Saturday, April 22, 2017

Final Bristol Driver Ratings: 2017 Food City 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr showed some speed in Saturday's Bristol practices; he was runner-up last spring.
Micah Roberts' Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Ratings
Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 1:16 pm ET

RATED DRIVER     ODDS                  PRAC 1      START     PRAC 2     PRAC 3
 1. Kyle Busch (6/1)               2nd         7th        1st        1st
 2. Kevin Harvick (7/1)           18th       10th        4th        8th 
 3. Erik Jones (50/1)               1st        14th        2nd       6th    
 4. Denny Hamlin (15/1)          6th        16th        3rd      17th
 5. Kurt Busch (30/1)             12th        15th       15th     11th
 6. Kasey Kahne (60/1)          13th       17th         6th       3rd
 7. Chase Elliott (8/1)             11th        2nd       14th       4th 
 8. Jimmie Johnson (10/1)      16th       11th       23rd       5th
 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (25/1)   24th       20th        5th      10th
10. Clint Bowyer (25/1)          15th         9th       12th       7th 
11. Brad Keselowski (6/1)      21st         4th       18th      24th 
12. Joey Logano (7/1)             9th          5th       20th      12th
13. Ryan Blaney (30/1)           3rd          6th         9th      18th

Opening odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Micah Roberts, a former Las Vegas sports book director, has been setting auto racing odds in Las Vegas since 1994. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bristol Betting Preview: 2017 Food City 500

Kevin Harvick is using same chassis he won with at Bristol in August.
Alright NASCAR, enough of this weekend off stuff. I realize it was Easter and your season runs from February through November with little time off, but it feels like there's an imbalance in my universe when a weekend comes and goes without a Cup race. I'm looking for more pieces of the puzzle in this frustrating season as a bettor and then you guys go and leave me hanging to stew.

But then NASCAR, you redeem yourself with a race on the high-banks of Bristol's half-mile bullring where drama always unfolds with lots of tempers flaring. I love NASCAR drama. Come on drivers, how about a few paybacks for some issues unresolved?

Way to come back strong NASCAR! And thank you for not having this anticipated race coming off a bye not be on another 1.5-mile track. By the time Mother's Day comes around in May, I'll be ready for a race at cookie-cutter Kansas. But Bristol is a great break in between, then next week it's Richmond and then right after that it's Talladega. What an outstanding lineup for the next three weeks.

Although there has been seven races on the season, none of the data gained can be applied to Bristol's unique configuration. Martinsville is a half-mile also and we saw Brad Keselowski win there three weeks ago making him the season leader with two wins. But the big difference with Bristol is the high banking making to set-up requirements completely different from Martinsville. They are as different as two half-mile tracks can be.

Dover is the track I compare the most with Bristol even though it's a 1-mile layout, but the thing that correlates well between the two is the high banking and concrete surface. So when handicapping this weeks race, I don't have a lot to go off of outside of current form and past history at Bristol. Because of the banking, I'll mix in just a dash of what happened at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Texas.

As for past history, the active leaders in wins are Las Vegas' own Busch brothers with five wins each. It's been a while since Kurt Busch won, though. While driving for Jack Roush, he gobbled up wins in bunches to start his career, but the hasn't won there since 2006. Overall, he's led 1.062 laps and has 16 top-10s in 32 starts. While driving for Chevrolet and Dodge, he never won, but he's in a Ford again like he was with all his previous success. He's using a chassis this week that raced twice at Bristol last season and another at Dover accumulating two top-5s.

Read More Here.....Top-5 Finish Prediction on VegasInsider.com

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posts Dixon 7/1 favorite to win 2017 Indy 500

Westgate SuperBook posted Scott Dixon as 7/1 favorite to win Indy 500.
WESTGATE LAS VEGAS SUPERBOOK
ODDS TO WIN 2017 INDY 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017 - 12:20 PM ET


Scott DIXON 7/1
Helio CASTRONEVES 8/1
Josef NEWGARDEN 8/1
Juan Pablo MONTOYA 8/1
Marco ANDRETTI 8/1
Ryan HUNTER-REAY 8/1
Tony KANAAN 8/1
Simon PAGENAUD 10/1
Will POWER 10/1
Alexander ROSSI 15/1
Takuma SATO 20/1
Charlie KIMBALL 25/1
James HINCHCLIFFE 25/1
Fernando ALONSO 30/1
Graham RAHAL 30/1
Carlos MUNOZ 40/1
Ed CARPENTER 40/1
Jack HARVEY 40/1
JR HILDEBRAND 40/1
Max CHILTON 40/1
Jay HOWARD 80/1
Gabby CHAVES 80/1
Sebastien BOURDAIS 80/1
Conor DALY 100/1
Ed JONES 100/1
Mikhail ALESHIN 100/1
Oriol SERVIA 100/1
Sage KARAM 100/1
Buddy LAZIER 200/1
Zach VEACH 300/1
Pippa MANN 300/1

Kurt Busch using solid Bristol-Dover chassis in Food City 500

Kurt Busch is 30/1 to win Food City 500.
KURT BUSCH, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

There’s always beating and banging at a short track. What’s acceptable and what isn’t? 
“It depends on who it is. It depends what’s on the line, what time of the race it is. We’ll see. With these new segments this year, you might throw a door ding in there, a donut on somebody trying to get a stage win. But then, you can’t risk too much and you don’t want damage for the rest of the race that will hurt you long term. So, it’s a balance. But, honestly, it’s good old short-track racing. There should be no problem in it.” 

