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THE RACE: The Food City 500

Nextel Cup Race #5 of 36 for the 2007 season

[A COT - Car of Tomorrow Race]
Updated: often, leading up to the race
COT INFO: on my COT Page


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  • Race: Sunday, March 25, 2007 in Bristol, TN

  • Title Sponsor: Food City

  • Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • TV: FOX 2:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 1:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, March 29 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - PRN and Sirius

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • PRN at Bristol Motor Speedway: Schedule of Events:
    March 23: Food City 500 Qualifying broadcast begins at 3:30pm/et
    March 24: Sharpie Mini 300 Busch Series broadcast begins at 2:30pm/et
    March 25: Food City 500 Nextel Cup Series broadcast begins at 1:15pm/et
    PRN's Crown Royal Post Race Talk show begins immediately after the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. PRN's broadcast crew consists of co-anchors Doug Rice and Mark Garrow; pit reporters Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Brad Gillie and turn announcer Rob Albright. PRN's broadcast will be heard on more than 465 stations nationwide, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128 and on NASCAR.com. The events can be heard locally on WMEV-93.9 FM and WFHG-980 AM.(PRN PR)(3-23-2007)

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,551,106 (was $5,426,071 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, March 23, 10:30am - 12:00pm/et; and Saturday, March, 24, 10:00 - 10:50pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 24, 12:50 - 1:50pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 23, 9:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, March 23 at 3:45pm/et, TV-SPEED, NO re-air date/time found AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Thursday, March 22, 2007
    8:30 AM NNCS Haulers Enter
    10:00 AM NNCS Garage Opens (Inspection Only)
    2:30 PM NBS Garage Opens
    7:00 PM NBS & NNCS Garages Close

    Friday, March 23, 2007 - Husqvarna Pole Day
    7:00 AM NNCS Garage & Registration Opens
    9:30 AM NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying Order
    10:00 AM Spectator Gates Open
    10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon NNCS Practice
    11:10 AM NBS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying Order
    12:10PM to 12:50 PM NBS Rookie Practice
    1:00 PM to 2:00PM NBS Practice
    2:20 PM to 3:30 PM NBS Final Practice
    3:45 PM Husqvarna Pole Qualifying (2 Laps - All Positions)

    Saturday, March 24, 2007 - Sharpie MINI 300
    9:00 AM Spectator Gates Open
    10:00 AM to 10:50 AM NNCS Practice
    11:10 AM NBS Qualifying (2 Laps - All Positions)
    12:50 PM to 1:50 PM NNCS Final Practice
    2:30 PM Sharpie MINI 300 Driver Introductions
    3:00 PM Start of the Sharpie MINI 300

    Sunday, March 25, 2007 - Food City 500
    12:00 PM NNCS Driver & Crew Chief Meeting (Victory Lane Building)
    1:30 PM Food City 500 Driver Introductions
    2:00 PM Start of the Food City 500

    key
    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4096; Right-side -- D-4098

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

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

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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 120-130 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes at Bristol this weekend . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to the track . . . both the left- and right-side codes feature different mold types, construction and compounds from what Goodyear brought to Bristol last year . . . unlike on other NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams are required to run inner 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.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "The most important thing about this week at Bristol is that it will be the first race for NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow. Testing has shown that the COT is slightly harder on right-side tires so we have toughened up the compounds, in addition to bringing a new construction and mold shape to Bristol this year. Everything looked good at the Open House test a few weeks ago, so we expect good results this weekend."


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Bristol, TN Area:
Bristol Herald Courier
Elizabeton Star
Greenville Sun
Johnson City Press
Kingsport Times-News
Knoxville News
Nashville City Paper
The Tennessean

The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN.com - Weather
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
ARS Racing - Bristol Track Review
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Red Barn Campground
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • #16 declared too low after Bristol race: #16-Greg Biffle's team faces penalties after his car failed post-race inspection following a fifth-place finish. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, said the car was too low. Pemberton would not speculate on the penalty, which could include a fine and points deduction, saying inspectors wanted to go over the car completely at the R&D Center in Concord, N.C., before a ruling is made. Biffle's car, as well as the #5 of winner Kyle Busch, were taken to Concord as a part of what will be a routine process as NASCAR implements the Car of Tomorrow this season. Pemberton said Busch would have the car back in time for Martinsville. That was good news to crew chief Alan Gustafson, who plans to use the car as a backup next week.(ESPN.com)(3-25-2007)

  • Kyle Busch wins 1st COT race at Bristol: #5-Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the 2007 season, 4th career win and 200th NASCAR [Cup, Busch, Trucks] win. There was a green-white-checker finish after a late caution, with #5-Busch holding off a hard charging #31-Jeff Burton, who held on to 2nd, followed by #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #16-Biffle, #66-Green, #8-Earnhardt Jr, #07-Bowyer, #26-McMurray and #25-Mears. #20-Stewart led the most laps, but had a fuel system problem religated Stewart to a finish of 35th. #24-Gordon takes over the points lead from idle #01-Martin. There were 15 cautions for 90 laps and 10 drivers lead the race with 14 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Bristol Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol page.(3-25-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standing after Bristol [5 of 36 races]:
    #24-Jeff Gordon 791
    #31-Jeff Burton 788 -3
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 716 -75
    #17-Matt Kenseth 697 -94
    #29-Kevin Harvick 647 -144
    #5-Kyle Busch 639 -152
    #01-Mark Martin 629 -162 [missed 1 race]
    #07-Clint Bowyer 621 -170
    #11-Denny Hamlin 606 -185
    #99-Carl Edwards 598 -193
    #40-David Stremme 587 -204
    #20-Tony Stewart 575 -216
    some noteables:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 17th
    #9-Kasey Kahne is 34th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(3-25-2007)

