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THE RACE: Sharpie 500

Sprint Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, August 23, 2008 in Bristol, TN

  • Title Sponsor: Sharpie

  • Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:15pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ESPN 8:00 pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 7:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, August 24 at 12:30am/et on ESPN2
    Sunday, August 24 at 12:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, August 28 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, August 28 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, August 22, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, August 22, 6:15 - 7:20pm/et on TV-SPEED

Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, August 22, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, August 22 at 3:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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  • Edwards wins at Bristol: #99-Carl Edwards won the Sharpie 400 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 6th win of 2008 and 13th of his career. #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #12-Newman, #07-Bowyer, #17-Kenseth and #6-Ragan. #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 18th after getting a lap down at the beginning of the race when he passed before the drop the green flag. #18-Busch didn't like the way he was passed late by #99-Edwards and ran into the #99 after the race, Edwards then came back down and wacked the #18 car and spun it, Busch went to chase down the #99, but NASCAR told Busch to get off the track, so he did. #48-Johnson lost a tire early and finished 33rd and #9-Kahne got caught up in a wreck and finished 40th, dropping him out of the chase with 2 races to go. #31-Burton got wrecked and finished 42nd but stays in 5th the points. There were 4 lead changes among 3 drivers and 8 cautions for 56 caution laps.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Bristol Race Results Awards Page.(8-23-2008)

  • UNOFFICIAL Drivers Points Standings [after Bristol race 24 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 3609 [8 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 3397 -212 [6 wins]
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3193 -416 [1 win]
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3191 -418 [2 wins]
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 3117 -492 [1 win]
    6) #20-Tony Stewart 3013 -596
    7) #16-Greg Biffle 2984 -625
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick 2972 -637 [+129 pts ahead of 13th]
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon 2951 -658 [+108]
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth 2921 -688 [+78]
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 2900 -709 [1 win][+57]
    12) #07-Clint Bowyer 2855 -754 [1 win][+12]
    CHASE contenders
    13) #6-David Ragan 2843 -766 [12 pts out of 12th]
    14) #9-Kasey Kahne 2799 -810 [-56]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol page.(8-23-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs....Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #28-Kvapil, 24th
    Caution 2: #2-Busch, 15th
    Caution 3: #17-Kenseth, 9th
    Caution 4: #15-Menard, 16th
    Caution 5: #01-Smith, 14th
    Caution 6: #15-Menard(2), 16th
    Caution 7: #01-Smith(2), 14th
    Caution 8: ?

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Carl Edwards won the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway from the first-place starting position, the only series race he has won from the pole. Edwards scored his 13th career series victory in 145 career races. He has scored six victories in 2008, winning at California, Las Vegas, Texas, the second Pocono race, the second Michigan race and the second Bristol race. He scored his second victory in nine races at Bristol. Edwards led 84 of the 500 laps, including the final 31 laps.
    * Edwards remains second in the points standings and trails leader Kyle Busch by 212 points.
    * Roush Fenway Racing has scored 10 wins at Bristol, ranking second all time.
    * Ford scored its sixth victory in 2008. Toyota has nine wins, Chevrolet has five while Dodge has four in 2008.
    * Busch (who finished second) scored his 15th top-5 finish in 24 races this season, the most among all drivers. Busch has competed in 57 NASCAR races this season (Cup, Truck and Nationwide) and has led 3,321 laps. Busch is racking up a career's worth of points in a single season, winning 17 races so far (eight Cup, six Nationwide and three Truck). Busch led 415 consecutive laps during the Cup race, the most consecutive laps a driver has led during a race this season. Denny Hamlin led the first 206 laps at the first Richmond race earlier this season.
    * Busch's 415 laps were the most consecutive laps led in a race since Richard Petty led 461 in a row at Dover in September 1974. The 415 laps led by Busch are the most laps that Busch has led in a single series race during his career. He led 248 laps at Richmond in September 2006.
    * Hamlin finished third and posted his fifth third-place finish in 2008.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to pit on Lap 6 for passing at the start of the race before he reached the start/finish line. He lost a lap under the green-flag pass-through penalty. He finished 18th.
    * Jimmie Johnson had a flat right rear tire and struggled to get off the track after making contact with Sterling Marlin. Johnson lost 13 laps on pit road for repairs before rejoining the field. Johnson finished 33rd and dropped from third to fourth in the points standings.
    * The first 97 laps ran caution-free before 15th-place Martin Truex Jr. cut a right front tire, collecting A.J. Allmendinger on the track for the first caution of the night. Allmendinger was forced behind the wall, and lost 98 laps before returning to the race. Truex returned 100 laps down.
    * Elliott Sadler had a "bad seat belt" that came loose on Lap 113 while under green-flag conditions. Sadler lost eight laps for the repair and finished 32nd.
    * The second caution of the night involved Chase contender Jeff Burton, Marlin, Joe Nemechek and Sam Hornish Jr. on Lap 195. Burton was slowing for the spinning Marlin when Nemechek hit him from behind. Burton's car suffered severe damage. He posted his second DNF of the season in finishing 42nd, but remained fifth in the standings.
    * The Turn 1 accident on Lap 215 involving Clint Bowyer, Casey Mears, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Michael Waltrip and Hornish resulted in a red flag on Lap 216. Kahne dropped from 11th to 14th in the points, finishing 40th. He is 56 points behind 12th-place Bowyer.
    * The race featured four lead changes from three drivers.
    * The race had eight cautions for 56 laps.
    * Busch and Edwards are 391 or more points ahead of 13th-place David Ragan and are mathematically locked in for the 2008 Chase.
    * Any driver with a 323-point lead over 13th-place Ragan is locked into the Chase if he starts the remaining two races. Based on the above, Earnhardt (third) and Johnson (fourth) are locked in the 2008 Chase if they start the final two races.(

