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QUALIFYING for the Food City 500 at Bristol
  • Qualifying is OVER

  • Cup Qualifying at Bristol: Qualifying for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Speed Channel [FSN - Fox Sports Net] at 3:05pm/et, and will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Friday, Mar 21st at 8:00pm/et and on Sat, Mar 22nd at 2:30am/et].

    Qualifying can be heard on radio via PRN Radio and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144 (Subscription Required).

    and via the Internet at NASCAR.com's paid service, TrackPass.(3-21-2003)


  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, March 2002, 127.216mph

  • 2002 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 127.216, finished 31st.

  • Fastest Practice Speed on Friday: #24-Jeff Gordon, 126.662 (goes out 4th of 45th)


    Track Specs:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    Degree of banking in corners: 36 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
    Straightaways are 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: ~160,000
    Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch(1 must be shared)
    Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
    See below for special Bristol pit road rules.

  • Track Website: Bristol Motor Speedway


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

  • Pole Progression at Bristol: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #11-Brett Bodine, 1st out to qualify, 125.273, will start 33rd
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 3rd out, 127.343 NEW TRACK RECORD, starts 2nd
    #12-Ryan Newman, 25th out, 128.709 NEW TRACK RECORD, starts 1st on the pole
    (3-21-2003)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they?
    #0-Jack Sprague, 123.000, starts 42nd, provisional
    #14-Larry Foyt, 123.016, DNQ
    #16-Greg Biffle, 126.005, 15th
    #41-Casey Mears, 124.452, 39th provisional
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 125.551, 26th
    #74-Tony Raines, 125.740, 22nd.(3-21-2003)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy - #24-Jeff Gordon, 127.343 starts 2nd
    Dodge - #12-Ryan Newman, 128.709, 1st
    Ford - #97-Kurt Busch, 126.562, 9th
    Pontiac - #4-Mike Skinner, 126.779, 6th
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(3-21-2003)


    Qualifying after ALL of 45 drivers:

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

    Pos Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Best
    Friday
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    Provisional
    Rank
    1 26 25 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 128.709 126.570 3 2.139 12
    2 4 3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 127.343 126.662 1 0.681 15
    3 22 21 49 Ken Schrader Dodge 127.123 126.420 4 0.703 37
    4 21 20 2 Rusty Wallace Dodge 127.022 125.798 15 1.204 20
    5 29 28 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 127.006 125.683 21 1.339 29
    6 45 45 4 Mike Skinner Pontiac 126.779 126.362 5 0.417 33
    7 16 14 7 Jimmy Spencer Dodge 126.587 125.922 9 0.665 23
    8 15 13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 126.570 126.054 8 0.516 4
    9 33 31 97 Kurt Busch Ford 126.562 126.362 6 0.2 6
    10 38 36 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 126.445 125.897 11 0.548 2
    11 18 17 22 Ward Burton Dodge 126.395 125.477 27 0.918 31
    12 6 15 18 Bobby Labonte Chevy 126.337 125.691 20 0.646 14
    13 20 19 01 Jerry Nadeau Pontiac 126.237 125.732 18 0.505 36
    14 40 38 32 Ricky Craven Pontiac 126.021 125.477 26 0.544 5
    15 7 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 126.005 124.379 38 1.626 24
    16 37 35 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 125.955 126.595 2 -0.64 25
    17 9 7 5 Terry Labonte Chevy 125.930 124.971 35 0.959 26
    18 41 39 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 125.906 125.782 16 0.124 27
    19 10 8 6 Mark Martin Ford 125.815 125.839 13 -0.024 16
    20 27 26 10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 125.790 125.502 25 0.288 10
    21 2 44 30 Jeff Green Chevy 125.790 125.199 31 0.591 35
    22 32 30 74 Tony Raines Chevy 125.740 125.060 33 0.68 41
    23 25 24 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 125.724 125.699 19 0.025 9
    24 42 42 37 Derrike Cope Chevy 125.699 123.961 40 1.738 44
    25 11 9 25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 125.658 125.914 10 -0.256 8
    26 31 43 42 Jamie McMurray Dodge 125.551 125.848 12 -0.297 28
    27 12 10 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 125.502 125.757 17 -0.255 18
    28 34 32 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 125.436 125.256 30 0.18 3
    29 28 27 99 Jeff Burton Ford 125.387 125.395 28 -0.008 22
    30 36 34 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 125.379 124.881 36 0.498 11
    31 24 23 77 Dave Blaney Ford 125.297 125.815 14 -0.518 7
    32 23 22 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 125.273 125.020 34 0.253 34
    33 1 1 11 Brett Bodine Ford 125.273 124.727 37 0.546 45
    34 44 41 21 Ricky Rudd Ford 125.077 125.568 22 -0.491 17
    35 19 18 1 Steve Park Chevy 125.020 125.150 32 -0.13 19
    36 39 37 31 Robby Gordon Chevy 124.971 125.518 24 -0.547 21
    37 13 11 23 Kenny Wallace Dodge 124.735 126.278 7 -1.543 32
    38 8 6 41 Casey Mears Dodge 124.452 125.354 29 -0.902 30
    39 30 29 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 124.315 123.221 43 1.094 13
    40 5 4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 124.218 125.559 23 -1.341 1
    41 3 2 43 John Andretti Dodge 124.210 124.275 39 -0.065 40
    42 14 12 02 Hermie Sadler Pontiac 123.945 122.740 45 1.205 52
    43 43 40 54 Todd Bodine Ford 123.682 123.594 41 0.088 38
    44 17 16 14 Larry Foyt Dodge 123.016 123.134 44 -0.118 42
    45 35 33 0 Jack Sprague Pontiac 123.000 123.427 42 -0.427 39


