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Food City 500


Bristol Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #8 of 36

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:08pm/et
Laps/Stages: 500 laps total. Stages end on laps: 125/250/500


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 2:00pm/et, FS1 and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Performance Racing Network (PRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, April 5, 1:35-2:25pm/et, TV-TBA;
Saturday, April 6, 8:30-9:25am/et, TV-TBA;
Saturday, April 6, 11:05-11:55am/et, TV-TBA;
Qualifying: Friday, April 5 at 6:10pm/et, TV-TBA.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, April 4
8:00 PM 10:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, April 5
10:00 AM-8:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:35 PM-2:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
6:10 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, April 6
7:00 AM-1:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 AM-9:25 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:05 AM-11:55 AM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, April 7
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (SOUTH BUILDING)
1:30 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE (STAGES 125/250/500 LAPS = 266.5 MILES )

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Practice 3 Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results

Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Kyle Busch holds off brother to win at Bristol: Kyle Busch wasn’t the only driver to overcome adversity during Sunday’s running of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. But he was the only one to end up in victory lane. The race winner was involved in a multi-car crash on the second lap of the 500-lap affair, sustaining damage to the rear of his car. But he patiently worked his way back through the field. He took his first lead at lap 384.[More](3-31-2019)

#18-Kyle Buschn won the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The win is his 3rd win of 2019, 8th win at Bristol and 54th career win.
#1-Busch finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #12-Blaney, #11-Hamlin, #21-Menard, #14-Bowyer, #41-Suarez, #6-Newman, and #48-Johnson.
Pole winner #9-Elliott finished 11th.
Stage 1 was won by #13-Dillon.
Stage 2 was won by #3-Logano.
There were 21 lead changes among 9 drivers and 11 cautions for 77 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 90.527mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – Bristol

Kyle Busch won the 59th Annual Food City 500, his 54th victory in 506 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

This is his third victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2019.

This is his eighth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 28 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kurt Busch (second) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 37 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2019.

Joey Logano (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 21 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Ryan Preece (25th) was the highest finishing rookie.

Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 27 points over Denny Hamlin.

(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-7-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Standings after Bristol:

#18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 361 pts
#11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins]
#22-Joey Logano [1 win]
#2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins]
#4-Harvick, 301, -60
#12-Blaney, 265, -96
#78-Truex Jr., 254, -107
#1-Busch, 253, -108
#10-Almirola, 246, -115
#9-Elliott, 245, -116
#14-Bowyer, 234, -127
#41-Suarez, 210, -151
#48-Johnson, 209, -152
#42-Larson , 203, -158
#6-Newman, 188, -173
#17-Stenhouse Jr., 187, -174
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #9-Elliott chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #24-Byron took the 23rd stall, the last stall on the backstretch.
#12-Blaney, starts 3rd and chose the 6th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #14-Bowyer, who starts 8th.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(4-6-2019)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#22-Logano 128.830
#48-Johnson 128.571
#3-Dillon 128.563
#4-Harvick 128.477
#18-Busch 128.185
Slowest: #52-Currey 124.058 & #77-Houff 120.324
Most laps run: #4-Harvick, 112 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 34 drivers): #18-Busch, 127.371mph
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(4-6-2019)

First Saturday practice for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#20-Jones 129.903
#11-Hamlin 129.850
#41-Suarez 129.482
#22-Logano 129.195
#18-Busch 129.186
Slowest: #88-Bowman 122.756 & #77-Houff 122.147mph.
Most laps run: #24-Byron, 110 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 30 drivers): #4-Harvick 128.492mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page (pdf).(4-6-2019

Chase Elliott posts record time to score pole at Bristol: Forget about the superspeedways. Chase Elliott roared to his first pole of the season Friday, capturing the No. 1 starting spot for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Elliott, driver of the No 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, established a track qualifying record for the 0.533-mile, high-banked track with his final round run of 14.568 seconds at 131.713 mph. That bettered the former mark of 131.407 mph established by Denny Hamlin in 2015 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](4-5-2019)

#9-Chase Elliott won the Busch pole for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with speed of 131.713mph for his 1st pole of 2019, 1st at Bristol and 5th of his career.
#24-Byron will start 2nd followed by #12-Blaney, #20-Jones, #11-Hamlin, #10-Almirola, #22-Logano, #14-Bowyer, #21-Menard, #48-Johnson, #6-Newman, and #2-Keselowski.
#12-Blaney was quickest in the first round with a speed of 130.789mph and in the second round at 132.076mph (a new track record)..
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-5-2019)

