Monday, August 19, 2019

Updated odds to win 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Championship




OPENINGCURRENT
Westgate Las Vegas SuperbookODDSODDS
11/26/20188/19/2019
Kevin HARVICK9/25/1
Kyle BUSCH9/27/2
Martin TRUEX JR6/15/1
Chase ELLIOTT7/112/1
Kyle LARSON7/116/1
Brad KESELOWSKI10/18/1
Ryan BLANEY10/130/1
Joey LOGANO10/18/1
Clint BOWYER15/180/1
Erik JONES15/125/1
Aric ALMIROLA25/150/1
Denny HAMLIN25/18/1
Kurt BUSCH25/120/1
Jimmie JOHNSON30/180/1
Daniel SUAREZ40/180/1
Alex BOWMAN50/125/1
Austin DILLON60/11000/1
William BYRON60/160/1
Ricky STENHOUSE JR100/11000/1
Paul MENARD100/11000/1
Daniel HEMRIC300/12000/1
Ryan NEWMAN300/1300/1
Ryan PREECE1000/12000/1
Darrell WALLACE JR2000/12000/1
Chris BUESCHER2000/12000/1
Matt DIBENEDETTO2000/12000/1

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bristol Betting Preview: 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Bristol always produces exciting races.
The Busch brothers only have one win combined between 35 Cup starts on their home track -- Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but when it comes to Bristol Motor Speedway's high banked .533-mile bullring they feel right at home combining to win 14 times in the Cup Series, which includes the last four races run there.

“I remember watching when I was a kid – I wasn’t there racing, yet – watching Kurt win his first race at Bristol and then having the epic battle with Jimmy Spencer there,’’ Kyle Busch said. “That was a lot of fun to watch and see how Kurt was able to get his first win there and, of course, the years that I’ve been able to put cars in Victory Lane or wishing I could go back and get a few more of those wins that I missed out on – I’d have a heck of a lot more than just eight.’’

Kurt dominated at Bristol in his early years once winning four of five races there from 2002-04 and would win again in 2006 to give him five wins in his first 11 starts. That was Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace type of stuff, but then Bristol changed the track to variable banking opening up a high groove and Kurt wouldn't win there against until this race last season.

But the changing of the track is kind of Kyle took the baton and ran with it. He won on the old layout once and then seven other wins on the new layout, including three of the last four races there, the last coming in April. His eight Bristol wins and 2,303 laps led are the most by all active drivers. He's also got nine Xfinity Series wins and five Truck Series giving him 22 total wins between the three major NASCAR series. On two instances he has swept the weekend winning races in Trucks, Xfinity and Cup.

Kyle Busch is definitely the pre-race story for Saturday's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Raceat Bristol and his excellence has made the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook post him as the 5/2 betting favorite (Bet $100 to win $250) to win again. His four wins this season are tied for the most in the series, but that fourth win (Pocono) was a long time ago. Nine races have passed since his last win and he doesn't have a top-five in his last four starts overall. By the high standards he's set for himself, it wouldn't be too out of line to say he's slumping.

The other Cup driver with four wins on the season is Martin Truex Jr., but seven races have passed since he last won (Sonoma). He's listed at 7-to-1 odds to win, but when looking at his Bristol record with a 20th-place average finish in 27 starts you have to wonder why his odds are so low.

“If you look at the stats, Bristol hasn’t been one of our better tracks, but we’ve had so many crazy things happen over the years that cost us good finishes," Truex said. "Like last year, we were racing for the lead in the last 100 laps and get wrecked. Then in the spring this year, we made our way to the top five and were in a good spot but had a loose wheel."

He's got the Bass Pro Shops race sponsor on his hood so that's something to pump the team up, but only two top-fives there in his career blows me away, especially within the past four years when he's been an elite driver in the series. His best finish between his last four starts has been 17th.