    PROVISIONALS and MISSES (DNQ)

    Prov
    Spot
    or
    DNQ
    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    Practice
    Speed
    Practice
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    Provisional
    Rank
    37 5 4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 124.218 125.559 23 -1.341 1
    38 30 29 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 124.315 123.221 43 1.094 13
    39 8 6 41 Casey Mears Dodge 124.452 125.354 29 -0.902 30
    40 13 11 23 Kenny Wallace Dodge 124.735 126.278 7 -1.543 32
    41 43 40 54 Todd Bodine Ford 123.682 123.594 41 0.088 38
    42 35 33 0 Jack Sprague Pontiac 123.000 123.427 42 -0.427 39
    43 3 2 43 John Andretti Dodge 124.210 124.275 39 -0.065 40
    DNQ 17 16 14 Larry Foyt Dodge 123.016 123.134 44 -0.118 42
    DNQ 14 12 02 Hermie Sadler Pontiac 123.945 122.740 45 1.205 52



  • Bristol Qualifying Results/Race Lineup at:
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com (3-21-2003)


  • Qualifying Order is up for the Food City 500 at Bristol. 45 cars/drivers are listed with #11-Brett Bodine due out first, and #4-Mike Skinner scheduled out to go out last/45th. See my Food City 500 Race Info page for the links.(3-21-2003)

  • Cup Qualifying at Bristol: Qualifying for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled to start at 3:05pm/et on Friday, March 21st, will be televised live on FSN-Fox Sports Net live [and re-aired on Speed Channel, Friday, Mar 21st at 8:00pm/et and on Sat, Mar 22nd at 2:30am/et], and live via PRN Radio and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144, and via the Internet at NASCAR.com's paid service, Trackpass.
    Plus I will run my Qualifying page with all the speeds updated every five drivers or so, with practice speeds to compare, provisional rank; as I watch/listen to qualifying.(3-21-2003)

