Food City 500 at Bristol Motor SpeedwayFood City 500 Fact Sheet

Track facts for : Bristol Motor Speedway:

* Number of previous races: 116
* First Cup race: July 30, 1961, won by Jack Smith.
* Last Cup race: August 18, 2018, won by Kurt Busch.
* Won from pole: 25, last time by Kyle Busch, 4/16/2018 
* Won from top-5 starting position: 66 time in 116 races (57%)
* Won from top-10 starting position: 91 times (78%)
* Won from 21st or worse starting position: 6 time (5%)
* Worst starting spot for race winner: 38th, by Elliott Dadler in 2001
* Most laps led: 500, by Cale Yarborough in 1973.
* Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Fred Lorenzen in 1964.

Track records:
* Fastest race: 104.598 mph by Charlie Glotzback in 1971.
* Fastest qualifying speed: 131.407 mph by Denny Hamlin in 2015 and Carl Edwards in 2016.
* Most lead changes: 40 in 1991
* Closest finish: Kyle Busch's .064 second margin over Jeff Burton in 2007.
* Most caution flags: 20 in 1989, 1997 and 2003
* From 2014-2018 a typical  Bristol race had 17.9 lead changes, 10.3 cautions for 84.9 laps, and an average green-flag run of 36.9 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

* Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 45, Ford 37, Toyota 10, Pontiac 8, Dodge 8, Buick 4, Plymouth 3, Oldsmobile 1.
* Victories by owner: Junior Johnson-Richard Howard 21, Roger Penske 12, Jack Roush 11, Rick Hendrick 11, Joe Gibbs 11, Holman-Moody 9, Richard Childress 9, Petty Enterprises 4.

Driver Notes:
* The most Bristol races without a:

  Active Drivers All-Time
Win: Ryan Newman (34 races) Ricky Rudd (58 races)
Top 5: Casey Mears (28) Buddy Arrington, Joe Nemechek (36)
Top 10: Reed Sorenson (18) Joe Nemechek (36)
Pole: Jamie McMurray (32) Dave Marcis (54)
Lap led: Reed Sorenson (18) J.D. McDuffie (39)
Lead-lap finish: Michael McDowell (17) Dave Marcis (54)

 

* Top career marks at Bristol:

  Active Drivers All-Time
Races: Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick (36) Richard Petty (60)
Wins: Kyle Busch (7) Darrell Waltrip (12)
Top 5s: Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson (12) Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip (26)
Top 10s: Jimmie Johnson (20) Richard Petty (37)
Poles: Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman (3) Cale Yarborough, Mark Martin (9)
Laps: Kevin Harvick (17,657) Terry Labonte (26,026)
Laps led: Kyle Busch (2,233) Cale Yarborough (4,305)
Lead-lap finishes: Kevin Harvick (26) Jeff Gordon (31)


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

1. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (11.3)
2. Erik Jones (12.5)
3. Chase Elliott (12.7)
4. Kevin Harvick (13.2)
5. Jimmie Johnson (13.2)
6. Kyle Busch (14.3)
7. Clint Bowyer (14.6)
8. Kurt Busch (14.7)
9. Kyle Larson (14.8)
10. Denny Hamlin (15.3)

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

1. Ryan Truex (40.3)
2. Timmy Hill (36.8)
3. Michael McDowell (31.7)
4. Landon Cassill (29.7)
5. Reed Sorenson (29.6)
6. Corey LaJoie (27.8)
7. Casey Mears (27.6)
8. Brendan Gaughan (25.7)
9. Ty Dillon (25.0)
10. Chris Buescher (24.6)

 Current top-10 drivers at Bristol:

Driver Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFin Rating
Kyle Busch 27 7 10 15 2 12,743 2,233 14.9 14.3 101.3
Denny Hamlin 26 1 7 12 3 12,333 611 14.4 15.3 90.9
Kevin Harvick 36 2 12 19 1 17,657 884 17.1 13.2 96.9
Joey Logano 20 2 5 9 1 9,915 618 8.3 15.6 90.1
Aric Almirola 19 0 1 3 0 7,949 2 21.0 23.9 65.8
Brad Keselowski 18 2 4 5 0 8,781 566 10.2 18.1 86.0
Martin Truex, Jr. 26 0 2 3 0 12,603 230 16.3 21.1 81.9
Ryan Blaney 7 0 0 2 0 3,002 221 9.7 21.9 84.7
Chase Elliott 6 0 2 3 0 2,972 128 8.2 12.7 92.2
Kurt Busch 36 6 11 18 1 17,179 1,086 16.9 14.7 91.1

Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

Other notable Driver Ratings at Bristol: Erik Jones (102.4), Kyle Larson (100.7), Jimmie Johnson (93.7), Ryan Newman (85.0), Clint Bowyer (81.9), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (81.0). 

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