NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Food City 500

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, April 17, 2016 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Food City

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1

  • Pre-Race Coverage: FOX, 12:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon

  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum

  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds

  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers

  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, April 18 at 8:30am/et on FS1

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 14
4:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, April 15
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, April 16
6:30 AM - 1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:00 - 11:55 AM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
12:15 PM NSCS ALL CARS MUST BE STORED IN HAULERS

Sunday, April 17
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:20 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = NASCAR 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, March 18, 11:00 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, March 19, 8:30 - 9:25 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 19, 11:00 - 11:55 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, April 15 at 4:15 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at 7:00am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2016: no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    500 laps, 266.5 miles
    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:
    Honorary Race Official: Legendary NFL QB Peyton Manning
    Grand Marshal: NASCAR Legend Rusty Wallace
    Command to start engines: NASCAR Legend Rusty Wallace
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Tenn Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
    Color Guard: TN Army National Guard
    Invocation: Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant, VA
    God Bless America: Lee Greenwood
    National Anthem: Clare Dunn, country music entertainer
    Flyover: Flyover by A-10s, 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, GA

  • April 2015: see the Bristol Race Info page

  • August 2015: see the Bristol Race Info page

  • 2015 April Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 74.997mph, started 1st

  • 2015 August Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 96.890mph, 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

  • 2015 April Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 128.632, finished 1st

  • 2015 August Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 131.407, finished 3rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, August 21, 2015, 131.407mph

  • 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:
    #20-Matt Kenseth, 102.5
    #18-Kyle Busch, 101.3
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 94.1
    #4-Kevin Harvick, 93.3
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 92.7
    #41-Kurt Busch, 92.7
    #42-Kyle Larson, 92.4
    #19-Carl Edwards, 91.7
    #16-Greg Biffle, 90.9
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 89.5
    Note: Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2015 races (22 total) at Bristol Motor Speedway (active drivers only).
    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 Track Notes & 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).
    All of the NSCS races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps.
    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)

  • Bristol Pole Notes & Facts:
    Fred Lorenzen won the inaugural Coors Light pole with a speed of 79.225 mph in a Ford.
    48 different drivers have poles at Bristol, led by Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough with nine each. Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers with three each.
    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).
    Seven different drivers have posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career pole at Bristol. Joey Logano is the only active driver to win his first NSCS career pole at Bristol (03/21/2010).
    The race winner has started from the pole 23 times (20.9%) - the most productive starting position. The last driver to win from the pole was Matt Kenseth (Spring 2015).
    Five drivers have won from the pole position multiple times: Bobby Allison (1972 twice), Cale Yarborough (1973, 1977 twice, 1980), Darrell Waltrip (1981 twice, 1982), Rusty Wallace (1991, 1993, 1999, 2000) and Matt Kenseth (2005 and 2015).
    36 of the 110 (32.7%) races at Bristol have been won from the front row: Pole position (23 wins); second-place (13 wins).
    64 of the 110 (58.8%) races have been won from a top-five starting position.
    88 of the 110 (80%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position
    Five of the 110 (4.5%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20; most recent was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2004 - he started 30th.
    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)

  • Bristol Driver Notes & Facts:
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 32 starts.
    Joey Logano leads all active series drivers in average starting position at Bristol with a 7.929. Logano is the only active driver with an avg. starting position inside the top 10.
    Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol without visiting Victory Lane at 28.
    Paul Menard (17 starts) leads the series in starts with the fewest DNFs (0) at Bristol.
    Thirty-three drivers have made their first series career start at Bristol Motor Speedway; including two active drivers - AJ Allmendinger (2007) and Regan Smith (2007).
    42 different drivers have won at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip (12). Kurt Busch 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).
    Five drivers have posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career win at Bristol Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt (04/01/1979), Rusty Wallace (04/06/1986), Ernie Irvan (03/25/1990), Elliott Sadler (03/25/2001) and Kurt Busch (03/24/2002).
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Bristol with 10; Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with five; followed by Kyle Busch with three.
    Darrell Waltrip leads the series in top-three finishes at Bristol with 23 followed Richard Petty with 18. Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with eight.
    Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty lead the series in top-five finishes at Bristol with 26 each. Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 13; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick with 10 each.
    Richard Petty has leads the series in top-10 finishes at Bristol with 37. Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes with 20; followed by Jimmie Johnson (16).
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the series among active drivers in average finishing position at Bristol with an 11.167.
    Two female drivers have made NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)

