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    THE RACE: Food City 500

    TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #5 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Sunday, March 22, 2009 in Bristol, TN

    • Title Sponsor: Food City

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: FOX 1:30pm/et

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

    • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
      Thursday, March 26 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

    • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

    • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

    • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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    Practice Dates/Times/TV

    • Practices: Friday, March 20, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
      Saturday, March 21, 11:00 - 11:45 am/et, TV-none

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 21, 12:20 - 1:20pm/et, TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Information/Times/TV

    • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 20, 11:00am/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, March 20 at 3:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air on SPEED 9:30pm/et;
      AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.


    RACE RUNDOWN
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    • Kyle Busch wins at Bristol: #18-Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, for his 2nd win of 2009, 14th of his career and the first time Busch has won twice at a track in Sprint Cup, he had won his 13 races at different track. The race ran three extra laps on a Green-White-Checkered after a late caution, Busch led 378 of 503 laps. #11-Hamlin finished 2nd, followed by #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #9-Kahne, #5-Martin (the pole sitter), #39-Newman, #31-Burton, #42-Montoya and #47-Ambrose. The top-35 in owners points didn't change much, no drivers / teams fell out. There were 9 cautions for 58 laps and 7 drivers led a lap with 13 lead changes. The race is scheduled to re-air on SPEED, Thursday, March 26th at 12:00pm/et.
      For race results, awards and more on the Bristol Race Results Page.(3-22-2009)

    • UNOFFICAL Driver Points Standings [after Bristol race 5 of 36]:
      1) #24Jeff Gordon 794
      2) #2-Kurt Busch 718 -76 [1 win]
      3) #33-Clint Bowyer 715 -79
      4) #18-Kyle Busch 709 -85 [2 wins]
      5) #99-Carl Edwards 665 -129
      6) #9-Kasey Kahne 639 -155
      7) #14-Tony Stewart 633 -161
      8) #11-Denny Hamlin 631 -163
      9) #48-Jimmie Johnson 627 -167
      10) #17-Matt Kenseth 610 -184 [2 wins]
      11) #00-David Reutimann 607 -187
      12) #29-Kevin Harvick 584 -210
      in running for top 12 - the chase:
      13) #31-Jeff Burton 579 -215
      14) #83-Brian Vickers 553 -241
      15) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya 546 -248
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(3-22-2009)

    • Racing Resources Says …Sprint Cup Series
      * Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
      * Busch, who started 19th, became the second repeat race winner in 2009. Busch also won at Las Vegas. He joined Matt Kenseth, who won the first two races in 2009 (Daytona and California).
      * Busch posted his 14th career Cup victory in 155 races. He has won five of the 12 NASCAR races in 2009: two Cup, two Truck and one Nationwide.
      * Busch moved to 46th on NASCAR's all-time wins list with 14 Cup victories, tying Dick Hutcherson, LeeRoy Yarbrough and Greg Biffle.
      * Busch posted his second victory in 25 races on the three short tracks (Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond). Both wins have come at Bristol. This was his second Bristol victory in nine races. It was his sixth top-10 finish in his past seven races at Bristol.
      * Crew chief Steve Addington posted his 10th Cup victory in his 150th Cup race as a crew chief. All 10 of his crew chief victories have come with Busch.
      * This was the first win by a Toyota in a Cup race at Bristol.
      * Joe Gibbs Racing scored its second Bristol victory -- the other by Tony Stewart. JGR scored its 70th victory overall, which ranks eighth all time. It was JGR's sixth 1-2 finish. Denny Hamlin finished second.
      * Busch led five times for 378 laps in Sunday's race, including the final 59 laps. He led 415 laps in the August 2008 Bristol race. Combined, Busch has led 793 of the 1,003 laps in those two races. JGR has led 1,172 laps in the 1,509 laps of the past three Bristol races.
      * Busch led 156 laps in the Nationwide race Saturday, finishing sixth. He led 534 of the 803 laps raced this weekend (67 percent).
      * The Busch brothers, Kyle and Kurt, have won the past three Cup races.
      * Jeff Gordon leads the Cup points standings by 76 over second-place Kurt Busch. Gordon finished fourth, posting his fifth top-15 finish of 2009. He's the only driver to finish among the top 15 in all five races so far this season.
      * Gordon extended his winless streak to 46 races since October 2007 at Lowe's.
      * Jimmie Johnson (third) tied his best finish in 15 races at Bristol. Johnson climbed from 13th to ninth in the standings, the first time in 2009 that Johnson has been among the top 12. Johnson began the season ranked 31st after Daytona.
      * Clint Bowyer (13th) extended a 78-race streak of running at the finish that began at Homestead in November 2006. Bowyer's last DNF came at Phoenix on Nov. 12, 2006, when he finished 33rd thanks to oil-pump failure.
      * Scott Speed (28th) was the higher-finishing rookie contender among the two rookies in the race. Joey Logano finished 38th.
      * This was the third green-white-checkered finish at Bristol, all in the past three spring races.
      * The top 10 consisted of six Chevys, one Dodge and three Toyotas. The highest-finishing Ford belonged to Carl Edwards (15th).(ESPN)(3-24-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Bristol Motor Speedway
      Kyle Busch won the FOOD CITY 500, his 14th victory in 155 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
      The Busch brothers have won three consecutive races. They won four straight last year - Kyle at Infineon Raceway, Kurt at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kyle at Daytona International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.
      Denny Hamlin (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2009.
      Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 15 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
      Scott Speed (28th) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 76 points over Kurt Busch.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-22-2009)

    • Penalty Report - Bristol Motor Speedway
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #82 28, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
      #8 60, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #29 62, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End (Too Fast Entering also)
      #7 64, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
      #8 125, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End, (Too Fast Exiting also)
      #55 312, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
      #83 320, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
      #16 321, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End (Also Too Soon)
      #8 321, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
      #43 325, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
      #29 444, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End (Too Fast Entering and Exiting)
      #77 445, Car/Truck pitting out of the assigned pit box
      (NASCAR Statistics)(3-22-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: #09-Marlin, 40th
      Caution 2: NONE as the drivers up for it [#34] caused the caution
      Caution 3: #09-Marlin, 40th
      Caution 4: #77-Hornish, 31st
      Caution 5: #96-Labonte, 22nd
      Caution 6: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 14th
      Caution 7: #88-Earnhardt Jr.(2), 14th
      Caution 8: #44-Allmendinger, 16th
      Caution 9: none awarded when 10 or less laps are left in the race
      (3-22-2009)

    • To the Back (1): #88-Earnhardt Jr. [trans change]

    • Pit Stall Selections - Bristol: The selections for pit stalls of the Food City at Bristol Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #5-Martin chose pit stall 1, while outside pole sitter #39-Ryan Newman took pit stall 23, the first on the back stretch pits. 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 Sprint Cup that utilizes two pit roads. Teams that pit on the backstretch used to be at a competitive disadvantage. Since the spring 2002 race at Bristol, teams will enter pit road in Turn 2 (the current backstretch pit entrance) drive around down the backstretch and around Turns 3 and 4 and exit in Turn 1. Under green-flag conditions teams will enter and exit pit road under the current two-pit-road scheme. How are pit stall's chosen? by qualifying speeds, the fastest choose their stall and so on. See the pit selction chart on the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selection page.(3-21-2009)

    • 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.