The positive if siding with Truex this week is that his win at Richmond in April was his first short track win in his Cup career. That same race package with engines producing 750 horsepower and no aero ducts is being used this week. Three of his four wins have come when using this week's package.

The driver that has been the most consistent with this race package has Denny Hamlin with seven top-fives in eight races. None of his three wins on the season have come using this package but chances are he's going to be in the mix like he was at Bristol in the spring when he finished fifth.

“As we did in Michigan, the FedEx team did a great job adjusting from the last time we were there,' Hamlin said. "The fastest car won the race, speed-wise, but I feel like we had a great FedEx Camry and performed better than last time. We secured a top-five finish last time out at Bristol, so our team is hard at work looking at what we can improve and how we can put ourselves in the best position to win.”

The second time around on tracks has offered huge rewards for Hamlin's team the last two times with a win at Pocono and runner-up last week at Michigan. Hamlin has finished in the top-five a series-leading 12 times, including his last five starts on the schedule. His last Bristol win was in 2012.

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Hendrick Motorsports Bristol Notes & Quotes

Chase Elliott started from the pole at Bristol in March.
Chase Elliott on the track surface at Bristol and PJ1:
“It has some more grip than the regular asphalt or concrete, or so it seems. I feel like the amount they’ve been putting on it at Bristol has been really nice. I guess there was a rumor going around that they weren’t going to put it down this time. I’m not sure if that’s the case or not. But, I think it would be a big mistake if they didn’t. In my opinion, the top is already the preferred lane. And I think it will continue to be the preferred lane. It was even with the grippy stuff down. So, I think it gives the bottom a little bit bigger chance for the majority of the race, at least. And then the top tends to prevail, as momentum will, I guess, over time. Yeah, I think it was good. I thought what they’ve been doing there was pretty nice.”

Elliott on his confidence going into Bristol:
“I always look forward to going to Bristol. It’s a cool place. I was able to get a pole there at the beginning of the year, which was nice. We’ve had some hit-or-miss runs there. It’s been kind of odd. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a lot of consistency. I thought we had an OK car there in the spring. We’re just trying to build on that. I always look forward to that race. It’s a really fun week and always a great event to watch, for sure, and to be a part of it is pretty cool, too.”

William Byron on the night race at Bristol:
“I try not to focus on it too much. It’s a really exciting race as a fan but as a driver it’s a stressful race. You really have to manage yourself and your car for all 500 laps. You can’t put yourself in a position to take yourself out of contention early on because it’s so hard to recover. You try to treat it like any other race but it’s a cool one to win if you can.”

Byron on PJ1 helping at Bristol compared to other tracks: “I feel like the PJ1 probably has the biggest impact at Bristol of all the races we have on the schedule in terms of the grip level of the bottom versus the top. It takes a long time for those two lanes to neutral out and equal in speed. The bottom is always faster for the initial laps, but it takes that progression for when you get about 10 laps into a run and then the top lane is the fastest way to go. It just depends on how much width they give the bottom when they treat it. If they give the bottom lane a wide width, then it tends to stay dominate longer and the progression is slower.”

Jimmie Johnson on heading into Bristol:
“My team did a great job preparing that car last week at Michigan. Even torn up we were passing cars. I got aggressive early and got into the fence – it was on me. We are focused forward and our eyes are on Bristol. (No. 48 team crew chief) Cliff (Daniels) has done a great job the past few weeks, the pit crew has been spot on and our performance at Bristol has been where it needs to be. Anything can happen at Bristol and it happens fast. The energy at this track is intense. I can’t wait.”

No. 48 team crew chief Cliff Daniels on Bristol:
"With the Bristol night race, there’s so much energy in the air. The high level of intensity at the track is so unique and so cool. What’s interesting is that if you look at the last four to five years for the 48 we’ve actually had decent success at Bristol relative to top-fives and we had that win a couple years ago. So, Jimmie (Johnson) gets around that place so well and he loves going there and loves the intensity of the racing and the action. Our team loves it. It’s a really fast-paced weekend the way practice and qualifying and race prep goes. It’s a really high-energy situation all around and I think we excel in those situations. Knowing how fired up Jimmie is right now, Bristol is going to be a blast."

