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    THE RACE: Sharpie 500

    TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Saturday, August 22, 2009 in Bristol, TN

    • Title Sponsor: Sharpie

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:43pm/et

    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 6:30pm/et

    • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 7:30pm/et

    • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
      Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
      Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

    • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 4:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

    • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
      Sunday, August 23 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
      Sunday, August 23 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
      Wednesday, August 26 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

    • TV Listings, Links and Info:
      Jayski's TV Listings Page
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    • Practices:
      Friday, August 21, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 21, 2:00 - 3:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

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    • Kyle Busch wins at Bristol: #18-Kyle Busch won the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 4th win of 2009, 16th of his career, and was the first driver to sweep both Bristol Sprint Cup races since his brother Kurt did it in 2003. #5-Martin finished 2nd after giving Busch a run for the win followed by #47-Ambrose [best ever oval track result], #16-Biffle, #11-Hamlin, #39-Newman, #2-Busch, #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #17-Kenseth. #48-Johnson was leading late in the race but had a lug nut problem and had to make a 2nd pit stop but was able to recover with an 8th. Points leader #14-Stewart finished 33rd after having all kinds of problem with the radio and some sort of electrical issues, dropping his points lead to 220 points over now 2nd place, #48-Johnson. Busch is now 39 points out of the Chase and the 12th spot with two races to go before the chase, #17-Kenseth is now 12th even thou he finished 10th. There were 11 cautions for 76 caution laps, an 10 minute red flag for a late wreck on lap 492 and there were only 12 lead changes among 5 drivers.
      The Sprint Cup Series takes off a week before racing at Atlanta on Septmber 6h - Labor Day weekend.
      Scheduled Bristol Race Re-Airs: ESPN2: Sunday, August 23 at 3:00am/et; ESPN Classic: Sunday, August 23 at 1:00pm/et; SPEED, Wednesday, August 26 at 12:00pm/et.
      For race results, awards and more, see my Bristol Race Results Page.(8-22-2009) Comment here

    • Bristol News and Notes:
      * Kyle Busch won the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
      * Busch moved to ninth all time in combined NASCAR wins, tying Rusty Wallace with 55.
      * Busch scored his fourth win in 2009, tying Mark Martin for the most this season. His last win came at Richmond, 14 races ago.
      * Busch scored his third Cup win in 10 races at Bristol. It was his 16th career victory in his 174th start.
      * Busch scored his 12th win for Joe Gibbs Racing. His other four wins came with Hendrick Motorsports. This is Joe Gibbs Racing's sixth victory in 2009.
      * Busch has finished first or second in five of the past seven races at Bristol.
      * Busch climbed from 15th to 13th in the point standings. He is 34 points out of the Chase, behind 12th-place Matt Kenseth. Busch gained 36 points on 12th. He went into the race 70 points behind.
      * Any driver with a 391-point lead or more over 13th-place Busch is mathematically locked into the 2009 Chase. Tony Stewart locked at Michigan, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon locked at Bristol. Any driver more than 391 points behind 12th-place Kenseth has been eliminated from the Chase (19th on back).
      * This marked the second win by Toyota at Bristol, both in 2009.
      * Chevrolet has scored 12 wins in 2009, leading all manufacturers. Toyota has eight, while Dodge and Ford each have two.
      * Mark Martin (second) posted his 250th career top-5 finish.
      * Denny Hamlin (fifth) has scored four straight top-10 finishes.
      * Crew chief Chad Knaus made his 300th Cup start in the race. His driver, Jimmie Johnson, finished eighth. Johnson has led at least one lap in 20 of the 24 races in 2009, the most by any driver.
      * Dale Earnhardt Jr. (ninth) scored his fifth top-10 finish of the season.
      * Brian Vickers (12th) extended a seven-race streak of top-15 finishes that began at Daytona in July.
      * Scott Speed (15th) was the highest-finishing Rookie of the Year contender.
      * Jeff Burton (18th) has finished 16th or worse in the past 10 races.
      * Ryan Newman and Martin are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in all four short-track races in 2009.
      * Tony Stewart (33rd) ended an 18-race streak of lead-lap finishes that began at Martinsville in March.
      * Kevin Harvick (38th) has scored just one top-10 finish in the past 20 races.
      * Stewart (33rd) and Elliott Sadler (26th) have each been running at the finish in the past 47 races, the longest current streak.
      * The top 10 consisted of three Toyotas, four Chevrolets, two Fords and one Dodge.(ESPN)(8-24-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Bristol Motor Speedway:
      #18-Kyle Busch won the Sharpie 500, his 16th victory in 174 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his fourth victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
      #48-Jimme Johnson and #24-Jeff Gordon have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
      #5-Mark Martin (second) posted his 23rd top-10 finish in 42 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2009.
      #47-Marcos Ambrose (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
      #82-Scott Speed (15th) was the highest finishing rookie.
      #14-Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 220 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-22-2009)

    • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings
      [after Bristol, race 24 of 36]:

      pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
      1) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 3564, finished 33rd
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 3344, -220, 8th
      3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 3310, -254, 23rd
      4) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 3141, -423, 5th
      5) #99-Carl Edwards, 3110, -454, 16th
      6) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 3103, -461, 7th
      7) #39-Ryan Newman, 2995, -569 (+84 ahead of 13th), 6th
      8) #16-Greg Biffle, 2986, -578 (+75), 4th
      9) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2975, -589 (+64), 25th
      10) #5-Mark Martin [4 wins], 2971, -593 (+60), 2nd
      11) #9-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 2963, -601 (+52), 28th
      12) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2945, -619 (+34 ahead of 13th), 10th
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2911, 34 points out of 12th, 1st
      14) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 2906, -39, 12th
      15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2833, -112, 21st
      16) #00-David Reutimann [1 win] 2785, -160, 17th
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page.(8-22-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Atlanta:
      No changes the spread between 35th and 36th now drops to 115 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1900, +237
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1778, 115 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1663, 115 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1383, -395
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(8-22-2009)

    • Infraction Sheet - Bristol Motor Speedway:
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #11, 64, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #1, 137, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
      #14, 142, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
      #7, 257, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #34, 357, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #33, 440, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #33, 440, Front air wrench must be carried back to pit wall side of car/truck & Speeding Exiting, Tail End
      #12, 441, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #33, 481, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
      #20, 492, Pitting before pit road is open & Speeding Entering & Exiting, Tail End
      (NASCAR Statistics)(8-22-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: no driver down a lap that is on the track
      Caution 2: #34-Andretti, 30th
      Caution 3: #19-Sadler, 26th
      Caution 4: #11-Hamlin, 5th
      Caution 5: #82-Speed, 15th
      Caution 6: #83-Vickers, 12th
      Caution 7: #83-Vickers(2), 12th
      Caution 8: #99-Edwards, 16th
      Caution 9: #82-Speed(2), 15th
      Caution 10: #31-Burton, 18th
      Caution 11: #12-Stremme, 20th

    • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Bristol (or seemed to)?
      43rd: #66-Blaney, completed 8 laps, wow and started 5th, kind of a waste
      42nd: #37-Raines, 27
      41st: #87-Nemechek, 48 laps
      (only count a team with a history of start and park and only if 25% or less of race completed)(8-22-2009)

    • Pit Stall Selections - Bristol: The selections of pit stalls for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway have been made. There are two pit roads at BMS, one on the frontstretch [22 stalls] and one on the backstretch [21 stalls]. Pole sitter #5-Martin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], outside pole sitter #16-Biffle took pit stall 23, the first pit stall on the backstretch, #82-Speed, who starts 3rd took the 22nd stall, the last one on the frontstretch. The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 5th.
      See the pit selection chart on the Bristol Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-21-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2009.
      Television (TV): ESPN at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 6:30 pm/et; green flag approx 7:43pm/et
      Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
      ESPN2: Sunday, August 23 at 3:00am/et
      ESPN Classic: Sunday, August 23 at 1:00pm/et
      SPEED, Wednesday, August 26 at 12:00pm/et

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
      SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
      Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
      SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
      Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
      SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
      Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
      SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
      Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
      SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
      Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
      SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
      Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
      SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
      Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
      SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
      Pemberton: Yes.
      SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
      Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

    • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
      NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
      The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here

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    • Martin wins pole at Bristol: #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a lap of 124.484mph for his 5th pole of 2009 and 46th of his career [10th best all-time] and Martin's 9th at Bristol, which ties the record. #16-Biffle will start 2nd followed by #82-Speed [the fastest of the go-or-go-homers], #66-Blaney, #17-Kenseth, #33-Bowyer, #07-Mears, #20-Logano, #39-Newman and #43-Sorenson. Points leader #14-Stewart will start way back in 30th. 2nd and 3rd in points, #24-Gordon and #48-Johnson will start 33rd and 21st respectfully.
      The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #82-Speed, #66-Blaney, #71-Gilliland, #08-Labonte, #4-Wimmer, #78-Smith, #37-Raines and #87-Nemechek.
      The three drivers who failed to qualify: #36-Skinner, #13-Papis, #64-Wallace and #09-Almirola.
      See the full qualifying results, starting linup, pole progression on my Bristol Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(8-21-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2009 at 5:40pm/et.
      Television (TV): ESPN2 - 5:30pm/et
      Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128 Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
      Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

    • Qualifying Order for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #26-McMurray.
      The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #6-Ragan.
      The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #08-Labonte with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #09-Almirola.
      See the full qualifying order on the Bristol Qualifying Page.(8-21-2009)

    • Happy Hour Practice for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the top five:
      #48-Johnson 123.316
      #5-Martin 122.874
      #47-Ambrose 122.874
      #24-Gordon 122.858
      #16-Biffle 122.803
      slowest: #34-Andretti 118.518 and #17-Kenseth 118.819
      most laps completed: #14-Stewart 99; #34-Andretti 70
      See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(8-21-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Bristol in Happy Hour practice:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #82-Scott Speed, 5th fastest overall
      #71-David Gilliland, 10th
      #66-Dave Blaney, 16th
      #09-Aric Almirola, 17th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 29th
      #78-Regan Smith, 36th
      #4-Scott Wimmer, 38th
      #08-Terry Labonte [PC1], 43rd but has Past Champ prov to use
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #37-Tony Raines, 40th
      #36-Mike Skinner, 41st
      #13-Max Papis, 44th
      #64-Mike Wallace, 45th
      See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(8-21-2009)