  • Bristol Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #88 Jumping the start PT 3
    2 #1 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 96
    3 #84 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 96
    4 #19 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 117
    5 #09 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 198
    6 #2 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 203
    7 #07 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 216
    8 #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 217
    9 #07 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 218
    10 #84 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 218
    11 #19 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 220
    12 #55 Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon TE 220
    13 #1 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 290
    14 #7 Safety violation MCI 410
    15 #21 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 455
    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.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-24-2008)

  • If the Chase started now the drivers in:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 5080 [8 wins x 10 bonus pts]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 5050 [6 wins, 5 wins x 10 pts = 50pts*]
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5020 [2 wins]
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5010 [1 win]
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 5010 [1 win]
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin 5010 [1 win]
    7) #07-Clint Bowyer 5010 [1 win]
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 5000
    9) #16-Greg Biffle 5000
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 5000
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon 5000
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 5000
    * lost the bonus for win at Las Vegas due to penalty.(8-23-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Auto Club Speedway:
    #66-Riggs moves up to 34th and Hornish to 35th
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1868 +59
    32) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 1861 +52
    33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 1856, +47
    34) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1843 +34
    35) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1823 14 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1809, 14 points out of 35th
    37) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1798 -25
    38) #96-Coleman/Hall of Fame Racing: 1582 -241

    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(8-23-2008)

  • Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway scheduled drivers
    (DIRECTV channel, car#, driver)
    HD (high definition)/SD (standard definition) Channels
    795, #29-Kevin Harvick
    796, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    797, #99-Carl Edwards
    798, #17-Matt Kenseth
    799, Team Radios/National Broadcast
    Teams and drivers are subject to change at anytime, more info at

  • Race Coverage of the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 8:00pm/et; pre-race show at 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio on the NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Sunday, August 24 at 12:30am/et
    ESPN Classic, Sunday, August 24 at 12:00pm/et
    SPEED, Thursday, August 28 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, August 28 at 5:30pm/et

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  • Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • 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.
    Pit Stall selections: pole sitter #99-Carl Edwards team chose the first pit stall selection [on the front streatch] for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Outside pole sitter, #44-David Reutimann chose the first stall on the back stretach, stall 23. See the full pit stall selections on my Bristol Pit Stall Selection page.(8-22-2008)

  • Kyle Busch could be penalized: NASCAR officials will discuss on Monday if #18-Kyle Busch will be penalized for instigating an incident with winner #99-Carl Edwards on the cool-down lap of Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch, upset over contact from Edwards when he lost the lead with 30 laps remaining, rammed the right side of his car into the #99 as they came back towards the start/finish line after Edwards took the checkered flag for the sixth time this season. Edwards retaliated by spinning Busch out. NASCAR officials immediately summoned Busch to the hauler. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, said the situation will be further evaluated. There is precedence for a penalty. Tony Stewart was fined $10,000 and placed on probation for five months after ramming Jeff Gordon's car on pit road in retaliation for a last-lap incident in the 2001 Bristol race. Edwards was not summoned by NASCAR, but he was stopped near the NASCAR hauler by Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs to talk about the exchange with his driver. "He just explained to me that you reap what you sow, which I believe," Edwards said. "I explained to him that's why that happened that way. That's it. I have a lot of respect for him and the organization. They do a really good job and I really look up to them, so that's that." Busch did not talk to reporters following the meeting with NASCAR president Mike Helton, Pemberton and series director John Darby. JGR owner Joe Gibbs, also in the meeting with NASCAR, said only that "NASCAR is smart at what they do. They handle everything the right way."( Comment here

  • Happy Hour practice for the Sharpies 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #9-Kahne 119.828
    #1-Truex Jr. 119.686
    #29-Harvick 119.232
    #8-Almirola 119.188
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 119.180
    slowest: #78-Nemechek 115.737 and #55-Waltrip 116.101
    See practice speeds on my Bristol Practice Speeds page.(8-22-2008)