    • Race Coverage of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2009.
      TV: FOX at 2:00 pm/et [green flag approx 2:13pm]; pre-race show at 1:30 pm/et
      Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
      SPEED, Thursday, March 26 at 12:00pm/et;


    NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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    • Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

    • Happy Hour practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the top five:
      #11-Hamlin 123.372
      #39-Newman 123.245
      #24-Gordon 122.953
      #18-Busch 122.795
      #00-Reutimann 122.756
      slowest: #64-Bodine 118.782 and #09-Marlin 119.417
      no speed: #66-Blaney
      For the best speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more, see the Bristol Practice Speeds/News page.(3-21-2009)

    • Saturday first practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the top five:
      #88-Earnhardt Jr. 123.372
      #00-Reutimann 123.229
      #6-Ragan 123.047
      #48-Johnson 122.835
      #18-Busch 122.835
      slowest: #99-Edwards 119.753 and #87-Nemechek 119.828
      incidents: #96-Labonte hit the wall, but supposedly not much damage.
      For the best speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more, see the Bristol Practice Speeds/News page.(3-21-2009)

    • Martin on pole at Bristol: #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a lap of 125.773mph for his 2nd pole in as many races and 43nd career pole. It was the first tine on 634 races that Martin had won back to back pole, last time in April 1989 at Darlington then Bristol. #39-Newman will start 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #9-Kahne, #00-Reutimann, #43-Sorenson, #66-Blaney, #26-McMurray, and #24-Gordon. #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 35th.
      The Go-or-go homers that made the race: #66-Blaney, #71-Gilliland, #14-Stewart, #64-Bodine, #28-Kvapil, #44-Allmendiner, #87-Nemechek, and #09-Marlin.
      Missing the race: #36-Riggs and #41-Mayfield.
      See qualifying results/starting lineup on my Bristol Starting Lineup Qualifying Page.(3-20-2009)

    • Qualifying Fast Facts - Bristol Motor Speeedway:
      Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Food City 500 with a lap of 15.256 seconds, 125.773 mph.
      This is his 43rd pole in 727 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his second pole and fourth top-10 start in 2009.
      This is his eighth pole in 41 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
      This is the second time Martin has won poles in consecutive races. The last time was in 1989 (Darlington Raceway, this Bristol race). He won two straight poles in 1981 but they were not in consecutive races (Nashville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway).
      Martin, at 50 years, 2 months and 11 days, becomes the oldest driver to win multiple poles in a season (Geoff Bodine was the previous oldest - 48 years, 6 months and 29 days when he won two poles in 1997).
      Ryan Newman (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2009 and his 10th in 15 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
      This marks Ryan Newman's best start since winning the pole at Phoenix International Raceway last April.
      Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fifth in five races this season.
      Scott Speed (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-20-2009)

    • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
      Chevy: #5-Martin, 125.773, starts 1st
      Ford: #16-Biffle, 125.289, starts 4th
      Dodge: #9-Kahne, 124.954, starts 5th
      Toyota: #00-Reutimann, 124.808, starts 6th

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2009 at 3:40pm/et.
      TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
      Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
      Qualifying Re-Air: 9:30pm/et

    • Qualifying Order for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted. 45 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 #17-Kenseth, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #48-Johnson. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #66-Blaney, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #64-Todd Bodine. See the full qualifying order on the Bristol Qualifying Page.(3-20-2009)

    • Friday Practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #00-Reutimann 125.757
      #39-Newman 125.264
      #48-Johnson 125.240
      #19-Sadler 125.142
      #42-Montoya 125.068
      slowest: #41-Mayfield 120.748 & #29-Harvick 100.230
      incidents: #77-Hornish and #36-Riggs both scuffed the wall early in the session. #55-Waltrip spun coming off turn 4 and slid into the inside wall just past the start/finish line. He will have to go to a backup. #29-Harvick's team had trouble getting the car to turn in the corners during the session and never got in a lap at full speed.
      For the best speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more, see the Bristol Practice Speeds/News page.(3-20-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Bristol Motor Speedway:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #66-Dave Blaney, 14th
      #14-Tony Stewart, 17th [PC]
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger, 20th
      #71-David Gilliland, 22nd
      #28-Travis Kvapil, 23rd
      #36-Scott Riggs, 33rd
      #64-Todd Bodine, 38th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 39th
      these drivers would miss the race if theings stayed the same:
      #09-Sterling Marlin, 40th
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield, 44th

    • The Entry List for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (top 35 locked in thru race five of 2009):
      #09-Sterling Marlin (47/4 attempts 2009)
      #14-Tony Stewart [past champ 2005](6/4)
      #28-Travis Kvapil (39/4)
      #36-Scott Riggs (42/4)
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield (44/4)
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger (20/4)
      #64-Todd Bodine (46/4)
      #66-Dave Blaney (41/4)
      #71-David Gilliland (34/4)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (43/4)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 14,44,71,28,66,36,87,41
      missing the race would be [2]: #'s 64,09
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Bristol Entry List.(3-16-2009)