  • Bristol Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 110 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.
    437 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol; 306 in more than one.
    Junior Johnson leads the series in car owner wins at Bristol with 16; Roger Penske leads the series among active car owners with the most wins at Bristol with 12.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford (36), Dodge (8), Pontiac (8), Toyota (7), Buick (4), Plymouth (3) and Oldsmobile (1).
    Four car numbers have produced eight or more Bristol NSCS wins: #11 - (19 wins) - Last Win: Denny Hamlin, 2012; #2 - (12 wins) - Last Win: Brad Keselowski, 2012; #17 - (eight wins) - Last Win: Matt Kenseth, 2006; #3 - (eight wins) - Last Win: Dale Earnhardt, 1999
    12 of the last 15 NSCS races (80%) that have ended under green at Bristol Motor Speedway have a Margin of Victory of less than a second.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol is the 3/25/2007 race won by Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.064 second.
    Two of the 110 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.
    There has been five green-white-checkered finishes at Bristol - all five were the spring race: 2007 (500/504); 2008 (500/506); 2009 (500/503); 2014 (500/503); 2015 (500/511).
    (NASCAR)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Carl Edwards wins at Bristol: #19-Carl Edwards won the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 4th win at Bristol and 26th career win. Edwards won from the pole for the 3 times in 18 tries, the first driver to win from the pole in 2016
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #24-Elliott (best career finish), #6-Bayne (1st top-five since he won the 2011 Daytona 500), #83-DiBenedetto (best career finish), #4-Harvick, #15-Bowyer, #31-Newman and #22-Logano.
    There were 16 lead changes among 7 drivers and 15 cautions for 102 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 81.637mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-17-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Bristol Motor Speedway:
    #19-Carl Edwards won the 56th Annual Food City 500, his 26th victory in 417 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his fourth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 24 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 33 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
    #41-Kurt Busch (third) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 31 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #24-Chase Elliott (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-17-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 8 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 287
    2) #19-Edwards [1 win], 286, -1
    3) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 271, -16
    4) #22-Logano, 266, -21
    5) #18-Busch, [2 wins], 262, -25
    6) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 250, -37
    7) #41-Busch, 247, -40
    8) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 224, -63
    9) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 222, -65
    10) #78-Truex Jr., 214, -73
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 8 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 3rd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [2 wins], 5th
    3) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    4) #19-Edwards [1 win], 2nd
    5) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 8th
    6) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 9th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    7) #22-Logano, 266
    8) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 250
    9) #41-Busch, 247
    10) #78-Truex, Jr., 214
    11) #3-Dillon, 213
    12) #24-Elliott, 205
    13) #1-McMurray, 199
    14) #47-Allmendinger, 188
    15) #5-Kahne, 185
    16) #31-Newman, 182
    (4-17-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #95-McDowell, 29th
    Caution 2: #98-Whitt, 28th
    Caution 3: #95-McDowell(2), 29th
    Caution 4: #44-Scott, 30th
    Caution 5: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 16th
    Caution 6: #15-Bowyer, 8th
    Caution 7: #95-McDowell(3), 29th
    Caution 8: #27-Menard, 15th
    Caution 9: #83-DiBenedetto, 6th
    Caution 10: #43-Almirola, 34th
    Caution 11: #34-Buescher, 21st
    Caution 12: #47-Allmendinger, 19th
    Caution 13: #78-Truex Jr., 14th
    Caution 14: #2-Keselowski, 18th
    Caution 15: #11-Hamlin, 20th
    (4-17-2016)