  • Edwards on pole at Bristol: #99-Carl Edwards won the Coor's Light Pole for the Sharpies 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 121.860mph for his first pole of 2008 and 4th pole of his career. Edwards is the 13th different pole sitter of 2008. #44-Reutimann will start 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #01-Smith, #21-Elliott, #29-Harvick, #96-Schrader, #84-Allmendinger, #18-Busch and #19-Sadler. #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 40th. #6-Ragan, spun and wacked the wall doing damage to the front and right side of the car, he will have to go to a backup.
    The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #21-Elliott, #96-Schrader, #84-Allmendinger, #70-Raines, #09-Marlin, #45-Petty, #00-Skinner and #78-Nemechek. Missing the race are #34-Green, #10-Carpentier, #08-Sauter and #50-Barrett [withdrew]
    See the pole progression, qualifying results and starting lineup on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order page.(8-22-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 22, 2008 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #11-Hamlin, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #12-Newman. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #45-Petty, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #84-Allmendinger. See the full qualifying order on my Bristol Qualifying Page.(8-22-2008)

  • 1st Friday practice for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #9-Kahne 121.474
    #99-Edwards 121.136
    #24-Gordon 120.968
    #16-Biffle 120.945
    #19-Sadler and #48-Johnson 120.862
    slowest: #55-Waltrip 116.235 and #08-Sauter 115.389
    no speed listed: #50-Barrett [having trouble in the tech insptection area]
    See practice speeds on my Bristol Practice Speeds page.(8-22-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Bristol Motor Speedway:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #70-Tony Raines, 16th fastest
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 17th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 21st
    #00-Mike Skinner, 24th
    #34-Jeff Green, 35th
    #21-Bill Elliott [past champ 1988], 36th
    #45-Kyle Petty, 40th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 41st
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #96-Ken Schrader, 42nd
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 43rd
    #08-Johnny Sauter, 46th
    #50-Stanton Barrett, 47th, no practice
    See practice speeds on my Bristol Practice Speeds page.(8-22-2008)

  • Qualifying Order for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway:
    # Car Driver Team Time Speed Time Speed
    1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota
    2 5 Casey Mears Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevy
    3 19 Elliott Sadler Stanley Dodge
    4 BLANK
    5 16 Greg Biffle Dish Network Turbo HD Ford
    6 66 Scott Riggs State Water Heaters Chevy
    7 44 David Reutimann UPS Toyota
    8 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford
    9 7 Robby Gordon Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. Dodge
    10 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford
    11 15 Paul Menard Menards/Quaker State Chevy
    12 31 Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility Chevy
    13 6 David Ragan AAA Insurance Ford
    14 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Toyota
    15 8 Aric Almirola U.S. Army Chevy
    16 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota
    17 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Dodge
    18 43 Bobby Labonte Cheerios/Box Tops for Education Dodge
    19 77 Sam Hornish Jr. # Mobil 1 Dodge
    20 26 Jamie McMurray Sharpie Ford
    21 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Slim Pack Juicy Fruit Dodge
    22 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy
    23 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota
    24 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Red Head 1856 Chevy
    25 07 Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's Chevy
    26 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge
    27 41 Reed Sorenson Tums Quik Pak Dodge
    28 28 Travis Kvapil Knight Rider Ford
    29 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
    30 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/AMP Energy Chevy
    31 29 Kevin Harvick Pennzoil Platinum Chevy
    32 38 David Gilliland Ford Drive one Ford
    33 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota
    34 01 Regan Smith # DEI/The Principal Financial Group Chevy
    35 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy
    36 12 Ryan Newman alltel Dodge
    37 45 * Kyle Petty Wells Fargo Dodge
    38 21 * Bill Elliott Motorcraft Ford
    39 96 * Ken Schrader DLP HDTV Toyota
    40 50 * Stanton Barrett NOS Energy Drink Chevy
    41 08 * Johnny Sauter FUBAR Dodge
    42 70 * Tony Raines Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy
    43 10 * Patrick Carpentier # Valvoline Dodge
    44 09 * Sterling Marlin Miccosukee Resorts Chevy
    45 34 * Jeff Green Front Row Motorsports Chevy
    46 78 * Joe Nemechek Furniture Row Racing Chevy
    47 00 * Mike Skinner Champion Mortgage Toyota
    48 84 * A.J. Allmendinger Red Bull Toyota
    * Required to qualify on time
    for the order and qualifying, see my Bristol Qualifying Page.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-22-2008)

  • Entry List for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-Mike Skinner (23/37)
    #08-Johnny Sauter (9/47)
    #09-Sterling Marlin (4/49)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (23/38)
    #21-Bill Elliott (23/42) [champ prov]
    #34-Jeff Green (20/45)
    #45-Kyle Petty (23/49)
    #50-Stanton Barrett (3/53)
    #70-Tony Raines (23/43)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (23/41)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (23/36)
    #96-Ken Schrader (23/40)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,84,00,10,45,96,78,70
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 34,08,09,50
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Bristol Entry List.(8-17-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Bristol:
    #84-Allmendinger falls back out, #66-Riggs back in and the #00 falls back a spot
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1822 +74
    32) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 1807, +59
    33) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 1788 +40
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1771 +23
    35) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1761 13 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1748, 13 points out of 35th
    37) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1719 -42
    38) #10-Carpentier/GEM: 1542 -219
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(8-17-2008)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    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 Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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).

