NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Bristol, TN (rained out, postponed

Race Rescheduled Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops / NRA

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:00pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 7:30 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 8:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Parker Kligerman

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 6:30pm/et on FoxSports2

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: (NASCAR 120)
    none scheduled

  • TV Info for Bristol August 19-20: As NBC Sports Group's presentation of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games winds down, the engines of NASCAR rev back into action with back-to-back races under the lights of Bristol Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Sprint Cup series returns on Saturday at 7:30pm/et on NBCSN. NASCAR XFINITY Series racing is scheduled for Friday at 7:30pm/et on USA Network.
    Saturday's pre-race coverage includes a closer look at the famous speedway that owes its heritage to Olympia. In a feature voiced by Ken Squier, NBC Sports draws comparisons between the Olympics, the greatest test of a man's physical strength, and NASCAR racing, the greatest test of man and machine. Before the cars roll this weekend, NBC reporter Parker Kligerman ventures up to Colossus to get a closer look at the world's largest outdoor center-hung four-sided video screen. NBC Sports continues to surround Jeff Gordon as he suits up for his fourth consecutive race in the #88 car as Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains sidelined with a concussion.
    NBC Sports kicks off its Sprint Cup coverage from Bristol on Friday with practice at 10:00am/et, [NO TV] available via live stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as several NBC Sports Regional Networks (CSN New England, CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Plus-Chicago, CSN Bay Area, CSN Northwest).
    Happy Hour (final) practice follows at 12:30pm/et streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app with live coverage of practice starting at 1:00pm/et on USA Network. Friday's Sprint Cup coverage wraps up with qualifying at 5:30pm/et on USA Network.
    Saturday's race day coverage begins with Countdown to Green at 7:30pm/et, immediately following the conclusion of the Olympic men's soccer gold medal match on NBCSN (so coverage could be delayed). Race coverage from The Last Great Colosseum begins Saturday at 8:00pm/et. An hour-long on-site post-race show wraps up NBCSN's coverage at 11:00pm/et (after the race).
    Race announcer Rick Allen calls this weekend's action alongside analysts Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton. Pre- and post-race coverage is handled by host Krista Voda, and analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Dave Burns and Kligerman report from pit road.(NBC)(8-18-2016)

  • 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, August 18
10:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, August 19
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 - 11:25 AM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
12:30 - 1:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
7:00 PM NSCS CAR IN HAULERS

Saturday, August 20
12:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:15 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
5:45 - 6:45 PM CONCERT
7:15 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 PM NSCS RACE (POSTPONED)

Sunday, August 21
10:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

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

  • Bristol Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Saturday, August 20: (eastern time)
    5:15pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    6:45pm: NASCAR Foundation Betty Jane France Humanatarian Award Presentation
    7:20pm: NSCS Driver Introductions; Intro/Starting Positions/Outro by: Michael Buffer
    7:54pm: God Bless USA
    8:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard, Nashville, TN
    8:00:20pm: Pledge of Allegiance by Chief Master Sgt. Mark Holling, USAF
    8:00:50pm: Invocation by: Billy Mauldin, President and CEO, Motor Racing Outreach(MRO)
    8:01:30pm: God Bless America by: Danielle Peck, National Recording Artist
    8:02:55pm: National Anthem by MRO Children
    8:04:15pm: Fly-by: 2-T-38s from Langley Air Force Base, VA
    8:11:15pm: Command to start engines: Johnny Morris, Founder, Bass Pro Shops & Bass Pro Store Managers
    8:18:45pm: Start (green flag) of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
    (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, August 19, 10:00 - 11:25 pm/et, TV-none sched; view on the NBC Sports App
    or local sports networks: CSN New England, CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Plus-Chicago, CSN Bay Area, CSN Northwest

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 19, 12:30 - 1:55 pm/et, TV-USA Network at 1:00pm/et
    from the start, view on the NBC Sports App

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, August 19 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-USA Network, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

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:
    Grand Marshal: Johnny Morris, Founder, Bass Pro Shops & Bass Pro Store Managers
    Command to start engines: Johnny Morris, Founder, Bass Pro Shops & Bass Pro Store Managers
    Color Guard: Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard, Nashville, TN
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: MRO Children
    Flyover: 2-T-38s from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia

  • April 2016: see the Bristol Race Info page

  • August 2015: see the Bristol Race Info page

  • 2016 April Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 81.637mph, 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

