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

   

  • Number of previous races: 105.
  • First Sprint Cup race: July 30, 1961, won by Jack Smith.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: March 17, 2013, won by Kasey Kahne.
  • Won from pole: 22, last time by Carl Edwards in 2008.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 60 times in 105 races (57%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 84 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: 129.535 mph by Kyle Busch in 2013.
    • 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 2008-2013 a typical Bristol race had 16.5 lead changes, 9.0 cautions for 63.7 laps, and an average green-flag run of 43.8 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 43, 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, Rick Hendrick 10, Holman-Moody 9, Richard Childress 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 (34) Buddy Arrington (36)
    Top 10: Joe Nemechek (34) Joe Nemechek (34)
    Pole: Ken Schrader (49) Dave Marcis (54)
    Lap led: Dave Blaney (24) J.D. McDuffie (39)
    Lead-lap finish: Sam Hornish, Jr. (7) Dave Marcis (54)


  • Top career marks at Bristol:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (58) Richard Petty (60)
    Wins: Kurt Busch, Kyle 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 (26,026) Terry Labonte (26,026)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (2,713) 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 (9.8)
    2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (11.6)
    3. Brad Keselowski (12.1)
    4. Greg Biffle (12.1)
    5. Jeff Gordon (12.4)
    6. Kevin Harvick (12.6)
    7. Matt Kenseth (12.9)
    8. Terry Labonte (13.3)
    9. Kurt Busch (13.4)
    10. Mark Martin (13.7)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (36.8)
    2. Josh Wise (35.7)
    3. Landon Cassill (33.0)
    4. Sam Hornish, Jr. (31.9)
    5. Scott Speed (31.5)
    6. Joe Nemechek (30.9)
    7. Dave Blaney (30.5)
    8. J.J. Yeley (29.4)
    9. Mike Bliss (29.3)
    10. Tony Raines (29.3)


    Current top-10 drivers at Bristol:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 23 1 7 13 1 11262 789 15.7 14.3 93.8
    Clint Bowyer 15 0 5 8 0 6933 82 20.3 16.2 82.9
    Carl Edwards 18 2 4 7 2 8583 345 18.5 14.6 86.5
    Kevin Harvick 25 1 9 12 0 12290 427 17.8 12.6 90.3
    Kyle Busch 17 5 8 12 1 8310 1431 18.2 9.8 103.0
    Matt Kenseth 27 2 10 17 1 13101 1007 16.8 12.9 99.9
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 27 1 7 13 0 13365 758 21.7 11.6 87.9
    Brad Keselowski 7 2 3 3 0 3433 409 13.7 12.1 98.8
    Kurt Busch 25 5 7 14 1 11859 841 19.2 13.4 92.8
    Greg Biffle 21 0 6 11 1 10330 438 13.4 12.1 95.6

    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: Jeff Gordon (100.6), Kurt Busch (92.8), Denny Hamlin (90.8), Kasey Kahne (86.8), Ryan Newman (86.7), Mark Martin (85.6), Tony Stewart (84.3), Jeff Burton (83.4), Martin Truex, Jr. (82.3).