    • Girl Who Gave Earnhardt “Lucky Penny” to appear at Bristol: Wessa Miller, the girl who gave Dale Earnhardt Sr. her lucky penny prior to his winning the Daytona 500 in 1998, will return to Bristol Motor Speedway, a place where Earnhardt later brought the family to thank them for their special gift. Thanks to the efforts of the NASCAR Angels television program and working with The NASCAR Foundation, Motor Racing Outreach and The Pennies For Wessa Fund, the Miller family will make its return visit. Wessa Miller, now 16-years-old and still residing in Phyllis, Ky., was six years old on February 15, 1998 when her dream to meet NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. came true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. During their meeting, Wessa gave Earnhardt her lucky penny. That weekend, with the coin glued to the dash of his car, Dale Earnhardt Sr. won the Daytona 500 on his 20th attempt. That April, Earnhardt arranged to have Wessa and her family attend the NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn. During their visit, Earnhardt presented the Millers with a new van to help with their transportation needs. Eleven years later, the Millers still drive that same van, which transports the family to and from regular doctor visits in Lexington, Ky., 175 miles from Phyllis. The NASCAR Angels television program has arranged to bring Wessa Miller and her family to Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21 to film her as part of a ‘Heart of NASCAR’ segment to be featured in an upcoming episode.
      In conjunction with this event, The NASCAR Foundation has partnered with NASCAR Angels and Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) to launch an online auction that will raise funds for the MRO Benevolence Fund, a fund that supports causes like Pennies for Wessa. The auction will feature a variety of items including autographed memorabilia from numerous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and more, exclusive VIP experiences at upcoming races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule and items from the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR Performance. The Pennies For Wessa Fund was started by NASCAR beat writer and SIRIUS XM radio host David Poole in an effort to assist the needs of the Miller family [see his article at Charlotte Observer].(NASCAR PR)(2-27-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot:
      With a race to go before the 2009 Owners Points lock the top 35 in for Martinsville [still using 2008 owners points thru Bristol] a few teams who were guaranteed in the first five races are outside with a race to go
      30) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 336 +59
      31) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 328 +51
      32) #39-Newman/Stewart Haas: 324 +47
      33) #20-Logano/Gibbs Racing: 321 +44
      34) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 301 +24 [new team]
      35) #5-Martin/Hendrick: 286 +9
      these teams/ drivers are looking to get back in the top 35 after Bristol or they must qualify by speed:
      36) #8-Almirola/Earnhardt Ganassi: 277, 9 points out of 35th
      37) #82-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 256 -30
      38) #98-Menard/Yates Racing: 238 -48
      39) #28-Kvapil/Yates Racing: 214 -72
      40) #78-Smith/Furniture Row: 206 -80 [only 2 attempts]
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(3-8-2009)

    • What happens if qualifying AND the qualifying races gets rained out?

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

      #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][teams do NOT have have to attempt all races]
      #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
      #3) - 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]

    • Single File Restarts with 20 laps to go: NASCAR will use single-file lineups for restarts with 20 laps remaining in all three national series this year, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said today. The previous rule called for single-file restarts with only 10 laps remaining. All other restarts had lapped cars on the inside lane. NASCAR is still allowing for the first driver one-lap down [Lucky Dog] to get back on the lead lap until there are 10 laps left in the race. Pemberton said the rule was to allow the leaders more room to race following a caution in the waning laps. “We’ve been talking to the crews, teams and drivers and we felt like it was a time to make a change,” Pemberton said. “We haven’t taken away the lucky dog and haven’t hurt anybody from getting a lap back.”(SceneDaily)(2-12-2009)

    • 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.

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • Jayski's - 2009 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 [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: 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.
      See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • Dale Jr. leads BMS pts last 10 races: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored the most points in the past 10 Sprint Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway (1,468), 50 more than his closest competitor Kevin Harvick. He has posted seven top-10 finishes, including one victory, in the 10-race span.(3-17-2009)

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

    • 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

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

    • 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, 7

    • Most Poles - All Time: Cale Yarborough, 9

    • Most Top 5s: 26 - Richard Petty

    • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

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

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

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

    • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/11/71

    • Most Caution Laps: 167, 7/25/65

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 7/11/71

    • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 3/15/2008

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

    • Most Lead Changes: 40 - 4/14/91

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 3/25/73

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

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

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 41 - Chevy

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 22 [of 96 points race run], 23.0%

    • Races won from starting pos 2: 12

    • Races won from starting pos 3: 9

    • Races won from starting pos 4: 8

    • Races won from starting pos 5: 6

    • Races won from starting pos 6: 9

    • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

    • Races won from starting pos 8: 5

    • Races won from starting pos 9: 5

    • Races won from starting pos 10: 2

    • Races won from starting pos 12: 3

    • Races won from starting pos 13: 4

    • Races won from starting pos 14: 2

    • Races won from starting pos 18,19,20,24,26,27,30,38: 1

    • Races won from the top 5: 57 of 96 - 59.4%
    • Races won from the top 10: 79 of 96 - 82.3%

    • 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-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 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 96 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 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.
      • 37 different drivers have won races at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip (12); 15 drivers have more than one victory there.
      • The race winner has started from the pole 22 times, the most productive starting position.
      • 79 of 96 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 six different pole winners in the past eight Bristol races. Qualifying was canceled in the spring of 2006 and 2008. There have been seven different race winners in the 10 races since Kurt Busch won three straight in 2003 and 2004. Matt Kenseth (fall 2005 and 2006) and Carl Edwards (fall 2007 and 2008) are the repeat race winners since.
      • 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.
      • There has been one caution-free race at Bristol, July 1971.
      • There have been two extended races at Bristol: March 2005 (504 laps) and March 2008 (506 laps).


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #5-Mark Martin Carquest/Kelloggs #5 Team Schemes Page
      #7-Robby Gordon Findmespot.com #7 Team Schemes Page
      #8-Aric Almirola Champion Apparell #8 Team Schemes Page
      #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
      #18-Kyle Busch Snickers #19 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy #19 Team Schemes Page
      #28-Travis Kvapil Golden Corral #28 Team Schemes Page
      #33-Clint Bowyer BB&T #33 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson PVA.org #43 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie #47 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
      #96-Bobby Labonte Academy Sports + Outdoors #96 Team Schemes Page


    • New sponsor for Robby at Bristol: SPOT LLC (www.findmespot.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc.a leader in personal satellite messaging and emergency communications, today announced it is sponsoring Robby Gordon Motorsports (RGM) at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. SPOT is the primary sponsor of Robby Gordon's #7 Toyota Camry, which will be branded in SPOT's familiar black and orange colors for the Food City 500's racing action at Bristol Motor Speedway. SPOT is the world's first Satellite GPS Messenger. The personal handheld satellite-based messaging, safety and tracking device sends the user's GPS location coordinates and select messages over a global satellite network to friends, family, co-workers or in case of an emergency, a rescue coordination center. Because SPOT uses satellite technology, it works regardless of cellular service availability from virtually anywhere around the world. Robby Gordon was an early adopter of the SPOT Satellite Messenger(tm), using its satellite and GPS technology to stay connected with his support team and his friends and family while practicing and racing off-road, often times in extreme remote areas. SPOT enables Robby to send his GPS location and selected message to his contacts so they know he is OK. SPOT also allows others to track his GPS position, updated automatically in real-time on Google Maps(tm). For a limited time fans of Robby Gordon and NASCAR can take advantage of a special promotional offer on the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. Visit www.findmespot.com/robby for complete details. Offer valid for U.S. residents only.(CNN Money), see an image of the car on the #7 Team Schemes page.(3-19-2009)

    • Different look for Labonte at Bristol: The #96 Hall of Fame Racing Ford of Bobby Labonte will make its debut this weekend with an Academy Sports + Outdoors paint scheme; the first of five races with one of the nation’s largest sporting goods retailers as primary sponsor.(HOF Racing PR), see image of scheme on the #96 Team Schemes page.(3-19-2009)