If you inadvertently get into someone, do you try to right that wrong so it doesn’t come back and bite you later? 
“Again, it depends upon the circumstances, but, yes. Usually you’re trying to keep your eye on the main prize, which is victory lane at the end of the day. If you have a run-in early in the race, that guy is going to be trying to find you, or you’re looking over your shoulder. If somebody did me wrong, you’re going to be after that guy. But there are still bigger prizes out there.” 

Talk a little bit about returning to Bristol this weekend driving an SHR-prepared Ford Fusion. 
“To me, getting around Bristol is all about low-end torque and being able to jump out of the corner with a lot of speed. Doug Yates (engine builder) seems to have the right package for that at Bristol. Joey Logano has won a couple of races there recently. Brad Keselowski has been strong, as well. The Roush cars seem to run well every time we go there.” 

Chassis No. 933: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 933 in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Built new for 2015, Chassis No. 933 debuted at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May, when Busch finished 10th. It was next raced at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where Busch again finished 10th. Chassis No. 933 was utilized again at Charlotte in October, when Busch recorded a fifth-place finish. Chassis No. 933 made its first start of the 2016 season at Bristol in April, when Busch scored a third-place finish. It next raced at Dover in May, where Busch finished fifth after a tough day of obstacles

It saw its last laps of the 2016 season at Bristol in August, when Busch had overtaken Joey Logano for the lead before getting loose and setting off an 11-car incident that would see Busch’s historic streak of lead-lap finishes end at 22 races. Since then, the car has received chassis updates and the body has been updated for 2017. 

Bristol Motor Speedway Notes of Interest: 

 Kurt Busch has career totals of 29 wins, 21 poles, 126 top-five finishes and 246 top-10s in 583 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts heading into Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. His most recent NASCAR Cup Series win came in February at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in the season-opening Daytona 500. 

 Sunday’s Food City 500 will mark Busch’s 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol. Busch has five wins, nine top-five finishes and 16 top-10s at the .533-mile oval. Additionally, the 38-year-old driver has led 1,062 laps, has an average starting position of 17.5, an average finish of 14.8, and has completed 94.8 percent (15,189 of 16,027) of the laps he’s contested there. 

 Busch scored his first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Bristol in March 2002. He started 27th and led 89 laps en route to his first victory. It was only his third visit to the .533-mile, high-banked oval, making him the only driver to record his first win at Bristol in fewer than four attempts. 

 The Las Vegas native has one pole to his credit (August 2006) at Bristol. Busch has 21 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles. 

 Busch’s five Bristol wins (March 2002 and 2003, August 2003, March 2004 and 2006) tie him with his younger brother Kyle Busch as the winningest active NASCAR Cup Series drivers at Bristol. 

 Busch completed the Bristol sweep in 2003, winning both the spring and fall NASCAR Cup Series events. He started ninth and led 116 laps in March while starting fifth and leading 121 laps in August. In March 2004, Busch went on to record his third consecutive win at Bristol when he started 13th and led 119 laps on his way to victory lane. 

 Busch is one of four drivers to win three or more consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol. Fred Lorenzen won three in a row starting with the fall race in 1963, followed by a sweep of both 1964 events. Cale Yarborough won four in a row with sweeps in 1976 and 1977. Darrell Waltrip won seven in a row, including sweeps in 1981, 1982 and 1983, then a win at the March 1984 race.  Busch has led laps in 15 of his 32 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol for a combined total of 1,062 laps led. Busch led 278 laps in March 2010 and finished third. He has led more than 100 laps four times, including three consecutive races – March 2003 (116), August 2003 (121) and March 2004 (119).

Clint Bowyer has six top-5s at Bristol

Clint Bowyer is 25/1 to win Food City 500.
CLINT BOWYER, Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

What do you think about Stewart-Haas Racing after seven races in 2017?

“This is an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often, whether it was my first opportunity in this sport or my last, to drive for this manufacturer, Ford, and the support they are giving us – everyone at Stewart-Haas, the management and sponsors and my teammates. You don’t put enough emphasis on the impact a good teammate can have on you. Drivers capable of winning races and championships. I have two championship-winning drivers (Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch) as teammates. Danica (Patrick), everything she brings for our entire sport, let alone the company. This is the opportunity you are giddy about no matter where you are at in your career.”

Why do you like short-track racing?