  • Bristol Race Notes:
    Kyle Busch won the Food City 500, winning the first Car of Tomorrow race. It is his fourth victory in 79 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    .. Kyle Busch has won at least one race in each of the past three Nextel Cup Series seasons.
    .. Jeff Burton finished second, his second straight runner-up finish and his third top-10 overall at Bristol.
    .. Jeff Gordon finished third, his 18th top-10 finish in 29 Bristol races.
    .. Kevin Harvick finished fourth, posting his ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Bristol. Six of his finishes here have been fourth or better. .. Jeff Gordon took over the lead in the Nextel Cup point standings, his first time atop the points since Feb. 20, 2005. Gordon leads Jeff Burton by just three points.
    .. Mark Martin fell from fist to seventh in the point standings.
    .. This was the 600th Nextel Cup victory for Chevrolet.(NASCAR Stats)(3-25-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 504 of 504 laps:

    GREEN-WHITE-CHECKER

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #5-Busch-C (20)(29 laps led)
    #31-Burton-C (29)
    #24-Gordon-C (1)(6 laps led)
    #29-Harvick-C (40)(9 laps led)
    #16-Biffle-F (11)
    #66-Green-C (9)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (31)
    #07-Bowyer-C (18)
    #26-McMurray-F (5)
    #25-Mears-C (16)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota
    *=rookie

    Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports

  • Cars on the lead lap: 15 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 48,49

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 4,9,45,78,43,22,96,01,6,19,21,2,14,10,42,7,36,20,18,1,88,12,84

  • Cars on the track: 40 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (3) and reason:
    #41-Sorenson (accident-out)
    #38-Gilliland (accident-out)
    #44-Jarrett (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 14 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (257);
    #11-Hamlin (177);
    #5-Busch (29);
    #2-Busch (10);
    #18-Yeley (9);
    #29-Harvick (9);
    #24-Gordon (6, pole);
    #19-Sadler (5):
    #36-Mayfield (1);
    #83-Vickers (1);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - pole; #24-Gordon 1-6; #20-Stewart 7-51; #18-Yeley 52-60; #2-Busch 61-70; #20-Stewart 71-122; #36-Mayfield 123; #20-Stewart 124-194; #19-Sadler 195-199; #20-Stewart 200-288; #5-Busch 289-297; #11-Hamlin 298-406; #29-Harvick 407-415; #83-Vickers 416; #11-Hamlin 417-484; #5-Busch 485-504;

    Cautions: 15 for 90 laps

    Caution 15 - Laps 499 - 502: #9-Kahne got into #6-Ragan on the frontstetch, sending Ragan spinning
    Caution 14 - Laps 486 - 491: #48-Johnson lost a right front tire and smacked the wall and could not get down to get to pit road.
    Caution 13 - Laps 422 - 425: Debris on the front stretch
    Caution 12 - Laps 414 - 420: Debris in turn 4
    Caution 11 - Laps 379 - 382: #88-Rudd slapped the turn 4 wall, also spinning were #49-Bliss, #7-Gordon and #43-Labonte
    Caution 10 - Laps 369 - 374: Debris on the track, Fox clearly showed a bumper brace on the concrete.
    Caution 9 - Laps 311 - 316: #1-Truex Jr. got bumped by #49-Bliss off turn 2, slowing Truex down, #12-Newman couldn't slow and rear-ended the #1, breaking the radiator of the #12, #25-Mears tried to slow up and spun arounnd.
    Caution 8 - Laps 283 - 290: #07-Bowyer got into a slowing #9-Kahne, sending Kahne into the turn 4 wall, then spinning off turn 4, had a flat tire.
    Caution 7 - Laps 227 - 232: #36-Mayfield went up the track and smacked the turn 2 wall, drove around a couple laps but could not get down to the pit entrance
    Caution 6 - Laps 163 - 168: #6-Ragan spun off turn 2 after #49-Bliss got into the rear of the #6.
    Caution 5 - Laps 150 - 155: #84-Allmendinger came down on #21-Schrader before turn 1, making contact with the #21, sending Allmendinger into the turn 1 wall, damaging the front-end splitter.
    Caution 4 - Laps 138 - 143: #42-Montoya went high into #96-Raines off turn 2, then bounced down and into the back stretch inside wall. #8-Earnhardt Jr. spun just behind Montoya after #40-Stremme got into the rear of the #8, but supposedly no damage.
    Caution 3 - Laps 121 - 126: In turn 2, #42-Montoya got on the apron and shot up into #6-Ragan, spinning Ragan.
    Caution 2 - Laps 45 - 54: #17-Kenseth got into #44-Jarrett who spun in turn 1 and got t-boned by #38-Gilliland, #7-Gordon went high and slid into #40-Stremme, both the #7 and #40 drove on.
    Caution 1 - Laps 19 - 23: #29-Harvick got into the rear of #41-Sorenson in turn 2, sending Sorenson around.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog:(and their finish)

