DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 20, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee going into the IRWIN Tools Night Race on August 25.

Credit: Roush Fenway Racing
Trevor Bayne, a Knoxville resident and big University of Tennessee fan will drive a “We Back Pat”-themed Roush Fenway Ford sponsored by YourRaceCar.com in the in the Food City 250 in honor of Pat Summitt. The promotion is designed to raise national awareness of The Pat Summitt Foundation’s mission and contribution to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history who won eight NCAA national championships while coaching the Vols, was diagnosed in August of 2011 with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. She retired in April of this year and now serves as head coach emeritus for the Lady Vols.

BRISTOL-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M / Bondo Ford)

  • Six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 12.4, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.0, fifth-best
  • 282 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.286 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 5,513 Laps in the Top 15 (73.4%), third-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, six top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.1
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.0, sixth-best
  • 698 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • 5,049 Laps in the Top 15 (67.2%), sixth-most
  • 373 Quality Passes, third-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

  • Five wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.6
  • Average Running Position of 13.2, seventh-best
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 102.3
  • Series-high 550 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 114.326 mph
  • 4,892 Laps in the Top 15 (65.1%), eighth-most

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

  • One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.1, 12th-best
  • 791 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.145 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 4,498 Laps in the Top 15 (59.9%), ninth-most
  • 317 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

  • Two wins, four top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 13.9
  • Average Running Position of 14.8, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.9, 11th-best
  • 277 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 4,897 Laps in the Top 15 (65.2%), seventh-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 AARP Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 15 top fives, 21 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 12.1
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 9.6
  • Driver Rating of 99.8, third-best
  • 310 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 591 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.301 mph, third-fastest
  • 6,131 Laps in the Top 15 (81.6%), second-most
  • 403 Quality Passes, second-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

  • Three top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.8
  • Driver Rating of 86.3, 13th-best
  • 272 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 668 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.103 mph, 12th-fastest

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 RHEEM Chevrolet)

  • One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.4
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.5, eighth-best
  • 234 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 713 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.204 mph, seventh-fastest

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.6
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.2, seventh-best
  • 428 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 5,331 Laps in the Top 15 (71.0%), fourth-most
  • 310 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Valvoline NextGen Ford)

  • Two wins, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.6
  • Average Running Position of 10.3, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.8, second-best
  • 368 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.321 mph, second-fastest
  • Series-high 6,169 Laps in the Top 15 (82.1%)
  • Series-high 412 Quality Passes

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

  • Two wins, two top fives, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.4
  • Average Running Position of 12.4, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.4, fourth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.275 mph, fifth-fastest

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet)

  • One top five, 12 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 16.5
  • Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.5, ninth-best
  • 612 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.099 mph, 13th-fastest
  • 5,187 Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%), fifth-most
  • 356 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 

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

  • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.3
  • Average Running Position of 15.3, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, 10th-best
  • 295 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 114.135 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 4,168 Laps in the Top 15 (55.5%), 12th-most
  • 280 Quality Passes, 12th-most
 

 

 

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 10

 

Following Race 23 of 36

 

Driver  Points Wins Poles Rank Last Week Season Drive Rating  
1. Greg Biffle   823 2 2 2 104.8  
2. Matt Kenseth  803 1 1 3 103.6  
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 801 1 0 4 100.6  
4. Jimmie Johnson 795 3 1 1 109.1  
5. Brad Keselowski   776 3 0 5 96.2  
6. Martin Truex Jr.   763 0 1 6 97.3  
7. Clint Bowyer 757 1 0 7 91.3  
8. Kevin Harvick   738 0 0 9 90.3  
9. Tony Stewart   728 3 0 8 88.8  
10. Denny Hamlin   728 2 2 10 97.5  