    • 1st Practice for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the top five:
      #1-Truex Jr. 122.014
      #71-Gilliland 121.798 [go-or-go homer]
      #33-Bowyer 121.651
      #09-Almirola 121.628 [go-or-go homer]
      #82-Speed 121.605 [go-or-go homer]
      slowest: #34-Andretti 118.007 and #98-Menard 118.423
      The fastest Ford was #16-Biffle at 24th
      most laps run: #48-Johnson and #20-Logano 104.
      Happy Hour practice is scheduled to run from 2:00-3:30pm/et, weather permitting.
      See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(8-21-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Bristol in the 1st practice:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #71-David Gilliland, 2nd fastest overall
      #09-Aric Almirola, 4th
      #82-Scott Speed, 5th
      #66-Dave Blaney, 8th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 9th
      #37-Tony Raines, 13th
      #78-Regan Smith, 18th
      #08-Terry Labonte [PC1], 45th but has Past Champ prov to use
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #36-Mike Skinner, 26th
      #13-Max Papis, 30th
      #64-Mike Wallace, 39th
      #4-Scott Wimmer, 43rd
      See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(8-21-2009)

    • The 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 2009 owners points:
      #08-Terry Labonte (1996 Champion)(51st in owners pts/4 attempts)
      #09-Aric Almirola (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38/23)
      #4-Scott Wimmer (61/1)
      #13-Max Papis (44/11)
      #36-Mike Skinner (42/23)
      #37-Tony Raines (48/15)
      #64-Mike Wallace (49/14)
      #66-Dave Blaney (41/23)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/23)
      #78-Regan Smith (40/11)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/23)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (39/23)
      #51-Dexter Bean (52/7)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,08,82,71,87,66,36,37
      missing the race would be [4]: #'s 64,13,78,4
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Bristol Entry List.(8-17/19-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Bristol:
      No changes the spread between 35th and 36th is now at 160 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1833, +288
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1705, 160 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1545, 160 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1337, -368
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(8-16-2009)

    • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
      #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)

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • 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.

    • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


    • Ford win streak at BMS: Ford carries quite a winning streak into Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway: Ford has reached Victory Lane at Bristol at least once each year between 1996-2008. #99-Carl Edwards won at Bristol in 2008 and 2007, and one of his teammates, Matt Kenseth, won there in 2006 and 2005.(Ford Racing), #18-Kyle Busch won at Bristol in March, running a Toyota.(8-20-2009)

    • Six Current Race Tracks Johnson has never won: There are six current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won at [a Sprint Cup race], plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham and didn't win:
      Bristol: 0 for 15 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2004 and 3/2009
      Michigan: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
      Infineon: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 4th in 6/2009
      Chicago: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
      Watkins Glen: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
      Homestead: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004

    • 2009 March Race Winner: #18-Lyke Busch, 92.139mph, started 19th

    • 2008 August Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 91.581mph, started 1st

    • 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

    • 2009 March Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 125.773, finished 6th

    • 2008 August Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 121.860mph, finished 1st

    • 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, 8

    • 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: 22 [of 97 points race run], 22.7%

    • 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 19: 2

    • Races won from starting pos 18,20,24,26,27,30,38: 1

    • Races won from the top 5: 57 of 97 - 58.8%
    • Races won from the top 10: 79 of 97 - 81.4%

    • 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.

      • 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 Camping World 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 97 NASCAR Sprint Cup races 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 Lorenzen won the first pole.

      • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen).

      • There have been 42 different pole winners, led by Cale Yarborough (nine); 19 drivers have more than one. Mark Martin needs one more pole to tie Yarborough’s mark. He won his eighth pole in this season’s March race.

      • 37 different drivers have won races at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip (12); 16 drivers have more than one victory there.

      • The race winner has started from the pole 22 times, the most productive starting position.

      • 79 of 97 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 51 from the first four spots.

      • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.

      • There have been seven different pole winners in the past nine races. Qualifying was canceled in the spring of 2006 and 2008.

      • Junior Johnson won 21 races, more than any other car owner. His victories came between 1965 and 1986 and were scored by five different drivers, including one himself.

      • Only one active driver averages a top-10 finish: Marcos Ambrose. Ambrose finished 10th earlier this season, his only Bristol start thus far.

      • There have been 158 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Tennessee.

      • 97 drivers all-time in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Tennessee.


      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #07-Casey Mears Jack Daniel’s / Toast to the Troops #075 Team Schemes Page
      #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs Pop Tarts #5 Team Schemes Page
      #7-Robby Gordon Hard Rock Las Vegas #7 Team Schemes Page
      #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
      #33-Clint Bowyer Hamburger Helper none...yet
      #43-Reed Sorenson Valvoline #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger Hunt Brothers Pizza #44 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Sugar Free Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page
      #99-Carl Edwards Aflac - Silver #99 Team Schemes Page

    • PEAK on the #98 at Bristol: PEAK will be back on the hood of the #98 PEAK / Menards Ford for this weekend's Sharpie 500.(Yates Racing PR)(8-20-2009)

