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DATE: Sunday, March 21st
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway (1960) -- Bristol, Tennessee
TRACK: 0.533-mile oval - 650 feet (Frontstretch); 650 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 51st
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et), Green Flag: 1:13 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 27th)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 266.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ryan Newman, 2003 (128.709 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Charlie Glotzbach, 1971 (101.074 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,506,217 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $199,978; 2nd Place - $161,323; 3rd Place - $167,523
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson46Carl Edwards8
2Tony Stewart117Dale Earnhardt Jr18
3Kurt Busch28Jamie McMurray17
4Greg Biffle259Kyle Busch38
5Matt Kenseth710Jeff Burton14
2010 Food City 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 79.618 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 20 minutes, 50 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.894 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 109 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 29 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (124.630 m.p.h.)
Past Food City 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson (4th) Chevrolet -- 79.618 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (19th) -- Toyota -- 92.139 m.p.h.
2008 -- Jeff Burton (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 89.775 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kyle Busch (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 81.969 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kurt Busch (9th) -- Dodge -- 79.427 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 77.496 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kurt Busch (13th) -- Ford -- 82.607 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kurt Busch (9th) -- Ford -- 76.185 m.p.h.
2002 -- Kurt Busch (27th) -- Ford -- 82.281 m.p.h.
2001 -- Elliott Sadler (38th) -- Ford -- 86.949 m.p.h.
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (6th) -- Ford -- 88.018 m.p.h.
1999 -- Rusty Wallace (1st) -- Ford -- 93.363 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 82.850 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 75.035 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.308 m.p.h.
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 92.011 m.p.h.
1994 -- Dale Earnhardt (24th) -- Chevrolet -- 89.674 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (1st) -- Pontiac -- 84.730 m.p.h.
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki (1st) -- Ford -- 86.316 m.p.h.
1991 -- Rusty Wallace (1st) -- Pontiac -- 72.809 m.p.h.
1990 -- Davey Allison (19th) -- Ford -- 87.258 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (8th) -- Pontiac -- 76.034 m.p.h.
1988 -- Bill Elliott (13th) -- Ford -- 83.115 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 75.621 m.p.h.
1986 -- Rusty Wallace (14th) -- Pontiac -- 89.747 m.p.h.
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 81.790 m.p.h.
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 93.967 m.p.h.
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 93.445 m.p.h.
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Buick -- 94.025 m.p.h.
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Buick -- 89.530 m.p.h.
1980 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 96.977 m.p.h.
1979 -- Dale Earnhardt (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.033 m.p.h.
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 92.401 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 100.989 m.p.h.
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 87.377 m.p.h.
1975 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Dodge -- 97.053 m.p.h.
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 64.533 m.p.h.
1973 -- Cale Yarborough (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 88.952 m.p.h.
1972 -- Bobby Allison (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 92.826 m.p.h.
1971 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Ford -- 91.704 m.p.h.
1970 -- Donnie Allison (2nd) -- Ford -- 87.543 m.p.h.
1969 -- Bobby Allison (4th) -- Dodge -- 81.455 m.p.h.
1968 -- David Pearson (2nd) -- Ford -- 77.247 m.p.h.
1967 -- David Pearson (14th) -- Dodge -- 75.930 m.p.h.
1966 -- Dick Hutcherson (6th) -- Ford -- 69.952 m.p.h.
1965 -- Junior Johnson (3rd) -- Ford -- 74.938 m.p.h.
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (2nd) -- Ford -- 72.196 m.p.h.
1963 -- Fireball Roberts (3rd) -- Ford -- 76.910 m.p.h.
1962 -- Bobby Johns (6th) -- Pontiac -- 75.280 m.p.h.
1961 -- Jack Smith (12th) -- Pontiac -- 72.450 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Southeastern 500 (1961-1979), Valleydale 500
(1980-1991).
 
