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DATE: Friday, August 24th
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway (1960) -- Bristol, Tennessee
TRACK: 0.533-mile - 650 feet (Frontstretch); 650 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 31st
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 7:43 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 133.25
QUALIFYING RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2004 (127.132 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,219,615 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $46,575; 2nd Place - $31,600; 3rd Place - $27,025
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch16Michael Annett21
2Joey Logano27Jason Leffler5
3Clint Bowyer98Elliott Sadler3
4Carl Edwards69Parker Kligerman12
5Aric Almirola1610Brian Scott11
2011 Food City 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 93.218 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 25 minutes, 46 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.019 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 3 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (120.083 m.p.h.)
Past Food City 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 93.218 m.p.h.
2010 -- Kyle Busch (3rd) -- Toyota -- 83.166 m.p.h.
2009 -- David Ragan (9th) -- Ford -- 74.216 m.p.h.
2008 -- Brad Keselowski (37th) -- Chevrolet -- 93.509 m.p.h. (race record)
2007 -- Kasey Kahne (23rd) -- Dodge -- 76.119 m.p.h.
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (4th) -- Ford -- 64.458 m.p.h.
2005 -- Ryan Newman (3rd) -- Dodge -- 58.810 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 64.872 m.p.h.
2003 -- Michael Waltrip (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 71.951 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jimmy Spencer (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 83.455 m.p.h.
2001 -- Kevin Harvick (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 78.872 m.p.h.
2000 -- Kevin Harvick (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 88.164 m.p.h.
1999 -- Matt Kenseth (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 83.761 m.p.h.
1998 -- Kevin Lepage (4th) -- Ford -- 76.887 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jimmy Spencer (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 65.515 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Fuller (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 74.603 m.p.h.
1995 -- Steve Grissom (28th) -- Chevrolet -- 87.234 m.p.h.
1994 -- Kenny Wallace (7th) -- Ford -- 87.616 m.p.h.
1993 -- Todd Bodine (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 73.014 m.p.h.
1992 -- Todd Bodine (11th) -- Buick -- 80.635 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Jarrett (11th) -- Pontiac -- 71.822 m.p.h.
1990 -- Rick Mast (12th) -- Buick -- 85.447 m.p.h.
1989 -- Mark Martin (8th) -- Ford -- 76.309 m.p.h.
1988 -- Larry Pearson (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.135 m.p.h.
1987 -- Larry Pearson (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 70.609 m.p.h.
1986 -- Brett Bodine (1st) -- Oldsmobile -- 76.293 m.p.h.
1985 -- Brett Bodine (4th) -- Pontiac -- 71.331 m.p.h.
1984 -- Morgan Shepherd (1st) -- Pontiac -- 75.872 m.p.h.
1983 -- Sam Ard (2nd) -- Oldsmobile -- 85.255 m.p.h.
1982 -- Jack Ingram (6th) -- Pontiac -- 79.923 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Name changed from Pet Dairy 150 (1982), Free Service 200 (1983), Free
Service 250 (1984), Tri-City Pontiac 200 (1985-88), Jay Johnson 200
(1989), Jay Johnson 250 (1990-91). Race changed from 150 miles to 200 in
1984, and 200 miles to 250 in 1990.
 
