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DATE: Sunday, March 16
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tenn.
TRACK: 0.533-mile oval
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 54rd
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, March 14/4:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 2)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 266.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2013 (129.535 mph)
RACE RECORD: Charlie Glotzbach, 1971 (101.074 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kasey Kahne26Dale Earnhardt Jr32
2Kyle Busch17Ryan Newman31
3Brad Keselowski78Brian Vickers4
4Kurt Busch199Paul Menard5
5Clint Bowyer2310Jamie McMurray6
2013 Food City 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 92.206 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 53 mins., 25 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.700 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 66 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (129.535 mph)
Past Food City 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kasey Kahne (2) -- Chevrolet -- 92.206 mph
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (5) -- Dodge -- 93.037 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (12) -- Toyota -- 91.941 mph
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson (4) Chevrolet -- 79.618 mph
2009 -- Kyle Busch (19) -- Toyota -- 92.139 mph
2008 -- Jeff Burton (8) -- Chevrolet -- 89.775 mph
2007 -- Kyle Busch (20) -- Chevrolet -- 81.969 mph
2006 -- Kurt Busch (9) -- Dodge -- 79.427 mph
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (13) -- Chevrolet -- 77.496 mph
2004 -- Kurt Busch (13) -- Ford -- 82.607 mph
2003 -- Kurt Busch (9) -- Ford -- 76.185 mph
2002 -- Kurt Busch (27) -- Ford -- 82.281 mph
2001 -- Elliott Sadler (38) -- Ford -- 86.949 mph
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (6) -- Ford -- 88.018 mph
1999 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Ford -- 93.363 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 82.850 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (5) -- Chevrolet -- 75.035 mph
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (8) -- Chevrolet -- 91.308 mph
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 92.011 mph
1994 -- Dale Earnhardt (24) -- Chevrolet -- 89.674 mph
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Pontiac -- 84.730 mph
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki (1) -- Ford -- 86.316 mph
1991 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Pontiac -- 72.809 mph
1990 -- Davey Allison (19) -- Ford -- 87.258 mph
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (8) -- Pontiac -- 76.034 mph
1988 -- Bill Elliott (13) -- Ford -- 83.115 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 75.621 mph
1986 -- Rusty Wallace (14) -- Pontiac -- 89.747 mph
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt (12) -- Chevrolet -- 81.790 mph
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Chevrolet -- 93.967 mph
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (13) -- Chevrolet -- 93.445 mph
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 94.025 mph
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 89.530 mph
1980 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 96.977 mph
1979 -- Dale Earnhardt (9) -- Chevrolet -- 91.033 mph
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (7) -- Chevrolet -- 92.401 mph
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 100.989 mph
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (3) -- Chevrolet -- 87.377 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Dodge -- 97.053 mph
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (3) -- Chevrolet -- 64.533 mph
1973 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 88.952 mph
1972 -- Bobby Allison (1) -- Chevrolet -- 92.826 mph
1971 -- David Pearson (1) -- Ford -- 91.704 mph
1970 -- Donnie Allison (2) -- Ford -- 87.543 mph
1969 -- Bobby Allison (4) -- Dodge -- 81.455 mph
1968 -- David Pearson (2) -- Ford -- 77.247 mph
1967 -- David Pearson (14) -- Dodge -- 75.930 mph
1966 -- Dick Hutcherson (6) -- Ford -- 69.952 mph
1965 -- Junior Johnson (3) -- Ford -- 74.938 mph
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (2) -- Ford -- 72.196 mph
1963 -- Fireball Roberts (3) -- Ford -- 76.910 mph
1962 -- Bobby Johns (6) -- Pontiac -- 75.280 mph
1961 -- Jack Smith (12) -- Pontiac -- 72.450 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Southeastern 500 (1961-1979), Valleydale 500
(1980-1991), Jeff Byrd 500 (2011).
 