    • Sorenson to run PVA.org scheme at Bristol: #43-Reed Sorenson is scheduled to be run a Paralyzed Veterans of American scheme in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A PVA PR had the scheme being run at Daytona in July and Texas in November. Sorenson commented: "You know everyone wants to do well out here. But I can't think of a sponsor I have ever had where you felt like you wanted to do something extra special on the track. PVA helps a group of people who've probably given as much for this country as anyone has given." Richard Petty said, "You know, I want to tell anyone serving in our military thank you. Thank you for doing what you are doing over there so all of us can do what we are doing over here. This country needs a strong defense and everyone serving in our military deserves our thanks. We've had a chance to hang out with the Air Force people who've come to the races this season and we really mean it when we say we are honored that they think enough of us to support us like they have and do what they are doing for this country."(RPM PR), see an image of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page.(3-16-2009)

    • Earnhardt Ganassi still searching for #8 sponsorship: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has sponsorship for Aric Almirola for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Bristol and Martinsville and will definitely enter him April 5 at Texas, but his schedule beyond Texas is still pending sponsorship, EGR President Steve Lauletta says. Dale Earnhardt Inc. had intended to run Almirola the full 2009 season, but after the partnership with Chip Ganaasi Racing was formed last November, Almirola's situation has been cloudy with no full-time sponsor. Almirola has 22 career Cup starts, and the #8 team currently is 36th in the owner points. Lauletta confirmed that Almirola will have Champion on the car for Bristol and then Guitar Hero: Metallica for Martinsville, but he wouldn't elaborate on those companies' plans for future events. He said the team still needs sponsorship to get past Texas.(Scene Daily)(3-13-2009)

    • BB&T to sponsor #33 & Bowyer for eleven 2009 races: BB&T Corporation and Richard Childress Racing have agreed to an 11-race sponsorship for RCR’s #33 Chevy with driver Clint Bowyer for the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season. In addition to 10 points races, BB&T will also be the primary sponsor on Bowyer’s #33 Chevy for the annual Sprint Cup Series all-star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May. The March 8 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will mark the first of three consecutive races for BB&T, followed by four in a row starting at Talladega in April and wrapping up with the all-star festivities in Charlotte. In September, BB&T will be showcased again in Atlanta and at Dover for the first of three Chase for the Sprint Cup races. Bowyer’s #33 Impala SS will also feature a burgundy and gold BB&T paint scheme at Martinsville and Talladega next fall. BB&T will serve as a major associate sponsor of the #33 Chevy for the remaining 26 races on the 2009 schedule while General Mills’ brands Cheerios and Hamburger Helper will be the primary sponsor. Next season will mark the second-consecutive year that BB&T has expanded its role within the RCR family of sponsors. In 2007, BB&T sponsored a partial Nationwide Series schedule with Bowyer in RCR’s flagship #2 Chevrolet. That role evolved into a 25-race schedule in 2008, in addition to two races on the #07 Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series.(RCR PR)(11-12-2008)

    • Academy Sports + Outdoors sponsoring Labonte for 5 races: Hall of Fame Racing announced that Academy Sports + Outdoors, a leader in the sports and outdoor industry, will sponsor Bobby Labonte and the #96 Ford for five races in the Sprint Cup Series in 2009. Academy Sports + Outdoor's will debut with the # 96 Academy Sports + Outdoor Ford at Bristol Motor Speedway. The retail leader will again race at Darlington Raceway in the Southern 500, Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400, Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Pep Boys Auto 500 and Talladega Superspeedway in the Amp Energy 500. (Yates Racing PR)(1-28-2009)

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


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      0.533-mile concrete oval
      500 laps, 266.5 miles
      Degree of banking in corners: 30 degrees
      Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
      Straightaways are 650 feet long.
      Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
      Seating capacity: ~165,000
      Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch (1 shared)
      Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
      Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
      Pace Car Track Speed: 35mph
      Track Opened: 1960
      First Cup race: 1961

      Race Festivities/Officials:
      Grand Marshal: Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer
      Command to start engines: Frank Beamer
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Bobby Allison
      Invocation: Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant, VA
      National Anthem: Singer Ashton Shepherd
      Military Flyover: KC-135, 134th Air Refueling Wing, USAF ANG, Knoxville, TN
      for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Homepage: bristolmototspeedway.com

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Auto Club Speedway

    • Last Year: see my March 2008 Race Info page

    • Last August: see the August 2008 Race Info page


    • ESPN2 to Have Live Coverage as NASCAR Legends Return to Action at Bristol: ESPN2 will have live coverage as some of the greatest names in the history of NASCAR return to action for a special charity race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 21, at 6:00pm/et. And just as many great drivers will be racing again, Ned Jarrett, a mainstay of ESPN’s coverage of NASCAR from 1986-2000, returns to the air to join his son, ESPN lead NASCAR analyst Dale Jarrett, and lap-by-lap announcer Dr. Jerry Punch in calling the action in the Scotts Saturday Night Special. Cale Yarborough, Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Harry Gant and ESPN analyst Rusty Wallace are among the 12 legends of NASCAR who will compete for 35 laps in late model stock cars. The winning driver will earn a $25,000 donation for the charity of his choice. The race airs following ESPN on ABC’s live coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Scotts Turf Builder 300 event at Bristol that day at 2:00pm/et. Others in the race, all former winners in NASCAR competition at Bristol, include Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer, Phil Parsons, L.D. Ottinger and former NASCAR Nationwide Series champions Jack “Iron Man” Ingram and David Green. Wallace will be ESPN’s “In-Race Reporter” and will talk via radio with Dale Jarrett during the telecast. Allen Bestwick will host the telecast and pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch.(ESPN PR)(3-18-2009)