    • Bowyer in different colors at Bristo UPDATEl: Clint Bowyer's #33 Richard Childress Racing Chevy will replace its traditional yellow and red colors of Cheerios this weekend in Bristol for a black and red Hamburger Helper paint scheme.(RCR)(8-19-2009)
      UPDATE Hamburger Helper and Richard Childress Racing’s #33 team are partnering up for a promotion at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. The “When Clint Wins, You Win” promotion will give 33,000 fans a free box of Hamburger Helper skillet meal if Bowyer is able to win the sold out Sharpie 500 this Saturday night. In addition to being featured as the primary sponsor of Bowyer’s Chevrolet for the 500-lap race, Hamburger Helper will also sponsor Bristol’s infamous Turn 4. Bristol’s high banked turn will be referred to as “High 4” in honor of Hamburger Helper’s Helping Hand. If Bowyer is able to pick up the win, the first 33,000 fans that register on will be able to sign up to receive a coupon for a free box of Hamburger Helper. The offer is limited to one winner per household. As part of their partnership with Bristol Motor Speedway, over 14,000 fans seated above the “High 4” turn will receive Hamburger Helper foam hands that they will be encouraged to wave on lap 33 to cheer on the #33 team. Additionally, all Bristol Motor Speedway “Helpers,” from ushers to gate and parking attendants, will wear Hamburger Helper foam hands as they greet fans throughout the weekend’s festivities.(RCR)(8-20-2009)

    • Jack Daniel’s Salute to the Troops at Bristol: Tennessee National Guard service members and their spouses, members of the NASCAR community, USO volunteers and Jack Daniel’s employees will assemble 10,000 USO care packages at Earhart Campground East adjacent to Bristol Motor Speedway as part of the Jack Daniel’s/USO “Toast to the Troops” program. The event will be held prior to the Sharpie 500 race at Bristol on Aug. 22, and is the 11th stuffing party since Toast to the Troops was launched in 2005. Through Toast to the Troops, Jack Daniel’s collects personal messages of support, or “toasts,” to include in USO care packages. Following the care package stuffing party, ten-year Army veteran and country music star Craig Morgan will perform a free concert for all volunteers and fans attending the race. Citizens can go to to fill out the special “toasts” that will be included in USO care packages for troops deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and other overseas locations, as well as troops arriving and departing on rest and recuperation (R&R) flights. The care packages, sponsored for $25 each, include approximately $75 worth of items requested by service members, such as prepaid international calling cards, toiletries, sunscreen, playing cards, disposable cameras and snacks. Due to heightened security, individuals can no longer send letters and packages addressed to “Any Service Member.” The Operation USO Care Package program is the best way to send a message of encouragement directly to a service member and provide a touch of home. The USO has distributed more than 1.5 million care packages since the program’s inception in 2003. More information on the Operation USO Care Package program and other USO programs can be found at
      SPECIAL SCHEME: The familiar black background and white lettered #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy will have a different look this weekend. In keeping with the same color scheme, the #07 Jack Daniel’s car will have a “snow camo” look in conjunction with their Toast to the Troops event taking place on Saturday, August 22. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Jack Daniels Experience throughout the weekend and fill out a personalized Salute Card that will be included in the package. In addition to the paint scheme, the team will also have a special pit wall banner to mark the occasion.(JD/RCR), see an image of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(8-18-2009) Comment here

    • Different look for Dale Jr.'s car at Bristol: Dale Earnhardt's #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy will feature a different look at Bristol Motor Speedway with a special AMP Energy Sugar Free/National Guard silver paint scheme. AMP Energy Sugar Free offers all the power of AMP Energy without the sugar or the calories (HMS). See an image of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(8-17-2009)

    • 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: 24 to 30 degrees
      Degree of banking in straights: 4 to 9 degrees
      Straightaways: 650 feet long.
      Concrete racing surface: 43 feet wide.
      Seating capacity: 160,000
      Bristol has two pits roads: 22 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch
      Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
      Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
      Pace Car Track Speed: 35mph
      Track Opened: 1960
      First Cup race: 1961

    • Carry-In Items:
      Coolers: Allowed (limit of 14 inches at its longest dimension.). In addition, one carry-in bag allowed, which may not exceed the 14-inch limit.
      Glass containers: Not allowed
      Alcoholic beverages: Allowed
      Cameras/recording devices: Allowed

    • Race Festivities/Officials:
      Grand Marshal: Darrell Bates, Chief Marketing Officer, Fastenal
      Command to start engines: Darrell Bates
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
      Invocation: Major Dave Stauffer, Minister Gateway Christian Church, WV
      National Anthem - Sunday: Motor Racing Outreach Children
      Military Flyover: 3 F-18 Hornet's, Fighting Bengals, USMC, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, SC

    • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website:

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Bristol Motor Speedway

    • August 2008: see my Bristol Race Info page

    • March 2009: see the Bristol Race Info page

    • Bristol Pit Rules: Bristol Motor Speedway operates under a plan where one-pit road will be used during pit stops under caution. Currently, Bristol remains the only track in the Sprint Cup Series 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.