“You’re really wheeling that thing, trying to keep the grip under your tires, forward bite. Trying to keep the thing turning. Fighting the balance of the cars. Fighting your crew chief all race long because you’re whining in the car, and he is tired of hearing you whine. But all those things come together to win that race and be successful.”

Bowyer Notes of Interest: 

 Sunday’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 405th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and 23rd career Cup Series start at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, where he owns six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s and has led 137 laps. 

 Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 59 top-five finishes, 170 top-10s and 2,338 laps led in 404 NASCAR Cup Series races. He also owns eight Xfinity Series victories. He is ninth in the Cup Series standings after seven races. 

 His most recent Cup Series victory came at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (Oct. 13, 2012). 

 His most recent Cup Series pole came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007). 

 Bowyer in 2017: A 17-car accident on lap 127 of the Daytona 500 collected Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford and left him with a 32nd-place finish. At Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bowyer started 24th and climbed to third with 85 laps remaining before contact with another car and a cut tire left him with an 11th-place finish. At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the No. 14 Ford team struggled early but improved throughout the race to finish 10th. At Phoenix International Raceway, Bowyer drove from 17th to 13th in overtime. Bowyer repeated his overtime feat at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, when he drove from sixth to third in the added laps to record his best finish of 2017. At Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Bowyer overcame a midrace accident to finish seventh. He finished 11th at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, his sixth consecutive top-13 finish.

- True Speed Communications

Kevin Harvick using winning Bristol chassis in Food City 500

Kevin Harvick is 7/1 to win Food City 500.
KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

What did you take away from your win last August at Bristol? 
“For me, I was excited that you were able to use the bottom of the racetrack, and the lap cars had an option. You just didn't get pinned up high. Really just want to applaud the racetrack for the effort that they made to really get that bottom groove working so that we had multiple grooves of racing, and I think as a driver you had a lot of options to make your car work and maneuver through traffic and make up positions. We started 24th and pretty much drove through the field because of that.” 

What did you think of Bristol Motor Speedway adding VHT resin to the racetrack last year to make the racing groove better? 
“Taking a chance like that, it could have been a complete disaster, but everybody was all in on trying to make the racing better. The SMI group has a little bit of an advantage on everybody else when it comes to those types of situations with their drag race side of things and the VHT and how to apply those things. How to rubber it in with all their concrete launch pads, so they had a pretty good insight on what they needed to do to the bottom after the driver council and NASCAR got together and told them what we thought we needed to do to try to make better racing at Bristol. So they were all in. This is just a classic example of collaboration between SMI, NASCAR and the driver council and seeing the outcome of it was pretty exciting, just because of the fact it does open up options. I think it definitely has opened everybody's eyes to saying, all right, that worked pretty darned good because the last few years we'd been there, you get on the bottom of the racetrack and you are three or four tenths slower. Now you could hold your ground and get past lapped cars. It gave everybody an option to do something different, and as a driver, that's what you want. You want options.”

Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-884: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion built on Chassis No. 4-884 in the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-884 made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where it won the pole, led 12 laps and finished eighth. It also won the pole in its second appearance at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August, when it led 195 laps and finished 19th. It won its third appearance at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October, when it started seventh and led 162 laps. He won his last outing in Chassis 4-884, when he beat runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to the finish line by 1.933 seconds in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Bristol Night Race in August 2016. It has scored two wins, six top-two finishes, seven top-fives and nine top-10s in 10 NASCAR Cup Series starts.

Jimmy John’s Racing Team Report – Bristol Motor Speedway Notes of Interest:


 Freaky Fast Since 2014: Harvick enters his 17th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his fourth at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with crew chief Rodney Childers at the helm. In their first three seasons together, Harvick and Childers combined to produce 12 victories, 11 poles, 54 top-five finishes and 75 top-10s; led 5,815 laps; won the 2014 Cup Series title; finished runner-up in 2015 to champion Kyle Busch and eighth in 2016.

 Points Position: Harvick arrives at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway ranked 10th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 198 points after a fourth-place finish Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. He trails leader Kyle Larson by 117 points. Harvick also has scored three playoff points for stage wins.

 Lap Leader: Through the first seven NASCAR Cup Series events of 2017, Harvick has been at the front of the field more than any other driver with 419 of 2,142 laps led. That’s nearly 20 percent of the total laps contested. He holds a six-lap advantage over Kyle Busch’s 413 laps led.

 Pole Position: Harvick has won two poles through the first seven events of 2017. He scored his first of the year March 3 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a lap of 29.118 seconds at 190.398 mph in the third round of knockout qualifying. He won his second pole of the season April 7 at Texas with a lap of 27.217 seconds at 198.405 mph in the third round of knockout qualifying. Coincidentally, they are also the only two races of the season that Harvick ran both the Xfinity and Cup Series races in the same weekend. He has won 13 of his 18 career NASCAR Cup Series poles since joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.