    Caution 15: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 14: #83-Vickers(3), 15
    Caution 13: #4-Burton (still down a lap), 18
    Caution 12: #66-Green, 6
    Caution 11: #83-Vickers(2), 15
    Caution 10: #48-Johnson, 16
    Caution 9: #83-Vickers, 15
    Caution 8: #25-Mears(3), 10
    Caution 7: #25-Mears(2), 10
    Caution 6: #14-Marlin, 30
    Caution 5: #78-Wallace, 21
    Caution 4: #43-Labonte, 22
    Caution 3: #25-Mears, 10
    Caution 2: #6-Ragan, 26
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Bristol Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #01 OL Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box 51
    2 #43 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 52
    3 #10 PT Excessive Speed-Entering pits 105
    4 #96 MCI Lug nut(s) not installed 152
    5 #36 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 226
    6 #36 TE Commitment Line Violation 226
    7 #9 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 282
    8 #31 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 284
    9 #20 TE Commitment Line Violation 289
    10 #18 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 312
    11 #7 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 380
    12 #88 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 413
    13 #21 OL Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box 416
    14 #48 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 485
    15 #88 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 485
    16 #22 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 488
    PT – Pass through
    TE – Tail end of the longest line
    SG – Stop and Go
    OL – One lap
    ND – NASCAR discretion
    MCI – Must come into pits
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics)(3-25-2007)

  • Rumblings - Bristol Race Notes: Kyle Busch won the first-ever COT event today at Bristol Motor Speedway as he took the Food City 504 by about a half-length over Jeff Burton, barely surviving a G/W/C in the process. It was the 4th Nextel Cup win of Kyle's young career (he's tied for 69th on the all-time win list) and the 152nd for Hendrick Motorsports (their third in a row, btw). The victory was worth $179,400 from the over $5.5M in posted awards, and puts the #5 car on the Winners Circle plan for 2007. Reviews will be mixed on the COT. There's a bunch of drivers who don't like the car....and the racing today was certainly not as good as many Bristol races we've seen. One thing's for sure, they're gonna have to do something with that front splitter.... By popular demand, we got to see Carl Edwards' back-flip a day late..... Take that ABC/ESPN! We also got somewhat of a clarification concerning the Chase and the #01 car....as we expected. So, if you're gonna follow that Owner Points race with a fervor, dig in!
    Jeff Green (6th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Talladega in October of 2002!
    Jamie McMurray (9th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Watkins Glen last August.
    Mike Bliss (17th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Homestead in November of 2005.
    Ward Burton (18th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Talladega in October of 2004!
    Kenny Wallace (21st) had his best finish since he was 21st at Homestead in November of 2005.
    Jeremy Mayfield (34th) had his best finish since he was 29th at Loudon last July (only four races).
    STREAKIN....Jeff Burton has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator.....UP: Operator of the Week is Kevin Harvick (+36), followed by Jeff Burton (+27), Matt Kenseth (+27), Dale Earnhardt Jr (+24), Carl Edwards (+20), and David Stremme (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Scott Riggs (-33), followed by Tony Stewart (-31), Elliott Sadler (-24), and Martin Truex Jr (-24). This is the second time at the top (and bottom) of the Shaft for both leaders this week.....Harvick was the Op at Daytona and for Riggs this is two in a row.
    (see full newsletter at Stock Car Fans.com)(3-26-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- just after the 14th caution restart, #11-Hamlin reported his engine is gonna blow up
    ---- #20-Stewart came back out on the track during the 9th caution, 20 laps down.
    ---- just before the caution 8 restart, who came out leading after the pitstop, #20-Stewart came into the pits for an unscheduled pit stop whith no fuel pressure and the engine off, losing the lead and the race.
    ---- on the caution 8 pit stops, #31-Burton came out 5th, but was caught speeding on pit road and had to go to the end of the longer line at the restart.
    ---- on lap 255, #1-Truex Jr. had a left front tire flat and had to make an unscheduled pit stop, then on lap 256 #19-Sadler came back in for right side tires and lost more laps.
    ---- on lap 248, #19-Sadler, while running 2nd, came in to make an unscheduled pit stop, Sadler is reporting he has a vibration or a loose wheel, losing a lap, the crew changed left side tires.
    ---- on lap 240, #36-Mayfield came back on the track after the team made repairs to the car, Mayfield comes out 10 laps down
    ---- on lap 214, #2-Busch had to make an unscheduled pit stop drove around the pit road, not exiting where he should have, losing 3 laps
    ---- on 128, #18-Yeley went to the garage, the exhaust pipes were sticking out too far.
    ---- on lap 106, #10-Riggs, while running 4th, bounced off the wall and had to come in to pit, losing 3 laps, the he was caught speeding on pit road and had to serve a pass-thru penalty and is now down 4 laps.
    ---- on lap 95, #12-Newman made an unscheduled pit stop.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #01-Smith was penalized a lap for pitting outside the pit box.
    ---- during the 2nd caution pitstops, all the lead lap cars came in BUT #18-Yeley, #2-Busch, #17-Kenseth and #40-Stremme, so they will be the top 4 at the restart.
    ---- on lap 38, #19-Sadler is reporting a vibration, he thinks he has a wheel loose, was checked on the 2nd caution pitstop.
    ---- the cars 26th and back came in to pit during the 1st caution, #17-Kenseth and #40-Stremme made contact on pit road.
    ---- on the pace lap, #41-Sorenson got into the rear of #18-Yeley, both have very little damage.
    ---- weather = party sunny, 76° track temp ?° wind ?mph
    ---- green flag at 2:29pm/et by Darrell Waltrip
    ---- command to start engines at 2:18pm/et by Grand Marshal Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend
    ---- To The Back [0]: none reported