Bowman on Bristol Motor Speedway:
“I think Bristol is a track where you can carry over what you learned in previous events. It is a strong racetrack for the No. 88 team. Bristol is one of those tracks where it can be a great place if you have good track position. We need a good points weekend and a good finish to get us ready for the playoffs.”

Bowman on the upcoming off-weekend:
“It is always nice to take a weekend off and regroup. This No. 88 team works hard each and every weekend and definitely deserve a weekend off with their family and friends. We regroup on these off-weeks and figure out what we need to do better or more of in the weeks ahead to get ready for the playoffs.”

Kevin Harvick is 7/1 to win 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol

KEVIN HARVICK
Coming Together

Kevin Harvick's second Bristol win was in 2016.
KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Aug. 14, 2019) – It’s a good time of year for things to start going right.

With three races remaining before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs commence, Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head to one of the season’s most popular events – Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway bullring – fresh off their second victory of the season and second in the last four events.

A year ago this weekend, Harvick also arrived at the high-banked, half-mile concrete Bristol oval having scored the season’s seventh victory the previous Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, like he did this past Sunday. Last year’s Michigan win was his seventh of 2018, but he would get just one more the rest of the way en route to a third-place finish in the playoff finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In stark contrast this season, it took the No. 4 team 20 races to get its first win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon four weekends ago, but that solid performance signaled a much-needed turnaround in its fortunes. It was followed by a sixth-place result from Harvick’s fourth Busch pole position at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and a seventh-place finish on the road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International before Sunday’s victory at Michigan.

After two wins in four weeks on two vastly different types of racetracks – the flat, mile oval at New Hampshire and the superfast 2-mile Michigan oval – Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers sense the arrival of the kind of momentum it takes to execute another championship run through the 10-race playoffs, which begin Sept. 15 in Las Vegas.

Saturday night’s typically grueling 500-lap race takes Harvick and his team to yet another unique type of track where he has tasted victory twice before. In August of 2016, in his third season with SHR, Harvick started 24th at Bristol but led 128 laps en route to victory. He also won at Bristol while driving for Richard Childress Racing in April 2005.

All told, Harvick has one pole, 12 top-five finishes, 19 top-10s and has led a total of 884 laps in his 37 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol. His average start there is 16.9, his average finish is 13.2 and he has a lap-completion rate of 98 percent – 18,157 of the 18,527 laps available.

In this year’s Bristol spring race, Harvick had to start from the back of the field and fell as much as four laps off the pace during the middle stage after contact outer SAFER Barrier. But he rallied his way back to the lead lap and passed four cars in the closing laps for what turned out to be a hard-earned 13th-place finish.

Come Saturday night, Harvick hopes and the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang team for SHR hope to keep the momentum rolling along from that strong closing effort in the Tennessee hills last April and their recent pair of victories.
KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 
You’re coming off your second win of the season over a four-race span. Do you feel the team is peaking at the right time?

“Yeah, you know, we really got off on the wrong foot as far as where we needed to be on the cars, and it’s been kind of an uphill battle, really all year, to get where we needed to be. The cars have been running a lot better as we’ve gotten into the last two months, and I’ve been nursing a shoulder injury for the last two months to try to make sure I made it through Watkins Glen, and that was no problem. I hurt myself throwing a baseball to (son Keelan), so it’s cut into my golf game (laughs). So, we’ve had a lot of things that we’ve had to overcome to get to this point. But it’s kind of like last year – we started off on fire, we won eight races and then didn’t win the championship. In the end, you want to win that championship, and hopefully we’re peaking at the right time.”