  • 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 Sprint 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 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 top 35 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 Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


  • 2008 March Race Winner: #31-Jeff Burton, 89.775mph, started 8th

  • 2007 August Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 89.006mph, started 6th

  • 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

  • 2008 March Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, rained out, set by points, finished 18th

  • 2007 August Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 119.605, finished 2nd

  • Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, March 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 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

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 48 years, 3 months, 30 days, 8/28/1999

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 21 years, 10 months, 23 days, 3/25/2007

  • 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: 42 - 3/15/2008

  • 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: 41 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 95 points race run], 22.1%

  • 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: 9

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 5

  • 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 18,19,20,24,26,27,30,38: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 56 of 95 - 58.9%
  • Races won from the top 10: 78 of 95 - 82.1%

  • At Bristol Motor Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile.
    • Bristol held its first NASCAR Sprint Cup race on July 30, 1961.
    • In the fall of 1969, the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533 miles with the turns banked at 36 degrees.
    • The name changed to Bristol International Raceway in 1978.
    • The first night race was held in the fall of 1978.
    • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race was held on March 13, 1982.
    • The first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race was held on June 23, 1995.
    • The track 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.
    • There have been 95 Sprint Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1961, two races each season.
    • All races have been scheduled for 500 laps – except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400-lap events.
    • Fred Lorezen won the first pole.
    • The first Sprint Cup race was won by Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen).
    • There have been 41 different pole winners led by Cale Yarborough (nine); 19 drivers have more than one.
    • 37 different drivers have won races, led by Darrell Waltrip (12); 14 drivers have more than one victory there.
    • The race winner has started from the pole 21 times, the most productive starting position.
    • 78 of 95 races at Bristol have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 51 from the first four spots. However, four of the past nine race winners have started outside the top 10.
    • The deepest in the field that a Bristol race winner has started was 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
    • Junior Johnson won 21 races at Bristol, more than any other car owner. His victories came between 1965 and 1986 and were scored by five different drivers, including one himself.
    • Richard Childress and Jack Roush are the leading active car owners at Bristol, each with nine victories.
    • There have been five different pole winners in the past seven Bristol races. Qualifying was canceled in the spring of 2006 and 2008. There have been seven different race winners in the nine races at Bristol since Kurt Busch won three straight in 2003 and 2004. Matt Kenseth won the fall race in 2005 and 2006.(NASCAR Statistics)


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #07-Clint Bowyer Driven to the Outdoors
    Jack Daniel's
    #07 Team Schemes Page
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. Driven to the Outdoors
    Bass Pro Shops
    #1 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Casey Mears Kellogg's Pop-Tarts #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes
    #7 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Valvoline #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Driven to the Outdoors
    #15 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Dish Network Turbo HD #16 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center #21 Team Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Sharpie Pen #26 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil "Knight Rider's" KITT #28 Team Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick Pennzoil Platinum #29 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Ford Driven #38 Team Schemes Page
    #41-Reed Sorenson TUMS QuikPak #41 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells-Fargo #45 Team Schemes Page
    #66-Scott Riggs Hunt Brothers Pizza #66 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page

  • New sponsor for Robby at Bristol: There will be a new look under the lights at this Saturday's Sprint Cup Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Robby Gordon's #7 car - his Dodge will feature the logo and shimmering brilliant look of Planet Color the custom color paint system from Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Corp. (SWAFC). Gordon has used the brand's coatings for years. Now, for this race, his car will host the gleaming Planet Color orange logo and be joined by that of Barrett-Jackson (the leading specialist in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world), along with the team's #7. As a result, their trademark brands will all be featured against the completely flat-black Charger's color scheme.
    Planet Color has been a tremendous hit among custom automotive enthusiasts, painters and shop owners alike for several years now. Made from a series of optimally enhanced coatings containing special combinations of highly reflective additives, Planet Color offers stunning, radical, multi-dimensional finishes that are color shifting, iridescent, illuminated and shimmering in their texture. With Planet Color, custom painters can mix as little, or as much paint, for their exact customization project needs, and because of its refined repeatability it guarantees an exact match every time. Planet Color is available at NAPA Auto Parts and SWAFC branches throughout North America. For more information about Planet Color or other SWAFC products, visit PR), see an image of the scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(8-21-2008)

  • Hunt Borthers scheme back at Bristol: The Hunt Brothers Chevy will make its next appearance under the lights of the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” during the Sharpie 500 August 23, 2008, at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The #70 car will be driven by Tony Raines. Hunt Brothers will also launch its Free Fill-Up Sweepstakes at Bristol. Beginning August 23, 2008, visitors to will have the opportunity to sign up for a chance to win free gas* and pizza** for a year. Hunt Brothers Pizza will also serve as a secondary sponsor on the #66 car driven by Scott Riggs.(PR), see an image of the scheme on my #76 Team Schemes page.(8-21-2008)