  • Race Coverage of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2007.
    TV: FOX at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:30am/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 3:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #20-Stewart 121.597
    #11-Hamlin 121.528
    #9-Kahne 121.489
    #2-Busch 121.182
    #10-Riggs 121.029
    slowest: #01-Smith 118.415 & #42-Montoya 118.628
    most laps run: #20-Stewart 100; #78-Wallace 99
    incidents: #42-Montoya scraped the wall, but no major damage.
    Top 3 average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #17-Kenseth 118.831 [10th fastest lap] 46
    #29-Harvick 118.365 [7th] 64
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 118.163 [8th] 61
    See speeds and note on my Bristol Practice Speeds page.(3-24-2007)

  • 1st Saturday practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #10-Riggs 122.678
    #5-Busch 122.662
    #9-Kahne 122.607
    #11-Hamlin 122.505
    #20-Stewart 122.147
    slowest: #84-Allmendinger 118.452 & #7-Gordon 119.529
    most laps run: #10-Riggs 67; #9-Kahne 66
    Top 3 average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #17-Kenseth 119.781 [9th overall] 38 laps run
    #11-Hamlin 119.732 [4th] 61
    #20-Stewart 119.588 [5th] 50
    See all the speeds, laps run on the Bristol Practice Speeds page.(3-24-2007)

  • Gordon wins pole at Bristol: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 125.453mph for his 2nd pole of 2007 and 58th of his career. It is Gordon's 5th pole at Bristol. The rest of the top-10 are #9-Kahne, #19-Sadler, #20-Stewart, #26-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #22-Blaney, #10-Riggs, #66-Green and #11-Hamlin. #01-Regan Smith will make his first career start, starting 12th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #4-Burton, #49-Bliss, #14-Marlin, #36-Mayfield [1st start of 2007]. #83-Vickers, #78-Wallace, #44-Jarrett [1st of 2007 in on speed] and #84-Allmendinger [1st race of 2007 and career]. See the qualifying results, order and starting lineup on my Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.(3-23-2007)

  • Six do not qualify at Bristol: #37-Lepage, #00-Reutimann, #55-Waltrip, #13-Nemechek [first race missed in 175 races], #70-Sauter [had made all 4 races of 2007] and #15-Menard.(3-23-2007)

  • Ramblings - Bristol Qualifying Notes: Jeff Gordon captured the Bud Pole today at Bristol Motor Speedway for Sunday's Food City 500 with a speed of 125.453 (15.295 sec) for his second top-spot of the season (he's the first repeater, btw) and the 58th of his NextelL Cup career.....and that's pretty significant. He's now tied with the legendary Bobby Allison for 5th on the all-time pole list. Kasey Kahne will join Gordon in the Uecker seats.
    Jamie McMurray (5th) has his best starting spot since he grabbed the outside pole at Infineon last June.
    Dave Blaney (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Martinsville last October. This is also Toyota's best starting spot thus far....their previous best was when Blaney started 11th at Las Vegas.
    Jeff Green (9th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 8th at Martinsville last October.
    Welcome Regan Smith (12th). This is his first Cup start ever....no pressure, huh? Not like this car has been any good or anything.
    Ward Burton (14th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Martinsville in October of 2004 (only seven starts).
    Ken Schrader (15th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 10th at Martinsville last October.
    Tony Raines (17th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 11th at Martinsville last October.
    Jeremy Mayfield (23rd) makes his first Cup race of the season and has his best starting spot since he timed in 15th at The Brickyard last August (only two races).
    Dale Jarrett (30th) makes the field this week for the first-time this season on speed. He still has two more Champion Provisionals avaiable for the rest of the year.
    Robby Gordon (34th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 9th at Texas last November.
    Welcome A. J. Allmendinger (43rd).....we've been waiting for you. This is his first Nextel Cup start....you can bet he'll be wide-eyed on Sunday!
    STREAKIN....Elliott Sadler has 3 Top-5 starts in a row.
    The Trouble Train had a few new faces amongst it's six cars today. Kevin Lepage, David Reutimann, Michael Waltrip, Joe Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, and Paul Menard are the dnq's this weekend, and it's crucial for a couple teams. Nemechek should be okay to still make the Top-35 in Owner Points (they were 19th coming into this week and will get 22 points as a dnq), but Johnny Sauter's status could be iffy. They came out of Atlanta in 28th in Owner Points and get 19 markers this week, so it's gonna be close.(Stock Car Fans)(3-23-2007)

  • Bristol Qualifying Notes: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole for the Food City 500, posting a lap of 15.295 second at 125.453 mph - scoring the first Bud Pole in the Car of Tomorrow.
    .. It is Gordon’s 58th Bud Pole 478 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his second Bud Pole and third top-10 start in 2007 – all also top-fives.
    .. This is Gordon’s fifth Bud Pole at Bristol – breaking a tie with Fred Lorenzen for the fifth most Bud Poles here.
    .. Gordon moved into a tie with Bobby Allison for fifth on the all-time Bud Pole winners list.
    .. Ward Burton (14th) was the quickest of the drivers required to qualify on time.
    .. Jeremy Mayfield (23rd) and AJ. Allemendinger (35th) qualified for their first race this season. It will be Allmendinger’s career-first Nextel Cup start.(NASCAR Stats)(3-24-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 23, 2007 at 3:45pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 8:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Qualifying Order List for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #17-Kenseth is due out first on Friday, March 23 at 3:40pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #16-Biffle. For the Qualifying order, see my Bristol Qualifying Page.(3-23-2007)

