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DateSaturday, Aug. 23SiteBristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
Track0.533-mile ovalCapacity160,000
AnnouncersRadioPerformance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time7:30 p.m. ETLaps500
Pick to WinPick to Win - Carl EdwardsDarkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Brad Keselowski) - finished 8
Defending ChampionMatt KensethRunner UpKasey Kahne
Last Year's Pole WinnerDenny Hamlin (finished 28)  


Qualifying RecordsDenny Hamlin, March 2014 (129.991 mph)Race RecordCharlie Glotzbach, 1971 (101.074 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2013 Finish

1Matt Kenseth5
6Paul Menard21
2Kasey Kahne7
7Jeff Gordon32
3Juan Pablo Montoya16
8Marcos Ambrose14
4Brian Vickers4
9Greg Biffle29
5Joey Logano6
10Dale Earnhardt Jr19

Facts and Figures

Average Speed90.279 mphTime of Race2 hrs., 57 mins., 7 secs.
Margin of Victory0.188 secs.Caution Flags11 for 74 laps
Lead Changes16 among 9 driversPole WinnerDenny Hamlin (128.969 mph)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2013Matt KensethToyota90.279 mph
2012Denny HamlinToyota84.402 mph
2011Brad KeselowskiDodge96.753 mph
2010Kyle BuschToyota99.071 mph.
2009Kyle BuschToyota84.820 mph
2008Carl EdwardsFord91.581 mph
2007Carl EdwardsFord89.006 mph
2006Matt KensethFord90.025 mph
2005Matt KensethFord84.678 mph
2004Dale Earnhardt JrChevrolet88.538 mph
2003Kurt BuschFord77.421 mph
2002Jeff GordonChevrolet77.097 mph
2001Tony StewartPontiac85.106 mph
2000Rusty WallaceFord85.394 mph
1999Dale EarnhardtChevrolet91.276 mph
1998Mark MartinFord86.949 mph
1997Dale JarrettFord80.013 mph
1996Rusty WallaceFord91.267 mph
1995Terry LabonteChevrolet81.979 mph
1994Rusty WallaceFord91.363 mph
1993Mark MartinFord88.172 mph
1992Darrell WaltripChevrolet91.198 mph
1991Alan KulwickiFord82.028 mph
1990Ernie IrvanChevrolet91.782 mph
1989Darrell WaltripChevrolet85.554 mph
1988Dale EarnhardtChevrolet78.775 mph
1987Dale EarnhardtChevrolet90.373 mph
1986Darrell WaltripChevrolet86.934 mph
1985Dale EarnhardtChevrolet81.388 mph
1984Terry LabonteChevrolet85.365 mph
1983Darrell WaltripChevrolet89.430 mph
1982Darrell WaltripBuick94.318 mph
1981Darrell WaltripBuick84.723 mph
1980Cale YarboroughChevrolet86.973 mph
1979Darrell WaltripChevrolet91.493 mph
1978Cale YarboroughOldsmobile88.628 mph
1977Cale YarboroughChevrolet79.726 mph
1976Cale YarboroughChevrolet99.175 mph
1975Richard PettyDodge97.016 mph
1974Cale YarboroughChevrolet75.430 mph
1973Benny ParsonsChevrolet91.342 mph
1972Bobby AllisonChevrolet92.735 mph
1971Charlie GlotzbachChevrolet101.074 mph
1970Bobby AllisonDodge84.880 mph
1969David PearsonFord79.747 mph
1968David PearsonFord76.310 mph
1967Richard PettyPlymouth78.705 mph
1966Paul GoldsmithPlymouth77.963 mph
1965Ned JarrettFord61.626 mph
1964Fred LorenzenFord78.044 mph
1963Fred LorenzenFord74.844 mph
1962Jim PaschalPlymouth75.280 mph
1961Joe WeatherlyPontiac72.450 mph

Past Pole Winners

2013Denny Hamlin28
2011Ryan Newman8
2010Jimmie Johnson35
2009Mark Martin2
2008Carl Edwards1
2007Kasey Kahne2
2006Kurt Busch37
2005Matt Kenseth1
2004Jeff Gordon14
2003Jeff Gordon28
2002Jeff Gordon1
2001Jeff Green42
2000Rusty Wallace1
1999Tony Stewart5
1998Rusty Wallace3
1997Kenny Wallace39
1996Mark Martin3
1995Mark Martin5
1994Harry Gant9
1993Mark Martin1
1992Ernie Irvan28
1991Bill Elliott21
1990Dale Earnhardt8
1989Alan Kulwicki2
1988Alan Kulwicki5
1987Terry Labonte4
1986Geoffrey Bodine3
1985Dale Earnhardt1
1984Geoffrey Bodine22
1983Joe Ruttman18
1982Tim Richmond25
1981Darrell Waltrip1
1980Cale Yarborough1
1979Richard Petty2
1978Lennie Pond26
1977Cale Yarborough1
1976Darrell Waltrip3
1975Cale Yarborough20
1974Richard Petty3
1973Cale Yarborough19
1972Bobby Allison1
1971Richard Petty3
1970Cale Yarborough17
1969Cale Yarborough24
1968LeeRoy Yarbrough32
1967Richard Petty1
1966Curtis Turner30
1965Fred Lorenzen20
1964Richard Petty2
1963Fred Lorenzen1
1962Fireball Roberts36
1961Bobby Johns17

Last Race Results

Pure Michigan 400 (Aug. 17)

SiteMichigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, MichiganMiles400
Laps200Pole WinnerJeff Gordon (finished 1)
Time of Race2 hrs., 49 mins., 16 secs.Average Speed141.788 mph
Margin of Victory1.412 secs.Caution Flags8 for 37 laps
Lead Changes20 among 8 drivers  
Lap Leaders: J. Gordon-pole, Logano 1-21, Newman 22-24, Johnson 25-37, Logano J. Gordon-pole, Logano 1-21, Newman 22-24, Johnson 25-37, Logano 38-55, J. Gordon 56, Logano 57, J. Gordon 58-63, Earnhardt Jr 64-67, Johnson 68-75, Newman 76-78, J. Gordon 79-99, Newman 100-107, Logano 108-139, Ku. Busch 140-141, J. Gordon 142-164, Ku. Busch 165, Keselowski 166-167, Kahne 168-169, Logano 170-183, J. Gordon 184-200.
Winner: Jeff Gordon
Second: Kevin Harvick
Third: Joey Logano
Fourth: Paul Menard
Fifth: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Entry List

1Jamie McMurray(Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski(Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Wurth
3.Austin Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow Great Stuff
4.Kevin Harvick(Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne(Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Michael Annett(Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose(Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick(Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin(Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears(Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer(Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle(Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M Hire Our Heroes
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Doublemint
20Matt Kenseth(Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22 *Joey Logano(Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman(Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon(Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt(Alpine, CA)Toyota/Speed Stick Gear
27Paul Menard(Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Serta
31Ryan Newman(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32J.J. Yeley(Phoenix, AZ)Ford/
33David Stremme(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan(Unadilla, GA)Ford/Dockside Logistics
36Reed Sorenson(Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
37Dave Blaney(Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland(Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS
40Landon Cassill(Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/CRC 1/Tank Power Renew
41Kurt Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson(Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola(Tampa, FL)Ford/STP
47A.J. Allmendinger(Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson(El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier(Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt Professional
55Brian Vickers(Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek(Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
78Martin Truex Jr.(Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex(Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
95Michael McDowell(Glendale, AZ)Ford/Thrivent Financial
98Josh Wise(Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Provident Metals
99Carl Edwards(Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal

Leading Contenders

Matt KensethWonWon3991010625Won
Kasey Kahne42122402851192
Brian Vickers2033---2012---2144
Joey Logano------------34181385
Paul Menard------2416242130106
Jeff Gordon651952311337
Marcos Ambrose------------3201058
Greg Biffle31910114831199
Dale Earnhardt Jr93518913161210
Kyle Busch33292WonWon14611
Clint Bowyer---383721426714
Ryan Newman398766683621
Denny Hamlin---64335347Won28
Brad Keselowski---------------19Won3030
Kurt Busch103761579172831
Kevin Harvick37111643814221534
Jimmie Johnson361021338354236
Carl Edwards247WonWon161292239
Kyle Larson---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
The IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is the 24th event on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. Groundbreaking for Bristol Motor Speedway took place in 1960, with the racetrack measuring an exact half-mile. The track was reshaped and remeasured to 0.533 miles in the fall of 1969. The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992. Immediately following its spring race in 2007, Bristol was resurfaced as well as reconfigured with the addition of variable banking. It produced more side- by-side racing and therefore lowered the amount of beating and banging among competitors. Fan response to the modified banking at Bristol was not favorable since the number of cautions in races there was significantly reduced. The concrete surface at Bristol underwent a modification after the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series competed there in March 2012. The top groove of the surface was grinded, with the intention of bringing back traditional racing at this short track. Bristol has 24-28 degrees of banking in all four of its turns as well as 4-8 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and the backstretch. The lengths of the frontstretch and the backstretch are 650 feet. There have been 107 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Bristol. The track has hosted two events each season since 1961. Jack Smith won the inaugural race at this track, the Volunteer 500, on July 30, 1961. Smith had relief from Johnny Allen. Darrell Waltrip holds the record for most victories at Bristol with 12. Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with five victories each at this track. Twelve drivers have won consecutive races at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip with seven straight victories from 1981-84. The other 11 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 it 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 Brad Keselowski (2011 fall-2012 spring). Carl Edwards won at Bristol in March. Petty holds the record for most starts at Bristol with 60. Gordon leads all drivers entered in this event with 43 starts at this track. Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough share the record for most pole wins at Bristol with nine each. Gordon leads all active drivers with five poles there. The race winner at Bristol has started from the pole 22 times, which is more than any other starting position there. The last driver to win from the pole at this track was Edwards in August 2008. Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Bristol occurred on March 25, 2007 when Kyle Busch beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by just 0.064 seconds. That race marked the competition debut of NASCAR's previous race car, the Gen-5 or Car of Tomorrow (COT). Kurt Busch scored his first career Cup victory at Bristol on March 24, 2002. Elliott Sadler's first win in the series came there in March 2001. Sadler is now a full-time competitor in the Nationwide Series. Joey Logano is the only driver entered in this race that claimed his first pole in the series at Bristol (March 2010). Two drivers on the entry list made their Cup debuts at Bristol: A.J. Allmendinger (March 25, 2007) and Ryan Truex (Aug. 24, 2013). Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Bristol. His 2007 win there came when he was 21 years, 10 months and 23 days old. When Dale Earnhardt was 48 years, 3 months and 30 days old, he became the oldest driver to win there on Aug. 28, 1999. The next race is the Aug. 31 Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.
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