  • Driven to the Outdoors schemes: Paul Menard's #15 Menards Chevy will feature the "Driven to the Outdoors" special scheme at Bristol Motor Speedway. Menard joins teammate #1-Martin Truex and fellow Sprint Cup competitor, #07-Clint Bowyer, in promoting the program this weekend at Bristol. As part of the promotion, Menard will appear on Trackside LIVE Friday night.(PR)
    AND: In cooperation with RCR sponsors Realtree, Chevy, Shell Oil Company and Motorsports Authentics, Cliny Bowyer's #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy will feature a camouflaged-based Jack Daniel's paint scheme as part of the first ever Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program. In addition to a full line of NASCAR camouflage merchandise and memorabilia, the Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program will feature a unique sweepstakes that will ultimately reward one fan with a 2009 Chevy Silverado LTZ. Fans interested in learning more about the Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program and the rules associated with the sweepstakes can visit PR)
    See images of the schemes on my #15 Team Schemes page, #07 Team Schemes page and #1 Team Schemes page.(8-20-2008)

  • Pop Tarts on Mears car at Bristol: CRAZY GOOD: Pop-Tarts, Kellogg's most popular morning food product, will adorn the hood of the No. 5 Chevy this Saturday at Bristol. Pop-Tarts also was the co-primary sponsor of the No. 5 Chevy in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the team finished 13th.(HMS PR), see an image of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(8-20-2008)

  • Special scheme for Harvick at BMS: #29-Kevin Harvick is going platinum for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, transforming his bright yellow and red Shell-Pennzoil Chevy into a shining platinum colored paint scheme in recognition of his sponsorship from Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic motor oil. Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic motor oil has adaptive molecules to manage the constant mechanical stresses inside an engine. Along with its additive package, Pennzoil Platinum motor oil is designed to survive the searing heat, intense pressures and shearing forces of today's precision-made engine parts. For more information visit: PR), see images of the scheme on my #29 Team Schemes page.(8-20-2008)

  • Knight Rider scheme for Kvapil at Bristol: "Knight Rider's" KITT car is heading to Bristol -- sort of. NBC has teamed up with Ford Motor Co. and Yates Racing, which operates two motorsports teams in the Sprint Cup Series, on a promotion for the network's upcoming series. As part of the partnership, Travis Kvapil will drive the specially painted #28 "Knight Rider" Ford for the Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. "The stealth look and feel of the car coupled with Travis Kvapil at the helm has us very excited about this race," said John Miller, chief marketing officer at NBC Universal Television Group and president of the NBC Agency. "This event exemplifies the adrenaline and action the 'Knight Rider' series will deliver." Added Kvapil: "It's every guy's dream to feel like they are an action hero, and I get to have that chance under the lights of Bristol with our #28 'Knight Rider' Ford." The race will be broadcast Saturday on ESPN. The series bows Sept. 24.(Hollywood Reporter), see an image of the scheme on my #28 Team Scemes page.(8-19-2008)

  • Quick Lane to sponsor #21 at Bristol: Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center will celebrate the opening of its 500th store by sponsoring the famed #21 Ford, driven by Bill Elliott, in the August 23 Sprint Cup night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Our sponsorship of the #21 Fusion for the Bristol event is the perfect race to coincide with our major milestone of opening up our 500th store," said Tom Suttles, national Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center manager. "It is a great opportunity for us to expose our brand to NASCAR fans for the first time at arguably one of the most watched races of the year." The Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center brand provides no-appointment-necessary, while-you-wait automotive quick service for all makes and models, even on evenings and weekends. The work at Quick Lane is performed by factory-trained technicians, using Motorcraft parts and lubricants. "Our race team is really excited to put the Quick Lane brand in front of NASCAR fans for the first time in Bristol," said Team Owner, Eddie Wood. "We've had a long relationship with Ford and we're happy to have their new brand with us out on the track." For more information, visit PR), see an image of the car on my #21 Team Schemes page.(8-14-2008)

  • McMurray to run special Sharpie scheme at Bristol: For the second time since 2006, Sharpie, title sponsor of the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, will partner with Jamie McMurray in the race that fans consistently vote their favorite in the Sprint Cup Series. Sharpie is backing McMurray in a bold new Sharpie paint scheme. The bright green and black design supports the launch of the new Sharpie Pen, the first Sharpie that doesn't bleed through paper. Already a hit at retail, Sharpie Pen is perfect for all everyday writing needs at home, work and school. To support the Sharpie Pen launch, the 2008 race is being tagged, "Sharpie 500 Presented by the NEW Sharpie Pen." Sharpie was a sponsor of Roush Fenway's Racing #97 (now #26) Ford from 2002-2006, winning a championship with Kurt Busch in 2004. The Sharpie car has won the Sharpie 500 once with Busch taking the checkered flag in 2003. In addition to the new Sharpie Pen, the Sharpie team of products includes the Sharpie Retractable marker offering one-hand click convenience, the Sharpie Retractable Ultra-Fine marker with its thin tip for precise marking and writing on small spaces, and Sharpie MINI "go anywhere" markers that can be easily attached to backpacks, key rings, golf bags and more. Available in 39 colors and 18 tip sizes, Sharpie products are available wherever office supplies are sold. Visit for more information.(Sharpie/Roush Fenway Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #26 Team Schemes page.(8-12-2008)