  • Friday Practice for Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the COT's practiced, the results:
    #11-Hamlin 123.921
    #12-Newman 123.897
    #24-Gordon 123.841
    #96-Raines 123.762
    #48-Johnson 123.746
    slowest: #13-Nemechek 119.843 [33 laps] & #38-Gilliland 120.256 [29]
    most laps run: #42-Montoya 65; #01-Smith 62;
    NOTE: Track qual record is 128.709, Newman 3/2003
    Aug 2006 qual speed: #2-Busch 124.906
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #11-Hamlin 121.885 [1st over all] 23 laps run
    #24-Gordon 121.521 [3rd] 21
    #36-Mayfield 120.569 [16th], 25
    See all the speeds, laps run on the Bristol Practice Speeds page.(3-23-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Bristol:
    if things stayed the the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #49-Mike Bliss, 14th fastest
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 16th
    #14-Sterling Marlin, 20th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 22nd
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 26th
    #15-Paul Menard, 29th
    #00-David Reutimann, 30th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 44th, would use 5th champ prov of 2007
    if things stayed the the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #4-Ward Burton, 36th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 41st
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 43rd
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 45th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 46th
    #13-Joe Nemechek, 49th/last
    (3-23-2007)

  • Entry List for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2006 owners points (2007 race attempts in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (4/44th in 2007 owners pts)
    #4-Ward Burton (3/40)[switched with #09 team after California]
    #13-Joe Nemechck (4/19)
    #14-Sterling Marlin (4/29)
    #15-Paul Menard (4/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (3/48)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (4/47)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 1999](4/34)
    #49-Mike Bliss (4/43)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (4/52)
    #70-Johnny Sauter (4/28)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (4/45)
    #83-Brian Vickers [won in 2006](4/41)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (4/49)
    withdrew
    #34-Chad Chaffin (4/50)
    In the event that qualifying is rained out:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83, 44, 13, 70, 14, 15, 49, 00
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 78, 37, 36, 84, 55, 4
    See the full list at my Jayski's Bristol Entry List
    (3-19-2007)

  • see my Final 2006 Owners Points with the 2007 teams listed page

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify]. The team does NOT have to attempt all the races, just be in the top-35 in OWNERS Points.
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2007 Nextel Cup Race Results 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • NOTE: this is the first ever COT - Car of Tomorrow [Car of Today] race in Nextel Cup, for info on the COT, see:
    COT Past News, Rumors, Links, Images Page
    COT Image Page
    Bristol COT Testing Page

  • 2006 March Race Winner: #2-Kurt Busch, 79.427mph, started 9th
  • 2006 August Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 90.025mph, started 4th

  • 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

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Elliott Sadler, March 2001, started 38th

  • 2006 August Pole Sitter: Kurt Busch, 124.906, finished 37th

  • 2006 March Pole Sitter: none, rained out, #20-Tony Stewart started 1st via points, finished 12th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Mar 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch, 5

  • Most Wins - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 12

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Mark Martin, 7

  • Most Poles - All Time: Cale Yarborough, 9

  • Most Top 5s: 26 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s - Active: 20 - Mark Martin

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 48 years, 3 months, 30 days, 8/28/99

  • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 23 years, 7 months, 20 days, 3/24/02

  • Most Cautions: 20 - 3 times, most recently 8/23/03

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/11/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 167, 7/25/65

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 7/11/71

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/11/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 3/20/66

  • Most Lead Changes: 40 - 4/14/91

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 3/25/73

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Fred Lorenzen 7/26/64

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 500 - Cale Yarborough, 3/25/73

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 39 - Chevrolet

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 92 points race run], 22.8%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 12

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 9

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 5

  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 18,19,24,26,27,30,38: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 56 of 92 - 60.9%
  • Races won from the top 10: 76 of 92 - 82.6%


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    500 laps, 266.5 miles
    Degree of banking in corners: 36 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
    Straightaways are 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: ~160,000
    Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch (1 shared)
    Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
    Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
    Pace Car Track Speed: 40mph

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Junior Johnson
    Command to start engines: Junior Johnson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Darrell Waltrip
    National Anthem: Bill Currington
    Military Flyover: VMFA-312 Checkerboards, USMC, Beaufort, SC

  • Track Homepage: bristolmotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my March 2006 Bristol Race Info page.

  • Last Year: see my August 2006 Bristol Race Info page.

  • 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 Winston Cup that utilizes two pit roads. 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.

  • DW and Johnson tapped as Starter, Grand Marshal at Bristol: Two of NASCAR's greatest legends and the most successful driver and owner in Bristol Motor Speedway history, Darrell Waltrip and Junior Johnson, will kick off the Food City 500 in style with Waltrip waving the green flag while Johnson will serve as Grand Marshal.
    Waltrip, who is a television commentator for FOX, which will be broadcasting the March 25 race, will be shown live on the air, waving the green flag to start the sold-out Food City 500 while uttering his famous "Boogity, boogity, boogity" phrase. This will be the first time Waltrip has been the Honorary Starter for a NEXTEL Cup Series event and is thought to be the first time an on-air personality has started a Cup race during a live broadcast. The 60-year-old Waltrip, a three-time Nextel Cup champion and winner of 84 races at NASCAR's top level, is the all-time leading winner at the World's Fastest Half-Mile with 12 victories. While Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough and Rusty Wallace all had nine wins at Bristol, the next closest active drivers to Waltrip's mark are Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch with five wins apiece. David Pearson also had five BMS wins. Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers, he made history at Bristol when he won a remarkable seven consecutive Cup events from the spring of 1981 through the spring of 1984. Waltrip's first win at Bristol came in the spring of 1978 and his final came in August of 1992, which was the first race on concrete at BMS.
    Johnson is the all-time leading car owner at Bristol with a remarkable 21 victories and was Waltrip's car owner during his streak of seven straight wins. The next closest was the Holman-Moody team with nine wins while Richard Childress, Jack Roush and Roger Penske are the winningest active owners with eight each. The 75-year-old Johnson, also one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers, captured 50 Cup wins over his distinguished career, including one at Bristol in the spring of 1965 when he served as both driver and owner. Johnson's record of consecutive race wins at Bristol outshines Waltrip's by one, as he won an amazing eight straight events on the high-banked oval, including the August night race of 1980 with Cale Yarborough behind the wheel.(BMS PR)(3-20-2007)