    • New title sponsor for Bristol fall race UPDATE: Haven't seen anything official yet, but been told Irwin Tools will replace Sharpie as the race title sponsor for next August's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway and will be known as the Irwin Tools 500. Also, supposedly Irwin Tools does not know if it will sponsor a car/driver in 2010 [from the PR below, it does not sound like they will sponsor a car]. It currently serves as the primary sponsor for 11 Sprint Cup races on Roush Fenway Racing's #26 Ford that Jamie McMurray drives. That team will close up or move to Yates Racing in 2010, with either McMurray as the driver or another driver.
      UPDATE: IRWIN Tools, a Newell Rubbermaid [also owns Sharpie] company and manufacturer and distributor of a broad line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, announced that it will be the title sponsor of the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway beginning in 2010. While the event's new name is unique - the "IRWIN Tools Night Race" - the summer classic under the lights at Bristol will continue to be 500 grueling laps around the high banks of the .533-mile oval, one of NASCAR's most popular and storied facilities. A spectacle in sports since 1961, Bristol has had 55 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sellouts, dating back to 1982. "We could not have constructed a better partnership than one between IRWIN Tools and Bristol Motor Speedway," said IRWIN President Neil Eibeler. "Like our many IRWIN products, Bristol leads the way in innovation, quality and ingenuity among NASCAR venues. We can't wait to see the blue and yellow colors of IRWIN Tools here for years to come. Our employees are thrilled and our customers will be waiting in anticipation to see nearly 160,000 fans in the stands next year for the first ‘IRWIN Night Race at Bristol,' the most popular NASCAR race of the year." IRWIN Tools takes over the entitlement from Sharpie, a sister company under the Newell Rubbermaid umbrella, which has sponsored the race since 2001.
      "We're very happy to keep the Night Race in the Newell Rubbermaid family," said Jeff Byrd, President and General Manager of BMS, NASCAR's fastest half-mile. "We have gotten to know the IRWIN Tools team and their desire is to be the best technological company in the tool business. We feel we have the best facility in our sport so pairing up the two can only result in success. We look forward to a wonderful partnership and future together." The IRWIN Tools name has been a mainstay in NASCAR since 2003, serving as a primary car sponsor for Roush Fenway Racing. During that span, drivers Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray both won races in IRWIN Tools Fords while Busch carried IRWIN to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in 2004. "It's been a great ride with Roush Fenway Racing," said Eric Pinkham, Newell Rubbermaid's Vice President, Sponsorship and Event Marketing. "They clearly helped us put IRWIN Tools on the map and we appreciate what they've done for the IRWIN brand. Now it's time for a new chapter for IRWIN and we can't wait to get started on the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol." The 2010 IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol will be on Saturday, August 21. For more information, call 1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit

    • Full Driver song list for Bristol: Bristol Motor Speedway will give fans something different during drive interoductions Saturday night. They'll play music for each driver that the driver has selected. Some of the choices are interesting from those older rock n' roll classics to more recent tunes. Here's the playlist for ALL of the drivers:
      Tony Stewart: Kid Rock's "Bawitdaba''
      Dale Earnhardt Jr.: AC/DC's "Thunderstruck''
      Jimmie Johnson: AC/DC's Thunderstruck
      Mark Martin: AC/DC's "For Those About To Rock''
      Jeff Gordon: Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up''
      Jeff Burton: Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle''
      Carl Edwards: House of Pain's "Jump Around''
      Matt Kenseth: "Godsmack's "The Enemy''
      Scott Speed: "Black Eyed Peas' "Boom, Boom, Pow"
      Kurt Busch: Cake's "Going The Distance''
      Kyle Busch: Kanye West's "Amazing''
      Kasey Kahne: Dierks Bentley's "Life On The Run''
      Michael Waltrip: Toby Keith's "As Good As I Once Was''
      Ryan Newman: Big & Rich's "Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy''
      Clint Bowyer: Elvis Presley's "CC Rider''
      Reed Sorenson: Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean''
      Denny Hamlin: Fabulous' "My Time''
      Joey Logano: Jerry Reed's "East Bound and Down''
      AJ Allmendinger: "Going the Distance'' by Cake
      Marcos Ambrose: "Land Down Under'' by Men at Work
      John Andretti: Black Label Society's "Fire it Up''
      Greg Biffle: POD's "Boom''
      Dave Blaney: "Taking Care of Business'' by Bachman Turner Overdrive
      David Gilliland: Limb Bizkit's "Break Stuff''
      Robby Gordon: Kid Rock's "All Summer Long''
      Kevin Harvick: DMX's "Party Up''
      Sam Hornish Jr: "Fight for Your Right'' by Beastie Boys
      Bobby Labonte: "Chicken Fried'' by Zack Brown Band
      Terry Labonte: "Heartland'' by George Strait
      Jamie McMurray: AC/DC's "Shook Me All Night Long''
      Casey Mears: "Animals'' by Nickelback
      Paul Menard: "Fire It Up'' by Black Label Society
      Juan Pablo Montoya: "All Star'' by Smash Mouth
      Joe Nemechek: "Life in the Fast Lane'' by The Eagles
      David Ragan: "Thunderstruck'' by AC/DC
      Tony Raines: "Bristol Speed'' by Silvergun
      David Reutimann: "Sprach Zarathustra'' by Richard Strauss
      Elliott Sadler: "2001 A Space Odyssey''
      Regan Smith: "Shoots & Ladders'' by Korn
      David Stremme: Kid Rock's "Bawitdaba''
      Martin Truex Jr.: "Sun Gonna Rise'' by Citizen Cope
      Brian Vickers: "This Town'' by O.A.R.
      Scott Wimmer: "Night Rider Theme Song''
      (Virginian Pilot)(8-22-2009)