  • 2016 April Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 127.997, 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 102.1
    #18-Kyle Busch 99.7
    #88-Jeff Gordon 99.5
    #24-Chase Elliott 95.3
    #4-Kevin Harvick 94.4
    #19-Carl Edwards 94.1
    #41-Kurt Busch 93.4
    #2-Brad Keselowski 92.8
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 92.2
    #16-Greg Biffle 90.2
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 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 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 Driver Notes & Facts:
    441 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol; 308 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 46 starts.
    Joey Logano leads all active series drivers in average starting position at Bristol with a 7.600. Logano and Jeff Gordon (8.022) are the only two active drivers 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 29.
    Paul Menard (18 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). Jeff Gordon, 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. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 11.
    Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty lead the series in top-five finishes at Bristol with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17; followed by Matt Kenseth with 13 each.
    Richard Petty has leads the series in top-10 finishes at Bristol with 37. Jeff Gordon leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes with 25; followed by Matt Kenseth (20).
    Chase Elliott leads the series among active drivers in average finishing position at Bristol with an 4.000.
    (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. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five; followed by Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman 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 24 times (21.6%) - the most productive starting position. The last driver to win from the pole was Carl Edwards (Spring 2016).
    Six 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), Matt Kenseth (2005, 2015) and Carl Edwards (2008, 2016).
    37 of the 111 (33.3%) races at Bristol have been won from the front row: Pole position (24 wins); second-place (13 wins).
    65 of the 111 (58.5%) races have been won from a top-five starting position.
    89 of the 111 (80.1%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Five of the 111 (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.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
    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 Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 111 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.
    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 (8), Buick (4), Plymouth (3) and Oldsmobile (1).
    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.
    Four car numbers have produced eight or more Bristol NSCS wins: #11 - (19 wins) - most recent: Denny Hamlin, 2012; #2 - (12 wins) - Brad Keselowski, 2012; #17 - (eight wins) - most recent: Matt Kenseth, 2006; #3 - (eight wins) - most recent: Dale Earnhardt, 1999
    13 of the last 16 NSCS races (81.2%) 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 111 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)

  • Four Races Until The Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Only four races remain until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, beginning with the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Eleven drivers have captured berths by winning a race and they will likely be joined by Pocono victor Chris Buescher, who sits just three points outside of the 30th position he needs to seize to make NASCAR's playoffs.
    Here's how the Chase Grid looks today: #2-Brad Keselowski (4 wins), #18-Kyle Busch (4), #19-Carl Edwards (2), #11-Denny Hamlin (2), #20-Matt Kenseth (2), #48-Jimmie Johnson (2), #4-Kevin Harvick (1), #41-Kurt Busch (1), #22-Joey Logano (1), #78-Martin Truex Jr (1), #14-Tony Stewart (1), #31-Ryan Newman (50 points ahead of Trevor Bayne on the cutoff line), #24-Chase Elliott (+49), #3-Austin Dillon (+47), #1-Jamie McMurray (+38), #42-Kyle Larson (+8).
    The first four out are #6-Bayne (-8), #5-Kasey Kahne (-11), #21-Ryan Blaney (-18) and #47-AJ Allmendinger (-34).
    Buescher entering the top 30 would hurt the non-winners on the Chase Grid's chances at making the playoffs, specifically Kyle Larson. In that scenario, four drivers would get in on points as of now: Newman (42 points ahead of Larson), Elliott (+41), Austin Dillon (+39) and McMurray (+30).
    The first four out would be Larson (-30), Bayne (-38), Kahne (-41) and Blaney (-48).
    Remember, a win automatically gets a driver into the Chase as long as he/she has attempted to start every event and is in the top 30 in points following Richmond.
    The winless drivers with previous victories at the remaining tracks:
    Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne
    Michigan: Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne
    Darlington: Greg Biffle, Regan Smith
    Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman
    (NASCAR)(8-14-2016)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Harvick wins Bristol: #4-Kevin Harvick won the rain delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Bristol and 33rd career win. Harvick came from the 24th starting spot to win, the deepest in the field a Bristol winner has started since Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag from 30th in the 2004 Night Race. The race was was suspended because of rain after 48 laps on Saturday night and resumed on Sunday after showers blew through the area by late afternoon.
    Harvick had his team owner, #14-Tony Stewart, join him in doing donuts and celebrating the victory on the frontstretch.
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. (ties his career best finish) finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #3-Dillon, #34-Buescher, #19-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #47-Allmendinger and #22-Logano.
    #18-Busch led the most laps, 256 of 500, before crashing out on lap 357 finishing 39th.
    #34-Buescher's 5th place finish moves him into the top 30 of drivers points and eligible for the Chase.
    There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers and 9 cautions for 106 yellow flag laps and 3 red flags for rain.
    The average speed was 77.968 mph.
    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).(8-21-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Bristol Motor Speedway:
    #4-Kevin Harvick won the 56th Annual Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, his 33rd victory in 561 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and 15th top-10 finish in 32 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 22 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #34-Chris Buescher (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 27 points over #2-Brad Keselowski.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-20-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 23 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 6th in driver points
    3) #4-Harvick [2], 2nd
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 4th
    5) #11-Hamlin [2], 7th
    6) #48-Johnson [2], 9th
    7) #20-Kenseth [2], 10th
    8) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    9) #22-Logano [1], 5th
    10) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 8th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 27th
    12) #34-Buescher [1], 30th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    13) #3-Dillon, 11th in drivers points, 55 ahead of 17th
    14) #24-Elliott, 12th, +47
    15) #1-McMurray, 13th, +42
    16) #31-Newman, 14th, +35
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #6-Bayne, 15th, -35 out of 16th
    18) #42-Larson, 16th, -39
    19) #5-Kahne, 17th, -39
    20) #47-Allmendinger, 18th, -58pts
    (8-21-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 23 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [2], 762
    2) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 735, -27
    3) #41-Busch [1], 692, -70
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 689, -73
    5) #22-Logano [1], 684, -78
    6) #18-Busch, [4], 674, -88
    7) #11-Hamlin, 659, -103
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 630, -132
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 612, -150
    10) #20-Kenseth [2], 604, -158
    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).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #15-Bowyer, 31st
    Caution 2: #23-Ragan, 21st
    Caution 3: #95-McDowell, 19th
    Caution 4: #16-Biffle, 16th
    Caution 5: #43-Almirola, 14th
    Caution 6: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 2nd
    Caution 7: #11-Hamlin, 3rd
    Caution 8: #44-Scott, 18th
    Caution 9: #83-DiBenedetto, 17th
    (8-21-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is re-scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2016.
    Television (TV): CNBC at 4:30 pm/et.
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Twitter race updates/rundowns JAYSKI.com Twitter
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: none scheduled