  • Bristol Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, April 17: (eastern time)
    12:20pm: NSCS Driver Introductions
    12:53pm: "God Bless USA" by Lee Greenwood
    1:00pm: Presentation of Colors by TN Army National Guard
    1:00pm: Invocation by Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant, VA
    1:01pm: National Anthem: Clare Dunn, country music entertainer
    1:02pm: Flyover by A-10s, 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, GA
    1:07pm: Command to start engines: NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace
    1:13pm: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500, FOX & PRN
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

  • Race Coverage of the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 17, 2016.
    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 18 at 8:30am/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 #19-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    2nd place qualifier #20-Kenseth took pit stall 23, the first pit stall on the rear pit road.
    #22-Logano, who starts 3rd took the 6th pit stall.
    The 42nd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-16-2016)

  • 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 20 pit stalls on the front stretch and 20 on the backstretch (3 are not used). 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
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pit Stop Times
    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 Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Happy Hour practice for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 126.129
    #24-Elliott 125.823
    #78-Truex Jr. 125.749
    #19-Edwards 125.691
    #18-Busch 125.395
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 120.407 & #32-Earnhardt 121.558
    most laps run: #34-Buescher 104; #31-Newman 103
    the best 10 consecutive lap ave: #42-Larson 124.657
    notes: #10-Patrick scraped the wall early in the practice, team made repairs and he was back on the track.
    See the fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Bristol Happy Hour practice speeds page (pdf) (4-16-2016)

  • Denny Hamlin, Danica Patrick tangle in Saturday practice: #10-Danica Patrick and #11-Denny Hamlin had had their differences in the past, but what happened in Saturday morning's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway had nothing to do with old grudges. Nevertheless, contact between their two cars bent the sheet metal on both vehicles, Hamlin's on the right front and Patrick's on the left rear. Patrick, on new tires, was struggling with the handling of her #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy and had difficulty holding the bottom. She had just let Clint Bowyer's #15 Chevy pass her to the inside, and as she approached Turn 1, Hamlin was closing fast behind her. Patrick entered the turn low but didn't hold the bottom, and as she drifted up off the bottom lane, Hamlin opted to try an inside pass but ran out of room. The resulting collision, though not a violent impact, was enough to do cosmetic damage to both cars. "I had just come out on tires," Patrick said. "They were cold and I wasn't very good anyway - I was pretty loose. I came down the front straightaway and I put my finger out the window to point him by, but he hit me on entry. I don't know if he... it looked like he came pretty close when he went to go to the inside, too. Man, I love Denny, but he makes a lot of mistakes behind me. I don't know if he misjudged it, or I was going slower than he thought, but I put my finger out the window and pointed him by. I had no intention to race him. I was not fast enough. I don't know, but the guys are going to try and fix it."
    From his vantage point, Hamlin couldn't see Patrick's signal. "I was on the outside of her on the straightaway, so I couldn't see the left side of her car," Hamlin said. "I went to go low, but I don't know if she had stuff on her tires. It looked like she was struggling and had stuff on her tires for a few laps there. I tried to go low and obviously we hung bumpers." Patrick's troubles weren't over. In Saturday's final practice prior to Sunday's Food City 500, she was still fighting a loose handling condition and brushed the wall near the apex of Turns 3 and 4 approximately five minutes into Happy Hour. After repairs, Hamlin's #11 Toyota, on the other hand, was fast enough to top the speed chart during final Cup practice with a lap at 126.129 mph.(NASCAR Wire Service)(4-16-2016)

  • Saturday first practice for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 126.370
    #24-Elliott 126.253
    #41-Busch 126.137
    #43-Almirola 125.988
    #19-Edwards 125.972
    slowest: #32-Earnhardt 120.282 & #98-Whitt 121.914
    most laps run: #41-Busch 86; #18-Busch 77
    the best 10 consecutive lap ave: #18-Busch 125.569
    notes: #11-Hamlin got into back of #10-Patrick's car, doing some damage to the front of the #11 and the rear of the #10.
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 11:00am/et and will be televised on FS1.
    See the fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Bristol practice 2 speeds page (pdf) (4-16-2016)

