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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes Preview

DateSunday, April 19SiteBristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
Track0.533-mile ovalCapacity160,000
AnnouncersRadioPerformance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time1 p.m. ETLaps500
Pick to WinPick to Win - Kurt BuschDarkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - finished 23
Defending ChampionCarl EdwardsRunner UpRicky Stenhouse Jr.
Last Year's Pole WinnerDenny Hamlin (finished 6)  


Qualifying RecordsKevin Harvick, August 2014 (131.362 mph)Race RecordCharlie Glotzbach, 1971 (101.074 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2014 Finish

1Carl Edwards12
6Denny Hamlin1
2Ricky Stenhouse Jr21
7Jeff Gordon6
3Aric Almirola23
8Kasey Kahne10
4Tony Stewart37
9Brian Vickers38
5Marcos Ambrose5
10Kyle Larson20

Facts and Figures

Average Speed84.051 mphTime of Race3 hrs., 11 mins., 23 secs.
Margin of VictoryUnder CautionCaution Flags12 for 95 laps
Lead Changes20 among 12 driversPole WinnerDenny Hamlin (129.991 mph)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2014Carl EdwardsFord84.051 mph
2013Kasey KahneChevrolet92.206 mph
2012Brad KeselowskiDodge93.037 mph
2011Kyle BuschToyota91.941 mph
2010Jimmie Johnson79.618 mph
2009Kyle BuschToyota92.139 mph
2008Jeff BurtonChevrolet89.775 mph
2007Kyle BuschChevrolet81.969 mph
2006Kurt BuschDodge79.427 mph
2005Kevin HarvickChevrolet77.496 mph
2004Kurt BuschFord82.607 mph
2003Kurt BuschFord76.185 mph
2002Kurt BuschFord82.281 mph
2001Elliott SadlerFord86.949 mph
2000Rusty WallaceFord88.018 mph
1999Rusty WallaceFord93.363 mph
1998Jeff GordonChevrolet82.850 mph
1997Jeff GordonChevrolet75.035 mph
1996Jeff GordonChevrolet91.308 mph
1995Jeff GordonChevrolet92.011 mph
1994Dale EarnhardtChevrolet89.674 mph
1993Rusty WallacePontiac84.730 mph
1992Alan KulwickiFord86.316 mph
1991Rusty WallacePontiac72.809 mph
1990Davey AllisonFord87.258 mph
1989Rusty WallacePontiac76.034 mph
1988Bill ElliottFord83.115 mph
1987Dale EarnhardtChevrolet75.621 mph
1986Rusty WallacePontiac89.747 mph
1985Dale EarnhardtChevrolet81.790 mph
1984Darrell WaltripChevrolet93.967 mph
1983Darrell WaltripChevrolet93.445 mph
1982Darrell WaltripBuick94.025 mph
1981Darrell WaltripBuick89.530 mph
1980Dale EarnhardtChevrolet96.977 mph
1979Dale EarnhardtChevrolet91.033 mph
1978Darrell WaltripChevrolet92.401 mph
1977Cale YarboroughChevrolet100.989 mph
1976Cale YarboroughChevrolet87.377 mph
1975Richard PettyDodge97.053 mph
1974Cale YarboroughChevrolet64.533 mph
1973Cale YarboroughChevrolet88.952 mph
1972Bobby AllisonChevrolet92.826 mph
1971David PearsonFord91.704 mph
1970Donnie AllisonFord87.543 mph
1969Bobby AllisonDodge81.455 mph
1968David PearsonFord77.247 mph
1967David PearsonDodge75.930 mph
1966Dick HutchersonFord69.952 mph
1965Junior JohnsonFord74.938 mph
1964Fred LorenzenFord72.196 mph
1963Fireball RobertsFord76.910 mph
1962Bobby JohnsPontiac75.280 mph
1961Jack SmithPontiac72.450 mph

Past Pole Winners

2014Denny Hamlin6
2013Kyle Busch2
2012Greg Biffle13
2011Carl Edwards6
2010Joey Logano27
2009Mark Martin6
2007Jeff Gordon3
2005Elliott Sadler2
2004Ryan Newman7
2003Ryan Newman22
2002Jeff Gordon31
2001Mark Martin34
2000Steve Park7
1999Rusty Wallace1
1998Rusty Wallace33
1997Rusty Wallace2
1996Mark Martin3
1995Mark Martin8
1994Chuck Bown23
1993Rusty Wallace1
1992Alan Kulwicki1
1991Rusty Wallace1
1990Ernie Irvan16
1989Mark Martin6
1988Rick Wilson25
1987Harry Gant6
1986Geoff Bodine24
1985Harry Gant20
1984Ricky Rudd6
1983Neil Bonnett4
1982Darrell Waltrip1
1981Darrell Waltrip1
1980Cale Yarborough5
1979Buddy Baker25
1978Neil Bonnett26
1977Cale Yarborough1
1976Buddy Baker21
1975Buddy Baker3
1974Donnie Allison5
1973Cale Yarborough1
1972Bobby Allison1
1971David Pearson1
1970David Pearson18
1969Bobby Isaac14
1968Richard Petty2
1967Darel Dieringer3
1966David Pearson15
1965Marvin Panch4
1964Marvin Panch5
1963Fred Lorenzen1
1962Fireball Roberts2
1961Bobby Johns17