  • Rain Postpones Bristol race to Sunday UPDATES - Restarted: the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway has been postponed due to rain and will run Sunday, August 21 at 1:00pm/et. The race will be televised on CNBC (NOT NBCSN, check local listings).
    The race will resume where it stopped: lapped 48.
    AND Bristol Motor Speedway teased its race fans with a brief taste of side-by-side action on Saturday night, before persistent storms halted the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race after 48 laps and forced postponement of the finish until Sunday afternoon. The race will resume at 1:00pm/et Sunday and will be broadcast on CNBC.
    #19-Carl Edwards led the field to green on Saturday but surrendered the top spot to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate #11-Denny Hamlin on the opening lap, as Hamlin sped around the outside through the first two corners. Before the first of two heavy storms hit on Lap 38 and forced the cars to pit road, Hamlin, Sunoco Rookie of the Year points leader #24-Chase Elliott and #18-Kyle Busch all had spent time at the front of the field. Busch passed Elliott for the lead on Lap 23, as drivers were able to find speed in both the inside and outside lanes of the .533-mile high-banked concrete short track. After a red-flag period of 1 hour, 24 minutes, 4 seconds, during which track drying was completed, Busch led the field for 10 more laps under caution, but another hard rain hit the track before the race could restart. That left 452 laps still to be completed when the race resumes on Sunday. (NASCAR Wire Service)
    WEATHER: as of 4:43pm/et, rain has stopped, and the race was green flagged at lap 59.
    Some weather forecasts for the National Weather Service as of 4:10pm/et:
    Sunday evening: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds.
    see many weather links on the Bristol Race Info page
    Twitter race updates/rundowns JAYSKI.com Twitter

  • Race Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is re-scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2016.
    Television (TV): CNBC at 1:00 pm/et.
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Twitter race updates/rundowns JAYSKI.com Twitter
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: none scheduled

  • Race Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 8:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:30 pm/et; green flag approx. 8:19pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: none scheduled

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (21,22,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #19-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took pit stall 23, the first pit stall on the backstretch pitlane.
    #18-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 11th pit stall, just after the start/finish line.
    The final pit stall was taken by #24-Elliott, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

  • 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.

  • NASCAR will not increase timing lines at Bristol: NASCAR confirmed Monday to NBC Sports that there will be no pit road timing zones added for this week's races at Bristol Motor Speedway. The track already has 14 such timing zones. NASCAR has added timing zones since the Sprint Cup and Xfinity races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and begun enforcing those zones since the July Cup and Xfinity races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There were 18 timing zones at Pocono Raceway after those were doubled for the Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup races last month. In the three Cup races that have had the additional timing zones enforced, pit road speeding penalties are up 375 percent compared to the three races before NASCAR made the change. NASCAR is not making a change at Bristol because it is comfortable with the timing zones there. In the last four Cup races at Bristol, there have been an average of 11.3 speeding penalties issued.(NBC Sports)(8-16-2016)

  • 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
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    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