 Harvick in the NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol: The Food City 500 will mark Harvick’s 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol. Harvick has two wins (April 2005, August 2016), one pole (August 2014), 11 top-five finishes and 15 top-10s at the half-mile oval. He has led 862 laps, has an average starting position of 16.6, an average finish of 13.9, and has completed 97.7 percent (15,657 of 16,027) of the laps he’s contested there.

- True Speed Communication

Odds to win 2017 Food City 500 at Bristol

Larson, Kyle Busch and Keselowski are 6-to-1 co-favoritesl
WESTGATE LAS VEGAS SUPERBOOK
ODDS TO WIN 2017 FOOD CITY 500
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017 - 2:16 PM ET


Kyle LARSON 6/1
Brad KESELOWSKI 6/1
Kyle BUSCH 6/1
Kevin HARVICK 7/1
Joey LOGANO 7/1
Chase ELLIOTT 8/1
Martin TRUEX JR 8/1
Jimmie JOHNSON 10/1
Matt KENSETH 12/1
Denny HAMLIN 15/1
Jamie McMURRAY 30/1
Clint BOWYER 25/1
Dale EARNHARDT JR 25/1
Ryan BLANEY 30/1
Kurt BUSCH 30/1
Erik JONES 50/1
Kasey KAHNE 60/1
Ryan NEWMAN 60/1
Austin DILLON 80/1
Ricky STENHOUSE JR 80/1
Daniel SUAREZ 200/1
Trevor BAYNE 300/1
Paul MENARD 300/1
AJ ALLMENDINGER 300/1
Aric ALMIROLA 300/1
Ty DILLON 500/1
Danica PATRICK 1000/1
Chris BUESCHER 1000/1
Cole WHITT 1000/1
FIELD (all others) 1000/1

Kyle Busch looking for first win of season, sixth at Bristol

Kyle Busch is 6/1 co-favorite to win Food City 500.
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (April 17, 2017) – When it comes to winning races, Kyle Busch has always been about the numbers. So as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series comes out of the Easter off weekend and heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Food City 500, the number of the week for Busch will be six. 

The driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has a stellar record at the .533-mile high-banked bullring with five Cup Series wins to his credit there. In fact, there will only be one other driver in the 40-car field Sunday afternoon who has the same number of Bristol wins – his brother Kurt Busch. 

After coming so close to winning races earlier this year at Phoenix International Raceway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, not only would Busch like nothing more than to bring home his first Cup Series win of the season, he’d love to sit alone atop the list of active drivers with six career Bristol wins. 

In addition to his five wins, Busch has notched eight top-fives and 13 top-10s in 23 career starts at Northeast Tennessee’s “Thunder Valley.” Amazingly enough, three of Busch’s wins there came over a four-race span at the .533-mile short track in 2009 and 2010. While he is a factor any time he travels to Bristol, it’s interesting to note Busch didn’t immediately take to the place. During his rookie year in 2005, he posted finishes of 28th and 33rd , but his record since then has been impressive, to say the least. 

After bringing home finishes of eighth and second in 2006, Busch captured his first Bristol Cup Series win in March 2007. The track was resurfaced after that race and, from 2008 to 2011, nobody has been better at the concrete short track than Busch. He scored four wins and six top-10s from 2008 until another change to the track surface prior to the August 2012 race weekend. Busch is looking to recapture the magic from his four years of dominance there on the current surface. 

As Busch chases his first win of the season, a quick look at the back-to-back short-track races at Bristol and Richmond (Va.) International Raceway the following weekend give the 2015 Cup Series champion plenty of optimism that wins are on the horizon. So as Busch and the M&M’S team head to Northeast Tennessee this weekend, they’ll be focused on the number six in hopes of taking yet another checkered flag at a Bristol track that has treated him quite well over the years. 

KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing: 

How much do you look forward to Bristol each year? 
“I certainly look forward to Bristol and I definitely have over the years, whether it was the old surface or when they repaved it. It’s been kind of frustrating a little bit for me on the Cup side since the (track surface) grind and I haven’t figured that out all the way, yet. We’ve had fast racecars the last several times there, but different things have happened that have kept us from being able to finish those races off and win another one. I definitely look forward to this weekend. We’re hoping things will fall in place this weekend with our M&M’S Camry and we get to victory lane there again. That’s always the goal each weekend.” 

What is your most memorable experience at Bristol? 
“The one that stands out the most for me is August 2010 – being able to do the sweep. We won the Truck race on Wednesday night, backed it up in the Xfinity Series race Friday and took home the trophy from the Cup race on Saturday night.” 

What is the most challenging aspect of Bristol? 
“I think the most challenging aspect of Bristol is just how difficult it is to transition through from the straightaways to the corners, back to the straightaways, and have your car set up in order to do all that. Sometimes you can be really loose getting in, or you can be really tight in the middle – you just seem to never be able to get a good-flowing car that works well there. Drivers have to do a lot of manipulation on the racetrack with their car in order to try to make the best of it.” 