  • Bill Currington to sing National Anthem at Bristol: Georgia-born country music sensation Billy Currington will sing the national anthem prior to the sold-out Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 25. This will be Currington's first trip to the World's Fastest Half-Mile, where he'll sing in front of nearly 160,000 fans.(BMS PR)(3-20-2007)

  • Inpection at Bristol for COT may change: NASCAR officials apparently have been telling crew chiefs in the Nextel Cup garage no one should fail inspection prior to the first practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway in two weeks. If there was a car that passed every template during the recent Bristol test for the COT, no one can point it out. The Ford nose missed the template by 3/16's of an inch on both sides and there was a minor issue with the hood that must be worked out in a hurry. Chevry teams also had issues in the nose and tail sections. Dodge and Toyota were also not without issues but individuals in those camps were not talking. The word now is NASCAR is going to relax the process, requiring teams to meet just four of the eight required points in the overall template.(CircleTrackPlus.com), see image of the inspection 'cage' on my COT page.(3-11-2007)

  • BMS Names 30 Fans To Serve On Inaugural Advisory Board: Bristol Motor Speedway named 30 members to its inaugural Fan Advisory Board. Geared toward better serving the hundreds of thousands of spectators who visit the Speedway each year, the board will communicate with other fans and BMS management to further strengthen Bristol's commitment to being the most fan-friendly venue in racing. A total of 1,588 applicants from 41 states and Canada vied for the 30 positions on the Fan Advisory Board. Those selected represent 18 states and Canada. The Board consists of a healthy demographic cross-section of loyal fans which will communicate with other fans to provide feedback and offer new ideas to BMS management. The goal is for this communication to aid in the growth and development of the Speedway and its ability to exceed expectations by delivering the ultimate fan experience. As always, BMS management will continue to be available for direct communication and correspondence with fans. The FAB will simply increase the level of communication and will provide BMS with an immediate sounding board in which to solicit fan opinions, ideas and suggestions, all with the best interest of the fan experience in mind. Correspondence and meetings will include Bristol senior level management to ensure all action items are executed in the vision of the fans and the board. Board members will serve a term of one year. The FAB meetings will take place during NASCAR event weekends at Bristol Motor Speedway for board members in attendance. The online message board will serve as an ongoing open line of communication and involvement/activity is unlimited. Throughout the year, a series of teleconferences also will take place in which board members will actively participate in meetings via phone.
    Members of the 2007 Board are, in alphabetical order, Daniel Barry (Oxford, Mass.), Will Daniels (Coldiron, Ken.), Gail Ervin (Columbia, Tenn.), Gloria Flucks (Wyandotte, Mich.), Larry Funderburk (Algood, Tenn.), Rebecca Goggins (Alabaster, Ala.), Richard Hughes (Manquin, Va.), Scott Holdren (Coeymans, N.Y.), Chris Huddleston (Bristol, Tenn.), Lorna Ivey (Eclectic, Ala.), Evelyn Kelly (Long Branch, N.J.), Debbie Lamb (Glasford, Ill.), David Martus (Dyer, Ind.), Cathernine McCause (Martinez, Calif.), James McDonough (Camlachie, Ont.), Michael Payte, Jr. (Branson, Mo.), Tim Puccetti (Bridgeville, Penn.), Beverly Ramsey (Mars Hill, N.C.), David Riel (Fort Recovery, Ohio), Joe Ruch (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Richard Snider (Waynesboro, Va.), Chris Taylor (Mt. Carmel, Ill.), Stanley Taylor (Kennesaw, Ga.), Douglas Titera (Ladysmith, Wisc.), Louis Urschel (Marietta, Ohio), Alma Vance (Bluff City, Tenn.), Taylor Vaughn (Galax, Va.), Loretta Webster (Hernando, Miss.), Lisa Whiteside (Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.) and Scott Wisemandle (Dayton, Ohio).(BMS PR)(3-9-2007)

  • Food City extends with BMS: Abingdon, Va.-based Food City announced an extension of its Nextel Cup race sponsorship to 2010. An agreement signed by Food City CEO Steve Smith and BMS track president Jeff Byrd also extended sponsorship of the August Food City 250 Busch Series race.(Johnson City Press)(3-1-2007)