    • Legends test at Bristol: One look at Junior Johnson strapped into his #11 race car with old-fashioned goggles wrapped around his helmet, and it was like taking a step back in time. Johnson was one of several former Bristol Motor Speedway winners testing Tuesday at the .533-mile oval in preparation for this weekend's Scotts Saturday Night Special. Also taking to the track was Harry Gant, Jimmy Spencer, Jack Ingram, Rusty Wallace, L.D. Ottinger, and Phil Parsons. The last time Johnson, who won the 1965 Southeastern 500 at BMS, raced at BMS the track was asphalt – and it was much different. “When it was first built, you run off in the first and second turn like you went down a hill,” said the 77-year-old Johnson. “Now, it is so much smoother. I haven’t been on it since the last time they redid it, but I can tell it is a lot smoother. The pavement was kind of humpy and bumpy, so it’s got to be better (than it was). Jack Ingram, who earned 31 victories and two championships in what was then the Busch Series, now the Nationwide Series, won the second race in that series ever held at BMS, in 1982. Now 72, Ingram didn’t seem intimidated by anyone on the track. Harry Gant, 69, winner of 18 Sprint Cup victories and 21 in the Nationwide Series, was the 1992 Budweiser 250 winner at BMS. Other drivers expected to compete in the Saturday Night Special are David Green, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Phil Parsons and Larry Pearson. Former BMS winner Larry Pearson will be subbing for his father, David, who was scheduled to be in the race. Track officials learned earlier this week that reoccurring issues with the elder Pearson’s back will prevent him from taking part in the event.
      Among the celebrities testing Wednesday will be Ray Everham, Andy Petree, Brad Daugherty, and former NFL star Brad Compton. Other competing in the race are Frank Beamer, Terry Bowden, David Akers, Bill Jordan, Riki Rachtman, Doug Herbert, Ron Capps and Greg Anderson. The celebrities will run 15-lap or 10-minute heats to help determine the starting spots of their pro driver teammates, who then will run 35 laps. The Saturday Night Special will take place after the completion of the Scotts Turf Builder 300 Nationwide Series race and will be followed by a 100-lap UARA late model event.(BMS PR)
      AND: GDSI Racing with driver Sterling Marlin are preparing for Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21st. Marlin will compete in a 50 lap late model celebrity race where celebrities will be paired up with drivers. Andy Petree will drive the first 15 laps and Sterling Marlin will drive the final 35 laps in the Legend brands Chevy Monte Carlo. The winning team will win $25,000 for the charity and Sterling Marlin and GDSI Racing have selected The Epilepsy Foundation of Middle and West TN, second place will receive $10,000 and the rest of the starters will receive $5,000. The race is slated as the first “Saturday Night Special”.(GDSI Racing PR)(3-18-2009)

    • BMS fans from 50 states, 11 nations to take part in ceremonies: Bristol Motor Speedway’s fans come from all across the country, as well as internationally, and on Sunday, March 22 prior to the start of the Food City 500, their loyalty and dedication to BMS will be recognized. Among the BMS ticket holders are fans from each of the 50 states, as well as 11 countries. Sunday morning, fans from their home states and their native countries will take part in a spectacular pre-race ceremony designed to thank Bristol Motor Speedway’s most important commodity, its race fans. All 50 state flags and the flags of Canada, England, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Scotland, Norway, Luxembourg, Columbia and Puerto Rico will be displayed on the track, presented by fans from their respective states and countries. BMS officials solicited fans from its ticket holder data base via an email blast last week and the response was overwhelming. To date, more than 5,000 fans have responded asking for the honor of representing their state or country. Nearly 1,200 answered within the first 43 minutes after the call was issued. Also, as part of the pre-race ceremony on Sunday, a massive 60’x90’ American flag will be unfurled during the singing of the national anthem. Approximately 100 members of the United States armed forces, from all branches of the military, will take part in unfurling the flag. Members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard also will display their respective flags during the pre-race ceremony.
      Tickets still are available for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 (Starting at $45) and Food City 500 (starting at $93). Tickets for Ford Fan Friday, March 20, are just $5 and fans with specially marked Pepsi cans will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at www.bristoltix.com or by calling the BMS ticket office at (423) 989-6900.(BMS PR)(3-17-2009)

    • Celebrities set to run Saturday Night Special at Bristol: Football coaches, football players, TV/radio personalities and more have signed on to run the celebrity heat races as part of the Scotts Saturday Night Special, March 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, who also will serve as grand marshal of the Food City 500, will climb behind the wheel of a race car for the first time as will Terry Bowden. Bowden returns to the college coaching ranks this year after 10 years in the broadcast booth, taking over the Division II powerhouse University of North Alabama. Coaches are not the only ones suiting up. David Akers, Pro-Bowl kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles will participate. Also racing for charity will be local hero Mike Compton, current head football coach at Patrick Henry High School (Glade Spring, Va.) and two-time Super Bowl winner with the Patriots of New England. Rounding out the first heat will be: Bill Jordan, owner/founder of Realtree Camouflage and host of two of his own television shows, Bill Jordan’s Realtree Outdoors and ESPN’s “Driven to Hunt,” and TV/radio personality Riki Rachtman of MTV’s “Charm School” and “Daisy of Love.”
      Taking the wheel in the second heat will be a field of more experienced drivers. Former car owners and two of the top crew chiefs of all time, Andy Petree and Ray Evernham, now ESPN race analysts, as well as Brad Daugherty, a former No. 1pick in the NBA draft and retired all-star player with the Cleveland Cavaliers will be part of the festivities. Taking advantage of a weekend off on the National Hot Rod Association schedule are Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Doug Herbert (Top Fuel Dragster) who will fill out the field. The celebrities will run 15-lap or 10-minute heats to help determine the starting spots of their pro driver teammates, who then will run 35 laps. That field includes Junior Johnson, Harry Gant, Cale Yarborough and Jack Ingram. The winning “team” is guaranteed $25,000 for their charities and a total of $10,000 will go to the charity or charities of the second-place duo. Every other team will get $5,000 for their charities. Team pairings will be announced at a later time. Tickets still are available for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 (Starting at $45) and Food City 500 (starting at $93). Tickets for Ford Fan Friday, March 20, are just $5 and fans with specially marked Pepsi cans will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at www.bristoltix.com or by calling the BMS ticket office at (423) 989-6900.(BMS PR)(3-17-2009)

    • Bristol names Allison starter; Beamer grand marshal: Legendary NASCAR star Bobby Allison will serve as Honorary Starter and Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer will be the Grand Marshal for the Food City 500 March 22. Voted one of NASCAR racing's 50 greatest drivers, Allison’s career was stellar and his record at Bristol Motor Speedway was part of that. He posted four wins, 23 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes in 44 career races at BMS. Through that time, Allison showed his versatility by competing in eight different models of race cars. His last race at Bristol resulted in a fifth-place finish in April of 1988. Less than three months later, his career would be cut short as a result of injuries sustained in an accident at Pocono Raceway.
      Under Beamer’s direction, Virginia Tech football has enjoyed unprecedented success with 15 consecutive bowl appearances, two ACC titles, two ACC Coastal Division crowns, three Big East Conference titles and a trip to the national championship game. Since the beginning of the 1995 season, only Ohio State and Florida have posted more wins than Virginia Tech, and the Hokies have finished in the top 20 in 13 of the past 16 seasons, including five Top 10 finishes during the last 11 years. The Food City 500 gets under way at 2:00pm/et Sunday, March 22. Qualifying for the event takes place Friday, March 20th at 3:40pm/et. The Scotts Turf Builder 300 is set for Saturday, March 21 at 2:30pm/et, with qualifying getting underway that morning at 9:40am/et. Tickets still are available for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 (Starting at $45) and Food City 500 (starting at $93). Tickets for Ford Fan Friday, March 20, are just $5 and fans with specially marked Pepsi cans will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at www.bristoltix.com or by calling the BMS ticket office at (423) 989-6900.(BMS PR)(3-16-2009)

