NASCAR - Sprint Cup - IRWIN Tools Night Race Preview

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Date: Saturday, Aug. 23

Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Site: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee

Track: 0.533-mile oval

Laps: 500

Miles: 266.5

Capacity: 160,000

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 54th

On TV: ABC

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Charlie Glotzbach, 1971 (101.074 mph)

Qualifying record: Denny Hamlin, March 2014 (129.991 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Matt Kenseth

Runner up: Kasey Kahne

Pole winner: Denny Hamlin (128.969 mph)

Top 10:

1. Matt Kenseth (Start: 5)

2. Kasey Kahne (7)

3. Juan Pablo Montoya (16)

4. Brian Vickers (4)

5. Joey Logano (6)

6. Paul Menard (21)

7. Jeff Gordon (32)

8. Marcos Ambrose (14)

9. Greg Biffle (29)

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr (19)

Average speed: 90.279 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 57 mins., 7 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.188 secs.

Caution flags: 11 for 74 laps

Lead changes: 16 among 9 drivers

Past winners

2013 Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 90.279 mph

2012 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 84.402 mph

2011 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 96.753 mph

2010 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 99.071 mph.

2009 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 84.820 mph

2008 Carl Edwards, Ford, 91.581 mph

2007 Carl Edwards, Ford, 89.006 mph

2006 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 90.025 mph

2005 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 84.678 mph

2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 88.538 mph

2003 Kurt Busch, Ford, 77.421 mph

2002 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 77.097 mph

2001 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 85.106 mph

2000 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 85.394 mph

1999 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 91.276 mph

1998 Mark Martin, Ford, 86.949 mph

1997 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 80.013 mph

1996 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 91.267 mph

1995 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 81.979 mph

1994 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 91.363 mph

1993 Mark Martin, Ford, 88.172 mph

1992 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 91.198 mph

1991 Alan Kulwicki, Ford, 82.028 mph

1990 Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 91.782 mph

1989 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 85.554 mph

1988 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 78.775 mph

1987 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 90.373 mph

1986 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 86.934 mph

1985 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 81.388 mph

1984 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 85.365 mph

1983 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 89.430 mph

1982 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 94.318 mph

1981 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 84.723 mph

1980 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 86.973 mph

1979 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 91.493 mph

1978 Cale Yarborough, Oldsmobile, 88.628 mph

1977 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 79.726 mph

1976 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 99.175 mph

1975 Richard Petty, Dodge, 97.016 mph

1974 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 75.430 mph

1973 Benny Parsons, Chevrolet, 91.342 mph

1972 Bobby Allison, Chevrolet, 92.735 mph

1971 Charlie Glotzbach, Chevrolet, 101.074 mph

1970 Bobby Allison, Dodge, 84.880 mph

1969 David Pearson, Ford, 79.747 mph

1968 David Pearson, Ford, 76.310 mph

1967 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 78.705 mph

1966 Paul Goldsmith, Plymouth, 77.963 mph

1965 Ned Jarrett, Ford, 61.626 mph

1964 Fred Lorenzen, Ford, 78.044 mph

1963 Fred Lorenzen, Ford, 74.844 mph

1962 Jim Paschal, Plymouth, 75.280 mph

1961 Joe Weatherly, Pontiac, 72.450 mph

Last race

Race: Pure Michigan 400 (Aug. 17)

Site: Michigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, Michigan

Miles: 400

Laps: 200

Finish line order: Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 49 mins., 16 secs.

Average speed: 141.788 mph

Margin of victory: 1.412 secs.

Caution flags: 8 for 37 laps

Lead changes: 20 among 8 drivers

Lap leaders: J. Gordon-pole, Logano 1-21, Newman 22-24, Johnson 25-37, Logano J. Gordon-pole, Logano 1-21, Newman 22-24, Johnson 25-37, Logano 38-55, J. Gordon 56, Logano 57, J. Gordon 58-63, Earnhardt Jr 64-67, Johnson 68-75, Newman 76-78, J. Gordon 79-99, Newman 100-107, Logano 108-139, Ku. Busch 140-141, J. Gordon 142-164, Ku. Busch 165, Keselowski 166-167, Kahne 168-169, Logano 170-183, J. Gordon 184-200.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Wurth

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow Great Stuff

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Jimmy John's

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Ground

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 To Be Announced Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M Hire Our Heroes

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Doublemint

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#22 * Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Speed Stick Gear

