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

   

  • Number of previous races: 104.
  • First Sprint Cup race: July 30, 1961, won by Jack Smith.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: August 25, 2012, won by Denny Hamlin.
  • Won from pole: 22, last time by Carl Edwards in 2008.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 59 times in 104 races (57%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 83 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 2008-2012 a typical Bristol race had 16.4 lead changes, 8.9 cautions for 63.5 laps, and an average green-flag run of 44.3 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 42, Ford 33, Pontiac 8, Dodge 8, Toyota 5, Buick 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 6, Petty Enterprises 4, all others 26.

Driver Notes:

  • The most Bristol races without a:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Ken Schrader (49 races) Ricky Rudd (58 races)
    Top 5: Joe Nemechek (33) Buddy Arrington (36)
    Top 10: Joe Nemechek (33) Joe Nemechek (33)
    Pole: Ken Schrader (49) Dave Marcis (54)
    Lap led: Dave Blaney (23) J.D. McDuffie (39)
    Lead-lap finish: Michael McDowell (5) 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 (27) Jeff Gordon (27)


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

    1. Kyle Busch (10.3)
    2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (11.8)
    3. Jeff Gordon (11.9)
    4. Matt Kenseth (12.1)
    5. Greg Biffle (12.2)
    6. Kevin Harvick (12.5)
    7. Terry Labonte (13.1)
    8. Brad Keselowski (13.7)
    9. Mark Martin (13.7)
    10. Kurt Busch (13.8)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (35.8)
    2. Landon Cassill (33.0)
    3. Joe Nemechek (30.9)
    4. Dave Blaney (30.3)
    5. Scott Speed (29.8)
    6. J.J. Yeley (29.7)
    7. Scott Riggs (28.3)
    8. Casey Mears (28.2)
    9. David Gilliland (27.9)
    10. A.J. Allmendinger (27.0)


    Current top-10 drivers at Bristol:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 22 1 7 13 1 10764 789 15.9 14.0 93.8
    Brad Keselowski 6 2 2 2 0 2933 347 14.8 13.7 97.2
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 26 1 7 12 0 12865 758 21.3 11.8 87.9
    Denny Hamlin 14 1 4 7 0 6681 352 20.6 14.8 89.8
    Carl Edwards 17 2 4 7 2 8084 345 18.4 14.4 88.2
    Mark Martin 46 2 16 23 9 21488 1200 10.3 13.7 85.6
    Matt Kenseth 26 2 10 17 1 12711 922 17.0 12.1 99.7
    Greg Biffle 20 0 6 11 1 9830 438 12.9 12.2 96.0
    Clint Bowyer 14 0 4 7 0 6433 82 20.1 17.0 81.9
    Aric Almirola 7 0 0 1 0 2777 0 18.7 26.4 60.4

    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 (100.6), Kurt Busch (92.0), Kevin Harvick (89.7), Tony Stewart (87.6), Ryan Newman (86.9), Jeff Burton (86.2), Kasey Kahne (83.6), Marcos Ambrose (82.0), Martin Truex, Jr. (81.8).