Bristol Motor Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:

Chase Elliott won the Pole Award for the 59th Annual Food City 500 with a lap of 14.568 seconds, 131.713 mph.
This is his fifth pole in 121 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2019.
This is his first pole in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
William Byron (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2019 and his second in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his third in eight races this season.
Daniel Hemric (26th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(4-5-2019)

First practice for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#12-Blaney 129.614
#22-Joey Logano 128.882
#20-Jones 128.865
#42-Larson 128.735
#11-Hamlin 128.709
Slowest: #66-Hill 117.129 & #77-Houff 112.421mph.
Most laps run: #4-Harvick, 33 laps.
No drivers ran 10 or more consecutive laps.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf).(4-5-2019)

Entry List for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #51-Gaulding, #52-Currey, #66-Gase, #77-Houff.
Since only 38 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

April 2018: see the Bristol Race Info page
August 2018: see the Bristol Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Bobby Allison
Command to start engines: Bobby Allison
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Darrell Waltrip
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Actor Brendan Fraser
Color Guard: Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard
Invocation: Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant, VA
National Anthem: Karen Waldrup
Flyover: 4 T-38’s, 469th Flying Training Squadron, Shepherd AFB, Wichita, TX

Bristol Sunday Notebook: Harvick works way back from four laps down to finish 13th; Power but no steering for Elliott; Hamlin shoulders blame; Missed opportunity for Bowyer; Penske stable sets pace.[More](4-7-2019)

Saturday Bristol Notebook: Daniel Hemric has family ties to the hardwood; Preece goes for 3; Record run for Blaney; Newman shakes off the new; Short strokes.(More)(4-6-2019)

Friday Bristol Notebook: Darrell Waltrip reflects on career as driver and broadcaster; NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash kicks off this weekend; Natalie Decker readies for NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut; NASCAR Hall of Famers Waltrip, Allison to serve as pre-race dignitaries.(More)(4-5-2019)

Weekend Preview: Bristol Motor Speedway: Hendrick Motorsports making progress; Dash 4 Cash debuts in Bristol.(More)(4-4-2019)


WEATHER

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event;

Tire Codes:
Left-side — D-4860;
Right-side — D-4862

Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 2,223 mm (87.52 in.);
Right-side – 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 20 psi; Left Rear — 18 psi;
Right Front — 43 psi; Right Rear — 40 psi

Storyline – Short track/speedway mash-up at Bristol: There are two important factors at Bristol – (1) it is a short track that actually races like a speedway, and (2) its concrete surface.  The steep banking and speeds seen at Bristol are certainly not characteristic of most short tracks.  As a result, the tire set-up must be able to handle the loads generated while optimizing handling.  As for the concrete, the tread compounds Goodyear brings to Bristol are designed to lay the appropriate amount of rubber down on the smooth surface.

“While Bristol is only a half-mile in length, it races very much like a speedway,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “The steep banking generates a lot of speed and a high amount of loading, even more so with the 2019, high downforce rules package.  The tire set-up that we bring takes that into account while enhancing the stability and handling of the cars through the corners.  The other factor at Bristol is the concrete track surface.  It is important to lay rubber down on the surface and create the opportunity for teams to use all three lanes.  There will be a four-foot-wide line of the PJ1 grip compound laid down in the bottom lane in the corners, so that application and subsequent wearing off of the compound will change racing throughout the weekend and keep it exciting for the fans as drivers potentially move around the track to find maximum grip.”

Notes – New tire set-up for Cup and Xfinity at Bristol: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire set-up at Bristol this week . . . this is the first time these teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Bristol last year, this tire set-up features construction updates on both sides of the car and a compound change on the left-side . . . this is the only track at which NASCAR teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners in their tires, teams are required to run liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

Upcoming Tire Test – Goodyear to visit Dover next week: Goodyear will hold a tire test at Dover International Speedway next Tuesday (April 9) . . . teams (drivers) scheduled to participate are Richard Childress Racing (Austin Dillon), Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle Larson) and Roush-Fenway Racing (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.).