Credit: Jeff Bottari/Getty Images for NASCAR Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 race winner Carl Edwards welcomes actor Kal Penn, from the 'Harold and Kumar' movies, on Sunday to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev.

DAYTONA BEACH (March 12, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Bristol Motor Speedway going into the Food City 500 on March 18.

 

BRISTOL-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 811-3M Ford)

  • Six top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 12.7, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.9, fourth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.321 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 5,016 Laps in the Top 15 (71.5%), fourth-most
  • 324 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, six top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.9
  • Average Running Position of 12.3, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.9, fifth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.344 mph, third-fastest
  • 5,049 Laps in the Top 15 (72.0%), third-most
  • 373 Quality Passes, second-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Wrigley Toyota)

  • Five wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.1
  • Average Running Position of 11.7, third-best
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 107.0
  • Series-high 550 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 114.484 mph
  • 4,869 Laps in the Top 15 (69.4%), seventh-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

  • One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.7
  • Average Running Position of 14.6, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.1, 13th-best
  • Series-high 748 Green Flag Passes
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.166 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 4,006 Laps in the Top 15 (57.1%), 10th-most
  • 282 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)

  • Two wins, four top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.3
  • Average Running Position of 13.1, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.8, seventh-best
  • 277 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 544 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.225 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 4,874 Laps in the Top 15 (69.5%), sixth-most
  •  264 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Driver To End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 15 top fives, 21 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 11.5
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 9.4
  • Driver Rating of 100.2, second-best
  • 289 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 552 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.357 mph, second-fastest
  • Series-high 5,773 Laps in the Top 15 (82.3%)
  • 370 Quality Passes, third-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

  • Three top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.5
  • Driver Rating of 87.7, 12th-best
  • 269 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 609 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.170 mph, 11th-fastest

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.5
  • Average Running Position of 13.9, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.2, eighth-best
  • 232 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 662 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.249 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 4,094 Laps in the Top 15 (58.4%), ninth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.9
  • Average Running Position of 13.2, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.1, sixth-best
  • 414 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 4,875 Laps in the Top 15 (69.5%), fifth-most
  • 267 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Best Buy Ford)

  • Two wins, nine top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.0
  • Average Running Position of 10.6, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.5, third-best
  • 299 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.330 mph, fourth-fastest
  •  5,714 Laps in the Top 15 (81.5%), second-most
  • Series-high 384 Quality Passes

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

  • One win, one top five, one top 10
  • Average finish of 12.8
  • Average Running Position of 14.7, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.5, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.182 mph, eighth-fastest

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)

  • One top five, 12 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 16.7
  • Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.8, ninth-best
  • 565 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.139 mph, 13th-fastest
  • 4,859 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), eighth-most
  • 326 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.4
  • Driver Rating of 89.5, 10th-best
  • 280 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.172 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 3,826 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), 11th-most
 

 

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 12

Following Race 3 of 36

 

Driver      Points  Wins  Poles RANK LAST WEEK SEASON DRIVER RATING
1. Greg Biffle 125 0 0 2 114.8
2. Kevin Harvick 115 108.5 
 3. Denny Hamlin 113 106.0 
 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 107 95.2 
 5. Matt Kenseth  102 1 102.0
 6. Carl Edwards  102  10  85.7 
 7. Tony Stewart 100  15  105.9 
 8. Martin Truex Jr. 98  98.2 
 9. Joey Logano  98  92.1 
 10. Mark Martin  97 90.5 
 11. Paul Menard 89  14  79.5 
 12. Kyle Busch 87  90.5 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

13. Ryan Newman                86           32. Landon Cassill             39

14. Clint Bowyer                   86           33. David Reutimann         39

15. Jeff Burton                     82           34. David Stremme            38

16. Bobby Labonte                76           35. Travis Kvapil                30

17. Jeff Gordon                    75           36. Terry Labonte              27

18. Marcos Ambrose             74           37. Brendan Gaughan         27

19. Regan Smith                   74           38. Tony Raines                25

20. Dave Blaney                   66           39. Michael McDowell        21

21. Brad Keselowski              65           40. J.J. Yeley                   19

22. Aric Almirola                   63           41. Ken Schrader               14

23. Jimmie Johnson              61           42. Josh Wise                   10

24. Juan Pablo Montoya        60           43. Robby Gordon               6

25. Jamie McMurray             57           44. Scott Riggs                  2

26. Kasey Kahne                  50           45. Timmy Hill                    2

27. David Gilliland                 48

28. David Ragan                   45

29. Kurt Busch                     44

30. AJ Allmendinger              44

31. Casey Mears                  41

 