    • Drivers pick songs for intros at Bristol UPDATE: Personalities among NASCAR's Sprint Cup drivers are as varied as their musical tastes. Fans will get more of an indication as to what might make their favorite drivers tick during driver introductions for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 22. Back in the day, drivers had a great deal of fun during pre-race festivities as they introduced themselves to the fans in attendance, injecting some of their own individuality into the way they addressed the crowd. BMS will turn back the clock Saturday, not only asking the drivers to introduce themselves to the sold-out throng of nearly 160,000, but also asking them to walk out to the song of their choice. The Sprint Cup stars take their music seriously and a good many of them deliberated for weeks before making their song choice for driver introductions, while others changed selections several times. Whether it is country or hard rock, their musical tastes are as diverse as the paint schemes on their cars.(BMS PR)(8-20-2009)
      UPDATE: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will make a more personal entrance prior to Saturday night’s Sharpie 500. Each member of the starting lineup will greet the crowd by introducing themselves, accompanied by a song of their choosing. Four-time series runner-up #5-Mark Martin will make his 1,000th career national-series start Saturday. Martin’s song choice for his introduction? “For Those About To Rock,” by AC/DC. Another AC/DC tune – “Thunderstruck” – is a popular choice. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #6-David Ragan and #48-Jimmie Johnson all have chosen “Thunderstruck” as their intro theme. #26-Jamie McMurray also chose an AC/DC ditty – “Shook Me All Night Long.” #39-Ryan Newman’s choice of “Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy” by Big and Rich took some consideration. “It really wasn’t my first choice,” Newman said, “but I won’t tell you what that song was. I’ve always liked country music, and this song is pretty cool to me because my buddy “Two-Foot Fred” is in the video and is part of the whole deal. I wouldn’t say it’s my theme song, but it is fun.” #9-Kasey Kahne offers fans a peek into a racer’s world with “Life On The Run” by Dierks Bentley, whom he counts as a good friend. “That’s what we do,” Kahne said. “Life on the run. We just love to race, and to race, we have to travel, and Dierks is one of my favorites.” #14-Tony Stewart is paying homage to his friend Kid Rock with “Bawitdaba”. #12-David Stremme chose the same tune. Others of note: “C.C. Rider” by Elvis Presley – #33-Clint Bowyer; “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones – #24-Jeff Gordon; “Land Down Under” by Men At Work – #47-Marcos Ambrose; “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N Roses – #31-Jeff Burton; “Amazing” by Kanye West – #18-Kyle Busch.(Racin' Today)(8-22-2009)

    • Popular Legends race to return to Bristol in 2010< The legends of NASCAR will race again at Bristol Motor Speedway next spring, but the rules of engagement have been revised. Along with three former driving greats, BMS officials outlined the details for the 2010 legends race Thursday afternoon. To be eligible for the event, a driver must not have competed in a Nationwide or Sprint Cup Series event in the past seven years. That would disqualify Sterling Marlin, who led every lap of the 35-lap Scotts Saturday Night Special late-model event last spring. Rusty Wallace, who finished second, would also be ineligible. The other major switch involves the cars. Instead of allowing drivers, such as Wallace, to bring their own late models every driver will compete in a car provided by the USARacing Pro Cup Series. L.D. Ottinger, who finished third behind Wallace and Marlin, attended Thursday’s press conference along with Charlie Glotzbach and Jack Ingram. Other drivers who have committed to participate in the 2010 legends race are Phil Parsons, Larry Pearson, Harry Gant and Cale Yarborough. Details of the event are still being formalized, but it will likely be run after the Scotts Turf Builder 300 Nationwide Series event. The celebrity portion of the 35-lap race has been scrapped. Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer and former National Football League star Mike Compton ran exhibition laps in the spring.(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-21-2009)

    • Update on injured man at BMS: A Bristol Motor Speedway emergency medical technician was seriously injured in a freak accident late Wednesday following the modified series race. Darrell Wayne Mitchell of Church Hill, Tenn., was taken by helicopter to the Bristol Regional Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in the surgical intensive care unit Thursday afternoon. Bristol Tennessee Police Sgt. Greg Brown said Mitchell was leaving the infield on foot near the pit entrance between turns two and three about 10:45 p.m., 30 minutes after the end of the race. At the same time, a tractor-trailer turned left out of the infield and scraped the side of an elevated camera platform. The impact twisted the platform and a steel ladder attached to the unit spun around and pinned Mitchell against the infield retaining wall. Brown said Mitchell suffered a head injury, and possibly a skull fracture. There was one person standing on the platform, which a speedway representative estimated is 12 feet high, when the truck grazed the edge. Police said the man on the platform was not hurt and managed to stay on top. Brown said Mitchell was listed in stable condition late Wednesday, then in critical condition by Thursday morning. Mitchell was a paramedic with Church Hill EMS until several months ago when he went to work for the Church Hill Rescue Squad, director Stanley Arnold said. Mitchell is working at the races on contract through Wellmont Health System, which provides dozens of medical workers for the speedway.(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-21-2009)

