NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - IRWIN Tools Night Race Preview

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DATE: Saturday, Aug. 23
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
TRACK: 0.533-mile oval
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 54th
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Aug. 22/5:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 28)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 266.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Denny Hamlin, March 2014 (129.991 mph)
RACE RECORD: Charlie Glotzbach, 1971 (101.074 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Matt Kenseth56Paul Menard21
2Kasey Kahne77Jeff Gordon32
3Juan Pablo Montoya168Marcos Ambrose14
4Brian Vickers49Greg Biffle29
5Joey Logano610Dale Earnhardt Jr19
2013 IRWIN Tools Night Race Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 90.279 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 57 mins., 7 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.188 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 74 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (128.969 mph)
Past IRWIN Tools Night Race Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Matt Kenseth (5) -- Toyota -- 90.279 mph
2012 -- Denny Hamlin (8) -- Toyota -- 84.402 mph
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (8) -- Dodge -- 96.753 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (19) -- Toyota -- 99.071 mph.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (15) -- Toyota -- 84.820 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (1) -- Ford -- 91.581 mph
2007 -- Carl Edwards (6) -- Ford -- 89.006 mph
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (4) -- Ford -- 90.025 mph
2005 -- Matt Kenseth (1) -- Ford -- 84.678 mph
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (30) -- Chevrolet -- 88.538 mph
2003 -- Kurt Busch (5) -- Ford -- 77.421 mph
2002 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 77.097 mph
2001 -- Tony Stewart (18) -- Pontiac -- 85.106 mph
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Ford -- 85.394 mph
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt (26) -- Chevrolet -- 91.276 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (4) -- Ford -- 86.949 mph
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (3) -- Ford -- 80.013 mph
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (5) -- Ford -- 91.267 mph
1995 -- Terry Labonte (2) -- Chevrolet -- 81.979 mph
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (4) -- Ford -- 91.363 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford -- 88.172 mph
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip (9) -- Chevrolet -- 91.198 mph
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki (5) -- Ford -- 82.028 mph
1990 -- Ernie Irvan (6) -- Chevrolet -- 91.782 mph
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (9) -- Chevrolet -- 85.554 mph
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (5) -- Chevrolet -- 78.775 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (9) -- Chevrolet -- 90.373 mph
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip (10) -- Chevrolet -- 86.934 mph
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt (1) -- Chevrolet -- 81.388 mph
1984 -- Terry Labonte (6) -- Chevrolet -- 85.365 mph
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (2) -- Chevrolet -- 89.430 mph
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 94.318 mph
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 84.723 mph
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 86.973 mph
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip (5) -- Chevrolet -- 91.493 mph
1978 -- Cale Yarborough (4) -- Oldsmobile -- 88.628 mph
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 79.726 mph
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Chevrolet -- 99.175 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (4) -- Dodge -- 97.016 mph
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (3) -- Chevrolet -- 75.430 mph
1973 -- Benny Parsons (2) -- Chevrolet -- 91.342 mph
1972 -- Bobby Allison (1) -- Chevrolet -- 92.735 mph
1971 -- Charlie Glotzbach (2) -- Chevrolet -- 101.074 mph
1970 -- Bobby Allison (10) -- Dodge -- 84.880 mph
1969 -- David Pearson (3) -- Ford -- 79.747 mph
1968 -- David Pearson (6) -- Ford -- 76.310 mph
1967 -- Richard Petty (1) -- Plymouth -- 78.705 mph
1966 -- Paul Goldsmith (4) -- Plymouth -- 77.963 mph
1965 -- Ned Jarrett (6) -- Ford -- 61.626 mph
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (8) -- Ford -- 78.044 mph
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen (1) -- Ford -- 74.844 mph
1962 -- Jim Paschal (12) -- Plymouth -- 75.280 mph
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (2) -- Pontiac -- 72.450 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Southeastern 500 (1961-62), Volunteer 500 (1963-1979),
Busch Volunteer 500 (1980), Busch 500 (1981-1990), Bud 500 (1991-93),
Goody's 500 (1994-99), GoRacing.com 500 (2000), Sharpie 500 (2001-09).
 