  • Carl Edwards wins Bristol pole: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light pole for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with speed of 127.997mph for his 2nd pole of 2016, 2nd straight pole, 3rd at Bristol and 18th of his career. Edwards has won two races from the pole in 17 tries, inclduing winning Bristol from the pole in August 2008.
    #20-Kenseth will start 2nd, followed by #22-Logano, #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, #78-Truex Jr., #47-Allmendinger, #6-Bayne, #5-Kahne and #2-Keselowski.
    #22-Logano was fastest in the first round with a speed of 128.408mph and will start 3rd.
    #18-Busch topped the second round with a speed of 127.258 and will start 5th.
    Since the maximum of 40 cars entered the race, everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Bristol qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Bristol Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-15-2016)

  • Bristol Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 56th Annual Food City 500 with a lap of 14.991 seconds, 127.997 mph.
    This is his 18th pole in 417 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his third pole in 24 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his 14th in 33 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #22-Joey Logano (third) posted his 13th top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his seventh in eight races this season.
    #21-Ryan Blaney (18th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-15-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #18-Busch 127.258
    #22-Logano 127.241
    #19-Edwards 126.829
    #20-Kenseth 126.762
    #2-Keselowski 126.570
    the rest of the top 12: 11 48 4 78 6 5 47;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 1 27 3 13 31 21 24 88 34 43 16 23
    (4-15-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 128.408
    #19-Edwards 128.142
    #11-Hamlin 127.954
    #20-Kenseth 127.903
    #18-Busch 127.529
    the rest of the top 24: 1 3 21 2 78 13 48 16 4 24 27 6 47 43 88 23 34 5 31;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 42 41 44 38 7 83 95 17 10 14 30 15 32 55 98 46
    Drivers who will miss the race: none as 40 cars entered for 40 spots
    (4-15-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2016 at 4:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, April 16 at 7:00am/et on FS1

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted. ## cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #11-Hamlin.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Bristol Qualifying Order Page (pdf).(4-15-2016)

  • Friday practice for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 128.666
    #78-Truex Jr. 128.399
    #2-Keselowski 128.374
    #48-Johnson 128.176
    #1-McMurray 127.767
    slowest: #98-Whitt 119.084 & #46-Annett 120.573
    notes: #46-Annett had smoke coming out of cockpit late in the race.
    Qualifying is scheduled for 4:15pm/et, being televised in FS1 and via radio PRN/SiriusXM.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave(only 3 drivers) on the Friday Bristol Practice Speeds page (pdf) (4-15-2016)

  • Entry List for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #14-Ty Dillon, #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #55-Sorenson*, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): none
    Since 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Bristol Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    1) #18-Busch, [2 wins], 259
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 253, -6
    3) #4-Harvick [1 win], 252, -7
    4) #19-Edwards, 241, -18
    5) #22-Logano, 234, -25
    6) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 211, -48
    7) #41-Busch, 208, -51
    8) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 201, -58
    9) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 201, -58
    10) #3-Dillon, 198, -61
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [2 wins], 1st in driver points
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 2nd
    3) #4-Harvick [1 win], 3rd
    4) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 8th
    5) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 9th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    6) #19-Edwards, 241 points
    7) #22-Logano, 234
    8) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 211
    9) #41-Busch, 208
    10) #3-Dillon, 198
    11) #78-Truex, Jr., 187
    12) #20-Kenseth, 171
    13) #1-McMurray, 171
    14) #24-Elliott, 168
    15) #47-Allmendinger, 166
    16) #5-Kahne, 161
    (4-9-2016)

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 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 in. (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 set-up at Bristol this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Bristol since last April . . . 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.

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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