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Food City 500 Fact Sheet
Compiled by racing-reference.info

Track facts for Bristol Motor Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 106.
  • First Sprint Cup race: July 30, 1961, won by Jack Smith.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: August 24, 2013, won by Matt Kenseth.
  • Won from pole: 22, last time by Carl Edwards in 2008.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 61 times in 106 races (58%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 85 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 2009-2014 a typical Bristol race had 17.6 lead changes, 9.2 cautions for 65.1 laps, and an average green-flag run of 42.8 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 43, Ford 33, Pontiac 8, Dodge 8, Toyota 6, 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 7, 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 (35) Buddy Arrington (36)
    Top 10: Joe Nemechek (35) Joe Nemechek (35)
    Pole: Michael Waltrip (48) Dave Marcis (54)
    Lap led: Dave Blaney (25) J.D. McDuffie (39)
    Lead-lap finish: Michael McDowell (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: Jeff Gordon (5) Cale Yarborough, Mark 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 (28) Jeff Gordon (28)


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

    1. Kyle Busch (9.9)
    2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (11.5)
    3. Greg Biffle (12.0)
    4. Jeff Gordon (12.3)
    5. Matt Kenseth (12.5)
    6. Terry Labonte (13.3)
    7. Kevin Harvick (13.4)
    8. Kurt Busch (14.0)
    9. Brad Keselowski (14.4)
    10. Jimmie Johnson (15.2)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (37.4)
    2. Josh Wise (36.0)
    3. Landon Cassill (31.3)
    4. Joe Nemechek (31.2)
    5. Dave Blaney (30.2)
    6. J.J. Yeley (28.8)
    7. Reed Sorenson (28.2)
    8. Casey Mears (27.9)
    9. Danica Patrick (27.7)
    10. David Gilliland (27.5)


    Current top-10 drivers at Bristol:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 28 1 7 14 0 13865 790 21.6 11.5 89.3
    Brad Keselowski 8 2 3 3 0 3911 409 13.5 14.4 94.8
    Jimmie Johnson 24 1 7 13 1 11702 789 15.6 15.2 91.4
    Joey Logano 10 0 1 2 1 4963 144 9.1 19.9 79.1
    Jeff Gordon 42 5 16 23 5 20016 2713 7.5 12.3 101.2
    Matt Kenseth 28 3 11 18 1 13601 1156 16.4 12.5 101.7
    Carl Edwards 19 2 4 7 2 8970 464 17.7 15.9 87.7
    Denny Hamlin 16 1 4 7 1 7666 492 18.3 16.1 90.3
    Ryan Newman 24 0 1 13 3 11251 112 10.3 17.1 86.7
    Kyle Busch 18 5 8 12 1 8810 1431 19.6 9.9 101.8

    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: Greg Biffle (94.6), Kurt Busch (92.0), Kasey Kahne (87.9), Tony Stewart (84.4), Clint Bowyer (83.3), Martin Truex, Jr. (83.0), Jeff Burton (83.0).