Your two wins came on vastly different racetracks – the flat, mile oval at New Hampshire and the 2-mile Michigan oval. What’s your contribution as a driver to make everything on the racecars work well on multiple types of tracks?

“Well, you remember those days when you made the most power and you had the best fuel mileage, right?  It’s nice. Doug (Yates) and everybody at Roush Yates Engines does a great job, and obviously Ford puts a big circle around the two Michigan races to try and be the top manufacturer. And when you look at our engine program, I think these particular racetracks really fit the style of our torque curves and the things that we do, and it was right in our wheelhouse. The evolution of these race cars is rapid, and when you talk about the engine shop, obviously Mobil 1 is a huge part of that in being able to develop new oils, and it’s been no different with the new oil and things in the car. We’ve had some good days and a lot of pieces are coming together, and hopefully when we get to Las Vegas (to start the playoffs), there will be a few more come together, as well.”

Is it hard to communicate inside the racecar at Bristol because everything happens so fast?

“It’s definitely loud and hard for the teams to hear. One of the hardest things at Bristol is just to see what’s going on. I have crashed at Bristol and gone back to watch it on TV and you’re like, ‘What in the hell were you doing? You just ran into four or five cars that have been sitting there for two seconds.’ But, Bristol is a very demanding racetrack. It’s very hard because things happen so fast, communication is hard. It’s easy to make a mistake or pile into a wreck. It’s easy to wreck somebody or to get into a fight. It’s easy to do a lot of things because there is just so much happening. It’s a tough place to race, to put it all together, and it’s mentally and physically exhausting.” 

Daniel Suarez 40/1 to win 2019 Bristol Night Race

DANIEL SUÁREZ
Battling for a Playoff Spot at Bristol

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (August 14, 2019) –Daniel Suárez and the No. 41 Haas Automation Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race. It will be Suárez’s sixth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at the high-banked, concrete half-mile oval.

Suárez is coming off a solid fifth-place finish Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The weekend at the fast, 2-mile oval was not without its share of drama, however, as Suárez experienced a cut tire during Saturday’s final practice session that caused him to lose control and damage the No. 41 machine. But the Mexico native and his team rallied for a strong finish on race day, allowing him to gain valuable points in his quest to earn a spot in the 10-race Cup Series playoffs, which begin Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The 27-year-old earned an eighth-place finish at this year’s April race at Bristol, his highest Cup Series career finish at the short track, where he has an average starting position of 17.6 and an average finishing position of 14.0, along with five laps led. The Haas Automation driver has completed 99.9 percent of all possible laps at Bristol. 
 
Suárez arrives at Bristol 17th in the Cup Series standings to round out the four-driver SHR contingent. If he captures a playoff position, it will be the first of his Cup Series career. Last year, all four SHR entries secured a playoff spot and at least one regular-season victory. SHR teammate Kevin Harvick has already secured his spot in the playoffs with wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, and last weekend at Michigan.
 
Haas Automation, founded in 1983 by SHR co-owner Gene Haas, is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. The company manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are constructed in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets.
 
No. 41 team crew chief Billy Scott is the defending winner of this weekend’s event, capturing the win with former SHR driver Kurt Busch behind the wheel last August. The win marked Scott’s first win as Cup Series crew chief. The only major difference on the No. 41 roster this season is Suárez.
 
Suárez has six Bristol starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, with four top-five finishes and five top-10s, including two runner-up results in August 2017 and April 2015. The 2016 Xfinity Series champion has also led 42 laps at the “Last Great Colosseum” in that series and has never started outside the top-10. He has an average Xfinity Series starting position of 7.7 and an average finish of 8 at the Tennessee track. The Ford driver has two NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series starts at Bristol with 77 laps led, but both starts ended prematurely. 
 
Fans will also have the opportunity to enjoy a sweet view from inside Suárez’s cockpit with an in-car camera provided by Coca-Cola for Saturday’s 500-lap event.
Daniel Suárez: Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
We all know drivers want to win. How difficult is it to choose between getting the most points or risking it all for a win?
 
