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Friday March 14th
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Saturday March 15th
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12:20 - 1:20 pm NSCS Food City 500 Final Practice

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2:00 pm NSCS Start of the Food City 500

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THE RACE: Food City 500

Sprint Cup Race #5 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, March 16, 2008 in Bristol, TN

  • Title Sponsor: Food City

  • Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:00pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • FOX 1:30pm/et

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, March 20 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, March 20 at 11:00pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • 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, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Purse/Race Awards

    2008: $5,661,265
    2007: $5,551,106
    2006: $5,426,071
    2005: $5,336,617
    2004: $5,293,316

Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, March, 14, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, March 15, 11:00 - 11:45am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 15, 12:20 - 1:20pm/et on TV-SPEED

Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, March 14, 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, March 14 at 3:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 9:30pm/et amd 3:00am/et;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

news and links

  • Burton wins at Bristol: #31-Jeff Burton won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in the AT&T Chevy for his first win 2008 and 20th of his career in a green-white-checked finish. #29-Harvick finished 2nd and #07-Bowyer finished 3rd, for the first ever Richard Childress Racing 1-2-3 finish. #16-Biffle, finished 4th followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #11-Hamlin [who led with 2 laps to go but had a bad restart], #9-Kahne, #8-Almirola [his best career finish in seven starts], #38-Gilliland and #17-Kenseth. Points leader #18-Kyle Busch finished 17th. #44-Dale Jarrett in his final points race of his career, finished 37th, 10 laps down. There were 10 cautions for 86 laps and there were 17 lead changes among 8 drivers.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on my Bristol Race Results page.(3-16-2008)

  • The Unofficial Points Standings [after Bristol race 5 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 782
    2) #16-Greg Biffle 752 -30
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick 749 -33
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 745 -37
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 686 -96
    6) #9-Kasey Kahne 674 -108
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 656 -126
    8) #12-Ryan Newman 635 -147
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 606 -176
    10) #2-Kurt Busch 605 -177
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth 604 -177
    12) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 595 -187
    other chase contenders
    13) #48-Jimmie Johnson 581 -201
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon 574 -208
    15) #11-Denny Hamlin 568 -214
    16) #99-Carl Edwards 548 -234
    For the points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(3-16-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville
    2008 owners points now take effect for the next race and the rest of the season. The teams are NOT locked in past the next race at Martinsville as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing 386 +34
    32) #70-Mayfield/Haas CNC Racing 374 +22
    33) #5-Mears/Hendrick Motorsports 368 +16
    34) #44-Reutimann/Waltrip Racing 367 +15
    35) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 356 4 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-McMurray/Roush Racing 352 4 points out of 35th
    37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 334 -22
    38) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 319 -37
    39) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 317 -39
    40-) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 296 -60
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(3-16-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs which drivers got their laps back at Bristol:
    Caution 1) #28-Kvapil
    Caution 2) #78-Nemechek
    Caution 3) #38-Gilliland
    Caution 4) #28-Kvapil(2)
    Caution 5) #96-Yeley
    Caution 6) #42-Montoya
    Caution 7) #96-Yeley
    Caution 8) #1-Truex Jr.
    Caution 9) none given with 10 laps or less to go
    Caution 10) none given with 10 laps or less to go

  • Bristol Motor Speedway - Fast Facts
    .. Jeff Burton won the Food City 500, his 20th victory in 480 Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 29 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    .. Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 15 races at Bristol.
    .. Clint Bowyer (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Bristol.
    .. This is the first-ever 1-2-3 finish for Richard Childress Racing.
    .. Regan Smith (26th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-16-2008)

  • Bristol Motor Speedway Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #49 Commitment Line Violation TE 55
    2 #43 Outside half pit box tire violation TE 96
    3 #9 Running the stop & go sign/light TE 96
    4 #12 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 191
    5 #15 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 191
    6 #26 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 191
    7 #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 191
    8 #12 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 193
    9 #12 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 193
    10 #12 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 280
    11 #40 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 280
    12 #5 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 280
    13 #41 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 280
    14 #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 280
    15 #00 Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box OL 282
    16 #55 Running the stop & go sign/light TE 282
    17 #12 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 282
    18 #41 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 294
    19 #18 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 294
    20 #5 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 294
    21 #41 Commitment Line Violation TE 294
    22 #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 294
    23 #49 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 295
    24 #40 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 298
    25 #40 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 298
    26 #83 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 500
    27 #84 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 500
    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)(3-16-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 16, 2008.
    TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 2:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio on the NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, March 20 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, March 20 at 10:30pm/et

news and links

  • Food Lion 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, just as the practice ended, the rain and lightning started, the fastest were:
    #9-Kahne 121.198
    #00-Reutimann 120.930
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 120.770
    #31-Burton 120.755
    slowest: #55-Waltrip 118.131 and 78-Nemechek 118.320.
    most laps run: #00-Reutimann 75; #41-Sorenson 65
    For all the speeds, see my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(3-15-2008)

