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Food City 500 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Bristol Motor Speedway:

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  • Number of previous races: 102.
  • First Sprint Cup race: July 30, 1961, won by Jack Smith.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: August 27, 2011, won by Brad Keselowski.
  • Won from pole: 22, last time by Carl Edwards in 2008.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 58 times in 102 races (57%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 81 times (79%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 5 times (5%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
  • Most laps led: 500, by Cale Yarborough in 1973.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Fred Lorenzen in 1964.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 104.589 mph by Charlie Glotzbach in 1971.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 128.709 mph by Ryan Newman in 2003.
    • Most lead changes: 40 in 1991.
    • Closest finish: Kyle Busch's .064 second margin over Jeff Burton in 2007.
    • Most caution flags: 20 in 1989, 1997 and 2003.

  • From 2007-2011 a typical Bristol race had 15.5 lead changes, 9.5 cautions for 65.0 laps, and an average green-flag run of 41.6 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 42, Ford 33, Pontiac 8, Dodge 7, Buick 4, Toyota 4, Plymouth 3, Oldsmobile 1.

  • Victories by owner: Junior Johnson-Richard Howard 21, Jack Roush 10, Holman-Moody 9, Richard Childress 9, Rick Hendrick 9, Roger Penske 9, Joe Gibbs 5, Petty Enterprises 4, all others 26.

Driver Notes:

  • The most Bristol races without a:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Michael Waltrip (48 races) Ricky Rudd (58 races)
    Top 5: Joe Nemechek (31) Buddy Arrington (36)
    Top 10: Joe Nemechek (31) Joe Nemechek (31)
    Pole: Michael Waltrip (48) Dave Marcis (54)
    Lap led: Dave Blaney (21) J.D. McDuffie (39)
    Lead-lap finish: Michael McDowell (3) Dave Marcis (54)


  • Top career marks at Bristol:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (57) Richard Petty (60)
    Wins: Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon (5) Darrell Waltrip (12)
    Top 5s: Terry Labonte (19) R. Petty, D. Waltrip (26)
    Top 10s: Terry Labonte (33) Richard Petty (37)
    Poles: Mark Martin (9) C. Yarborough, M. Martin (9)
    Laps: Terry Labonte (25,530) Terry Labonte (25,530)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (2,646) Cale Yarborough (4,305)
    Lead-lap finishes: Jeff Gordon (26) Jeff Gordon (26)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Bristol (3 or more starts):

    1. Kyle Busch (9.1)
    2. Jeff Gordon (11.5)
    3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (11.7)
    4. Greg Biffle (11.8)
    5. Matt Kenseth (12.0)
    6. Carl Edwards (12.3)
    7. Kevin Harvick (12.5)
    8. Brad Keselowski (12.8)
    9. Kurt Busch (12.9)
    10. Terry Labonte (13.1)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Bristol (3 or more starts):

    1. Michael McDowell (41.7)
    2. Joe Nemechek (30.4)
    3. Dave Blaney (30.3)
    4. J.J. Yeley (29.7)
    5. Tony Raines (29.3)
    6. Robby Gordon (29.2)
    7. Casey Mears (28.8)
    8. David Gilliland (28.8)
    9. A.J. Allmendinger (28.1)
    10. Aric Almirola (26.2)


    Current top-10 drivers at Bristol:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Greg Biffle 18 0 6 11 0 8830 356 14.1 11.8 96.7
    Kevin Harvick 22 1 9 12 0 10790 427 18.2 12.5 90.2
    Denny Hamlin 12 0 3 6 0 5683 282 21.8 15.5 87.7
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 24 1 7 12 0 11865 743 21.6 11.7 87.1
    Matt Kenseth 24 2 9 16 1 11725 852 16.8 12.0 99.4
    Carl Edwards 15 2 4 7 2 7343 300 18.5 12.3 92.3
    Tony Stewart 26 1 6 8 1 12509 1354 14.6 17.4 89.4
    Martin Truex, Jr. 12 0 1 1 0 5806 68 18.1 20.7 77.9
    Joey Logano 6 0 0 0 1 2965 4 10.3 25.5 67.8
    Mark Martin 46 2 16 23 9 21488 1200 10.3 13.7 85.6

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Bristol: Kyle Busch (107.0), Jeff Gordon (100.1), Kurt Busch (95.9), Jimmie Johnson (93.1), Ryan Newman (89.8), Brad Keselowski (88.3), Marcos Ambrose (86.3), Kasey Kahne (86.2), Jeff Burton (84.7).