  • Bristol sells out Food City 500, 50th sellout in a row: The Food City 500 Nextel Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 25 has sold out, a consecutive streak of Nextel Cup sellouts, which reaches 50 began in August 1982 a stretch of 25 years. back in 1982, the track capacity was 71,000, now the is close to 160,000. "It's a pretty significant accomplishment," said BMS President and General Manager Jeff Byrd. "I don't know of any race track that can even come close to 50 straight sellouts. The amazing thing about the streak is that no matter what the seating capacity was throughout the years, the fans always bought tickets and always came to Bristol to fill those seats. It all goes back to the loyalty fans feel toward Bristol and the fact that they love the experience that is Bristol Motor Speedway. The short track action, the high banks, the ability to see everything that's happening on the track... it's very unique and they appreciate it."(BMS PR)
    AND Fans planning to attend the Car of Tomorrow test sessions at Bristol Motor Speedway Feb. 28 and March 1, also will have the opportunity to purchase specially-priced Pole Day and Sharpie MINI 300 Busch Series tickets. More info at bristolmotorspeedway.com)
    (2-25-2007)

  • Bristol to be resurfaced after March Cup race: Bristol Motor Speedway will be getting a new look this summer that should make for even more exciting racing as the .533-mile oval receives a new concrete surface after the March 25 running of the Food City 500 Nextel Cup race. And just like the one-of-a-kind racing fans get at Bristol Motor Speedway, officials commissioned a one-of-a-kind machine to do the job. Baker Concrete Construction, Inc., of Monroe, Ohio, developed the Gomaco Slope Paver, an all-new machine, to handle the specifications of Bristol's unique high-banked oval. A pair of unrelated Baker Construction companies (Baker Construction Services of Bluff City, Tenn., is the other) head the project that should be completed by mid-July. SMI's Development team hopes the new surface promotes even closer racing and a much smoother ride for the drivers. The famous Bristol banking will remain the same. Crews plan to begin demolition for the entire racing surface, track apron, pit road, inside retaining walls and 80 percent of the outside walls March 26, the day after the Food City 500. This project marks the first time since 1992 that the entire track undergoes a complete resurfacing. In the summer of that year, then-track owner Larry Carrier made NASCAR history when he created NASCAR's first all-concrete racing surface. Project specifications call for more than 14,520 square yards of concrete to be used for the track surface alone. Bristol's resurfacing project will employ a crew of 130 and cover in excess of 30,000 worker hours.(BMS PR)(1-25-2007)

  • Bristol Launches Fan Advisory Board: Geared toward better serving the hundreds of thousands of spectators who visit "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" each year, Bristol Motor Speedway will institute a Fan Advisory Board in 2007. The effort further strengthens Bristol's commitment to being the most fan-friendly venue in racing. The BMS Fan Advisory Board will consist of a group of loyal fans who will provide feedback and offer new ideas that will aid in the growth and development of the Speedway and its ability to exceed expectations by delivering the ultimate fan experience. Fans interested in becoming a member can access and complete the online application by clicking the FAB banner on the venue's home page at www.bristolmotorspeedway.com. The application deadline is Friday, Feb.9, 2007. The FAB will be comprised of 20-25 members, consisting of a healthy demographic cross-section. Correspondence and meetings will include Bristol senior level management to ensure all action items are executed in the vision of the fans and the board. Board members will serve a term of one year. The FAB meetings will take place during NASCAR event weekends at Bristol Motor Speedway for board members in attendance. The online message board will serve as an ongoing open line of communication and involvement/activity is unlimited. Throughout the year, a series of teleconferences also will take place in which board members will actively participate in meetings via phone. Those selected to serve on the board will be notified Feb. 27-March 1. Board activity will begin March 4.(BMS PR)(1-19-2007)

  • Food City's "15 Years - 15 Winners Promotion Gives Fans Chance to Win Tickets to 2007 Food City 500: Next year Food City celebrates its 15th anniversary of sponsoring the Nextel Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol and to mark the occasion, some lucky fan – and a bunch of his or her friends – will be having a spring fling like no other during the March event. Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway are teaming up to give one person the chance to have a party to remember at the Food City 500 for a group of 15 with its "15 Years – 15 Winners" promotion. That’s right. The winner gets to invite 14 of his nearest and dearest friends and/or family members to the Food City 500 on March 25.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(12-23-2006)

  • Bristol to be resurfaced UPDATE delayed until 2007: Lowe's Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedeay are not the only tracks being resurfaced. Jeff Byrd, the President of Bristol Motor Speedway told MRN Radio's NASCAR Today that his track will get resurfaced after the Food City 500 in March. "It's kinda like screwing around with the formula for Coca-Cola. I don't know whether we're tinkering with a formula that doesn't need to be changed. We would like to reconfigure the track so the top lane so the top lane can carry more speed onto the straight-a-ways off of 2 and 4."(MRN Radio NASCAR Today)(1-25-2006)
    UPDATE: Bristol Motor Speedway will require the undivided attention of its paving engineer and contractors when it installs a new concrete racing surface on the World's Fastest Half Mile, and that's why the project has been put off until 2007. The project was very close to being scheduled for this summer. Wayne Estes, BMS vice president of communications and events, said Tuesday that Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO Bruton Smith left it up to track President Jeff Byrd whether or not to proceed with the resurfacing in 2006 or wait until 2007. Speedway Motorsports also owns Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, both of which will receive a new surface in 2006. Ultimately it was decided that spreading the attention of Speedway Motorsports' preferred engineer, construction company and developers three ways might not produce the optimum results. As it stands now, BMS will receive its new concrete racing surface following the 2007 spring NASCAR races, with the project to be completed by the time NASCAR returns to BMS for the August night races. The existing concrete surface was constructed in 1992, and at that time technology was not as advanced as it is now with regard to race track paving, Estes said. He said the existing surface has served the facility well, but time is beginning to take its toll. Tentatively scheduled to follow construction of the new concrete racing surface is a redesign of the infield, which would make room for more haulers to park and improve their maneuverability. Estes noted that the new infield design is in the earliest planning stages, but the concept at this time is for all the buildings to be placed in the corners. Most notably the infield media center, which faces the frontstretch grandstands, would be torn down and a new one constructed at one end of the infield. Estes said the media center was in need of a technological upgrade anyway. Also to be improved would be the Wellmont Infield Care Center.(Kingsport Times-News)(3-8-2006)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Bristol Motor Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • New sponsor for BAM Racing at Bristol: Bam Racing welcomes OBOVO.com to the #49 team as one of the organization's primary sponsors this season beginning at Bristol Motor Speedway. OBOVO.com, recently re-named from WhatsOnline.com, is a proprietary metacrawler search engine that provides users with high quality Internet search results from multiple search engines simultaneously. Users can utilize a multitude of powerhouse websites for information, shopping and auctions directly from the site. OBOBVO.com also offers one of the most dynamic image and video search tools on the Internet. Look for OBOVO.com to adorn the hood of the BAM Racing Dodge at a number of races in 2007.(BAM Racing PR)(3-21-2007)