  • Edwards wins Bristol pole: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light pole for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with speed of 131.407mph for his 5th pole of 2016, 4th at Bristol and 21st of his career. Edwards has won three races from the pole in his career in 20 tires, including twice at Bristol. Edwards won from the pole in April at Bristol, leading 276 of 500 laps.
    #11-Hamlin will start 2nd, followed by #18-Busch, #21-Blaney, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #78-Truex, Jr., #47-Allmendinger, #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #88-Gordon and #34-Buescher(career best start).
    #11-Hamlin was also quickest in the second round with a speed of 130.495mph.
    #11-Hamlin was fastest in the first round at 131.668mph, setting a new track record. He starts 2nd.
    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).(8-19-2016)

  • Bristol Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 56th Annual Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race with a lap of 14.602 seconds, 131.407 mph.
    This is his 21st pole in 432 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth pole and 18th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his fourth pole in 25 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (second) posted his 21st top-10 start of 2016 and his 10th in 22 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 16th in 23 races this season.
    #21-Ryan Blaney (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    #34-Chris Buescher (12th) will have his highest starting position in 29 career starts.
    #11-Hamlin set the track qualifying record in the first round, 131.668mph.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-19-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #11-Hamlin 130.495
    #20-Kesneth 130.300
    #78-Truex Jr. 130.247
    #21-Blaney 129.842
    #19-Edwards 129.833
    the rest of the top 12: 47 18 88 24 22 2 34;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 3 41 31 48 43 83 5 27 13 6 42 4
    (8-19-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #11-Hamlin 131.668 (track record)
    #18-Busch 131.003
    #22-Logano 130.221
    #20-Kesneth 130.168
    #21-Blaney 130.123
    the rest of the top 24: 5 19 34 41 27 78 88 42 24 6 3 43 48 47 31 4 13 83;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 17 95 14 1 10 44 15 38 7 16 98 55 23 32 46 30
    Drivers who will miss the race: none, as 40 cars were entered for 40 spots
    (8-19-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 19, 2016 at 5:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): USA Network, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    available via live stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • 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.

  • Happy Hour (final) practice for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes [with a few rain delays], the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 129.684
    #78-Truex Jr. 129.587
    #20-Kenseth 129.386
    #21-Blaney 129.334
    #11-Hamlin 129.256
    The best 10 Consecutive Lap Avg Speed: #11-Hamlin 127.193mph
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 122.139 & #32-Earnhardt 123.190
    notes: #30-Wise had a right front tire blow, which sent the car into the turn 2 wall, he will go to a backup car.
    the track record is 131.407mph, set by #11-Denny Hamlin on August 21, 2015.
    If NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying gets rained out, the lineup will be set by owner points position, NOT practice speeds.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on Jayski.com's Bristol Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf) (8-19-2016)

  • 1st practice for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 128.969
    #11-Hamlin 128.649
    #42-Larson 128.597
    #24-Elliott 128.511
    #43-Almiorla 128.503
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 120.286 & #32-Earnhardt 123.071
    The best 10 Consecutive Lap Avg Speed: #11-Hamlin 126.740mph
    notes: practice started about 5 minutes late as the track was finishing drying the track from over night rain.
    the track record is 131.407mph, set by #11-Denny Hamlin on August 21, 2015.
    NO national TV coverage, BUT available via live stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as several NBC Sports Regional Networks (CSN New England, CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Plus-Chicago, CSN Bay Area, CSN Northwest).
    Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled to run 12:30 - 1:55pm/et, can be viewed via live stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, and then on USA Network at 1:00pm/et.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on Jayski.com's Bristol 1st Practice Speeds page (pdf) (8-19-2016)

  • Entry List for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-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
    Since only 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 CHASE Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 1st in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 4th in driver points
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 5th
    4) #11-Hamlin [2], 7th
    5) #20-Kenseth [2], 9th
    6) #48-Johnson [2], 10th
    7) #4-Harvick [1], 2nd
    8) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    9) #22-Logano [1], 6th
    10) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 8th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 26th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #31-Newman, 11th in drivers points, 51 ahead of 17th
    13) #24-Elliott, 12th, +49
    14) #3-Dillon, 13th, +47
    15) #1-McMurray, 14th, +39
    16) #42-Larson, 15th, +8
    has a win, but not in top-30, not in Chase
    #34-Buescher, 31st in points, 292, 3 pts behind 30th
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #6-Bayne, 16th, -28 out of 16th
    18) #5-Kahne, 17th, -10 pts
    19) #21-Blaney, 18th, -18 pts
    20) #47-Allmendinger, 19th, -34pts
    (8-7-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 727
    2) #4-Harvick [1], 718, -9
    3) #41-Busch [1], 689, -38
    4) #18-Busch, [4], 670, -57
    5) #19-Edwards [2], 653, -74
    6) #22-Logano [1], 652, -75
    7) #11-Hamlin, 620, -107
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 612, -115
    9) #20-Kenseth [2], 600, -127
    10) #48-Johnson [2], 578, -149
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).

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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;
    Camping World Truck: 5 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 -- 43 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR national 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 NASCAR teams have run at Bristol since August 2014 . . . 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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