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Serta

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Ford/Corvetteparts.net

#33 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Dockside Logistics

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#37 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/Accell Construction

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/MDS

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/CRC 1/Tank Power Renew

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/STP

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Bush's Beans

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt Professional

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/Thrivent Financial

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Provident Metals

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Matt Kenseth Won Won 39 9 10 10 6 25 Won
Kasey Kahne 42 12 2 40 28 5 11 9 2
Brian Vickers 20 33 20 12 21 4 4
Joey Logano 34 18 13 8 5
Paul Menard 24 16 24 21 30 10 6
Jeff Gordon 6 5 19 5 23 11 3 3 7
Marcos Ambrose 3 20 10 5 8
Greg Biffle 3 19 10 11 4 8 31 19 9
Dale Earnhardt Jr 9 3 5 18 9 13 16 12 10
Kyle Busch 33 2 9 2 Won Won 14 6 11
Clint Bowyer 38 3 7 21 4 26 7 14
Ryan Newman 39 8 7 6 6 6 8 36 21
Denny Hamlin 6 43 3 5 34 7 Won 28
Brad Keselowski 19 Won 30 30
Kurt Busch 10 37 6 15 7 9 17 28 31
Kevin Harvick 37 11 16 4 38 14 22 15 34
Jimmie Johnson 36 10 21 33 8 35 4 2 36
Carl Edwards 24 7 Won Won 16 12 9 22 39
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon

Notes

The IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is the 24th event on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Groundbreaking for Bristol Motor Speedway took place in 1960, with the racetrack measuring an exact half-mile. The track was reshaped and remeasured to 0.533 miles in the fall of 1969. The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.

Immediately following its spring race in 2007, Bristol was resurfaced as well as reconfigured with the addition of variable banking. It produced more side- by-side racing and therefore lowered the amount of beating and banging among competitors. Fan response to the modified banking at Bristol was not favorable since the number of cautions in races there was significantly reduced.

The concrete surface at Bristol underwent a modification after the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series competed there in March 2012. The top groove of the surface was grinded, with the intention of bringing back traditional racing at this short track.

Bristol has 24-28 degrees of banking in all four of its turns as well as 4-8 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and the backstretch. The lengths of the frontstretch and the backstretch are 650 feet.

There have been 107 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Bristol. The track has hosted two events each season since 1961.

Jack Smith won the inaugural race at this track, the Volunteer 500, on July 30, 1961. Smith had relief from Johnny Allen.

Darrell Waltrip holds the record for most victories at Bristol with 12. Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with five victories each at this track.

Twelve drivers have won consecutive races at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip with seven straight victories from 1981-84. The other 11 are: Fred Lorenzen (1963-1964 sweep), David Pearson (1968 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), Cale Yarborough did it twice (1974 sweep and four straight from 1976-1977), Richard Petty (1975 sweep), Dale Earnhardt also did it twice (1985 sweep and 1987 sweep), Alan Kulwicki (1992 sweep), Rusty Wallace (2000 sweep), Kurt Busch (2003 sweep and 2004 spring race), Kyle Busch (2009 sweep), and Brad Keselowski (2011 fall-2012 spring). Carl Edwards won at Bristol in March.

Petty holds the record for most starts at Bristol with 60. Gordon leads all drivers entered in this event with 43 starts at this track.

Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough share the record for most pole wins at Bristol with nine each. Gordon leads all active drivers with five poles there.

The race winner at Bristol has started from the pole 22 times, which is more than any other starting position there. The last driver to win from the pole at this track was Edwards in August 2008.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Bristol occurred on March 25, 2007 when Kyle Busch beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by just 0.064 seconds. That race marked the competition debut of NASCAR's previous race car, the Gen-5 or Car of Tomorrow (COT).

Kurt Busch scored his first career Cup victory at Bristol on March 24, 2002. Elliott Sadler's first win in the series came there in March 2001. Sadler is now a full-time competitor in the Nationwide Series.

Joey Logano is the only driver entered in this race that claimed his first pole in the series at Bristol (March 2010).

Two drivers on the entry list made their Cup debuts at Bristol: A.J. Allmendinger (March 25, 2007) and Ryan Truex (Aug. 24, 2013).

Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Bristol. His 2007 win there came when he was 21 years, 10 months and 23 days old. When Dale Earnhardt was 48 years, 3 months and 30 days old, he became the oldest driver to win there on Aug. 28, 1999.

The next race is the Aug. 31 Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

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