The Best Seat at the Track, The Best View on the Net!
Aug. 19, 2016
What to Watch: Friday
This weekend's TV Schedule can be found here.
by The Frontstretch Staff
Records and facts
In last year's Irwin Tools Night Race, Joey Logano won the race off of pit road on lap 437 during the final caution. From there, the Team Penske driver held off the pack to take his second win at Bristol. Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer.
Amongst active drivers, there is a three-way tie for the most wins among drivers at Bristol. Jeff Gordon (still driving the No. 88 in place of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.), Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch each have five career victories on the high banks. Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards each have four wins, while Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have two a piece.
All-time, Darrell Waltrip is the winningest driver in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway with 12 wins, including seven in a row at one point. Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace have nine each. The Busch brothers, Gordon and David Pearson each have five.
Track / Race Length: 0.533-mile oval, 500 laps (266.5 miles)
Banking: 24-30 degrees
Straights: 650 ft., banked 4-9 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 153,000
Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
Pace Car Speed: 35 mph
Opened: 1960 (first Cup race in 1961)
Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:
Practice No. 1: Friday, August 19, 10 - 11:25 a.m. on NBC Sports App (also available on CSN New England, CSN Bay Area, CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Northwest and CSN Plus-Chicago, check availability)
Happy Hour: Friday, August 19, 12:30 - 1:55 p.m. on USA Network
Qualifying: Friday, August 19, 5:45 p.m. on USA Network
"We've led a lot of laps there but we just don't have the wins to show for it. It's a track I definitely like. Everybody goes, 'How can you like it when you've not had any success there for a while?' To me, that's just motivation. It gives us the ambition to be successful.
"We can run so fast around the top of the racetrack, now. It's crazy speeds for a 3,300-pound stock car. You don't have a lot of time in the corners where you are off the gas to make big moves. You really have to be a lot faster. If you have had any kind of a good day, you are proud of it because it is a very physical track like Martinsville is and you are going to have to push and shove to get where you need to be, at times. You can push and shove and create your own problems, too, and take yourself out of the race because of that. You really have to put it together." - Tony Stewart
"I had a really good car at Bristol in the spring. The guys brought a fast car and we learned a lot. I didn't qualify as well as I had wanted to, but I'm going to work on that going back. We hit on a few things there during practice and the race and I'm looking forward to racing Saturday night." - Chase Elliott
"We had good speed in our Love's Travel Stops Ford at Bristol earlier this year. I was pretty happy with where the car was throughout the weekend. It was probably our best practice session of the year, speed-wise. We ended up in the bottom lane for a lot of the late-race restarts, so it made for a bit of a tough finish after having better track position most of the day.
"I do like going to Bristol. It is different than the old Bristol, but it's a lot of fun to drive. It's frustrating at times but still a good race. So, I'm excited to head back there. I feel like it's a place where we can definitely get a top-15 or even a top-10 for our Love's Ford Fusion and get some of those points we need.
"Everybody loves racing under the lights. It's just a little bit different atmosphere. The fans really come out; they love it. It's one of those races that everyone talks about. It's got the hype around it that makes it a big deal." - Chris Buescher
Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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by Kevin Rutherford
Q: The 1995 Goody's 500 is best known for Terry Labonte wrecking at the line to take win (and also the water bottle incident between Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace). However, Bill Elliott also took a pretty big hit exiting turn 2. What happened?
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