Past Food City 500 Pole Winners (finish)
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 27th
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 6th
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3rd
2006 -- None -- Weather
2005 -- Elliott Sadler -- 2nd
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 7th
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 22nd
2002 -- Jeff Gordon -- 31st
2001 -- Mark Martin -- 34th
2000 -- Steve Park -- 7th
1999 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1st
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 33rd
1997 -- Rusty Wallace -- 2nd
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 3rd
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 8th
1994 -- Chuck Bown -- 23rd
1993 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1st
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki --1st
1991 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1st
1990 -- Ernie Irvan -- 16th
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 6th
1988 -- Rick Wilson -- 25th
1987 -- Harry Gant -- 6th
1986 -- Geoff Bodine -- 24th
1985 -- Harry Gant -- 20th
1984 -- Ricky Rudd -- 6th
1983 -- Neil Bonnett -- 4th
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1980 -- Cale Yarborough --5th
1979 -- Buddy Baker -- 25th
1978 -- Neil Bonnett -- 26th
1977 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1976 -- Buddy Baker -- 21st
1975 -- Buddy Baker -- 3rd
1974 -- Donnie Allison -- 5th
1973 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 1st
1971 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1970 -- David Pearson -- 18th
1969 -- Bobby Isaac -- 14th
1968 -- Richard Petty -- 2nd
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 3rd
1966 -- David Pearson -- 15th
1965 -- Marvin Panch -- 4th
1964 -- Marvin Panch -- 5th
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1st
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 2nd
1961 -- Bobby Johns -- 17th
Last Race Results
RACE: Kobalt Tools 400 (March 6th)
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nevada
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Carl Edwards
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
THIRD: Juan Pablo Montoya
FOURTH: Marcos Ambrose
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (Finished 11th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 57 minutes, 20 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 135.508 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.246 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 35 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 14 drivers
LAP LEADERS: M. Kenseth 1-2; G. Biffle 3-9; M. Kenseth 10; J. Gordon 11-12; T.
Stewart 13-50; G. Biffle 51-54; M. Truex Jr. 55; P. Menard 56-58;
D. Blaney 59; M. Skinner 60; T. Stewart 61-97; M. Ambrose 98; T.
Stewart 99-150; M. Truex Jr. 151; C. Edwards 152-197; M. Truex
Jr. 198; T. Stewart 199-234; J. Montoya 235-241; Kurt Busch 242;
C. Bowyer 243; D. Reutimann 244; C. Edwards 245-267.
Food City 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy/Bashas
09Bill Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/Rydex
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Pepsi Max
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/VA Mortgage Company
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/BB&T
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Taco Bell/T Mone
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
37Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Tornados
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Red Line Oil
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Baked Beans
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA
60Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing LLC
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Chevrolet/Eco-Fuel Saver
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
92Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/K-Automotive Motorsports
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Scotts
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Jimmie Johnson7th8th16th6th30th16th18th3rdWon
Tony Stewart15th26th24th3rd12th35th14th17th2nd
Kurt BuschWonWonWon35thWon29th12th11th3rd
Greg Biffle---5th12th9th7th5th4th39th4th
Matt Kenseth6th2nd5th16th3rd11th10th33rd5th
Carl Edwards---------26th4th12th16th15th6th
Dale Earnhardt Jr4th16th11th4th11th7th5th14th7th
Jamie McMurray---11th8th24th35th9th43rd37th8th
Kyle Busch---------28th8thWon17thWon9th
Jeff Burton26th13th38th36th34th2ndWon8th10th
Kevin Harvick10th7th3rdWon2nd4th2nd30th11th
Martin Truex Jr------------38th37th13th26th12th
Brad Keselowski------------------------13th
Jeff Gordon31st9th9th15th21st3rd11th4th14th
Brian Vickers------35th12th37th15th39th29th15th
Ryan Newman37th22nd7th30th9th39th33rd7th16th
Paul Menard------------------32nd25th18th
Denny Hamlin------------14th14th6th2nd19th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------32nd15th9th26th
Joey Logano---------------------38th27th
Kasey Kahne------40th14th10th19th7th5th34th
Mark Martin11th29th23rd31st6th------6th35th
David Reutimann------------------20th12th38th
Clint Bowyer------------29th8th3rd13th40th
 
Mover of the Week
Dale Earnhardt Jr - Started 33rd on the grid and finished 8th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Clint Bowyer
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - Finished 11th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kasey Kahne) - Finished 14th
 
NOTES:
Repeating at Bristol Motor Speedway is certainly the norm, as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Tennessee. Seven drivers over the years have posted back-to-back titles eight times at BMS. Jimmie Johnson will try to join that list.