  • Lepage in #37; Chaffin in #34 at Bristol: Kevin Lepage, who tested the Car of Tomorrow (COT) for Front Row Motorsports at Bristol while be driving the #37 COT at Bristol and Martinsville. John Andretti, who drove the #37 car the last three races in California, Vegas and Atlanta, will be back in the #37 car next month at Texas Motor Speedway. Race Week Media is still searching for sponsors for Bristol and Martinsville for the #37 team. Cahd Chaffin is scheduled to drive the #34 Front Row Motorsports Dodge at Bristol.(3-21-2007)

  • Martin says, again, he will NOT race at Bristol next week: For weeks, Mark Martin has been answering the questions. Would he or wouldn't he run Bristol? Friday in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center, Martin put those rumors to bed, for once and for all. So fans that want to watch him race will have to do so at this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500, or miss him until the April 15 race at Texas. "There are mixed emotions, but the bottom line is that I'm gonna take a break," Martin said. "Right now I'm doing what I love. I want to keep doing it and I want to keep loving it. There have been a few times in the past few years that I didn't love it. I need a break." He said this in spite of the pressure he's been getting from former teammates Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton, who have bets riding on whether he'll return for next week's Bristol race. Both have said they expect him to race. "Last week I was trying to taxi the plane and my phone rang and it was Kenseth," Martin said. "He called saying, 'I wouldn't have passed you on the last lap, but you aren't running for points, so I did.' We were hanging out the other night and he just kept at me; he's relentless. I finally just had to get up and leave."(AMS Pit Notes)(3-17-2007)

  • Bristol COT Testing Day 1 evening: The first day [of two] of testing at Bristol Motor Speedway ended Wednesday night after three sessions with #48A-Jimmie Johnson fastest at 122.007mph followed by #4A-Ward Burton, #9B-Kasey Kahne, #11B-Denny Hamlin and #29A-Kevin Harvick. Slowest was #15A-Menard at 117.071.
    Incident: #$-Ward Burton crashed his Morgan-McClure Chevy in the final minutes of the session, destroying the front splitter and crushing the front end after making contact with the inside retaining wall off the frontstretch. Burton didn't hit the wall that hard, but the front end crushed significantly. Burton said that he didn't hit that hard. "It was all over the place, I just slid down the track and hit the inside wall," he said of the hit. "No, it wasn't hard at all."(SceneDaily.com), see my Bristol COT testing page for more speeds and images of the COT.(2-28-2007)

  • See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Domino's Pizza #00 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Jackson Hewitt #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Arby's #17 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Energizer #40 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page
    #88-Ricky Rudd Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs none...yet


  • Rudd to run Pedigree scheme at Bristol: This weekend the Nextel Cup Series travels to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 and it will mark a series of firsts for the #88 team. NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow will make its racing debut providing a true test as to how the newly redesigned body styles will handle the pressures of race day. Sunday will also mark the first time the #88 team has run a special paint scheme for the 2007 season. Instead of the normal Snickers Racing scheme, the team will be running a bright yellow Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs Ford Fusion.(elevationgrp/Snickers Racing PR), no images of the scheme..yet.(3-21-2007)

  • Stremme to run Energizer scheme at Bristol: The #40 Dodge of David Stremme will sport the Energizer e2 Lithium paint scheme this weekend in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The dynamic silver and blue paint scheme will feature Energizer e2 Lithium, the World's Longest Lasting Battery in High Tech Devices, alongside the famous Energizer Bunny.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(3-21-2007)

  • Reiser back this weekend; #17 to run Arby's scheme: Robbie Reiser will return to the track this weekend, after serving a four-race suspension. The past four races were the first Reiser had missed atop the pit box as #17-Matt Kenseth’s crew chief since 1999, a steak of 255 races. Kenseth will run the Arby’s paint scheme this weekend for the first and only time in the Nextel Cup Series in 2007.(Roush Racing PR)(3-21-2007)

  • Arby's to Sponsor Kenseth at Bristol:: The Arby's brand will be the primary sponsor of 13 races on Matt Kenseth's #17 Ford Busch Series entry beginning with the season opener at Daytona. Arby's also will appear as the primary sponsor on Kenseth's Nextel Cup Ford in the Spring 2007 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.(Roush Racing PR)(12-7-2006)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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