Last Race Results

Duck Commander 500 (April 11)

SiteTexas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, TexasMiles501
Laps334Pole WinnerKurt Busch (finished 14)
Time of Race3 hrs., 33 mins., 57 secs.Average Speed140.500 mph
Margin of Victory1.107 secs.Caution Flags8 for 40 laps
Lead Changes29 among 9 drivers  
Lap Leaders: K. Busch pole; K. Harvick 1-33; K. Busch 34-36; K. Harvick 37-37; K. Busch pole; K. Harvick 1-33; K. Busch 34-36; K. Harvick 37-37; K. Busch 38-79; J. Gordon 80-81; B. Keselowski 82-108; J. Johnson 109-109; K. Harvick 110-110; J. Johnson --124; K. Harvick 125-155; J. Johnson 156-156; K. Harvick 157-157; K. Kahne 158-159; J. Johnson 160-172; K. Harvick 173-173; J. Johnson 174-220; P. Menard 221-221; K. Kahne 222-225; J. Johnson 226-228; K. Harvick 229-229; J. Johnson 230-250; K. Harvick 251-251; J. Johnson 252-265; J. Logano 266-284; K. Harvick 285-310; J. McMurray 311-312; J. Gordon 313-313; J. McMurray 314-320; J. Johnson 321-334.
Winner: Jimmie Johnson
Second: Kevin Harvick
Third: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Fourth: Joey Logano
Fifth: Brad Keselowski

Entry List

1Jamie McMurray(Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski(Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3Austin Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4Kevin Harvick(Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne(Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne(Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Alex Bowman(Tucson, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
9Sam Hornish Jr.(Defiance, OH)Ford/Nature Blast
10Danica Patrick(Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin(Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears(Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart(Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer(Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle(Vancouver, WA)Ford/Ortho
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Zest
18David Ragan(Unadilla, GA)Toyota/Snickers Extreme
19 *Carl Edwards(Columbia, MO)Toyota/Comcast Business
20Matt Kenseth(Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano(Middletown, CT)Ford/Auto Trader
23J.J. Yeley(Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon(Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/3M
26Jeb Burton(Halifax, VA)Toyota/
27Paul Menard(Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania
30Ron Hornaday Jr.(Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
31Ryan Newman(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Wix
32Mike Bliss(Milwaukie, OR)Ford/Texas Tech
33Alex Kennedy(Aztec, NMChevrolet/TBA
34Chris Buescher(Prosper, TX)Ford/CSX/Play It Safe
35Cole Whitt(Alpine, CA)Ford/Tweaker Energy Shots
38David Gilliland(Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
40Landon Cassill(Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
41Kurt Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson(Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola(Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
46Michael Annett(Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
47A.J. Allmendinger(Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson(El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier(Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Auto Owners Insurance
55Brett Moffitt(Grimes, IA)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
62Brendan Gaughan(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr.(Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Matt DiBenedetto(Grass Valley, CA)Toyota/Dustless Blasting
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Mountain Dew Dewshine
95Michael McDowell(Glendale, AZ)Ford/Thrivent Financial
98Josh Wise(Riverside, CA)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing

Leading Contenders

Carl Edwards4121615623918Won
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.---------------------162
Aric Almirola------83539---19373
Tony Stewart1235141721914314
Denny Hamlin141462193320236
Jeff Gordon213114141435347
Kasey Kahne10197534937Won8
Kyle Larson------------------------10
Greg Biffle7543948131112
Matt Kenseth31110335423513
Brad Keselowski------------1318Won314
Clint Bowyer29831340354515
Ryan Newman939337161012716
Jimmie Johnson3016183Won392219
Joey Logano---------382723161720
Dale Earnhardt Jr11751471115624
Kurt BuschWon2912113718435
Martin Truex Jr38371326121731236
Kevin Harvick24230116111439
The Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway is the eighth race on the 2015 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 108 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 this track, 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). Joey Logano won the most recent at Bristol last August. There have been six different winners in the last six Sprint Cup races at Bristol. Petty holds the record for most starts at this track with 60. Gordon leads all drivers entered in this race with 44 starts there. Mark Martin and 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 this track has started from the pole 22 times, which is more than any other starting position there. The last driver to win from the pole there was Carl 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. Kurt Busch scored his first career Cup victory at this track on March 24, 2002. Elliott Sadler's first win in the series occurred there in March 2001. Sadler is currently a full-time competitor in the Xfinity Series. Logano is the only driver on the entry list that claimed his maiden pole in the series at Bristol (March 2010). One driver entered made his Cup debut at this track: A.J. Allmendinger (March 25, 2007). Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Bristol. His 2007 win there happened 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 April 25 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Logano is the defending race winner.
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