  • First Saturday Practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #11-Hamlin 120.945
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 120.725
    #00-Reutimann 120.702
    #8-Almirola 120.649
    #9-Kahne 120.611
    slowest: #55-Waltrip 117.841 and #7-Gordon 118.226
    For all the speeds, see my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(3-15-2008)

  • Bristol Qualifying rained out for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, so the field was set by the rules book, 2007 Owners points for the top-35 [the last week the 2007 owners points are used], race winners in this or the current season [#2-Busch], past series champs [#44-Jarrett, his final points race], then 2008 race attempts with ties broken by 2008 Owners Points standings [#83-Vickers, #00-Reutimann, #55-Waltrip, #49-Schrader, #78-Nemechek and $84-Skinner]. Missing the race were #21-Jeff Green, #34-John Andretti and #10-Patrick Carpentier.
    The top 10 will start as follows: #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #07-Bowyer, #17-Kenseth, #5-Mears, #20-Stewart, #77-Hornish Jr., #31-Burton, #99-Edwards and #29-Harvick.
    See the starting lineup on my Bristol Qualifying Page.(3-14-2008)

  • Qualifying Order for the Food City 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 #43-Labonte, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #96-Yeley. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #44-Jarett, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #34-Andretti. See the full qualifying order on my Bristol Qualifying Page.(3-14-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Food Lion 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 14, 2008 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 9:30pm/et and 3:00am/et SPEED

  • Friday practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over after being delayed by rain, the fastest:
    #00-Reutimann 121.713
    #5-Mears 120.725
    #1-Truex Jr. 120.641
    #84-Skinner 120.550
    #78-Nemechek 120.490
    slowest: #40-Franchitti 115.800 and #8-Almirola 117.064
    Jeff Green practiced the #21 Ford after Bill Elliott decided not to run Bristol and will instead run at Martinsville, so if qualifying is cancelled, the #21 would miss the race and #84-Skinner would make the race.
    incidents: #55-Waltrip got loose and backed into the turn 4 wall, may need a backup. #77-Hornish Jr. looped around off turn 4 early, then spun again off turn 4 and smacked the inside wall, doing some light damage to the rear of the car. #6-Ragan spun and slid early.
    For all the speeds, see my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(3-14-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Bristol
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #00-David Reutimann, 1st fastest
    #84-Mike Skinner, 4th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 5th
    #49-Ken Schrader, 6th
    #21-Jeff Green, 9th
    #34-John Andretti, 11th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, [could use past champ provisional if #2 races in], 15th
    #2-Kurt Busch [would use past champ provisional], 25th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #83-Brian Vickers, 16th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 23rd
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 44th
    For all the speeds, see my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(3-14-2008)

  • Entry List for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (4/27)
    #2-Kurt Busch [Past Champ 1](4/10, switched with #77)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (4/46)
    #21-Jeff Green (4/44)
    #34-John Andretti (4/45)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 2] (4/32)
    #49-Ken Schrader (4/41)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (4/33)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (4/42)
    #83-Brian Vickers (4/9)
    #84-Mike Skinner (4/43)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 2,44,83,00,55,49,78,84
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 21,34,10
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Bristol Entry List

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    If it is the first five 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 Sprint 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]

  • 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

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

  • 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.