Do you think anyone will ever win another seven races in a row at Bristol, like Darrell Waltrip did from 1981 to 1984? 
“No, I don’t think so. I think the way the sport was then is certainly different than the way the sport is now. When you hit on something back in that day, you might have been able to keep it at that particular racetrack for a lot longer than you can now. The way that tech goes and the way you have to tear down your car here at the racetrack and having people looking at it from not very far away, they can see what you’re doing and, then again, they go to the tech center and they pull apart the shocks and they pull apart the bump stops and they basically give away to everybody else what you’re doing. I don’t think you’ll ever see seven in a row at a particular racetrack again, but I could be wrong. Deep down, I would like to say that I could do it, but I know that, even with the team I have and the crew and the talent and everything we’ve got going on with the M&M’S car, that’s going to be hard to do. It’s fun to reminisce about those days and about what it’s all about but, sometimes you hear these comments about our sport. And they talk about how great it was in the ’70s or the ’80s, and you look at some of the results and there’s eight cars that finish and the second-place car is three laps down and this guy has now won five in a row at a particular racetrack and it’s, like, ‘How is that the good old days?’ Is that really what would be exciting these days? I don’t think so. Not unless it’s your favorite driver, and there are a lot of fans out there who pull for different drivers.”

How have you figured out the best way to get around Bristol Motor Speedway? 
“Things have just kind of really worked well together. It’s a fun place that you like going to. You enjoy the race around there. We grew up at the ‘Bullring’ (in Las Vegas) and stuff like that. They aren’t as banked as Bristol is, but I love going and racing at Winchester (Indiana) and at Slinger (Wisconsin), Salem (Indiana) – those are all really high-banked racetracks that are a half-mile in distance, or a quarter. They’re really fun to race around and you kind of get a great feel for racing in a bowl. You go down the straightaway and you slam it into the corners and you mash the gas and you kind of sling right back out of the corners. It’s a lot of fun to do that. It’s kind of an art. Some guys are really good at it, and some find a knack that makes them really good at it and makes it seem easy.” 

What makes Bristol Motor Speedway so unique and a place that fans love? 
“Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the best racetracks on the circuit. All the fans love it because of the excitement, the run-ins and the close-quarter action with all the cars being packed on top of one another at a half-mile racetrack with us 40 lunatics running around in a tight circle. With the fans, the atmosphere there always makes for a good time.”

- True Speed Communications

Bristol Motor Speedway Track Facts: 2017 Food City 500

Even with multiple grooves, Bristol still produces fun racing.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Rank
Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
 
 
1
Kyle Larson
6
0
0
0
2
1
21.5
87.4
 
2
Chase Elliott
2
0
0
1
1
0
9.5
94.9
 
3
Martin Truex Jr
22
0
0
2
2
2
20.9
82.0
 
4
Brad Keselowski
14
0
2
4
5
0
15.9
91.5
 
5
Joey Logano
16
1
2
3
6
1
17.6
85.8
 
6
Ryan Blaney
3
0
0
0
0
0
22.7
79.0
 
7
Kyle Busch
23
1
5
8
13
3
14.3
100.5
 
8
Jamie McMurray
28
0
0
3
11
1
16.5
80.1
 
9
Clint Bowyer
22
0
0
6
10
2
15.7
79.6
 
10
Kevin Harvick
32
1
2
11
15
3
13.9
95.7
 
11
Jimmie Johnson
30
1
1
10
17
1
14.2
91.6
 
12
Trevor Bayne
5
0
0
1
1
0
18.8
64.7
 
13
Ryan Newman
30
3
0
2
16
3
16.4
85.6
 
15
Kurt Busch
32
1
5
9
16
3
14.8
93.1
 
16
Denny Hamlin
22
3
1
6
10
2
16.2
90.2
 
* – Based on last 24 races at Bristol Motor Speedway (2005 – 2016).


2017 Stage Winners / Drivers with Playoff Points
Track
Stage 1 Winner
Stage 2 Winner
Race Winner
 
Playoff Pts. Following Race #7
Daytona
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
 
Drivers
Playoff Points
Atlanta
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
 
Brad Keselowski
10
Las Vegas
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
 
Martin Truex Jr.
9
Phoenix
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Ryan Newman
 
Kyle Larson
6
Auto Club
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr.
Kyle Larson
 
Ryan Newman
5
Martinsville
Martin Truex Jr.
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
 
