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-18-2015)

  • Kenseth wins Bristol pole: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light pole for the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with speed of 128.632mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 2nd at Bristol and 14th of his career.
    #2-Keselowski is on the outside pole followed by #19-Edwards, #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #5-Kahne, #27-Menard, #1-McMurray, #18-Ragan, and #3-Dillon.
    Missing the race were: #62-Gaughan, #30-Hornaday.
    See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results and more on Jayski.com's Bristol Qualifying Page.(4-17-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Bristol:
    Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 55th Annual Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes with a lap of 14.917 seconds, 128.632 mph.
    This is his 14th pole in 552 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his second pole in 31 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2015 and his seventh in 11 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in eight races this season.
    Brett Moffitt (24th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-17-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 129.290
    #18-Ragan 128.623
    #2-Keselowski 128.554
    #20-Kenseth 128.537
    #5-Kahne 128.451
    the rest of the top 24: 3 24 4 19 88 55 51 27 14 31 83 11 42 47 41 95 40 78 1;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 17 10 13 48 23 43 6 38 16 26 98 46 15 34 9 7 32 35 62 30 33
    Drivers who will miss the race: #62-Gaughan, #30-Hornaday.
    (4-17-2015)

  • Friday practice for the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #5-Kahne 128.168
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr 128.159
    #2-Keselowski 127.971
    #19-Edwards 127.554
    #18-Ragan 127.546
    Most laps run: #14-Stewart 65, #46-Annett 60
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 123.650 & #62-Gaughan 122.835
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 4:45pm/et this afternoon.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-17-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air:
    Saturday, April 18 at 4:30am/et, 7:00am/et and 4:30pm/et, all on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #38-Gilliland.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #13-Mears.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Bristol Qualifying Page.(4-17-2015)

  • Entry List for the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #30-Hornaday, #32-Bliss, #33-Kennedy, #34-Buescher, #55-Moffitt.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Gaughan (45th in owner points), #30-Hornaday (49th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #95-McDowell (4 attempts) #30-Hornaday (3 attempts)
    See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Bristol Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 306
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 216, -90
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 280, -26
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 246, -60
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 205, -101
    6) #78-Truex Jr., 266, -40
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne, 230, -76
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 213, -93
    9) #43-Aric Almirola, 195, -111
    10) #18-David Ragan, 194, -112
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 193, -113
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 189, -117
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 186, -120
    14) #19-Carl Edwards, 182, -124
    15) #13-Casey Mears, 178, -128
    16) #27-Paul Menard, 177, -129
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-11-2015)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

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Chattanooga Times Free Press

Greenville Sun

Johnson City Press

Kingsport Times-News

Knoxville News

Nashville City Paper

The Tennessean

WEATHER

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CAMPING & TRAVEL

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Laid Back Racing

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • Chassis selections for this week's race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
    THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the Bristol 500 in support of Steve Byrnes and Stand up to Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 20th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In 2014, Dillon raced this Chevrolet SS to a 24th-place finish at Dover International Raceway in September, a 20th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September and a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-899: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-899 in the Food City 500 in support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-899 made its debut last September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where it started sixth, led 79 laps and finished fifth. It also served as a backup at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Homestead-Miami Speedway at the end of 2014. This weekend will mark its first race action of 2015.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Sunday's race at Bristol. Kahne raced the car six times in 2014 with his most notable performance being a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Most recently, Kahne tested with the chassis at Charlotte Motor Speedway in March of this year.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 727 debuted in May 2012 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway with former SHR driver Ryan Newman at the controls and Tony Gibson as crew chief. Newman started 16th and finished 14th at Charlotte, and then started fifth and finished 15th at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in June. Newman and crew chief Matt Borland took the car to Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2012 and started 19th, led three laps and finished third. Newman and Borland used it four times in 2013 and earned top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Charlotte. In 2014, Kurt Busch and crew chief Daniel Knost raced it five times with three top-12 finishes. Patrick and Knost utilized it for the fall event at Phoenix International Raceway and earned a 22nd-place finish.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-827: This car debuted in July 2014 during the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart used it to qualify sixth, but in the race the car was persistently loose and it finished 17th. It was a reversal of fortune for the car, for in its lone test prior to Indianapolis it excelled, as Kevin Harvick drove it to the fastest speed of anyone participating in the Dec. 9, 2013 test session at Charlotte (N.C.)Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 14-827 next raced at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where it had a quiet weekend, qualifying 22nd and finishing 18th. The car returned to Charlotte in October where it made its third career start, qualifying a strong fourth but finishing 21st, bedeviled by a tight-handling condition. Its last start of 2014 came in November at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where in qualifying it set the fastest lap in a stock car at a 1.5-mile oval when Stewart drove it to a lap of 26.985 seconds at 200.111 mph. It was the first time a stock car surpassed the 200 mph mark on a 1.5-mile oval. The car performed admirably in the race, finishing 11th. The car hasn't raced since, but it has logged numerous hours in the wind tunnel with its new Chevrolet SS body. Its first start of 2015 comes this weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, and it will be Chassis No. 14-827's fifth career start.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary - No. 815. Atlanta 24th. Back-Up - No. 816. Served as back-up at several races this year.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: #24 team crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Sunday's race. The chassis has been raced five times previously - all in 2014 - with finishes of first at Dover (September) and Kansas (May), sixth and eighth at Pocono and sixth at Kentucky.
    #27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 454 during Sunday' 500-lap event at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet SS will make its first laps of the 2015 season during Friday's practice sessions at 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox Sports 1.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 486 on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway where Newman qualified seventh and finished 10th.
    #32-Mike Bliss: Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR-742 to serve as the primary car. This chassis last raced at Las Vegas in March of 2015. Chassis GGR-289 will serve as the backup car.
    #41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 838: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 838 in Sunday's Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. It was previously a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick. It made its debut in April 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where Patrick started 24th and finished 27th. She was running in the top-15 with the car in June at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway but cut a tire, which led to an accident, and finished 37th. Chassis 838 then raced in August at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 27th but finished a career-best sixth. It was last used in October at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Patrick qualified 29th and, over the final 30 circuits, moved from 23rd to record an impressive 16th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 838 underwent updates and saw its first laps of the 2015 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month, where Regan Smith finished 16th.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: "We are bringing chassis 386, which is one of our older cars," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We've made several modifications and have built this car to be more durable for places like Bristol Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway."
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-806, which was last raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last fall. The backup car is 48-749, which last raced in Martinsville in the spring of 2014.
    #55-Brett Moffitt: Primary: 802 - Has not raced in 2015. Clint Bowyer raced this chassis in Las Vegas, Texas I, All-Star Race, and Chicago in 2014. Backup: 814 - finished eighth at Atlanta with Moffitt. In 2014 it finished 16th at Indianapolis with Bowyer, Vickers finished 13th at Richmond in September & 37th at Charlotte in October.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-857. Earnhardt most recently raced the chassis to a 12th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway last September.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

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

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

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

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Bristol this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran at this track last August . . . Bristol is the only track at which NASCAR teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners in their tires, teams are required to run liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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