“That’s a fine line. For months, all I care about and want is a win. To break that barrier and to get my first win in the Cup Series would be awesome. But right now, we aren’t in a position to where we can take those risks. When you win races, you have to take chances and take advantage of opportunities. Sometimes, though, those opportunities can get you the win and other times you end up out of the race. If the possibility to win the race is in front of me, we are going to take it. But I have to be smart and put the importance of the points and the risk that we are going to take to make sure it’s worth it for us. We’ve had a lot of speed lately, we just can’t make mistakes.”
 
How much do drivers remember?
 
“My mom and sisters will tell you that I can’t remember anything. I don’t remember people or places very well, but when it comes to the racetrack, I remember everything. I can remember back to my very first race and who I got into it with. I remember who raced me hard, who raced me clean, who cut me a break. You have to know that the people you’re racing with have a memory bank, as well, and you never know when you might get those paybacks.”

Bristol Motor Speedway Track Facts: 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Kyle Busch has won three of the last four races at Bristol.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
1
Kyle Busch
28
2
8
11
16
4
13.8
101.9
2
Joey Logano
21
1
2
6
10
1
15.0
0
91.3
3
Kevin Harvick
37
1
2
12
19
3
13.2
96.0
4
Denny Hamlin
27
3
1
8
13
2
14.9
90.8
5
Martin Truex Jr
27
0
0
2
3
4
20.9
82.3
6
Brad Keselowski
19
0
2
4
5
0
18.1
86.8
7
Chase Elliott
7
1
0
2
3
0
12.4
92.1
8
Kurt Busch
37
1
6
12
19
3
14.3
91.5
9
Ryan Blaney
8
0
0
1
3
1
19.6
89.9
10
Alex Bowman
7
0
0
1
2
0
21.7
64.6
11
Aric Almirola
20
0
0
1
3
6
24.6
63.6
12
William Byron
3
0
0
0
0
0
19.0
64.4
13
Kyle Larson
11
1
0
2
6
1
15.2
97.1
14
Erik Jones
5
1
0
2
2
0
14.8
95.3
15
Ryan Newman
35
3
0
2
19
3
15.5
85.3
16
Clint Bowyer
27
0
0
7
14
2
14.3
82.7
* – Based on last 29 races at Bristol Motor Speedway (2005 – 2019).


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Top Five Loop Data Leaders:

Bristol Motor Speedway (Loop Data Era: 2005-Present)
Driver Rating
Average Running Position
Laps in The Top 15
Drivers
Driver Rating
Drivers
Avg. Running Pos.
Drivers
Laps in Top 15
Kyle Busch
101.9
Erik Jones
11.027
Jimmie Johnson
10,358 (71.3%)
Kyle Larson
97.1
Kevin Harvick
12.297
Kevin Harvick
9,746 (67.1%)
Kevin Harvick
96.0
Chase Elliott
12.376
Ryan Newman
9,614 (66.2%)
Erik Jones
95.3
Kyle Larson
12.513
Kurt Busch
9,398 (64.7%)
Jimmie Johnson
93.6
Ryan Blaney
12.537
Kyle Busch
9,253 (66.0%)
Laps Led
Quality Passes
Fastest Laps Run
Drivers
Laps Led
Drivers
Quality Passes
Drivers
Fastest Laps
Kyle Busch
2,304
Kurt Busch
992
Kyle Busch
1,004 (7.2%)
Jimmie Johnson
886
Jimmie Johnson
968
Kevin Harvick
844 (5.8%)
Joey Logano
764
Ryan Newman
961
Jimmie Johnson
693 (4.8%)
Kevin Harvick
655
Kevin Harvick
880
Denny Hamlin
528 (3.9%)
Denny Hamlin
618
Denny Hamlin
871
Kurt Busch
498 (3.4%)

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.
·        The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway was on 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 each.
·        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.
·        There have been 117 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.