Past IRWIN Tools Night Race Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Denny Hamlin -- 28
2012 -- None -- Weather
2011 -- Ryan Newman -- 8
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 35
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 2
2008 -- Carl Edwards -- 1
2007 -- Kasey Kahne -- 2
2006 -- Kurt Busch -- 37
2005 -- Matt Kenseth -- 1
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 14
2003 -- Jeff Gordon -- 28
2002 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
2001 -- Jeff Green -- 42
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1999 -- Tony Stewart -- 5
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 3
1997 -- Kenny Wallace -- 39
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 3
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 5
1994 -- Harry Gant -- 9
1993 -- Mark Martin -- 1
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 28
1991 -- Bill Elliott -- 21
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 8
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 2
1988 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 5
1987 -- Terry Labonte -- 4
1986 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 3
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1
1984 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 22
1983 -- Joe Ruttman -- 18
1982 -- Tim Richmond -- 25
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1979 -- Richard Petty -- 2
1978 -- Lennie Pond -- 26
1977 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1976 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1975 -- Cale Yarborough -- 20
1974 -- Richard Petty -- 3
1973 -- Cale Yarborough -- 19
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 1
1971 -- Richard Petty -- 3
1970 -- Cale Yarborough -- 17
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 24
1968 -- LeeRoy Yarbrough -- 32
1967 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1966 -- Curtis Turner -- 30
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 20
1964 -- Richard Petty -- 2
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 36
1961 -- Bobby Johns -- 17
Last Race Results
RACE: Pure Michigan 400 (Aug. 17)
SITE: Michigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, Michigan
MILES: 400
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Joey Logano
FOURTH: Paul Menard
FIFTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 49 mins., 16 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 141.788 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.412 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 37 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Gordon-pole, Logano 1-21, Newman 22-24, Johnson 25-37, Logano
38-55, J. Gordon 56, Logano 57, J. Gordon 58-63, Earnhardt Jr
64-67, Johnson 68-75, Newman 76-78, J. Gordon 79-99, Newman
100-107, Logano 108-139, Ku. Busch 140-141, J. Gordon 142-164,
Ku. Busch 165, Keselowski 166-167, Kahne 168-169, Logano 170-183,
J. Gordon 184-200.
IRWIN Tools Night Race Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Wurth
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow Great Stuff
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M Hire Our Heroes
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Doublemint
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22 *Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Speed Stick Gear
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Serta
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/Corvetteparts.net
33David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Dockside Logistics
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
37Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/CRC 1/Tank Power Renew
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/STP
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt Professional
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Thrivent Financial
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Provident Metals
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Matt KensethWonWon3991010625Won
Kasey Kahne42122402851192
Brian Vickers2033---2012---2144
Joey Logano------------34181385
Paul Menard------2416242130106
Jeff Gordon651952311337
Marcos Ambrose------------3201058
Greg Biffle31910114831199
Dale Earnhardt Jr93518913161210
Kyle Busch33292WonWon14611
Clint Bowyer---383721426714
Ryan Newman398766683621
Denny Hamlin---64335347Won28
Brad Keselowski---------------19Won3030
Kurt Busch103761579172831
Kevin Harvick37111643814221534
Jimmie Johnson361021338354236
Carl Edwards247WonWon161292239
Kyle Larson---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - started 25 and finished 5
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Last Week's Pick to Win (Brad Keselowski) - finished 8
 
NOTES:
The IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is the 24th event 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 107 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). Carl Edwards won at Bristol in March.

Petty holds the record for most starts at Bristol with 60. Gordon leads all drivers entered in this event with 43 starts at this track.

Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough share the record for most pole wins at Bristol with nine each. Gordon leads all active drivers 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 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 Aug. 31 Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

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