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Irwin Tools Night Race Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Bristol Motor Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 103.
  • First Sprint Cup race: July 30, 1961, won by Jack Smith.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: March 18, 2012, won by Brad Keselowski.
  • Won from pole: 22, last time by Carl Edwards in 2008.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 59 times in 103 races (57%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 82 times (80%).
  • 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 2007-2012 a typical Bristol race had 15.3 lead changes, 9.1 cautions for 63.5 laps, and an average green-flag run of 43.4 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

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

  • Victories by owner: Junior Johnson-Richard Howard 21, Jack Roush 10, Roger Penske 10, Holman-Moody 9, Richard Childress 9, Rick Hendrick 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 (32) Buddy Arrington (36)
    Top 10: Joe Nemechek (32) Joe Nemechek (32)
    Pole: Michael Waltrip (48) Dave Marcis (54)
    Lap led: Dave Blaney (22) J.D. McDuffie (39)
    Lead-lap finish: Sam Hornish, Jr. (6) 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 (2,647) 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. Brad Keselowski (10.4)
    2. Kyle Busch (10.6)
    3. Matt Kenseth (11.6)
    4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (11.8)
    5. Greg Biffle (11.8)
    6. Jeff Gordon (12.1)
    7. Kevin Harvick (12.4)
    8. Terry Labonte (13.1)
    9. Kurt Busch (13.1)
    10. Mark Martin (13.7)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (39.0)
    2. Landon Cassill (36.0)
    3. Hermie Sadler (33.6)
    4. Sam Hornish, Jr. (31.5)
    5. Jason Leffler (31.3)
    6. Joe Nemechek (30.7)
    7. Dave Blaney (30.5)
    8. Scott Speed (29.8)
    9. J.J. Yeley (29.7)
    10. Tony Raines (29.3)


    Current top-10 drivers at Bristol:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Greg Biffle 19 0 6 11 1 9330 397 13.4 11.8 96.8
    Matt Kenseth 25 2 10 17 1 12225 897 17.0 11.6 100.7
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 25 1 7 12 0 12365 745 21.5 11.8 88.1
    Jimmie Johnson 21 1 6 12 1 10264 737 14.9 14.6 93.2
    Brad Keselowski 5 2 2 2 0 2499 347 17.4 10.4 99.2
    Martin Truex, Jr. 13 0 2 2 0 6306 68 17.8 19.3 80.0
    Clint Bowyer 13 0 4 6 0 5933 82 19.8 17.8 80.3
    Kevin Harvick 23 1 9 12 0 11290 427 18.0 12.4 89.5
    Tony Stewart 27 1 6 8 1 13009 1354 14.9 17.3 89.1
    Denny Hamlin 13 0 3 6 0 6181 282 21.6 15.8 86.3

    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 (102.3), Jeff Gordon (99.7), Kurt Busch (94.0), Ryan Newman (89.5), Carl Edwards (88.9), Jeff Burton (86.2), Mark Martin (85.6), Kasey Kahne (83.4).