Kurt Busch
5
Texas
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
 
Jimmie Johnson
5
Bristol



 
Kevin Harvick
3
Richmond
    
Chase Elliott
2
Talladega



 
Ryan Blaney
2
     
Joey Logano
1
     
Kyle Busch
1

2017 Stage 1 And 2 Points
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Rank
Drivers
Stage 1 Pts
Stage 2 Pts
Combined
1
Kyle Larson
45
42
87
2
Chase Elliott
35
50
85
3
Brad Keselowski
44
38
82
4
Martin Truex Jr.
45
28
73
5
Ryan Blaney
36
25
61
6
Kyle Busch
33
21
54
7
Jamie McMurray
30
21
51
8
Kevin Harvick
26
25
51
9
Joey Logano
22
18
40
10
Jimmie Johnson
13
24
37
11
Clint Bowyer
10
13
23
12
Denny Hamlin
16
4
20
13
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8
11
19
14
Erik Jones #
3
16
19
15
Ryan Newman
7
12
19
16
Kurt Busch
0
13
13
17
Austin Dillon
2
5
7
18
Danica Patrick
1
6
7
19
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
7
0
7
20
Matt Kenseth
2
4
6
21
AJ Allmendinger
0
5
5
22
Trevor Bayne
0
3
3
23
Kasey Kahne
0
1
1


2017 MENCS Playoff Grid Outlook
Pos.
Drivers
Wins
Playoff Points
Points
1
Brad Keselowski
2
10
274
2
Martin Truex Jr.
1
9
275
3
Kyle Larson
1
6
315
4
Jimmie Johnson
1
5
190
5
Ryan Newman
1
5
163
6
Kurt Busch
1
5
151
7
Kevin Harvick
0
3
198
8
Chase Elliott
0
2
298
9
Ryan Blaney
0
2
224
10
Joey Logano
0
1
243
11
Kyle Busch
0
1
211
12
Jamie McMurray
0
0
209
13
Clint Bowyer
0
0
204
14
Trevor Bayne
0
0
164
15
Erik Jones
0
0
159
16
Denny Hamlin
0
0
151

Bristol Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 08 of 36 (04-23-17)
Track Size: 0.533-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 24-28 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 24-28 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 4-8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 4-8 degrees
Frontstretch Length:  650 feet
Backstretch Length:  650 feet
Race Length: 500 laps / 266.5 miles
Stages 1 & 2 Length: 125 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 250 laps

Top 10 Active Driver Ratings at Bristol
Matt Kenseth............................ 100.9
Kyle Busch............................... 100.5
Kevin Harvick............................. 95.7
Chase Elliott............................... 94.9
Kurt Busch................................. 93.1
Jimmie Johnson.......................... 91.6
Brad Keselowski......................... 91.5
Denny Hamlin............................. 90.2
Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 87.4
Kyle Larson................................ 87.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (24 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway

Qualifying/Race Data
2016 pole winner:
Carl Edwards, Toyota
127.997 mph, 14.991 secs. 04-15-16

2016 race winner:
Carl Edwards, Toyota
81.637 mph, (3:15:52), 04-17-16

Track qualifying record:
Denny Hamlin, Toyota
131.407 mph, 14.602 secs. 08-21-15

Track race record:
Charlie Glotzbach, Chevrolet
101.074 mph, (2:38:12), 07-11-71


At Bristol Motor Speedway:
History
·        Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile.
·        First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race was July 30, 1961; Jack Smith won the event (with relief from Johnny Allen).
·        All of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps.
·        In the fall of 1969, the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533-miles.
·        The name changed to Bristol International Raceway in 1978.
·        The first night race was held in the fall of 1978.
·        The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.
·        The name changed to Bristol Motor Speedway in May 1996.
·        The track was resurfaced between races in 2007, and the turns were ground down in 2012 to eliminate part of the progressive banking.
Starts
·        There have been 112 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.
·        441 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol; 311 in more than one.
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60. Matt Kenseth leads all active MENCS drivers with 34 starts.
·        Joey Logano leads all active MENCS drivers in average starting position at Bristol with a 7.760. 
·        Logano (7.760) and Chase Elliott (9.500) are the only two active drivers with an average starting position inside the top 10.

·        Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol without visiting Victory Lane at 30.
·        Paul Menard (19 starts) leads the series in starts with the fewest DNFs (0) at Bristol.
·        Thirty-three drivers have made their first series career start at Bristol Motor Speedway; but only one is currently active in the MENCS - AJ Allmendinger (03/25/2007).  

Poles
·        Fred Lorenzen won the inaugural Coors Light pole with a speed of 79.225 mph in a Ford.
·        48 different drivers have poles at Bristol, led by Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough with nine each.  Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers with three each.
·        10 different drivers have posted consecutive poles at Bristol Motor Speedway; Mark Martin is the only of the 10 to win four consecutive poles at Bristol: Fireball Roberts (swept 1962), Fred Lorenzen (swept 1963), Richard Petty (1967-’68), Bobby Allison (swept 1972), Cale Yarborough (swept 1973; swept 1977; swept 1980), Darrell Waltrip (swept 1981), Geoff Bodine (swept 1986), Mark Martin (swept 1995-1996– all four races; and swept 2009); Rusty Wallace (swept 1998), Jeff Gordon (swept 2002) and Denny Hamlin (fall 2013, spring 2014).
·        Youngest Bristol pole winner: Joey Logano (3/21/2010 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days) – his first career series pole.
·        Oldest Bristol pole winner: Harry Gant (8/27/1994 – 54 years, 7 months, 17 days).
·        Seven different drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career pole at Bristol. Joey Logano is the only active driver to win his first MENCS pole at Bristol (03/21/2010).