  • Driven to the Outdoors schemes to be run: The timing for the "Driven to the Outdoors" program is the third quarter ...which aligns with the launch of hunting season. A program targeted towards the outdoors enthusiasts is a solid, strategic fit with the NASCAR fan. Four drivers will run the schemes, three at Bristol: #07-Clint Bowyer, #1-Martin Truex Jr. and #15-Paul Menard. And #29-Kevin Harvick will run the scheme at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October.(8-5-2008)

  • Tums to sponsor fall Martinsville race and #40, #41 cars: TUMS announced that it is using its newest product, the TUMS QuikPak instant dissolve powder, to bring its fastest relief ever to Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., as the entitlement sponsor of the October 19, 2008 Sprint Cup series race – The TUMS QuikPak 500. The TUMS QuikPak 500 will be the first NASCAR race sponsored by the TUMS brand. The race sponsorship will continue to build on the long-standing relationship between GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare and the .526-mile Virginia short track. The partnership began in 1983 when Goody’s Headache Powder first sponsored the Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway. In addition to the TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway, TUMS will serve as an associate sponsor of the #40 and #41 Dodges for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) throughout the 2008 season. The TUMS logo will appear on the B-post and rear quarter panel. The agreement also includes a primary sponsorship in two races. TUMS QuikPak will serve as the primary sponsor of Sprint Cup series rookie Dario Franchitti’s #40 Dodge Charger for the Aaron’s 499 race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 27. CGRFS teammate Reed Sorenson will carry the TUMS QuikPak paint scheme under the lights August 23 for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. TUMS will host 18 fan events at race tracks during the season. For each event, TUMS will bring its blue QuikZone display to the fan concourse area along with TUMS Racing simulators, games and the TUMS show car. Fans will have an opportunity to learn more about TUMS fast relief and simple solutions for heartburn and sample the new TUMS QuikPak. The TUMS QuikZone debuted in Daytona for Speedweeks. The TUMS QuikZone also will travel to community events throughout the country. For more information on TUMS Racing, visit!Blue PR) see images of the cars on my #40 Team Schemes page and #41 Team Schemes page.(3-29-2008)

  • Special Pennzoil scheme for Harvick: #29-Kevin Harvick is scheduled to run a Platinum Pennzoil scheme at the Sprint All-Star race in May and the August race at Bristol. See am image of the scheme on the #29 Team Schemes page.(3-10-2008)

  • DeWalt NANO Paint Scheme Returns for six races in 2008: The popular, predominantly black, DeWalt NANO Technology paint scheme will return to Matt Kenseth's #17 Ford for six races in 2008. All six are night races with the paint scheme debuting at Phoenix International Raceway on April 12th. After that, the month of May will nearly be a complete "black out," with the paint scheme running three consecutive races, beginning at:
    Richmond International Raceway on May 3rd
    Darlington Raceway on May 10th
    Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 17th
    Bristol Motor Speedway, for the August 23rd night race
    Richmond International Raceway on September 6th

    for the "regular season" finale, the cutoff for the Chase. "It's a cool-looking car and I'm glad that we'll be running it some in 2008," Kenseth said. "I've always thought black racecars look really cool and I think the fans liked the scheme when it ran last year. I know the last time we ran the NANO scheme we had a pretty good day at Homestead, so maybe it can bring us the same kind of good luck this year." NANO Technology is a proprietary technology from DEWALT that delivers to the user longer cycle life, lighter weight, greater performance, and an expanded system of tool offerings. These benefits encompass the DEWALT commitment to providing professional contractors with a breadth of tool offerings that deliver the performance they need in an ideal ergonomic package.(Roush Fenway Racing Site), see an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(2-5-2008)

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


  • Track Specs:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    500 laps, 266.5 miles
    Degree of banking in corners: 30 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
    Straightaways are 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: ~165,000
    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: 35mph
    Track Opened: 1960
    First Cup race: 1961

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Sharpie's Linda Hodges
    Command to start engines: Sharpie's Linda Hodges
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Rusty Wallace
    Invocation: Dr. David Wadsworth, Central Prebyterian Church, Bristol, VA
    National Anthem: MRO driver/crew members kids
    Military Flyover: F-16s, 121st Fighter Squadron, District of Columbia Air National Guard
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage:

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my August 2007 Race Info page

  • Last March: see the March 2008 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.