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final 2012 Top 12 at Bristol Motor Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

18

0

0

6

11

1

11.8

96.9

 

2

Kevin Harvick

22

0

1

9

12

2

12.5

90.2

 

3

Denny Hamlin

12

0

0

3

6

1

15.5

87.7

 

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

24

0

1

7

12

1

11.7

87.1

 

5

Matt Kenseth

24

1

2

9

16

3

12.0

99.5

 

6

Carl Edwards

15

2

2

4

7

1

12.3

92.8

 

7

Tony Stewart

26

1

1

6

8

2

17.4

89.5

 

8

Martin Truex Jr.

12

0

0

1

1

1

20.7

78.0

 

9

Joey Logano

6

1

0

0

0

1

25.5

64.9

 

10

Mark Martin

46

9

2

16

23

5

13.7

86.0

 

11

Paul Menard

9

0

0

1

1

0

21.7

66.0

 

12

Kyle Busch

14

0

5

7

10

0

9.1

107.0

 

* – Based on last 14 Bristol Motor Speedway races.

 

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.
  • First NASCAR Sprint Cup race was July 30, 1961.
  • 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.

Notebook

  • There have been 102 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the first race there in 1961, two races each season.
  • All races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps.
  • Fred Lorenzen won the first pole.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen).
  • There have been 44 different pole winners, led by Cale Yarborough and Mark Martin (nine). Martin swept both poles at Bristol in 2009.
  • 39 different drivers have won, led by Darrell Waltrip (12).
  • Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon each have five wins, most among active drivers.
  • The race winner has started from the pole 22 times, the most productive starting position. The last driver to win from the pole was Carl Edwards, in the night race of 2008.
  • 81 of 102 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 52 from the first four spots.
  •  The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
  • The last six Bristol races had a margin of victory under one second.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bristol Motor Speedway winner: Kyle Busch (03/25/2007 – 21 years, 10 months, 23 days)
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bristol Motor Speedway winner: Dale Earnhardt (08/28/1999 – 48 years, 3 months, 30 days)

 

Bristol Motor Speedway Data

Race #: 4 of 36 (3-18-12)

Track Size: .533 miles

  • Race Length: 500 laps/266.5 miles
  • Banking/Corners: 26 to 30 degrees
  • Banking/Straights: 4 to 9 degrees

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Bristol

Kyle Busch…………………………. 107.0

Jeff Gordon………………………… 100.2

Matt Kenseth………………………… 99.5

Greg Biffle……………………………. 96.9

Kurt Busch……………………………. 95.9

Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 93.1

Carl Edwards………………………… 92.8

Kevin Harvick………………………… 90.2

Ryan Newman……………………….. 89.8

Tony Stewart…………………………. 89.5

Brad Keselowski……………………. 88.5

Denny Hamlin……………………….. 87.7

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (14 total) at Bristol.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2011 pole winner: Carl Edwards, 128.014 mph. 14.989 seconds

2011 race winner: Kyle Busch (91.941 mph, 3-20-11)

Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman (128.709 mph, 14.908 seconds, 3-21-03)

Track race record: Charlie Glotzbach (101.074 mph, 7-11-71)

 

Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

 
 

Kyle Busch

2011

106.6

3rd

 

Jimmie Johnson

2010

115.0

1st

 

Kyle Busch

2009

113.0

2nd

 

Jeff Burton

2008

97.0

8th

 

Kyle Busch

2007

96.7

7th

 

Kurt Busch

2006

92.1

9th

 

* Pre-Race Food City 500 Driver Ratings of the year the driver won the Food City 500 (the past 6 spring races).

 

NASCAR in Tennessee

  • There have been 163 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Tennessee.
  • 101 drivers all-time in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Tennessee.
  • There have been 14 race winners from Tennessee in NASCAR’s three national series:

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Darrell Waltrip

84

13

0

Sterling Marlin

10

2

0

Bobby Hamilton

4

1

10

Joe Lee Johnson

2

0

0

Trevor Bayne

1

1

0

Paul Lewis

1

0

0

Bobby Hamilton Jr.

0

5

0

Jeff Purvis

0

4

0

L.D. Ottinger

0

3

0

Mike Alexander

0

2

0

Casey Atwood

0

2

0

Brad Teague

0

1

0

Chad Chaffin

0

0

2

John King

0

0

1

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