    • Bristol working to maintain sellout streak: For the first time in more than 13 years Bristol Motor Speedway is advertising tickets for a Sprint Cup race. Tough economic times have forced many of the corporate partners that purchased blocks of seats not to renew for what is known as NASCAR's toughest ticket. That puts Bristol's string of 53 consecutive sellouts in jeopardy for the March 22 race, all though general manager Jeff Byrd is optimistic the streak will continue based on the current sales pattern. Byrd would not comment on the number of tickets available, but he was excited about the potential for fans that never have seen a Bristol race to attend. Bristol has 160,000 seats, including 197 skyboxes that are almost twice as many as most tracks on the circuit. The "World's Fastest Half Mile Track'' and Richmond International Speedway were the only two with a waiting list for tickets before this season. The Sharpie 500, the summer night race at Bristol, has been even a tougher ticket than the spring race, despite the fact that only Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway have more grandstand seats. If one or both of Bristol's races sell out, the track could claim one or two of the biggest crowds of the season. None of the first four races have been sellouts. Daytona came close, but track president Robin Braig said it would not be fair to call the Daytona 500 a sellout since many tickets were discounted and some were given away to track employees. There were crowd estimates of 75,000 [NASCAR said 94,400] or less last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which seats over 125,000.(ESPN)(3-11-2009)

    • Cale added to Bristol's Saturday Night Special race; DW withdraws - TV on ESPN2: Cale Yarborough, one of the most successful drivers in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway, has been added to the lineup of stars for the Scotts “Saturday Night Special” at Bristol Motor Speedway, March 21. Darrell Waltrip, Bristol’s all-time winner with 12, has had to pull out of the race because of a scheduling issue that has arisen. “It seems crazy, but I am busier now than I was when I was a driver,” Waltrip said. “I have some commitments to Fox Sports that have come up since we began talking with the folks at Bristol about this race. I was looking forward to getting out there with some of those guys again; and some of them for the first time. After years with Junior Johnson as my boss, I was excited about rubbing fenders with him. But, sometimes things are unavoidable.”
      A $100,000 purse to be paid to the charity of choice by each driver will be up for grabs. Competing in late model stock cars, $25,000 will be donated to the charity of choice of the winning team as well as taking home that big Bristol trophy. The second-place team will have $10,000 given to the charity of its choice and $5,000 will go to the designated charity of the other entrants. Other drivers expected to compete are Harry Gant, David Green, Jack Ingram, Junior Johnson, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, L.D. Ottinger, Phil Parsons, David Pearson, Jimmy Spencer and Rusty Wallace. The Saturday Night Special will take place after the completion of the Scotts Turf Builder 300 Nationwide Series race and will be followed by a 100-lap UARA late model event. Tickets, which include all three races, start at $45 and are available by calling the BMS ticket office at 423-989-6900 or by visiting bristoltix.com. TV NOTE: the race is scheduled to air on ESPN2 from 6-7pm/et on March 21,2009 and ONE re-air on ESPN Classic on March 22nd at 10:00am/et.(BMS PR)(3-10-2009)

    • New "Thunder Valley Lightning" to be sold at Bristol: Bristol Motor Speedway has partnered with Piedmont Distillers, Inc. and its Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon moonshine brand to introduce a new signature drink named, “Thunder Valley Lightning”. Thunder Valley Lightning is made exclusively with Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon and will be served with one of two southern favorites, sweet tea or lemonade. It will be sold in a 24-ounce collectible cup that replicates the canning jars traditionally used by moonshiners. The acrylic cup includes an embossed Bristol Thunder Valley Lightning logo and a label featuring a photo of the track and the date of the Spring NASCAR event. The drink will be sold exclusively at 20 drink stations located throughout Bristol Motor Speedway’s concourse area inside the track and at exterior locations surrounding the track. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go a non-profit organization. The collectible cup will also be available with non-alcoholic sweet tea and lemonade drinks sold throughout the track’s regular concession stands. Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon is available in liquor stores, bars and restaurants in 15 states; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.piedmontdistillers.com.(BMS PR)(3-9-2009)

    • Tickets available for Food City 500 at Bristol: Fans who have longed to attend a race at NASCAR’s most popular track now have the opportunity to do just that on what will be the biggest spring race weekend in Bristol Motor Speedway’s history. Tickets are available for the March 22 Food City 500, capping a three-day race weekend fans can’t afford to miss as a number of special events have been added to the schedule. Ford Fan Friday kicks off the action on March 20 when fans can see practice for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 and the Food City 500, as well as qualifying for the Food City 500, for only $5. Any fan bringing a specially marked Pepsi can to the gate will receive free entry. Also on tap for Friday is Food City Race Night, which will take place at BMS from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. There is no admission to the event which will feature live music, free food and driver appearances. Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart are scheduled to participate in Rock Band while Clint Bowyer, Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne and A.J. Allmendinger will square off in a Wii boxing tournament. Other drivers, including Jeff Burton, will take part in a question and answer session. The Scotts Turf Builder 300, one of the premier Nationwide events on the schedule, takes place March 21 with a host of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in the field. Among those participating in the race is Carl Edwards, Harvick, Greg Biffle, Bowyer and Kyle Busch. Also on the schedule Saturday is the highly anticipated Scotts Saturday Night Special at Bristol, an all-star race featuring some of the biggest names in NASCAR, including Junior Johnson and Harry Gant. Following the Saturday Night Special is a 100-lap UARA race to cap off the evening. All three races, the Scotts Turf Builder 300, the Scotts Saturday Night Special and the UARA event are included in the cost of the ticket for the Scotts Turf Builder 300.
      Tickets for the Food City 500 are available, starting at $93. Tickets for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 triple-header begin at $45. Qualifying for the Food City 500 is slated for 3:40 p.m. Friday and qualifying for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 is at 9:40 a.m. Saturday. The Scott’s Turf Builder 300 takes the green flag at 2 p.m., as does the Food City 500 Sunday. To purchase tickets, please contact the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office at 423-989-6900 or visit www.bristoltix.com.(BMS PR)(3-5-2009)