  • Trackside at Bristol: Trackside hosts Steve Byrnes, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond airs on Friday nights as they welcome live "drop in guests" from around the world of racing to discuss the NASCAR scene. This live 60 minute show comes to you directly from the site of the current week's Winston Cup race and always produces a lively, in-depth discussion of all the action surrounding the event. The guest line up for Trackside this week from Bristol includes Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Darlington winner Ricky Craven. Don't miss it Friday at 7:00pm/et. This show will not be one that includes an audience.(Speed Channel)(3-21-2003)

  • Milestone: #30-Jeff Green is scheduled to make is 100th career Winston Cup start at Bristol Motor Speedway.(3-20-2003)

  • Up Front at Bristol Important: At Bristol Motor Speedway, starting position is more important than one might think. Despite the fact the racing is extremely close-quarters with positions changing constantly throughout the field, it pays to start close to the front. In the previous 84 NASCAR Winston Cup races at BMS, only 13 times has the winner started outside the top 10; 32 times the race winner has started on the front row.(NASCAR PR)(3-20-2003)

  • Entry List is up for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. 45 cars/drivers are listed, the 42 full time teams along with #02-Hermie Sadler (who will have a sponsor announcement on Thurs), #11-Brett Bodine in the Hooters Memorial Ford and #37-Derrike Cope. See my Food City 500 Race Info page for the link in it usual place.(3-18-2003)

  • What did the Top 10 in Drivers Points a year ago, after five races? See my Stats Menu and Links page for this (I will update it weekely) and many other stats.

  • The Next Race Info Page: Food City 500 Race Info page in Bristol, TN at Bristol Motor Speedway, 1:00pm/et on Sunday, March 23rd - TV: Fox (pre-race show at 12:30pm/et)
    Included on the informational page is: New ODDs section, Goodyear Tire Notes, Purse/Race Awards, Race Odds, Hooters To Run Memorial Car in Bristol To Honor Alan Kulwicki and Others Lost 10 Years Ago, other special schemes: #5, #18 and #97, Winston Cup leader bonus = $50,000, Provisional Rules [now using 2003 Owners Points], Race Facts, Security, Scanners, Practice and Qualifying times, Qualifying Draw time, Race Re-Air dates and times (if avail), Weather forecast links, Satellite/backhaul link, Radio and Newspaper links, Television/Radio Information, Camping Info, Info Links, Race Track Specs, Driver/Team News, Track Reviews, Site Links for Fans going to the race, Speed Conversion Calculation to get MPH from Time.
    This page is updated when needed until raceday.
    For the last race, see my Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Race Info page (past races are linked to on the 2002 Cup Schedule page and 2003 Cup Schedule page and on the 2003 Results Page)

  • 2000th Cup race coming up - at Bristol - ThatsRacin.com takes a look: The Food City 500 scheduled for March 23rd will be, according to the best count Charlotte Observer/Thatsracin.com's David Poole can put together, the 2,000th race in the history of what is now known as NASCAR's Winston Cup Series. Between Monday, Mar 3rd and that Sunday [March 23rd], ThatsRacin.com will review 100 races each day as a way to mark this milestone. (see full story at ThatsRacin.com), Note: as David says in the column, there are a few 'questions' about the stats and the way they were kept, some have Bobby Allison as having 85 wins, some as 85, same with Lee Petty, some have 55, others have 54. My All Time Winners List use 84 and 53, respectfully and thus the total races are at 1995, not 1997, but this is explained at the botton of the chart on that page.(3-4-2003)
    from NASCAR: The March 23 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway will be the 2000th race for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Bristol has had NASCAR Winston Cup racing since 1961 which amounts to 84 of the 1,998 NASCAR Winston Cup races held so far.(NASCAR PR)(3-13-2003)

  • Some stats pages:
    Provisional Land/Standings
    2003 Provisonals Used
    Did Not Qualify (DNQ)
    --> Budweiser Shootout 2003
    Budweiser Shootout 2004

  • Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season), see my 2003 Winston Cup Race Results



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