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
11. Kasey Kahne (2 wins)      694         35. David Stremme          165
12. Carl Edwards                  689         36. Brian Vickers             136
13. Ryan Newman (1 win)      680         37. J.J. Yeley                  135
14. Kyle Busch (1 win)           669         38. Michael McDowell      101
15. Paul Menard                   665         39. Josh Wise                 101
16. Jeff Gordon (1 win)          650         40. Ken Schrader             100
17. Marcos Ambrose (1 win)   639         41. Stephen Leicht            85
18. Joey Logano (1 win)         600         42. Michael Waltrip           75
19. Jamie McMurray             571         43. Scott Speed                69
20. Jeff Burton                     566         44. Tony Raines                67
21. Aric Almirola                   548         45. Terry Labonte              66
22. Juan Pablo Montoya        530         46. Brendan Gaughan        50
23. Regan Smith                   488         47. Scott Riggs                38
24. Bobby Labonte                483         48. Boris Said                  34
25. Kurt Busch                     436         49. Bill Elliott                    14
26. Mark Martin                    417         50. Hermie Sadler III         13
27. Casey Mears                  412         51. Robby Gordon             11
28. David Gilliland                 401         52. Mike Skinner               10
29. AJ Allmendinger              400         53. Tomy Drissi                  6
30. David Ragan                   397         54. Stacey Compton           5
31. Travis Kvapil                   373         55. David Mayhew              4
32. Landon Cassill                352         56. Kelly Bires                    2
33. Dave Reutimann             306         57. Patrick Long                 2
34. David Blaney                  290                                                             

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. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

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

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

19

1

0

6

11

1

11.8

97.0

 

2

Matt Kenseth

25

1

2

10

17

3

11.6

100.8

 

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

25

0

1

7

12

1

11.8

88.1

 

4

Jimmie Johnson

21

1

1

6

12

1

14.6

93.2

 

5

Brad Keselowski

5

0

2

2

2

0

10.4

99.4

 

6

Martin Truex Jr.

13

0

0

2

2

1

19.3

80.1

 

7

Clint Bowyer

13

0

0

4

6

2

17.8

79.9

 

8

Kevin Harvick

23

0

1

9

12

2

12.4

89.5

 

9

Tony Stewart

27

1

1

6

8

2

17.3

89.2

 

10

Denny Hamlin

13

0

0

3

6

1

15.8

86.3

 

11

Kasey Kahne

17

1

0

3

6

3

19.8

83.4

 

12

Carl Edwards

16

2

2

4

7

1

13.9

88.9

 

* – Based on last 15 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Wild Card Standings Following: Michigan International Speedway

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

1

Kasey Kahne

2

11

694

-33

2

Ryan Newman

1

13

680

-47

3

Kyle Busch

1

14

669

-58

4

Jeff Gordon

1

16

650

-77

5

Marcos Ambrose

1

17

639

-88

6

Joey Logano

1

18

600

-127

7

Carl Edwards

0

12

689

-38

8

Paul Menard

0

15

665

-62

9

Jamie McMurray

0

19

571

-156

10

Jeff Burton

0

20

566

-161

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.

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.
  • A milling process took place between races in 2012, erasing the progressive banking in the upper groove of the turns.

Notebook

  • There have been 103 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 45 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.
  • 82 of 103 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 seven 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 #: 24 of 36 (08-25-12)
  • Track Size: 0.533-miles
  • Banking/Corners: 26 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 5 to 9 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch:  4 to 8 degrees
  • Race Length: 500 laps / 266.5 miles

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Bristol

  1. Kyle Busch…………………………. 102.3
  2. Matt Kenseth……………………….. 100.8
  3. Jeff Gordon………………………….. 99.8
  4. Brad Keselowski……………………. 99.4
  5. Greg Biffle……………………………. 97.0
  6. Kurt Busch……………………………. 94.0
  7. Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 93.2
  8. Kevin Harvick………………………… 89.5
  9. Ryan Newman……………………….. 89.5
  10. Tony Stewart…………………………. 89.2
  11. Carl Edwards………………………… 88.9
  12. Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 88.1

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2012 races (15 total) at Bristol Motor Speedway.

 Qualifying/Race Data

2011 pole winner:

  • Ryan Newman, Chevrolet (122.811 mph, 15.624 sec., 08-25-11)

 

2011 race winner:

  • Brad Keselowski, Dodge (96.753 mph, 2:45:16, 08-27-11)

 

Track qualifying record:

  • Ryan Newman, Dodge (128.709 mph, 14.908 sec., 03-21-03)

 

Track race record:

  • Chris Glotzbach, Chevrolet (101.074 mph, 2:38:12, 07-11-71)

 

NASCAR in Tennessee

  • There have been 164 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Tennessee.
  • Track Name

    City

    NSCS

    Bristol Motor Speedway

    Bristol

    103

    Chattanooga International Raceway

    Chattanooga

    2

    Kingsport Speedway

    Kingsport

    3

    Nashville Speedway

    Lebanon

    42

    Smokey Mountain Raceway

    Maryville

    12

    Tennessee-Carolina Speedway

    Newport

    2

  • 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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