Last season, Johnson started fourth on the grid to register his 50th career title. Not only did Johnson win at Bristol for the first time ever in 17 starts, but he also moved into a tie for 10th place on the all-time race winners list. Johnson, who now stands alone in 10th with 53 titles, took four new tires during the last round of pit stops, while most of the leader only took two. With just 10 laps remaining and Johnson in the sixth spot, he charged ahead to pass Tony Stewart for the lead with six laps remaining. Stewart finished second, 0.894 of a second behind.

Kyle Busch defeated Denny Hamlin by less than a second for his 14th career Sprint Cup title in 2009. Busch led 378 of the 503 laps for a 0.391 of a second victory. Starting from the 19th position, Busch gained the lead for the first time on lap 69 and dominated the race, leading on five separate occasions. Pole sitter Mark Martin placed sixth. Busch returned to BMS in the fall and also captured the Sharpie 500, the first driver to win both Bristol races in the same season since Kurt Busch in 2003.

Kurt Busch, a five-time winner at BMS, was the last driver to repeat as champion, when he won three straight from 2002-04. Other repeat winners are; Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Cale Yarborough (twice), Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson.

Jeff Burton crossed the finish line just 0.588 of a second ahead of Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer to capture his 20th career Sprint Cup title In 2008. Tony Stewart led for most of the race, leading six times for 267 laps, but faded to 14th. Jimmie Johnson started on the pole and placed 18th. Trailing Denny Hamlin with just two laps remaining, Burton took the lead when Hamlin suddenly slowed and then hung on to take the checkered flag. In his 668th and final regular season race, Dale Jarrett finished 37th.

Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin dominated this race in 2007, but it was Kyle Busch who took the checkered flag, as he clipped Jeff Burton by less than a second for his fourth career Sprint Cup title. Stewart, who started fourth on the grid, led four times for a race-high 257 laps, but faded to 35th and Hamlin, who placed 14th, led for 177 laps. Pole sitter Jeff Gordon led the first six laps, but could do no better than third. Busch reclaimed the lead from Hamlin on lap 485 and held on for victory by 0.064 of a second.

Kurt Busch outran Kevin Harvick down the stretch to take the checkered flag in 2006, as he crossed the finish line 0.179 of a second ahead of the defending champion for his 15th career Sprint Cup title and fourth at this race. Busch reclaimed the lead on lap 496 of the 500-lap event and held on for victory. Busch led for a total of 33 laps, while Matt Kenseth, who placed third, led for 124 laps, including laps 410 through 495. Pole sitter Tony Stewart led for a race-high 245 laps, but finished 12th.

When Harvick won in 2005, he snapped the three-year win streak of Kurt Busch, as he raced to a 4.652 seconds win over Elliott Sadler. The win enabled Harvick to post a rare double in NASCAR, as he also captured the Nationwide race the previous day. Harvick started 43rd on the grid due to a faulty power steering pump and did not take the lead until lap 91 and then reclaimed the lead on lap 434 of the 500-lap race, leading a total of 109 laps, including the final 67 for his fifth Sprint Cup Series title.

When Cale Yarborough won this race in 1973, he led all 500 laps. Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip have won this event four straight years. Gordon from 1995-98 and Waltrip from 1981-84. Waltrip won 12 races at Bristol, more than any other driver. Gordon has an amazing five wins and 20 top-10s at this track with an average finish of 11.6, leading 2,440 laps in 36 races. Yarborough and Mark Martin are nine-time pole winners at BMS.

There has been only one race run caution-free at Bristol, the 1971 Volunteer 500, won by Charlie Glotzbach. The late Dale Earnhardt won this race five times. There have been 100 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol since the track opened in 1961. The race has been won from the Pole on 22 occasions at Bristol, the most of any starting position. Eleven of those have come in the spring race; 11 in the fall. Fifty-two races at Bristol have been won from the first four starting positions and a whopping 80 of the 100 from the top-10. The furthest back in the field that a race winner has started was 38th by Elliott Sadler in the 2001 Food City 500.

Kyle Busch continues to improve on his resume at Bristol Motor Speedway. Since 2008, Busch has recorded seven NASCAR wins (3 Sprint, 1 Nationwide and 3 Truck) and 12 top-10 finishes in 15 starts.

The Sprint Cup Series moves on to Fontana, California for the March 27th running of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Jimmie Johnson will defend his 2010 title.

03/15 18:37:23 ET

As of March 15, 2011, at 06:37 PM ET

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