    • Drivers to Conduct Fan Forums at Speedway Motorsports Races: NASCAR drivers and Speedway Motorsports are teaming up to bring fans closer to their favorite drivers than ever before. The new "PRN Up To SPEED" program will bring NASCAR's top names out for fan forums at the SPEED Stage during each of the 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends at Speedway Motorsports' seven speedways across the country. The Performance Racing Network's on-air personalities will emcee question-and-answer sessions with some of the sport's biggest personalities at the SPEED Stage leading up to SPEED's regularly scheduled weekend programming.
      "PRN Up To SPEED" will kick off Sunday at 9:30am/et, at the SPEED Stage located in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway midway. The stellar lineup will include Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch, legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Each Speedway Motorsports track [Atlanta, Bristol, Infineon, Las Vegas, Lowe's, New Hampshire, Texas] that hosts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will hold "PRN Up To SPEED" sessions during their respective race weekend. The location of the SPEED Stage may vary from track to track, but at all Speedway Motorsports facilities, the stage is always located in an area where access is free of charge for fans.(SMI PR)(3-1-2009)

    • Bristol Track Record Broken UPDATE2..or is it?: Four NASCAR Whelen Modified Series champions were among six drivers tested at Bristol Motor Speedway during a test session on Tuesday. The fastest time of the day was clocked by L.W. Miller of Dushore, Pa. Miller circled the .533-mile oval in 14.742 sec., breaking Ryan Newman’s Cup Series track record of 14.908 sec. [128.709mph] set in 2003. The cars were running with carburetor restrictor-plates for the test session. Later in the afternoon, a few drivers removed the plates, resulting in even faster times. Ted Christopher, the 2008 Whelen Modified Tour Champion, jumped at the chance to test his car on the concrete track with the engine unrestricted. Christopher turned an incredible lap of 14.479 sec. [132.522mph], a mind-blowing proposition. The Whelen Modified Tour returns Aug. 19 for a doubleheader event with the NASCAR Camping World Series. Other drivers participating in the test were Matt Hirschman, Brian Loftin, Ronnie Silk and Todd Szegedy.(BMS PR)(2-25-2009)
      UPDATE: in an old July 2003 post on the uscsracing.com site, it says: Kenny Adams was one of four drivers who tested winged sprint cars with the United Sprint Car Series on Wednesday [July 2003] at Bristol Motor Speedway. With aproximately 10 infield stop watches on hand, lap times were in the low to mid 14 second ranges thru the latter sessions of the three hour test period, putting speeds slightly over 135 miles per hour at the track which is slightly over one half mile long. Adams from Malabar Florida the current USCS "Asphalt Thunder" series points leader, recorded a 14.29 second lap as did Doug Berryman from Mansfield, Ohio. Two time USCS champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee flew around the high 36 degree banks in 14.37 seconds and Jim Raptis from Marietta, Georgia, had a best for the day of 14.63 seconds. All four drivers unofficially broke the record of 14.908 seconds set by Ryan Newman during qualifying for the Winston Cup event at BMS last March [2003].(2-26-2009)
      UPDATE 2: Sammy Swindell ran a 13.86 second lap [138.442mph] in 2000 when they ran the World of Outlaws ran there and converted the track to dirt.(2-26-2009)

    • Rusty’s Pit Stop season ticket package available at Bristol: Beginning with the upcoming March race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, a new season package will be available to race fans that gives them access to both a suite and a grandstand seat. Rusty’s Pit Stop season ticket package allow those purchasing tickets in the Wallace Tower access to the suite nearest that grandstand section. Fans will be able to use the catwalk to gain access to the suite. The suite will be a Wallace-branded lounge with restrooms and a cash concession area, as well as a cash bar. The suite will be standing room only and guests also will access to additional restrooms located on suite level. The suite is fully enclosed, climate controlled and features several flat-screen televisions. Each fan purchasing Rusty’s Pit Stop package also will receive one $25 voucher for both the March and August NASCAR race weekends at BMS. Included in the package are both Sprint Cup events and both Nationwide Series races. Cost for Rusty’s Pit Stop is $500 per person for the entire season. This offer is good to the first 180 people wishing to purchase the package. Fans interested in purchasing Rusty’s Pit Stop season ticket package, which went on sale Monday, Feb. 16, should contact the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office at 423-989-6900.(BMS PR)(2-23-2009)

    • Ford Fan Action offers Bristol Tickets for reduced cost or free: The biggest Spring weekend in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway kicks off with Ford Fan Friday March 20 and Ford, the official vehicle of the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, is making certain fans are able watch it all at little, or no, cost. Ford is making tickets available to the general public on Ford Fan Friday, which features practice for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide cars, as well as qualifying for the Food City 500, for only $5. And, if spectators bring a specially marked Pepsi can to the gate that day, they will receive free entry. Pepsi, the official soft drink of BMS, will have a total of three million cans in circulation boasting the special offer. Ford also is offering fans the opportunity to take hot laps at Bristol Motor Speedway with Ford drivers, including Carl Edward and Greg Biffle. Fans can visit their local Ford dealers between Feb. 16 and March 12 to test drive a Ford and they will receive two tickets to Ford Fan Friday March 20. At that time, they also can register to be one of three winners who will get to cruise the half-mile oval at BMS in a two-seater race car with Ford drivers. Practice for Ford Fan Friday begins at noon with the Sprint Cup cars taking to the .533-mile oval first, with the Nationwide cars on the track at 1:40 p.m. Qualifying for the Food City 500 begins at 3:40 p.m. and a final practice for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 starts at 4:45 p.m.(BMS PR)(2-18-2009)

    • Family Race Night moving to BMS: A pre-race tradition that lets NASCAR drivers and fans meet is expected to officially end its 20-year run in Kingsport this week. Preliminary reports indicate Food City’s Family Race Night will be moved from MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport to Bristol Motor Speedway prior to this year’s Food City 500. The Food City Racing Web site shows the event is slated for March 22 at the racetrack. The decision is expected to be announced by Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway officials at a press conference Thursday. Speedway officials said a press conference will be held Thursday at 11:30am but that they could not yet confirm or deny reports that the event is being moved.(Kingsport Times New)(2-10-2009)

    • Lengendary racers to run charity race at Bristol: Darrell Waltrip, Harry Gant, David Pearson, Junior Johnson and other champion drivers are scheduled to be a part of the first Saturday Night Special at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, March 21. Paired with celebrity partners, these legendary racers will run 35 circuits of a 50-lap event to benefit charity and send race fans on a trip down memory lane. Assigned teammates will start the race and run 15 laps. At the end of that segment, some of Bristol’s best will start the second portion of the race in the order of finish of the first. Drivers will be competing in late model stock cars and $25,000 will be donated to the charity of choice of the winning team. The second-place team will have $10,000 given to the charity of its choice and $5,000 will go to the designated charity of the other entrants. But that big Bristol trophy they get to keep for themselves. “It’s been a while,” said Johnson, who has one win as a driver, but 20 at BMS as a car owner. “But I think I can still turn some laps around this place. Darrell better buckle up.” Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer and Phil Parsons also are expected to compete. Dale Jarrett, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace and Cale Yarborough were extended invitations. The Saturday Night Special will take place after the completion of the Scotts Turf Builder 300 Nationwide Series race and the 100-lap UARA late model event. Info on Tickets at (423) 989-6900 and toll-free (866) 415-4158.(BMS PR)(2-5-2009)