    • Bristol Transporter Parade on Thursday: A spectacle more than a decade in the making will bring tens of thousands of race fans to the streets of Bristol Thursday, Aug. 20 as Ford Presents the BMS Transporter Parade. The Thursday night of Bristol race week teems with traditions like Food City Family Race Night and the 13th annual parade of NASCAR Sprint Cup haulers, which carry the race cars and equipment for the Sharpie 500. Outside, thousands of fans in the area for the four NASCAR races will line the 10-mile route to watch the transporters make their way to the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. Inside, hauler drivers will help in making dreams come true as many of them will carry a child from either the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the Children’s Miracle Network. The parade starts at 9:00pm at the Bristol Mall at the conclusion of downtown Bristol’s Food City Family Race Night. More than 60 haulers then will make their way down Volunteer Parkway to BMS. The transporter leading the way will be the one belonging to the series sanctioning body, NASCAR, followed by series sponsor Sprint and the leader of the series point standings heading into the Sharpie 500, currently Tony Stewart. Adding to the fanfare of the parade, fireworks will light up the skies from four different points along the route.(BMS)(8-19-2009)

    • World’s Largest Group Karaoke attempt at Bristol: Over the years, Bristol Motor Speedway has involved its rabid fans in a number of fantastic card stunts, as well as Guinness Book of World Records. These fan feats have played a major role in the unparalleled excitement and unique atmosphere offered by the overall BMS experience. And on Aug. 22, prior to the start of the Sharpie 500, BMS again will ask its fans to take part in what will be the World’s Largest Group Karaoke attempt. With nearly 160,000 fans in attendance, this will shatter the old mark of 80,000 set in Europe earlier this year. The Sharpie 500 Sprint Cup event is the last of four electrifying night races that will take place at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile in August. Race week kicks off with a doubleheader Wednesday, Aug. 19 as the Whelen Modified Series takes to the track for the first time in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150, followed by the O’Reilly 200 Camping World Truck Series. Next up is the Food City 250 Nationwide race Friday, which will again feature a host of Sprint Cup stars.(BMS)(8-19-2009)

    • Bristol Nights CD featuring Bristol related songs: The sights and sounds of Bristol Motor Speedway are distinctive, unique and instantly recognizable. Now, fans can enjoy NASCAR’s most popular track in an entirely different way with the release of “Bristol Nights,” a 12-song CD that honors the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. The dozen original songs in a multitude of musical styles commemorate the excitement of racing on “The World’s Fastest Half Mile,” Bristol’s signature Night Race, the raw power of the Bristol Dragway and the unmatched Bristol fan experience. “Bristol Nights,” which is the result of a partnership with Banshee Music, digitally debuted at and iTunes earlier this week (BMS), more info at the BMS site.(8-13-2009)

    • Bristol Sprint Cup race sold out: Bristol Motor Speedway President and General Manager Jeff Byrd announced today the facility’s 55th consecutive sell out of a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. “A lot of effort by our staff here at BMS went into making this happen,” said Byrd. “But the biggest tip of the hat goes to the fans. Those members of the extended Bristol Motor Speedway family, who continue, even in tougher times, to come back for the Bristol Experience are the ones who put us in this position. We commit ourselves every race to enhance the Bristol Experience for our loyal fans and the fans responded again.” The streak began Aug. 28, 1982 when Darrell Waltrip edged Bobby Allison by less than a second in front of an estimated 30,000 fans. Since then, the facility’s seating capacity has increased more than five-fold. Fans may place their orders now for 2010 season ticket packages by calling (423) BRISTOL (274-7865).(BMS)(8-11-2009)

    • Stewart to sell tix at Bristol: #14-Tony Stewart not only will be in the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office on Thursday, July 30th, helping sell some of the few remaining tickets to the Sharpie 500 race, but some fans also can look forward to getting a little something extra from him upon purchasing tickets. Stewart has some of his own Sharpie 500 tickets that he will give away to a few lucky fans that afternoon. The former Bristol winner is scheduled to arrive at BMS around 1:30pm/et on Thursday where he will then head to “work” in the ticket office. The Sharpie 500 Sprint Cup event is the last of four exciting night races that will take place at the BMS in August. Race week kicks off with a doubleheader Wednesday, Aug. 19 as the Whelen Modified Series takes to the track for the first time in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150, followed by the O’Reilly 200 Camping World Truck Series. Next up is the Food City 250 Nationwide race Friday, which will again feature a host of Sprint Cup stars. Tickets packages for the Sharpie 500 and the Food City 250 are currently available, starting at only $145. Tickets also are on sale for the Wednesday night doubleheader – the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 and the O’Reilly 200 – for $30 and tickets for the Food City 250 begin at $45. Anyone purchasing a package for the Sharpie 500 and Food City 250 will be eligible for the buy one, get one free Wednesday night ticket. Tickets may be purchased by calling the BMS ticket office at (423) BRISTOL (274-7865), (423) 989-6900 or by visiting

