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BRISTOL-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Food City 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2017) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee going into the Food City 500 on April 23 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR radio.

 

BRISTOL-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Five wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.261, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.750, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.5, second-best
  • 750 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.266, fifth-fastest
  • 7316 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5), seventh-most
  • 563 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • Five wins, nine top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.250, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.296, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.1, fifth-best
  • 438 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.184, sixth-fastest
  • 8032 Laps in the Top 15 (66.8), fourth-most
  • 796 Quality Passes, series-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • One win, eight top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.522, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.131, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.4, ninth-best
  • 272 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.102, ninth-fastest
  • 6615 Laps in the Top 15 (57.4), 10th-most
  • 588 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • One top five, one top 10
  • Average finish of 9.500, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.854, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.9, fourth-best
  • 36 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.387, second-fastest
  • 685 Laps in the Top 15 (68.5), second-most
  • 112 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • One win, six top fives, ten top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 16.182, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.083, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.2, eighth-best
  • 483 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.106, eighth-fastest
  • 6512 Laps in the Top 15 (59.1), ninth-most
  • 565 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • Two wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.417, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.179, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.7, third-best
  • 650 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.367, third-fastest
  • 8135 Laps in the Top 15 (67.6), third-most
  • 689 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • One win, ten top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.667, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.480, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.6, sixth-best
  • 596 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.037, 11th-fastest
  • 8012 Laps in the Top 15 (66.6), fifth-most
  • 613 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • One win, five top fives, ten top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.208, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.322, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.0, 11th-best
  • 494 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.998, 12th-fastest
  • 6751 Laps in the Top 15 (56.1), 12th-most
  • 770 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Four wins, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 14.708, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.401, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.9, series-best
  • 628 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.347, fourth-fastest
  • 9347 Laps in the Top 15 (77.7), series-most
  • 763 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion

  • Two wins, four top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.929, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.042, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.5, seventh-best
  • 242 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.102, 10th-fastest
  • 4419 Laps in the Top 15 (63.0), eighth-most
  • 543 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS)

  • Two top 10s
  • Average finish of 21.500, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.311, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.4, 10th-best
  • 135 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.416, series-fastest
  • 1731 Laps in the Top 15 (57.4), 11th-most
  • 253 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion)

  • Two wins, three top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.563, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 17.800, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.8, 12th-best
  • 250 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.133, seventh-fastest
  • 4066 Laps in the Top 15 (50.7), 13th-most
  • 487 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS)

  • Two top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 15.875, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.078, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.6, 13th-best
  • 171 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.912, 13th-fastest
  • 7764 Laps in the Top 15 (64.6), sixth-most
  • 689 Quality Passes, fifth-most
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Bristol Motor Speedway: History

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).

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