Past Food City 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2010 -- Elliott Sadler -- 3rd
2009 -- Brad Keselowski -- 3rd
2008 -- Cale Gale -- 4th
2007 -- Jason Leffler -- 2nd
2006 -- Ryan Newman -- 6th
2005 -- Kyle Busch -- 38th
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 1st
2003 -- Jason Keller -- 11th
2002 -- Jason Keller -- 9th
2001 -- Mike Skinner -- 11th
2000 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1st
1999 -- Jeff Green -- 12th
1998 -- Steve Grissom -- 27th
1997 -- Randy LaJoie -- 4th
1996 -- Jeff Fuller -- 1st
1995 -- Stevie Reeves -- 14th
1994 -- Harry Gant -- 28th
1993 -- None (weather)
1992 -- Kenny Wallace -- 7th
1991 -- Chuck Bown -- 8th
1990 -- Bobby Labonte -- 15th
1989 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 27th
1988 -- Tommy Ellis -- 24th
1987 -- Mark Martin -- 27th
1986 -- Brett Bodine -- 1st
1985 -- Ron Bouchard -- 24th
1984 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 1st
1983 -- Phil Parsons -- 13th
1982 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 3rd
Last Race Results
RACE: NAPA Auto Parts 200 (August 18th)
SITE: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve -- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
MILES: 219.429
LAPS: 81
WINNER: Justin Allgaier
RUNNER-UP: Sam Hornish Jr.
THIRD: Jaques Villeneuve
FOURTH: Elliott Sadler
FIFTH: Ron Fellows
POLE WINNER: Alex Tagliani (Finished 22nd)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 7 minutes, 58 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 70.043 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.353 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 22 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: A. Tagliani 1-2; S. Hornish Jr. 3; A. Tagliani 4-5; S. Hornish
Jr. 6-7; J. Villeneuve 8-19; S. Hornish Jr. 20; D. Patrick 21-40;
J. Villeneuve 41-45; E. Sadler 46-51; J. Villeneuve 52-63; A.
Tagliani 64-66; J. Villeneuve 67-80; J. Allgaier 81.
Food City 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/American Ethanol
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/NOS
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/Randy Hill Racing
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Detroit Genuine Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Chevrolet/Lilly Trucking
18Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Dollar General
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil/Noah's Light Foundation
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24To Be AnnouncedToyota/TBA
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Autotrac
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza
36Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Chevrolet/Seal Wrap
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV)Ford/Joy Global Ford
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
41Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Lilly Trucking
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J/M&M's Snack Mix
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/The Motorsports Group
47Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/USS James E. Williams
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
60Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/yourracecar.com
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
71Matt Carter (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Lilly Trucking
75Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Lilly Trucking
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Toyota/American Majority
86Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Ford/TBA
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Spy Optic
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
99John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/TBA
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Kyle Busch---3rd38th7th4th7th28thWonWon
Joey Logano---------------16th---10th2nd
Michael Annett------------------8th18th6th
Elliott Sadler---------------21st---3rd8th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------22nd11th
Trevor Bayne------------------24th6th13th
Justin Allgaier------------------27th33rd15th
Kasey Kahne---14th34th4thWon---37th37th19th
Kevin Harvick5th4th3rd2nd16th---4th------
Brad Keselowski------------7thWon3rd14th---
Sam Hornish Jr---------------14th---------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Danica Patrick---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Derek White - Started in the 42nd position and finished 18th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Jeremy Clements
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Elliott Sadler) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ron Fellows) - Finished 5th
 
NOTES:
Despite four finishes outside the top-20 in his last six Nationwide Series starts, Kyle Busch is still the man to beat, as the series streaks into Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch, who has rebounded to place sixth and 10th in his last two Nationwide starts, has won this race the past two seasons and is the Series' all-time leader with 51 career titles.

His record at this track is unmatched, recording 10 wins and 15 top-10 finishes since 2008 on all three series. He is a four-time Nationwide winner at Bristol and has placed out of the top-10 just four times in 16 races. In those starts, Busch has led 1,014 laps with an average finish of 10.313. Only Kevin Harvick has a better result with an average placing of 7.5 and 1.075 laps led in 22 starts.

Last season, Busch recorded a milestone, as he became the first driver to win 50 races in the Nationwide Series after beating his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano, by inches at the finish line.

Busch, the pole sitter, took the lead from Logano just after a late-race restart. Logano caught up with Busch and ran side-by-side with him during the final 10 laps but came up 0.019 seconds short, making it the closest finish in a Nationwide race at Bristol.

Back in 2010, Busch took the lead from Brad Keselowski after he intentionally wrecked Keselowski with 32 laps remaining. The two drivers had battled for the lead for several laps before Busch passed Keselowski on the inside, but Keselowski nudged Busch from behind and wiggled him. Busch immediately retaliated by putting Keselowski into a spin. He beat Jason Leffler at the finish by 0.8 seconds for his 10th of 13 Nationwide wins that year.

David Ragan made a late-race pass on Carl Edwards for the lead and then held off his Roush Fenway Racing teammate in a two-lap overtime finish to win the 2009 Food City 250 at BMS.

Starting from the 37th position on the grid in 2008, Brad Keselowski took the lead with just 24 laps remaining and held on for his second career Nationwide Series win, defeating Clint Bowyer by 1.025 seconds. Keselowski overtook Bowyer, who had led the previous 121 laps.

Kasey Kahne won the 2007 Food City 250 at Bristol. Kahne held off a hard- charging Jason Leffler in the final laps to record his second Nationwide victory of the season and the seventh of his career. Kahne led only 10 laps, including the final nine to edge Leffler by 0.374 of a second. Leffler, who started on the pole, led three times for a race-high 81 laps.

In 2006, Matt Kenseth passed Kevin Harvick with just 17 laps remaining to capture his 19th career Nationwide Series title. Harvick crossed the finish line just 0.968 of a second ahead of Harvick. Pole sitter Ryan Newman dominated the race in the early going, leading the first 95 laps. Newman faded however and finished sixth. Kasey Kahne, who placed fourth, led for 72 laps, while Harvick led for 39. 23 of the 43 cars finished the 250 laps.

Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was exactly a half-mile in length. In the fall of 1969, the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533 miles with the turns banked at 36 degrees. The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race was held on March 13, 1982. The track surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.

With the victory last year by Busch, the pole sitter has now captured this race six times. In addition, Busch joined Kevin Harvick, Todd Bodine, Larry Pearson and Brett Bodine as the only drivers to win this race in back-to-back seasons.

The next Nationwide Series race is the September 1 NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards won last year's race there.

08/21 14:27:30 ET

As of August 21, 2012, at 02:27 PM ET