    • State of Tennessee, Bristol fight over tax on broadcasts: Bristol Motor Speedway and the state of Tennessee are fighting in court over money the racetrack brings in from the broadcast of NASCAR races. Both sides were in a Nashville courtroom earlier this month trying to negotiate a way forward in the lawsuit that began after the state demanded that the speedway pay taxes on money it makes from televised races at the track. The lawsuit, filed last year in Chancery Court in Nashville, claims the state Department of Revenue is illegally taxing the track. At stake is nearly $420,000 in taxes and interest.(Associated Press / USA Today)(1-30-2009)

    • Ford the new official vehicle of Bristol Motor Speedway: Tri-Cities and Charleston Ford Dealer Advertising Group have teamed up to become the official vehicle of Bristol Motor Speedway in 2009. The sponsorship agreement is for three years. The vehicle sponsorship was previously held by General Motors. The Tri-Cities and Charleston Ford Dealer Advertising Group encompasses 40 dealerships in Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky. The sponsorship opportunity was initiated by the Tri-Cities and Charleston Ford dealers, independently of Ford Motor Company, through their dealer group advertising fund. Bristol Motor Speedway provides more than 16,000 square feet to display Ford’s latest vehicles, including the 2009 F-150, 2010 Mustang, Fusion Hybrid and Taurus. Sponsorship of the Official Vehicle of Bristol Motor Speedway also includes Pole Day for the March race weekend on March 20, as well as the popular Transporter Parade, set this year for Aug. 20.(BMS PR)(1-6-2009)

    • Pedestrian, Roadway Projects In Front Of BMS Near Completion: The concrete mixers, backhoes, shifting orange barrels and armies of workers that dominated the roadway in front of Bristol Motor Speedway over the past year are now history. “I’m driving into the speedway right now, and it looks great and traffic is flowing freely,” Kevin Triplett, BMS vice president of public affairs, said Wednesday from a cell phone as he pulled into the track’s south entrance. “When all is said and done, this has solved a lot of problems. What we’ve got now is a much safer environment.” Work began in the summer of 2007, and barring any mishaps or late additions, construction will be completed by Sunday’s deadline. Federal, state, city and BMS dollars were used to finally complete a combination of pedestrian and roadway improvement projects in front of and near the track – projects that BMS officials hoped would begin and end much sooner. City and speedway officials unsuccessfully sought state funding for a pedestrian safety project in 2001 and made another presentation to state officials in 2003. BMS owner Bruton Smith had pushed for pedestrian safety improvements for years and criticized state officials for not providing adequate money for such upgrades. The need is obvious when considering the massive number of people who converge on the speed cathedral. Three separate construction companies thundered through the accelerated project at the height of the shuffle early this year. The Tennessee Department of Transportation decided to rebuild Beaver Creek and Back Creek bridges and make other improvements within the one-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 11E from Exide Drive south to White Top Road, at a cost of about $4.7 million. TDOT originally planned to build new 10-foot-wide walkways on the side of the bridges, but BMS kicked in more than $232,000 to double the space to 20 feet for pedestrians on the speedway side only.
      The bridge work was not scheduled to start for another two years, but the state decided to go forward sooner in an effort to get the work done in conjunction with the city’s project. Meanwhile, the city, using a combination of money from the city, BMS and federal grants, completed new sidewalks on Volunteer Parkway/U.S. Highway 11E leading to the speedway’s south entrance. The city also relocated underground utilities, renovated streetlights and constructed other pedestrian improvements near the speedway at a cost of approximately $5 million. The work is part of the city’s 2006-08 Transportation Improvement Program.(Bristol Herald Courier)(11-29-2008)

    • New Bristol Camping Area to open with 1999 prices: As part of the continuing effort to ease the burden fans are feeling in their wallets, Bristol Motor Speedway officials recently opened a new section for camping -- at 1999 prices. Bristol race fans looking for great camping at affordable prices for the 2009 events at Bristol Motor Speedway should look no further than the new Landing Campground. Sites at the Landing will be available during the Food City 500 and Sharpie 500 race weekends for only $99 each, a price that was available almost a decade ago. The campsites will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of two spots per event, per person may be reserved. By purchasing spots for the 2009 season, race fans will be able to reserve their spaces for 2010 and beyond. After 2009, the spaces will be renewable each year at a price to be determined. Each site is 20’ by 50’ and many offer a beautiful view of Holston Mountain. Shuttle service will carry guests to and from the speedway on event days. Guests also will have shower house access via a shuttle service. One car pass is available for each space. No tents are allowed. For more information about the Landing Campground go to bristolmotorspeedway.com.(BMS PR)(11-1-2008)

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


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

      Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
      Number of Tires:
      Sprint Cup: Left-side“ 1,500, Right-side 1,500;
      Nationwide: Left-side 575, Right-side 575

      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: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Bristol this weekend . . . this will be the first time Goodyear has brought this combination to the track in 2009, though this is the same tire set-up that NASCAR teams ran at both Bristol (both series) and Pocono (Sprint Cup only) in 2008 . . . 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.

    • Wider tire couple years away: A Goodyear official said that the new wider, taller tire that should be better suited for the Car of Tomorrow and help with the handling of those cars is now "at least'' 2 years away from being used in a race. Greg Stucker made the comment Wednesday during a tire test at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Stucker told me in January that he was hopeful that the new tire could be used in a race in 2010, but the timeline has since changed. Stucker said that Goodyear met with NASCAR officials on Tuesday to update series officials on the progress of the new tire. "We feel like we've still got some work to do,'' Stucker said. "We're certainly seeing some performance advantages, which was one of the goals. There are a few things we're not comfortable with yet as far as the overall footprint shape, the way the tire interacts. We think we've got some thing to improve before we put it on the race track. I'd say there's an outside chance we could be on a race track by the end of this year (for testing) but I'd say it's a litlte more long term than that. There are still a lot of things that have to happen before you put it in the race. We're a couple of years out before we do that. It's going to be some fairly significant changes we think.'' The new tire is 17 inches in diameter. The current tire is 15 inches in diameter. The new tire is 1.5 inches wider. What Goodyear likes about the new tire: "We're able to have a litlte bit more durable package. The tire is going to be wider and with it being taller actaully elongates the footprint, makes it longer. By having a wider footprint that means more cornering power that translates, basically into more grip.(Virginian Pilot)(3-19-2009)


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

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


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