STARTS
·        A total of 460 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway; 319 have competed in more than one.
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60.
·        Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active Monster Energy Series drivers in starts at Bristol with 37 starts each, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman with 35 each.
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen (12 starts) and driver Charlie Glotzbach (four starts) are tied for the all-time series lead in average starting position at Bristol with a 3.25 each.
·        William Byron leads all active Monsrter Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in average starting position at Bristol with a 8.0 in three starts. 
Top Five in Average Starting Positions at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
Rank
All-Time Drivers
Average Start
Starts
Rank
Active Drivers
Average Start
Starts
1
Charlie Glotzbach
3.25
4
1
William Byron
6.00
4
2
Fred Lorenzen
3.25
12
2
Chase Elliott
7.14
8
3
Marvin Panch
3.75
8
3
Joey Logano
8.24
22
4
Fireball Roberts
4.29
7
4
Ryan Blaney
8.88
9
5
Junior Johnson
4.40
10
5
Erik Jones
9.20
6

·        Thirty-four drivers have made their first series career start at Bristol Motor Speedway; the most recent was Chad Finchum (April 16, 2018).  

POLES
·        A total of 51 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Bristol Motor Speedway.
·        NASCAR Hall of Famers Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough lead the series in poles at Bristol with nine each.
·        Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in Busch poles at Bristol with three each.
·        Fred Lorenzen won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Bristol in the Monster Energy Series with a speed of 79.225 mph in a Ford.
·        12 different drivers have posted consecutive poles at Bristol Motor Speedway; Mark Martin is the only driver of the 12 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, spring 1982), Geoff Bodine (swept 1986), Mark Martin (swept 1995-1996– all four races; and swept 2009); Rusty Wallace (swept 1998, spring 1999), Jeff Gordon (swept 2002), Denny Hamlin (fall 2013, spring 2014) and Carl Edwards (2016 sweep).
·        Youngest Bristol pole winner: Joey Logano (March 21, 2010 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days) – his first Monster Energy Series career pole.
·        Oldest Bristol pole winner: Harry Gant (August 27, 1994 – 54 years, 7 months, 17 days) – his last Monster Energy Series career pole.
Monster Energy Series
First-Time Pole Winners
Pole Winner
Date
Tim Richmond
8/28/1982
Rick Wilson
4/10/1988
Ernie Irvan
4/8/1990
Chuck Bown
4/10/1994
Steve Park
3/26/2000
Jeff Green
8/25/2001
Joey Logano
3/21/2010
Erik Jones
8/19/2017
·        Seven different drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career pole at Bristol. Joey Logano (03/10/2010) and Erik Jones (08/19/2017) are the only active drivers to win their first Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Award at Bristol Motor Speedway.
·        A total of nine different manufacturers have won Busch Pole Awards at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet (39) and followed by Ford (36), Toyota (10), Dodge (8), Pontiac (7), Buick (4), Plymouth (4), Oldsmobile (3) and Mercury (2).


WINS
·        A total of 42 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Bristol Motor Speedway.
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the series in wins at Bristol with 12 victories; including eight straight (1978, 1979, 1981 sweep, 1982 sweep, 1983 sweep, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992). 
·        Kyle Busch leads the series among active drivers in wins at Bristol with eight victories (Spring 2007, 2009 sweep, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019).
·        Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen) won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 30, 1961 in a Pontiac.
·        12 drivers have won consecutive Monster Energy Series races at Bristol; led by Darrell Waltrip with eight consecutive victories from 1979-1984.
·        The other 11 drivers with consecutive wins 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 Fall 2017-Spring 2018) and Brad Keselowski (Fall 2011-Spring 2012).
·        Youngest Bristol winner: Kyle Busch (March 25, 2007 – 21 years, 10 months, 23 days).
·        Oldest Bristol winner: Dale Earnhardt (August 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).
·        The race winner has started from the pole 25 times (21.3%) - the most productive starting position in the field. The last driver to win from the pole was Kyle Busch (Spring 2018).