  • 2007 March Race Winner: #5-Kyle Busch, 81.969mph, started 20th
  • 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

  • 2007 March Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 125.453, finished 3rd

  • 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 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, 8/28/1999

  • 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: 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: 40 - Chevrolet

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 94 points race run], 22.4%

  • 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: 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 18,19,20,24,26,27,30,38: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 56 of 94 - 59.6%
  • Races won from the top 10: 77 of 94 - 81.9%

  • Bristol Nuggets from Racing Resources
    * Jeremy Mayfield is expected to make his 425th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    * Tony Stewart is expected to make his 325th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    * Robby Gordon is expected to make his 275th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    * Travis Kvapil is expected to make his 75th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Starting Up Front Matters
    * There have been 94 NASCAR SPRINT Cup races at Bristol.
    * Sixty percent of those 94 races were won from a top-five starting position (56 of 94 races).
    * Four of the last five races at Bristol have been won from top-10 starting positions.
    * One of those was won from the pole.
    * All five of those races were won from a top-20 starting position.
    Pole Winners
    * There have been five different Coors Light Pole winners in the last six races at Bristol (since 2005).
    * Qualifying was rained out for the 2006 Food City 500.
    * Jeff Gordon has won five of the last 12 Coors Light poles at Bristol (42 percent - since 2002).
    * Jeff Gordon won the Coor's Light Pole last March at Bristol.
    Top Starters
    * Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with a 5.5 starting average in 30 races at Bristol.
    * Jimmie Johnson has posted top-10 starts in three of the last four races at Bristol.
    * Kasey Kahne started from the front row in both races at Bristol in 2007.
    * Jamie McMurray started from the top-five in both races at Bristol in 2007.
    * Ryan Newman has started from the top-10 in nine of his 12 races at Bristol.
    Multiple Winners
    * There have been four different race winners in the past four races at Bristol.
    * Darrell Waltrip leads all drivers with 12 Bristol victories.
    * Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers, each with five Bristol victories.
    Skunked At Bristol
    * Ricky Rudd (retired): no wins -- 58 starts
    * Dave Marcis (retired): no wins -- 54 starts
    * Kyle Petty: no wins -- 48 starts
    * Sterling Marlin: no wins -- 45 starts
    * Ken Schrader: no wins -- 45 starts
    Would You Believe?
    * Jimmie Johnson has scored just one top-10 finish in his past five races at Bristol, a 10th-place finish in August 2006.
    * Johnson has a 16.0 average finish at Bristol. There are 17 other tracks where his average finish is better and only five where it is worse!
    Ones To Watch
    * Kyle Busch has scored four top-10 finishes in his past four races at Bristol Motor Speedway, the longest current streak by all drivers at Bristol.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored 12 top-15 finishes in his past 13 races at Bristol.
    * Carl Edwards has scored four top-15 finishes in his last four races at Bristol.
    * Bobby Labonte has finished 16th or worse in seven of his past nine races at Bristol.
    * Ryan Newman has finished 30th or worse in three of his last six races at Bristol.
    * Tony Stewart has scored just one top-10 finish in his past four races at Bristol.
    * Martin Truex Jr. has not scored a top-10 finish in his four races at Bristol.
    * Brian Vickers has not scored a top-10 finish in his seven races at Bristol.
    (Racing Resources)(3-10-2008)

  • DID YOU KNOW? · A total of 42 cars started the first race at BMS in July, 1961, but only 19 finished with Jack Smith taking the win. He won by a two-lap margin over Fireball Roberts.
    · Darrell Waltrip made 12 trips to victory lane at Bristol, more than any other driver. He had a string of seven straight wins (1981-1984).
    · Junior Johnson fielded 21 winners at Bristol as a car owner.
    · Cale Yarborough led all 500 laps to win the 1973 spring race at BMS.

  • 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 Series race on July 30, 1961.
    • In the fall of 1969, the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533-mile.
    • The name changed to Bristol International Raceway in 1978.
    • The first night race was held in the fall of 1978.
    • The first NASCAR Nationwide race was held on March 13, 1982.
    • The first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Bristol 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 94 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1961, two races each season.
    • All Bristol 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 Bud Pole at Bristol.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol was won by Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen).
    • There have been 41 different pole winners at Bristol; 19 drivers have more than one.
    • 36 different drivers have won races at Bristol, 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.
    • 77 of 94 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 50 from the first four spots.
    • 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. • Jack Roush is the leading active car owner at Bristol, with nine victories.
    • There have been five different pole winners in the past six Bristol races. Qualifying was canceled in the spring of 2006. There have been six different race winners in the eight races at Bristol since Kurt Busch won three straight in 2003 and 2004. Matt Kenseth won the fall race in 2005 and 2006.(3-12-2008)


    some scheduled paint schemes that are supposed to run at this race:

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #7-Robby Gordon none...yet
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Charter Communications #10 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Jackson Hewitt #16 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Dish Network #17 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Dario Franchitti The Hartford #40 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page

  • Charter colors for Carpentier at Bristol: Patrick Carpentier is looking forward to his first trip to Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend's Food City 500. Carpentier has never even set eyes on the legendary bull-ring. It will be his sixth start in the Sprint Cup Series and the team's second race sporting the Charter Communications colors. The #10 Charter Dodge is currently ranked 46th in Owner Points. They are currently 153 points out of the top-35. This will be his first attempt at qualifying and racing at Bristol. Being outside the top-35 in [46th] owner points, Carpentier will have to qualify on time.(GEM PR), see image of the scheme on the #10 Team Schemes page.(3-13-2008)

  • New colors for Kenseth at BMS: Matt Kenseth and the #17 team will sport the colors of Dish Network this weekend. He is the second Roush Fenway Racing driver to race the red, black and white Dish Network paint scheme this year. Carl Edwards recently won back-to-back races in the Dish Network car. Greg Biffle will carry the colors later this season. The trio are dubbed the Dish Network All-Stars.(RFR PR)(3-12-2008)

  • The DISH Network to sponsor Roush cars for 15 races: Roush Fenway Racing announced DISH Network has signed on as a sponsor in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series. DISH Network will have a team representative and serve as a primary sponsor in 15 Sprint Cup Races in 2008, alternating between three Roush Fenway drivers. Greg Biffle will drive the #16 DISH Network Ford Fusion in 11 Sprint Cup races, Carl Edwards will drive the #99 Ford in three races [this week at California is one] and Matt Kenseth will race the #17 Ford in one race [Bristol in March]. The DISH Network team of drivers will be dubbed the DISH Network AllStars. The DISH Network AllStars first race is Sunday, Feb. 24 featuring the 2007 Nationwide Series champion #99-Carl Edwards.(Roush Fenway Racing)(2-21-2008)

  • 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

    Scheduled Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: John Compton (CEO of PepsiCo)
    Command to start engines: John Compton (CEO of PepsiCo)
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Ned Jarrett
    Invocation: Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant, VA
    National Anthem: Danielle Peck
    Military Flyover: F-18s, USMC, VMFA-224 from Beaufort, SC
    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 March Bristol Vegas Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the August Bristol Race Info page

  • Ned Jarrett to wave green flag in son's final points race: Former NASCAR Cup champion Ned Jarrett will be the honorary starter for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, waving the green flag for what will be his son Dale’s final points race. Jarrett, named to NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers list, replaces Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten. Witten was scheduled to serve as honorary starter but due to family obligations was unable to attend the race. A two-time champion in 1961 and 1965 Jarrett, who competed in NASCAR’s top series from 1953-1966, finished his career with 50 career victories, which ties him with Junior Johnson at 10th on the all-time win list. Ned and Dale Jarrett are one of only three father-son combinations to have won at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bobby and Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are the others. The elder Jarrett is thrilled at the prospect of waving the green flag at Bristol Motor Speedway on Dale’s final points race. "I'm very pleased to have been asked to be the honorary starter for the Food City 500," he said. "And to be asked to do it for Dale's last race makes it even more special. Bristol has been a memorable place for both Dale and I, especially since we've both won here and I'm very honored to be able to be in the flag stand for his last points race."(BMS PR)(3-12-2008)

  • National Anthems for Bristol races: Country music recording artist Danielle Peck will sing the national anthem prior to the start of the sold-out Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16 while Chris Young will do the honors before the Sharpie MINI 300 on March 15. A native of Jacksonville, N.C., the 29-year-old Peck was signed to the independent label Machine Records in 2005 and is expected to release her second album this year. Young, who hails from Murfreesboro, Tenn., was nominated for the Academy of Country Music's award for Top New Male Vocalist in 2007. He signed with the RCA Nashville label in 2006. The sold-out Food City 500 gets under way on Sunday, March 16 at 2pm while the Sharpie MINI 300 revs up at 2:30pm on Saturday, March 15. Tickets are available for the Sharpie MINI 300 and may be purchased by calling the BMS ticket office at 423-989-6900 or by visiting PR)(3-4-2008)