Wins
·        42 different drivers have won at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip (12). Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch each have five wins, the most among active drivers.
·        12 drivers have won consecutive MENCS races at Bristol led by Darrell Waltrip with seven consecutive victories from 1981-1984. 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 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).
·        Youngest Bristol winner: Kyle Busch (03/25/2007 – 21 years, 10 months, 23 days).
·        Oldest Bristol winner: Dale Earnhardt (08/28/1999 – 48 years, 3 months, 30 days).
·        Five drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career win at Bristol Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt (04/01/1979), Rusty Wallace (04/06/1986), Ernie Irvan (03/25/1990), Elliott Sadler (03/25/2001) and Kurt Busch (03/24/2002).

·        Junior Johnson leads the series in car owner wins at Bristol with 16; Roger Penske leads the series among active car owners with the most wins at Bristol with 12.
·        The race winner has started from the pole 24 times (21.6%) - the most productive starting position. The last driver to win from the pole was Carl Edwards (Spring, 2016).
·        Six drivers have won from the pole position multiple times: Bobby Allison (1972 twice), Cale Yarborough (1973, 1977 twice, 1980), Darrell Waltrip (1981 twice, 1982), Rusty Wallace (1991, 1993, 1999, 2000), Matt Kenseth (2005, 2015) and Carl Edwards (2008, 2016).
·        37 of the 112 (33%) MENCS races at Bristol have been won from the front row: Pole position (24 wins); second-place (13 wins).
·        65 of the 112 (58%) MENCS races have been won from a top-five starting position.
·        89 of the 112 (79.4%) MENCS races have been won from a top-10 starting position
·        Six of the 112 (5.4%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20; most recent was Kevin Harvick in 2016 fall race – he started 24th. 
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
·        Eight different manufacturers have won in the MENCS at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford (36), Toyota (9), Dodge (8), Pontiac (8), Buick (4), Plymouth (3) and Oldsmobile (1).
·        Four car numbers have produced eight or more Bristol MENCS wins:
Car Number – (Number of Wins) – Most Recent Win
o   No. 11  - (19 wins) – Denny Hamlin, 2012
o   No. 2 – (12 wins) – Brad Keselowski, 2012
o   No. 17 – (eight wins) – Matt Kenseth, 2006
o   No. 3 – (eight wins) – Dale Earnhardt, 1999

Additional Finishing Position Stats
·        Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Bristol with 10; Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with five; followed by Kyle Busch with three.
·        Darrell Waltrip leads the series in top-three finishes at Bristol with 23 followed Richard Petty with 18. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with 8 each.   
·        Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty lead the series in top-five finishes at Bristol with 26 each. Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 13; followed by Kevin Harvick with 11.
·        Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Bristol with 37. Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes with 20; followed by Jimmie Johnson (17).

·        Chase Elliott leads the series among active drivers in average finishing position at Bristol with a 9.5.

Average Finishing Positions at Bristol Motor Speedway
All-Time
 
Last Four Races (2015-2016)
Active Drivers
Average Finish
 
Active Drivers
Average Finish
Chase Elliott
9.500
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr
9.000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
10.625
 
Jimmie Johnson
9.000
Dale Earnhardt Jr
12.515
 
Chase Elliott
9.500
Kevin Harvick
13.938
 
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
10.750
Jimmie Johnson
14.167
 
Jamie McMurray
11.500

Track/Event Specific Stats
·        13 of the last 17 MENCS races (76.4%) that have ended under green at Bristol Motor Speedway have a Margin of Victory of less than a second.
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol is the 3/25/2007 race won by Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.064 second.
·        Two of the 112 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions. The first was the 8/27/1983 race won by Darrell Waltrip and the second was on 3/31/1996 and won by Jeff Gordon.
·        Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway three times; most recently August 25, 2012.
·        There have been five NASCAR Overtime finishes at Bristol – all five were the spring race: 2007 (500/504); 2008 (500/506); 2009 (500/503); 2014 (500/503); 2015 (500/511).

Female Competitor Stats
·        Two female drivers have made Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Driver Rating
Date
Danica Patrick
29
22
43.3
8/20/2016
Danica Patrick
33
27
45.7
4/17/2016
Danica Patrick
32
27
55.8
8/22/2015
Danica Patrick
26
9
72.6
4/19/2015
Danica Patrick
24
27
45.2
8/23/2014
Danica Patrick
36
18
55.6
3/16/2014
Danica Patrick
22
26
46.2
8/24/2013
Danica Patrick
41
28
41.4
3/17/2013
Danica Patrick
43
29
46.3
8/25/2012
Averages
31.8
23.7
50.2
 