MENCS Wins by Starting Positions at Bristol Motor Speedway
Starting Position
Wins
Winning %
Starting Position
Wins
Winning %
Starting Position
Wins
Winning %
1
25
21.37%
9
6
5.13%
18
2
1.71%
2
13
11.11%
10
2
1.71%
19
3
2.56%
3
9
7.69%
11
1
0.85%
20
1
0.85%
4
9
7.69%
12
5
4.27%
24
2
1.71%
5
10
8.55%
13
4
3.42%
26
1
0.85%
6
9
7.69%
14
2
1.71%
27
1
0.85%
7
1
0.85%
15
1
0.85%
30
1
0.85%
8
7
5.98%
17
1
0.85%
38
1
0.85%
Stats
Winning %
Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position:
21.37%
25
Winning from the Front Row:
32.48%
38
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:
56.41%
66
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:
77.78%
91
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:
5.13%
6

·        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).
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
Top Five Bristol Owner Winners
Race Winners
Wins
Junior Johnson & Assoc.
16
Team Penske
12
Joe Gibbs Racing
12
Hendrick Motorsports
11
Roush Fenway Racing
11
·        Junior Johnson leads the series in car owner wins at Bristol with 16. Roger Penske and Joe Gibbs lead the series among active car owners with the most wins at Bristol with 12 each; followed by Jack Roush and Rick Hendrick with 11 each.
·        Eight different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 45 victories; followed by Ford (36), Toyota (11), Dodge (8), Pontiac (8), Buick (4), Plymouth (3) and Oldsmobile (1).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS STATS
·        A total of 52 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished runner-up at Bristol Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 10 second-place finishes.
·        Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Bristol with five.
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
Rank
All-Time Drivers
Runner-Ups
Rank
Active Drivers
Runner-Ups
1
Richard Petty
10
1
Kevin Harvick
5
2
Rusty Wallace
7
2
Kyle Busch
3
3
Bobby Allison
6
3
Jimmie Johnson
2
4
Dale Earnhardt
6
4
Kyle Larson
2
5
Mark Martin
6
5
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
2

·        A total of 116 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Bristol, led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty with 26 top-five finishes each.
·        Kevin Harvick, Kurt Bush and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers in top fives at Bristol with 12 each.  
Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
Rank
All-Time Drivers
Top Fives
Rank
Active Drivers
Top Fives
1
Darrell Waltrip
26
1
Jimmie Johnson
12
2
Richard Petty
26
2
Kevin Harvick
12
3
Bobby Allison
23
3
Kurt Busch
12
4
Rusty Wallace
22
4
Kyle Busch
11
5
Dale Earnhardt
20
5
Denny Hamlin
8

·        A total of 199 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished inside the top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 37 top-10 finishes.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes at Bristol with 21.
Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
Rank
All-Time Drivers
Top 10s
Rank
Active Drivers
Top 10s
1
Richard Petty
37
1
Jimmie Johnson
21
2
Terry Labonte
33
2
Kevin Harvick
19
3
Darrell Waltrip
32
3
Kurt Busch
19
4
Ricky Rudd
31
4
Ryan Newman
19
5
Dale Earnhardt
30
5
Kyle Busch
16

·        Dick Hutcherson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing postion with a 2.4 in five starts.  
·        Chase Elliott leads the series among active drivers in average finishing position at Bristol with a 12.429 in seven series starts.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
Rank
All-Time Drivers
Average Finish
Starts
Rank
Active Drivers
Average Finish
Starts
1
Dick Hutcherson
2.4
5
1
Chase Elliott
12.429
7
2
Junior Spencer
5.5
2
2
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
13.000
13
3
Jimmy Hensley
6.5
2
3
Jimmie Johnson
13.114
35
4
Joe Weatherly
6.7
6
4
Kevin Harvick
13.162
37
5
Janet Guthrie
8.5
2
5
Kyle Busch
13.786
28
6
Benny Parsons
8.6
27
6
Daniel Suarez
14.000
5
7
Gene Black
9
3
7
Kurt Busch
14.324
37
8
Dale Earnhardt
9.3
43
8
Erik Jones
14.800
5
9
Rusty Wallace
9.6
44
9
Denny Hamlin
14.889
27
10
Cale Yarborough
10.5
29
10
Joey Logano
15.000
21