  • "Suite" Deal Available for March Race Weekend: In order to give fans that might enjoy watch the races from a different viewpoint, Bristol Motor Speedway is offering up a rare opportunity for the March 14-16 race weekend only. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the "suite" life from high about the World's Fastest Half Mile as a limited number of suite seats are now available for fans in the Turn 2 Bristol Box. Fans will enjoy theatre-style seating in the Bristol Box in a climate-controlled environment, along with meals and best of all, a magnificent view of Pole Day, the Sharpie MINI 300 Nationwide Series race and the sold-out Sharpie 500 Sprint Cup event. The cost per person for all three days is only $500. To reserve your seat, or for more information, please contact Kathy Artrip at or 423-989-6973.(BMS PR)(2-25-2008)

  • No smoking at Bristol grandstands/suites: In accordance with a new Tennessee state law, all grandstand, terrace, suite, and restroom areas at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway now are non-smoking. This became effective October 1, 2007. The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee passed the "Non-Smoker Protection Act" in May and Governor Phil Bredesen signed it into law in June 2007. The Act prohibits smoking in most public facilities, including "sports arenas." Guests may still smoke in our concourse area, but grandstand, terrace and suite seating areas will be non-smoking.(BMS Site), this would also be the case for the Nationwide and Truck races at Nashville Superspeedway, located in Tennessee.(1-27-2008)

  • More seats at Bristol? Expansion of Bristol Motor Speedway may continue. Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith mentioned the possibility Wednesday morning during an interview on the Sirius NASCAR Radio show "The Morning Drive." Smith was responding to questions about the popularity of the half-mile track, dubbed the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, from program hosts Marty Snider and David Poole, "We have been doing some studying," Smith said. "We can tear down that area there toward the third, fourth turn. We could take that down and I can add about another 8,000 seats by re-doing that whole thing. "That would put us on up to 173,000 [seats]." A sellout crowd of more than 160,000 is expected to attend Saturday’s Sharpie 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. In fact, Sprint Cup races at BMS have sold out 51 straight times. Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jeff Byrd said Wednesday that he had "not heard" of the expansion plans disclosed by Smith. Other speedway officials had no comment. Smith is expected to be in Bristol for this weekend’s races.(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-25-2007)

  • 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 Series: 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 -- 18 psi;
    Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 130-140 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same tire codes at Bristol this weekend . . . this is the first time that teams have run a race on either of these two tire codes . . . based upon the results of last August's races on the reconfigured Bristol track, the new concrete surface proved to be less severe than originally predicted . . . this spring's recommendation utilizes new tread compounds on both left-side and right-side tires, aimed at increasing overall grip . . . on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams do not run inner liners in any tire position . . . Bristol is unique in that regard, with teams being required to run inner liners in their right-side tires at the high-banked short track . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