    • Bristol and Banshee Music team on Music: Banshee Music is proud to announce a partnership with Bristol Motor Speedway to serve as official music provider to the racetrack. The partnership will begin with the introduction of a custom, 12-song release that captures the feel of the unique fan experience at Bristol, the excitement of racing on the half-mile track, the track’s signature night race and the raw power of the Thunder Valley drag strip. The CD is due to be released early this summer and will be available at retail and as a digital download.(BMS)(6-30-2009)

    • Bristol Officials Reviewing Saturday Night Special: Bristol Motor Speedway vice-president of events Wayne Estes said the process of selecting the legends field dictated that Bristol winners at the Cup or Busch/Nationwide Series level would compete, and none would be "full-time" competitors in either series. "This gave us the opportunity to keep Terry Labonte in the field," Estes said. "Considering his ties to the two most famous finishes in our history, we wanted Terry in the race." As is the case with all events at the track, Estes and BMS staff will review options for improving the legends show. "Clearly, we learned a lot that will be applied if we do this again," Estes said. "The question now is, do the fans want to see it again. Most of them tell us that they do, with some adjustments. "I talked to Cale Yarborough and his comment was, "'Take the young guys out and let just us old guys race."' That seems to be the prevailing feeling, and open it up beyond Bristol winners so that Buddy Baker and Ricky Rudd can take part." In retrospect, Estes admitted that the Saturday Night Special could have more been compelling with additional planning and tinkering.(Bristol Herald Courier)(3-30-2009) Comment here

    • 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: Left-side – 1,525; Right-side – 1,525

      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 (Sprint Cup). Notes: While teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same left-side tire code (D-4158) at Bristol this weekend, they will be running distinct right-side codes . . . Bristol is the only track at which Sprint Cup teams will run this left-side tire code . . . this will be the fourth straight race at Bristol that Cup teams will be running this combination of left- and right-side tires, dating back to March 2008 . . . this exact tire set-up, including this right-side code (D-4160), has also been run at the last four Cup races at Pocono between 2008-2009. . . Casey Mears and the No. 07 Richard Childress Chevrolet team attended a tire test at Bristol in July . . . .also attending that test were Jason Keller and Steven Wallace in their Nationwide cars, and Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday in their Camping World Trucks . . . Bristol is unique in that teams will be required to run inner liners in only their right-side tires this weekend . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


    • 1000th NASCAR Start for Martin: On Aug. 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway, #5-Mark Martin will make his 1,000th career NASCAR start. That date will mark his 746th Sprint Cup race. Martin also has competed in 231 Nationwide Series and 23 Camping World Truck Series events. He is the third driver to achieve this mark, behind only Richard Petty and Michael Waltrip. Across all three series, Martin has won 93 points-paying events.(HMS)(8-18-2009) Comment here

    • Bean to attempt Bristol: #51-Dexter Bean's next Sprint Cup race will be in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, on Saturday, August 22, 2009. Bean will run the #51 Dodge with LiveWire Energy Chews as the sponsor.(BlackJack Racing)(8-18-2009)

    • Morgan-McClure returns to the track at Bristol: For Morgan-McClure Motorsports and driver #4-Scott Wimmer, qualifying on Friday for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway will mean more than just making the race. It could signal a return to racing fulltime in 2010. "We really want to make a good showing in qualifying and in Saturday's race," said Wimmer, who last drove for Richard Childress Racing in the Nationwide Series and had driven for Morgan-McClure in 2006. "That can attract some attention and hopefully get some sponsors involved. I tell you, this is a team that deserves to come back." The team that won three Daytona 500s in the 1990s, notched multiple wins at Talladega Superspeedway, and won at Martinsville in 1998 with the late Bobby Hamilton driving had major scale-backs in sponsorship that forced an abbreviated schedule in 2007 and sidelined the team for the entirety of 2008. Alpha Natural Resources, a leading U.S. coal producer with 74 facilities in five states including Virginia, is financially backing the team's second attempt at racing in 2009. Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure failed to qualify a Morgan-McClure car for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega in April.(Kingsport Times News)
      AND Scott Wimmer appeared to be at home Monday morning as he roamed the sprawling headquarters of Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Wimmer joked with old friends, chatted with new associates and examined the fleet of No. 4 MMM Chevrolets. The old band might not be fully intact, but the essential pieces are in place for the reunion of a team that last competed in the 2007 fall Cup event at Martinsville Speedway. Wimmer, 33, will attempt to qualify for Saturday's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in a car sponsored by Alpha Natural Resources, an Abingdon-based coal producer. "People are always asking when this car is going to get back on the track," Wimmer said. "I'm really thankful to have the opportunity to make that happen." Wimmer drove 23 races for the MMM team during the 2006 season, recording a top finish of 19th in the Food City 500 at BMS. Morgan said he plans to rent the pit crew members of the No. 24 Rensi-Hamilton Hefty Ford driven by Abingdon's Eric McClure. Longtime Morgan-McClure Motorsports employees Steve Gray, Todd Cooper and Robert Larkins will also assist Wimmer. Food Country USA, an Abingdon-based grocery chain with a long history in stock car racing, is serving as an associate sponsor for the MMM team.(Bristol Herald Courier), see a couple inmages of the car on my #4 Team Schemes page.(8-18-2009) Comment here

    • See the 2009 Team Chart and 2010 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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