TRACK/EVENT SPECIFIC STATS
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway is the March 25, 2007 race won by Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.064 second over Jeff Burton.
Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the Monster Energy Series at Bristol:
Rank
Margin of Victory
Winner
Runner-Up
Date
1
0.064
Kyle Busch
Jeff Burton
3/25/2007
2
0.098
Kyle Busch
Mark Martin
8/22/2009
3
0.102
Dale Jarrett
Mark Martin
8/23/1997
4
0.140
Mark Martin
Rusty Wallace
8/28/1993
5
0.160
Rusty Wallace
Mark Martin
8/27/1994
0.160
Terry Labonte
Dale Earnhardt
8/26/1995

·        Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway four times: 3/26/2006, 3/16/2008, 8/25/2012 and 04/24/2017. 
·        Two of the 117 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
Scheduled No. of Laps
Actual No. of Laps
No. of Fewer Laps
Race Winner
Date
500
342
158
Jeff Gordon
3/31/1996
500
419
81
Darrell Waltrip
8/27/1983

·        There have been five NASCAR Overtime finishes at Bristol:
Scheduled No. of Laps
Actual No. of Laps
NASCAR Overtime Laps
Race Winner
Date
500
511
11
Matt Kenseth
4/19/2015
500
503
3
Carl Edwards
3/16/2014
500
503
3
Kyle Busch
3/22/2009
500
506
6
Jeff Burton
3/16/2008
500
504
4
Kyle Busch
3/25/2007


LAP LEADERS
·        A total of 131 different drivers have led at least one lap in the Monster Energy Series at Bristol Motor Speedway.
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led at Bristol with 4,305 laps led in 29 starts.
·        Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Bristol with 2,304 in 29 starts.
Top Five Laps Leaders in the Monster Energy Series at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
Rank
All-Time Drivers
Laps Led
Laps Completed
% Led
Rank
Active Drivers
Laps Led
Laps Completed
% Led
1
Cale Yarborough
4,305
10,878
39.58%
1
Kyle Busch
2,304
13,243
17.40%
2
Dale Earnhardt
3,751
20,038
18.72%
2
Kurt Busch
1,086
17,679
6.14%
3
Rusty Wallace
3,743
20,474
18.28%
3
Jimmie Johnson
914
17,213
5.31%
4
Darrell Waltrip
3,436
22,964
14.96%
4
Kevin Harvick
884
18,157
4.87%
5
Jeff Gordon
2,730
22,525
12.12%
5
Joey Logano
764
10,415
7.34%
6
Bobby Allison
2,316
17,253
13.42%
6
Denny Hamlin
618
12,833
4.82%
7
Kyle Busch
2,304
13,243
17.40%
7
Brad Keselowski
606
9,280
6.53%
8
Richard Petty
2,212
23,815
9.29%
8
Kyle Larson
579
5,326
10.87%
9
David Pearson
1,616
6,660
24.26%
9
Ryan Blaney
379
3,502
10.82%
10
Matt Kenseth
1,583
17,058
9.28%
10
Clint Bowyer
281
12,914
2.18%

·        The most laps led in a Monster Energy Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is 500 laps led by Cale Yarborough on March 25, 1973 – he won the event starting from the pole position and led every lap. 
·        The most laps led in a Monster Energy Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway by a driver that did not win the event was 442 laps led by Richard Petty who finished second on July 26, 1964 – he started first.