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Nra Bass Pro Night Race 2019

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Top 10 Active Driver Ratings at Bristol
Kyle Busch…………………………. 101.9
Kyle Larson………………………….. 97.1
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 96.0
Erik Jones……………………………. 95.3
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 93.6
Chase Elliott…………………………. 92.1
Kurt Busch…………………………… 91.5
Joey Logano…………………………. 91.3
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 90.8
Ryan Blaney…………………………. 89.9
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (29 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway.

At Bristol Motor Speedway:

HISTORY

  • Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway was on July 30, 1961; Jack Smith won the event (with relief from Johnny Allen).
  • All of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps each.
  • 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 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, and the turns were ground down in 2012 to eliminate part of the progressive banking.
  • There have been 117 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.

STARTS

  • A total of 460 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway; 319 have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60.
  • Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active Monster Energy Series drivers in starts at Bristol with 37 starts each, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman with 35 each.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen (12 starts) and driver Charlie Glotzbach (four starts) are tied for the all-time series lead in average starting position at Bristol with a 3.25 each.
  • William Byron leads all active Monsrter Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in average starting position at Bristol with a 8.0 in three starts. 
  • Thirty-four drivers have made their first series career start at Bristol Motor Speedway; the most recent was Chad Finchum (April 16, 2018).  

POLES

  • A total of 51 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough lead the series in poles at Bristol with nine each.
  • Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in Busch poles at Bristol with three each.
  • Fred Lorenzen won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Bristol in the Monster Energy Series with a speed of 79.225 mph in a Ford.
  • 12 different drivers have posted consecutive poles at Bristol Motor Speedway; Mark Martin is the only driver of the 12 to win four consecutive poles at Bristol: Fireball Roberts (swept 1962), Fred Lorenzen (swept 1963), Richard Petty (1967-’68), Bobby Allison (swept 1972), Cale Yarborough (swept 1973; swept 1977; swept 1980), Darrell Waltrip (swept 1981, spring 1982), Geoff Bodine (swept 1986), Mark Martin (swept 1995-1996– all four races; and swept 2009); Rusty Wallace (swept 1998, spring 1999), Jeff Gordon (swept 2002), Denny Hamlin (fall 2013, spring 2014) and Carl Edwards (2016 sweep).
  • Youngest Bristol pole winner: Joey Logano (March 21, 2010 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days) – his first Monster Energy Series career pole.
  • Oldest Bristol pole winner: Harry Gant (August 27, 1994 – 54 years, 7 months, 17 days) – his last Monster Energy Series career pole.
  • Seven different drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career pole at Bristol. Joey Logano (03/10/2010) and Erik Jones (08/19/2017) are the only active drivers to win their first Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Award at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • A total of nine different manufacturers have won Busch Pole Awards at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet (39) and followed by Ford (36), Toyota (10), Dodge (8), Pontiac (7), Buick (4), Plymouth (4), Oldsmobile (3) and Mercury (2).

WINS

  • A total of 42 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the series in wins at Bristol with 12 victories; including eight straight (1978, 1979, 1981 sweep, 1982 sweep, 1983 sweep, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992). 
  • Kyle Busch leads the series among active drivers in wins at Bristol with eight victories (Spring 2007, 2009 sweep, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019).
  • Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen) won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 30, 1961 in a Pontiac.
  • 12 drivers have won consecutive Monster Energy Series races at Bristol; led by Darrell Waltrip with eight consecutive victories from 1979-1984.
  • The other 11 drivers with consecutive wins are Fred Lorenzen (1963-1964 sweep), David Pearson (1968 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), Cale Yarborough did it twice (1974 sweep and four straight from 1976-1977), Richard Petty (1975 sweep), Dale Earnhardt also did twice (1985 sweep and 1987 sweep), Alan Kulwicki (1992 sweep), Rusty Wallace (2000 sweep), Kurt Busch (2003 sweep and 2004 Spring race), Kyle Busch (2009 sweep and Fall 2017-Spring 2018) and Brad Keselowski (Fall 2011-Spring 2012).
  • Youngest Bristol winner: Kyle Busch (March 25, 2007 – 21 years, 10 months, 23 days).
  • Oldest Bristol winner: Dale Earnhardt (August 28, 1999 – 48 years, 3 months, 30 days).
  • Five drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career win at Bristol Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt (04/01/1979), Rusty Wallace (04/06/1986), Ernie Irvan (03/25/1990), Elliott Sadler (03/25/2001) and Kurt Busch (03/24/2002).
  • The race winner has started from the pole 25 times (21.3%) – the most productive starting position in the field. The last driver to win from the pole was Kyle Busch (Spring 2018).
  • Six drivers have won from the pole position multiple times: Bobby Allison (1972 twice), Cale Yarborough (1973, 1977 twice, 1980), Darrell Waltrip (1981 twice, 1982), Rusty Wallace (1991, 1993, 1999, 2000), Matt Kenseth (2005, 2015) and Carl Edwards (2008, 2016).
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
  • Junior Johnson leads the series in car owner wins at Bristol with 16. Roger Penske and Joe Gibbs lead the series among active car owners with the most wins at Bristol with 12 each; followed by Jack Roush and Rick Hendrick with 11 each.
  • Eight different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 45 victories; followed by Ford (36), Toyota (11), Dodge (8), Pontiac (8), Buick (4), Plymouth (3) and Oldsmobile (1).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS STATS

  • A total of 52 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished runner-up at Bristol Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 10 second-place finishes.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Bristol with five.
  • A total of 116 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Bristol, led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty with 26 top-five finishes each.
  • Kevin Harvick, Kurt Bush and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers in top fives at Bristol with 12 each.  
  • A total of 199 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished inside the top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 37 top-10 finishes.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes at Bristol with 21.
  • Dick Hutcherson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing postion with a 2.4 in five starts.  
  • Chase Elliott leads the series among active drivers in average finishing position at Bristol with a 12.429 in seven series starts.

TRACK/EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway is the March 25, 2007 race won by Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.064 second over Jeff Burton.
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway four times: 3/26/2006, 3/16/2008, 8/25/2012 and 04/24/2017. 
  • Two of the 117 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
  • There have been five NASCAR Overtime finishes at Bristol.

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 131 different drivers have led at least one lap in the Monster Energy Series at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led at Bristol with 4,305 laps led in 29 starts.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Bristol with 2,304 in 29 starts.
  • The most laps led in a Monster Energy Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is 500 laps led by Cale Yarborough on March 25, 1973 – he won the event starting from the pole position and led every lap. 
  • The most laps led in a Monster Energy Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway by a driver that did not win the event was 442 laps led by Richard Petty who finished second on July 26, 1964 – he started first.

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • Two female drivers have made Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

NASCAR IN TENNESSEE

  • A total of 344 NASCAR national series races among eight tracks have been held in the state of Tennessee.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held in Tennessee was at Tennessee-Carolina Speedway on October 7, 1956 and won by Fireball Roberts.

TENNESSEE DRIVERS IN NASCAR

  • A total of 108 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Tennessee.
  • 14 drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; totaling 150 wins across all three series.
  • Darrell Waltrip, from Franklin, Tennessee, was inducted into the 2012 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Waltrip is the only Tennessee native driver to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. 
  • Only two of the 14 drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at a track located in the state of Tennessee: Darrell Waltrip (Bristol, 12 wins; Nashville, eight wins) and Joe Lee Johnson (Nashville, one win).

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