  • Jarrett making his last points start in Food City 500: When #44-Dale Jarrett starts the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway March 16 it will be the 668th start in a successful 24-year career. It also will be the former Sprint Cup champion’s last points race as the North Carolina native hangs up his helmet this year. The 51-year-old Jarrett opted to return this year, but only to run the first five races of the season. His last race actually will be the All-Star event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May, but BMS will be the last place he races for points. As a former BMS winner – he captured the Goody’s 500 (Aug. 23, 1997) – Jarrett says it is fitting that the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, where he made his first start in 1986, will cap what has been a very successful career.
    “I was pleased whenever I saw the number (the fifth race) and as I started counting down to see exactly where it was going to be,” he said. “When I realized it was Bristol, I was pleased about that and it worked out too because I think it’s very fitting. It’s a place that I enjoy racing and there’s going to be so many fans there – and I know there’s 160,000 people there –but it seems like so many more than that. So it will be a fitting way for me to finish my racing as far as points racing goes.”
    Jarrett says he’s always enjoyed being at Bristol, whether it was as a racer or as a kid, coming to the races to see his father, Ned, race. “Everybody, I think, that has ever raced there has had things happen to them because of how exciting the race track is,” he said. “I look at the positive side of it. What a great facility. From the very first time that I remember going there and watching my dad race there and win, I think that was 1965. Then the change of the race track (1969 to a steeper banking) and going back as a teenager and sitting in the grandstands to watch the Late Model Sportsman races at that time. Then as a competitor, getting my first Busch Grand National victory at Bristol (1991). I thought at that time, everybody really wanted to win at Bristol. Then in 1997, when I was able to win the night race –that was probably one of the top victories of my career.”
    The Food City 500 will be Jarrett’s 44th start at BMS. He says he’s made peace with this being the last time he’ll race for points. “I think that’s a race that I always looked at – even when I was battling for the championship – it was always a wild card kind of race,”said the 1999 series champion. “You wanted to do well and there was always so much action going on. I don’t know that I’ll look at it as a points race. I’ll just look at it as my last time in a race that is really going to mean a lot to the race team and myself.”
    Jarrett says there’s not much chance that he’ll be able to keep his emotions in check on race day at Bristol. “I think it’s going to be (emotional),” he said. “Probably as the race gets closer, it will become even more so because I am going to have a lot of family and friends around, so I think that will help add to it, on top of it just being Bristol. I know I’ve said that a number of times but it is a special place to race.”
    Jarrett has always said that if he had to buy tickets to any race track on the circuit, Bristol would be the place. He says he still feels that way. “I do still feel that way, mainly because I still own tickets to Bristol,” he said. “It has always been such a huge request from family and friends, them wanting tickets to Bristol. When the race became so popular to everyone else, there just weren’t tickets to be had. I was fortunate that my good friends at Bristol called me and said ‘look, we have these six tickets opening up. We hate that we have to ask you to purchase them but that’s the deal.’
    “So for about seven years now we have owned six tickets to the Nationwide Series races and the Sprint Cup series races. So I still have those and it is still the most requested ticket that we have.”
    After capturing a championship and 32 career wins, Jarrett says he doesn’t feel he’s missing much, if anything, from his resume. “I can’t really see anything,” he said. “Would I have preferred to have gotten a second championship? Yes, and I came close to having a couple and that was great to be able to battle for that, but I’ve been blessed and I couldn’t imagine asking to add anything to a career that I’ve been very fortunate to have.”
    Dale Jarrett at Bristol Motor Speedway: Jarrett collected his only Bristol Motor Speedway Cup Series win during the Goody’s Headache Powder 500 (August 23, 1997). He started the event from third position, his best Bristol qualifying effort, and passed pole winner Kenny Wallace and second place starter Jeff Gordon to lead the first lap of the event. Gordon and Jarrett battled for the win all night before an accident knocked Gordon out of contention. With Gordon out of the race, Jarrett cruised to the checkered flag, leading 210 laps on his way to Victory Lane. He finished the race 0.102 sec. ahead of Mark Martin.
    Jarrett has one win, nine top-fives, 19 top-10s and has led 544 laps during his Bristol Motor Speedway Cup Series career.
    To date, Jarrett has started 43 races at Bristol and Martinsville, more than any other tracks on which he has competed.
    Jarrett has banked over $2.2 million dollars in winnings from his Cup Series efforts at Bristol.
    Jarrett’s first Sprint Cup start at Bristol occurred in the 1986 Busch 500. He qualified 28th and finished 29th in the 30-car field. He completed 69 laps and retired from the race due to a vibration in his car. He earned $990 for the day’s work.
    In 30 Nationwide Series starts at BMS, Jarrett has one win, 11 top-fives and 12 top-10s.
    Jarrett’s Nationwide Series win at Bristol came in the Jay Johnson 250 (August 1991). He started the race from 11th position and won $19,375. An all-star cast followed Jarrett across the line with Bobby Labonte in second, Jeff Gordon in third, and Davey Allison in fourth.(BMS PR)(3-12-2008) Comment here about DJ's career

  • The Hartford & Ganassi Racing to Launch Partnership at BMS: With its iconic stag logo taking its place on the hood of an 800-horsepower racing machine, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., announced that it will sponsor #40 Dodge Charger on March 16 at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with driver Dario Franchitti. "For a company like The Hartford, with a nationwide network of independent agents, we know how important it is to be associated with an outstanding team," said Michael Concannon, senior vice president, personal lines. "That's why a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) is a great fit." Bearing The Hartford's distinctive colors, the maroon and yellow race car will feature The Hartford's branding on the hood, tv and quarter panels. Franchitti will wear a maroon and yellow firesuit featuring The Hartford and the stag logo. In addition to the primary paint scheme in Bristol, The Hartford will continue to be featured on the #40 Dodge as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2008 season. Furthermore, Franchitti and Ganassi's IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon will both carry The Hartford's iconic stag logo on their fire suits throughout the Sprint Cup and IRL IndyCar Series seasons, respectively. More info about The Hartford at Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(3-11-2008) Comment here

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

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