  • Hot Shot to sponsor Bristol qualifying: United Industries Corporation and one of its leading products, Hot Shot pest controls, has joined the Bristol Motor Speedway team as sponsor of qualifying Aug. 22 for the Sharpie 500 Sprint Cup event and the Nationwide Series Food City 250. United Industries, which encompasses Sta-Green lawn and garden products, Spectracide weed and outdoor insect controls and Cutter insect repellents, as well as Hot Shot pest controls, offers a number of easy cost-effective and efficient solutions for many household and backyard challenge. Qualifying for the sold-out Sharpie 500 is set for Aug. 22 at 3:40pm/et while qualifying for the Food City 250 is at 5:05pm/et.(BMS PR)(8-22-2008)

  • 30 year anniversary of Bristol night race: Running events at night has become quite commonplace for a number of NASCAR tracks over the last several years. However, true followers of the sport immediately recognize The Night Race as Bristol Motor Speedway's incomparable August Sprint Cup happening. NASCAR's most popular event celebrates its 30th anniversary with the running of the Sharpie 500 Aug. 23. The 2008 version of The Night Race also just happens to be the 53rd consecutive sellout at The World's Fastest Half-Mile. With a crowd of 30,000 in the grandstands, Bristol Motor Speedway lit up the .533 oval for the first time on Aug. 26, 1978. At that time, only one other track, Nashville, had hosted a race for the sport's top division at night. That was the beginning of what has become a truly unique experience for spectators and drivers alike. Nearly 160,000 fans packed around a bowl-shaped stadium with grandstands towering 21 stories high underneath the stars. Forty-three cars on a .533-mile oval, each aggressively fighting for running room on a 43-foot wide, steeply banked concrete surface. Over the last three decades The Night Race has been a difficult event for any driver to consistently master. Fifteen drivers have won at night at BMS but only seven are active. Darrell Waltrip is the king of racing under the lights at Bristol. Seven of Waltrip's record 12 wins at BMS came at night and he is the only driver to win three straight --- 1981 through 1983. Second on the list is Dale Earnhardt who had nine wins at Bristol with four of them coming in the August event. Earnhardt won three in a four-race stretch, including back-to-back wins in 1987 and '88. Only one other driver has consecutive night race wins at BMS -- Matt Kenseth, the winner of the 2005 and 2006 Sharpie 500s. The sold-out Sharpie 500 takes the green flag Saturday night at 8 p.m.(BMS PR(8-21-2008)

  • New Spring Date for Bristol: Bristol Motor Speedway President and General Manager Jeff Byrd got what he wished, hoped for and wanted. So did track owner Bruton Smith. Byrd and Smith – the heart and brains of BMS – have spent months working behind the scenes with NASCAR to move the dates of spring races here farther back on the calendar. The work has paid dividends. The Bristol Herald Courier has learned that NASCAR will officially move the Sprint Cup and Nationwide spring races back to the weekend of March 20-22. “It’s the first weekend of spring,” Byrd said. The primary reason Byrd and Smith have worked to push back the dates is their inability to control one of mankind’s longtime foes – the weather. Persistent rain and cold temperatures plagued qualifying for and the running of this year’s Food City 500 and Sharpie Mini 300, which were held March 14-16. And while the date change for the NASCAR spring races at BMS is only one week later in the calendar year, it marks a huge step forward for Byrd and Smith. “Bristol is so great within its own right,” Smith said. “I mean, if you’re trying to make a decision on whether to go to Bristol or Daytona [Motor Speedway], you quickly make the decision to go to Bristol. If you went to Daytona right now and interviewed people, if you interviewed people at NASCAR, they’ll say the one speedway they want to go to is Bristol.” Meanwhile, Byrd, who has recently questioned whether Bristol Motor Speedway will be able to reach 54 straight sellouts next March, has said that sunshine and warmer weather will go a long way in helping BMS stay on top of the NASCAR world.(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-18-2008)

  • Bristol's Blue Lizard Transporter Parade, Thur. Aug 21st: For the 12th consecutive year, NASCAR's transporters will take part in the Blue Lizard Transporter Parade, Making Wishes And Miracles Happen For Children In The East Tennessee Region, prior to the sold-out Sharpie 500 and Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday, Aug. 21. The parade has become one of the most popular events of August race week with dozens of big rigs making their way through the city to Bristol Motor Speedway as thousands of fans line the 10-mile route to take part in the unique event. This year the parade again will feature a special passenger on board each transporter as a child from Make-A-Wish or the Children's Miracle Network will participate.
    Slated for a 9pm/et start, following the completion of downtown Bristol's Food City Family Race Night, the brilliantly colored transporters will make their way from Bristol Mall down Volunteer Parkway to "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." The 2008 edition of the Blue Lizard NASCAR Transporter Parade will boast more than 50 of the multi-million dollar machines that haul the Sprint Cup Series race cars from track to track throughout the season.
    The transporter leading the way will be the one belonging to the leader of the Sprint Cup point standings heading into the Sharpie 500 [#18-Kyle Busch]. Adding to the fanfare of the parade, fireworks will explode high overhead from four points along the route. The transporter drivers also will be available prior to the start of the parade to sign autographs at the Bristol Mall. Spectators also can watch the drivers take part in the Pilot Truck Challenge. The Transporter Parade precedes two of NASCAR's most exciting night races, the Food City 250 Nationwide Series race Friday, Aug. 22 and the Sharpie 500 Saturday, Aug. 23.(BMS PR)(8-18-2008)