     
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
 
Janet Guthrie
9
6
8/28/1977
 
Janet Guthrie
21
11
4/17/1977
 
Averages
15
8.5
  

NASCAR in Tennessee
·        There has been a total of 332 NASCAR national series races among eight tracks in the state of Tennessee.
Track Name
City
MENCS
NXS
NCWTS
Total Races
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol
112
69
19
200
Nashville Speedway
Lebanon
42
9
5
56
Nashville Superspeedway
Nashville
0
21
13
34
Memphis Motorsports Park
Memphis
0
11
12
23
Smokey Mountain Raceway
Maryville
12
0
0
12
Kingsport Speedway
Kingsport
3
0
0
3
Chattanooga International Raceway
Chattanooga
2
0
0
2
Tennessee-Carolina Speedway
Newport
2
0
0
2
Totals
 
173
110
49
332

·        The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held in Tennessee was at Tennessee-Carolina Speedway on 10/07/1956 and won by Fireball Roberts.

Tennessee Drivers
·        106 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Tennessee.
·        14 drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series.
Rank
Driver
Monster Energy
XFINITY
Camping World
Combined
1
Darrell Waltrip
84
13
0
97
2
Sterling Marlin
10
2
0
12
3
Bobby Hamilton
4
1
10
15
4
Joe Lee Johnson
2
0
0
2
5
Trevor Bayne
1
2
0
3
6
Paul Lewis
1
0
0
1
7
Bobby Hamilton Jr
0
5
0
5
8
Jeff Purvis
0
4
0
4
9
L.D. Ottinger
0
3
0
3
10
Mike Alexander
0
2
0
2
11
Casey Atwood
0
2
0
2
12
Brad Teague
0
1
0
1
13
Chad Chaffin
0
0
2
2
14
John King
0
0
1
1

·        Darrell Waltrip, from Franklin, Tennessee, was inducted into the 2012 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Waltrip is the only Tennessee native driver to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. 
·        Only two of the 14 drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at a track located in the state of Tennessee: Darrell Waltrip (Bristol, 12 wins; Nashville, eight wins) and Joe Lee Johnson (Nashville, one win).


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Milestones
Drivers
Has
Needs
Milestones
Chris Buescher
49
1
Attempt to make his 50th MENCS career start (282nd all-time)
Jimmie Johnson
81
2
Tie Cale Yarborough for sixth on MENCS all-time wins list
Kyle Busch
38
1
Tie Tim Flock (39) for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Matt Kenseth
38
1
Tie Tim Flock (39) for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Kevin Harvick
35
2
Tie Bobby Isaac (37) for 21st on MENCS all-time wins list
Kurt Busch
29
3
Tie Dale Jarrett (32) for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Denny Hamlin
29
3
Tie Dale Jarrett (32) for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Brad Keselowski
23
2
Tie Joe Weatherly, Jim Paschal (25) for 31st on all-time MENCS wins list
Ryan Newman
51
3
To tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time MENCS poles list
Jimmie Johnson
35
1
Tie Rusty Wallace and Rex White for 17th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kasey Kahne
27
1
Break the tie with Terry Labonte to become solely 25th on all-time MENCS poles list
Denny Hamlin
24
1
Break the tie with Alan Kulwicki to become solely 28th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kevin Harvick
48
1
Break the tie with Lee Petty and become solely 10th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Jimmie Johnson
46
2
Tie Lee Petty and Kevin Harvick for 10th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Matt Kenseth
29
1
Tie Ricky Rudd for 25th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Kyle Busch
149
1
To become the 23rd driver to post 150 or more MENCS top-five finishes
Dale Earnhardt Jr
149
1
To become the 23rd driver to post 150 or more MENCS top-five finishes
Jimmie Johnson
331
1
Tie Lee Petty for 12th on the MENCS all-time top-10 finishes list
AJ Allmendinger
49
1
To post his 50th career MENCS top-10 finish
Kyle Busch
12,770
230
To become the 11th MENCS driver all-time to lead 13,000 or more laps
Kevin Harvick
10,660
340
To become 17th MENCS driver all-time to lead 11,000 or more laps
Kurt Busch
8,863
137
To become 20th MENCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 or more laps
Ryan Newman
4,711
289
To become 40th MENCS driver all-time to lead 5,000 or more laps
Joey Logano
3,930
70
To become the 52nd MENCS driver all-time to lead 4,000 or more laps
    
Track Specific Milestones
Drivers
Has
Needs
Milestones
Kurt Busch
5
1
Break tie with Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch to become solely fifth all-time on MENCS Bristol wins list and series most among active drivers
Kyle Busch
5
1
Break tie with Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch to become solely fifth all-time on MENCS Bristol wins list and series most among active drivers
Jack Roush
11
1
Tie Roger Penske for the second-most MENCS wins all-time at Bristol
Rick Hendrick
10
1
Tie Jack Roush for the third-most MENCS wins all-time at Bristol
Joe Gibbs
9
1
Tie Rick Hendrick for the fourth-most MENCS wins all-time at Bristol
Richard Childress
9
1
Tie Rick Hendrick for the fourth-most MENCS wins all-time at Bristol