Past Food City 500 Pole Winners (finish)
2013 -- Kyle Busch -- 2
2012 -- Greg Biffle -- 13
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 6
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 27
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 6
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3
2006 -- None -- Weather
2005 -- Elliott Sadler -- 2
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 7
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 22
2002 -- Jeff Gordon -- 31
2001 -- Mark Martin -- 34
2000 -- Steve Park -- 7
1999 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 33
1997 -- Rusty Wallace -- 2
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 3
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 8
1994 -- Chuck Bown -- 23
1993 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki --1
1991 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1990 -- Ernie Irvan -- 16
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 6
1988 -- Rick Wilson -- 25
1987 -- Harry Gant -- 6
1986 -- Geoff Bodine -- 24
1985 -- Harry Gant -- 20
1984 -- Ricky Rudd -- 6
1983 -- Neil Bonnett -- 4
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1980 -- Cale Yarborough --5
1979 -- Buddy Baker -- 25
1978 -- Neil Bonnett -- 26
1977 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1976 -- Buddy Baker -- 21
1975 -- Buddy Baker -- 3
1974 -- Donnie Allison -- 5
1973 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 1
1971 -- David Pearson -- 1
1970 -- David Pearson -- 18
1969 -- Bobby Isaac -- 14
1968 -- Richard Petty -- 2
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 3
1966 -- David Pearson -- 15
1965 -- Marvin Panch -- 4
1964 -- Marvin Panch -- 5
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 2
1961 -- Bobby Johns -- 17
Last Race Results
RACE: Kobalt 400 (March 9)
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nev.
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
THIRD: Paul Menard
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (finished 4)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 35 mins., 24 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 154.633 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.530 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 18 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Logano 1-19, Keselowski 20-21, Logano 22-46, Johnson 47-76, Ky.
Busch 77-95, Earnhardt Jr 96-97, Ky. Busch 98-129, Harvick
130-139, Ky. Busch 140, Keselowski 141, Kenseth 142-143, Harvick
144-156, Keselowski 157-195, Johnson 196-198, Menard 199-204,
Johnson 205, Earnhardt Jr 206-210, Edwards 211, Hamlin 212,
Keselowski 213-222, Earnhardt Jr 223-266, Keselowski 267.
Food City 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5 *Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Meguiar's
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Nationwide Insurance
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Skittles
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot Husky
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Swan Energy
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond
30Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/TBA
33Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Dockside Logistics
35David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Ford/MDS Transport
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
44J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Grillin' Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Kobalt Tools
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/SEM Products
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
77Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Ford/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Borla Exhaust
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/K-Love
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Kellogg's Frosted Flakes
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kasey Kahne1410197534937Won
Kyle Busch288Won17Won9Won322
Brad Keselowski---------------1318Won3
Kurt Busch35Won29121137184
Clint Bowyer---298313403545
Dale Earnhardt Jr4117514711156
Ryan Newman309393371610127
Brian Vickers1237153929153658
Greg Biffle975439481311
Martin Truex Jr---383713261217312
Kevin HarvickWon242301161114
Joey Logano------------3827231617
Carl Edwards264121615623918
Jimmie Johnson63016183Won3922
Denny Hamlin---14146219332023
Tony Stewart3123514172191431
Jeff Gordon1521311414143534
Matt Kenseth16311103354235
 
Mover of the Week
Matt Kenseth - started 29 and finished 10
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 6
 
NOTES:
The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is the fourth race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Groundbreaking for Bristol Motor Speedway took place in 1960, with the racetrack measuring an exact half-mile. The track was reshaped and remeasured to 0.533 miles in the fall of 1969. The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.

Immediately following its spring race in 2007, Bristol was resurfaced as well as reconfigured with the addition of variable banking. It produced more side- by-side racing and therefore lowered the amount of beating and banging among competitors. Fan response to the modified banking at Bristol was not favorable since the number of cautions in races there was significantly reduced.

The concrete surface at Bristol underwent a modification after the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series competed there in March 2012. The top groove of the surface was grinded, with the intention of bringing back traditional racing at this short track.

Bristol has 24-28 degrees of banking in all four of its turns as well as 4-8 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and the backstretch. The lengths of the frontstretch and the backstretch are 650 feet.

There have been 106 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Bristol. The track has hosted two events each season since 1961.

Jack Smith won the inaugural race at this track, the Volunteer 500, on July 30, 1961. Smith had relief from Johnny Allen.

Darrell Waltrip holds the record for most victories at Bristol with 12. Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with five victories each at this track.

Twelve drivers have won consecutive races at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip with seven straight victories from 1981-84. 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 it 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). Matt Kenseth won the most recent at Bristol last August.

Petty holds the record for most starts at Bristol with 60. He won three races there. Gordon leads all drivers entered in this event with 42 starts at this track.

Mark Martin and Yarborough share the record for most pole wins at Bristol with nine each. Gordon leads all drivers entered in this event with five poles there.

The race winner at Bristol has started from the pole 22 times, which is more than any other starting position there. The last driver to win from the pole at this track was Carl Edwards in August 2008.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Bristol occurred on March 25, 2007 when Kyle Busch beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by just 0.064 seconds. That race marked the competition debut of NASCAR's previous race car, the Gen-5 or Car of Tomorrow (COT).

Kurt Busch scored his first career Cup victory at Bristol on March 24, 2002. Elliott Sadler's first win in the series came there in March 2001. Sadler is now a full-time competitor in the Nationwide Series.

Joey Logano is the only driver entered in this race that claimed his first pole in the series at Bristol (March 2010).

Two drivers on the entry list made their Cup debuts at Bristol: A.J. Allmendinger (March 25, 2007) and Ryan Truex (Aug. 24, 2013).

Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Bristol. His 2007 win there came when he was 21 years, 10 months and 23 days old. When Dale Earnhardt was 48 years, 3 months and 30 days old, he became the oldest driver to win there on Aug. 28, 1999.

The next race is the March 23 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Kyle Busch won last year's event there.

03/11 12:38:05 ET

As of March 11, 2014, at 12:39 PM ET

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