  • Tix still remian for Bristol NNS race: Fans looking for the best racing the Nationwide Series has to offer know to look only as far as Bristol Motor Speedway and the Food City 250 Aug. 22. And if they are looking for a great deal on tickets the World's Fastest Half Mile definitely is the place to be. Bristol Motor Speedway is offering fans the opportunity to purchase the Family Four-Pack for the Food City 250: two adult tickets and two children's tickets for only $99. The Family Four Pack offer is available now through Aug. 22. To order call the BMS ticket office at (423) 989-6900 or visit

  • TUMS Announces Guinness World Record Attempt by Fans at Bristol: Fans will rise for more than just the National Anthem at this year's Sharpie 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 23, as TUMS attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the world's largest audience wave. TUMS and its newest product, the TUMS QuikPak instant dissolve powder, will bring its fastest relief ever to BMA and attempt to set a new world record. TUMS will wave the green flag and help get Bristol fans involved in the record-breaking attempt at the world's largest audience wave record. The Sharpie 500 will be the 53rd straight sell-out race at Bristol Motor Speedway - one of the hardest tickets to attain in sports - and host to more than 158,000 fans. In addition to the Guinness World Record attempt, Reed Sorenson's #41 Dodge Charger will carry a special TUMS QuikPak paint scheme for the race. TUMS is an associate sponsor on the #41 Dodge from Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) throughout the 2008 season. This season, TUMS will host 18 different fan events at race tracks, for more information visit!Blue/BMS PR), see an image of the #41 TUMS car on my #41 Team Schemes page.(8-5-2008)

  • Bristol Wants New Date Too: From a Bristol Motor Speedway Newsletter by Speedway President & General Manager Jeff Byrd "We have told you on many occasions that we have asked NASCAR for a later spring Sprint Cup race date. They have consistently told us that they would take that request under consideration but to date, they have not been able to change the schedule to get us out of March. We are currently talking with NASCAR about our 2009 sanctioning body agreement. While nothing definitive has been decided, we do not want you to assume that the 2009 spring race date will be the same weekend as this year's Food City 500. I urge you to wait a while before you make travel plans, book hotel rooms or make other arrangements that you might have to change. To reiterate, we do not know if we will have a different race date or not at this point in time. We will give you continued progress reports on the status of the negotiations and will announce next year's schedule as soon as NASCAR gives us their approval.(BMS)(6-21-2008)

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


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,525, Right-side -- 1,525;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4158; Right-side -- D-4160

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 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 -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 135-145 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Teams in all both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire set-up at Bristol this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear brought for teams in these two series to run at Bristol in March . . . Sprint Cup teams have also raced this tire set-up twice at Pocono this season . . . normally, NASCAR teams do not run inner liners in their tires on short tracks, though at Bristol teams are required to run them in just their right-side tires . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


  • Schrader in the #96 at Bristol UPDATE: Ken Schrader is now listed on the Bristol entry list as the driver of the #96 Hall of Fame Racing/DLP Toyota for the Sharpie 500. Brad Coleman ran the car last week at Michigan and is scheduled to run in 7-10 races in the #96 for the rest of the season. See my updated Bristol Entry List.(8-20-2008)
    UPDATE: Ken Schrader will drive the #96 DLP HDTV Toyota for Hall of Fame Racing in this weekend's Sharpie 500 Sprint Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Ken Schrader has a lot of experience at Bristol and we felt with as competitive as the field will be this weekend, he gives us the best chance to be successful," said Tom Garfinkel, co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing. "Brad Coleman will test for us next week at Kansas Speedway and we plan on having Brad compete in more races throughout the remainder of the year. We look forward to working with Brad as he continues to gain experience at the Sprint Cup level." Coleman, who has served as a test driver for Hall of Fame Racing since November 2007, made his Sprint Cup debut last weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn [finished 38th.(True Speed Communications/Hall of Fame Racing PR)(8-20-2008) Comment here

  • Ski Motorsports & NOS Energy Drink to compete in '08: SKI Motorsports and NOS Energy Drink have announced that they will team up to take on the Sprint Cup Series in 2008. Backed by innovative promotions and top-notch equipment, the team will attempt the Series most celebrated races next season-the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, and the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Driver for the #50-NOS Energy Drink/Ski Motorsports Chevy will be Stanton Barrett.(SKI Motorsports PR), the team has competed on a limited basis in the Busch Series over the last 2 years.(10-10-2007)

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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