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DATE: Saturday, August 27th
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway (1960) -- Bristol, Tennessee
TRACK: 0.533-mile - 650 feet (Frontstretch); 650 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 51st
TELEVISION: ABC
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, 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: David Reutimann
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (Finished 35th)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 266.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ryan Newman, 2003 (128.709 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Charlie Glotzbach, 1971 (101.074 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $6,358,952 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $341,073; 2nd Place - $223,550; 3rd Place - $190,473
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch196Ryan Newman6
2David Reutimann57Juan Pablo Montoya8
3Jamie McMurray78Greg Biffle21
4Clint Bowyer249Kurt Busch20
5Kasey Kahne1110Matt Kenseth14
2010 IRWIN Tools Night Race Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 99.071 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 41 minutes, 24 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.677 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 39 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 15 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (123.475 m.p.h.)
Past IRWIN Tools Night Race Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (19th) -- Toyota -- 99.071 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (15th) -- Toyota -- 84.820 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (1st) -- Ford -- 91.581 m.p.h.
2007 -- Carl Edwards (6th) -- Ford -- 89.006 m.p.h.
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (4th) -- Ford -- 90.025 m.p.h.
2005 -- Matt Kenseth (1st) -- Ford -- 84.678 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (30th) -- Chevrolet -- 88.538 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kurt Busch (5th) -- Ford -- 77.421 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 77.097 m.p.h.
2001 -- Tony Stewart (18th) -- Pontiac -- 85.106 m.p.h.
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (1st) -- Ford -- 85.394 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt (26th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.276 m.p.h.
1998 -- Mark Martin (4th) -- Ford -- 86.949 m.p.h.
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (3rd) -- Ford -- 80.013 m.p.h.
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (5th) -- Ford -- 91.267 m.p.h.
1995 -- Terry Labonte (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 81.979 m.p.h.
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (4th) -- Ford -- 91.363 m.p.h.
1993 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford -- 88.172 m.p.h.
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.198 m.p.h.
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki (5th) -- Ford -- 82.028 m.p.h.
1990 -- Ernie Irvan (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.782 m.p.h.
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 85.554 m.p.h.
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 78.775 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 90.373 m.p.h.
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 86.934 m.p.h.
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 81.388 m.p.h.
1984 -- Terry Labonte (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 85.365 m.p.h.
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 89.430 m.p.h.
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Buick -- 94.318 m.p.h.
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Buick -- 84.723 m.p.h.
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 86.973 m.p.h.
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.493 m.p.h.
1978 -- Cale Yarborough (4th) -- Oldsmobile -- 88.628 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 79.726 m.p.h.
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 99.175 m.p.h.
1975 -- Richard Petty (4th) -- Dodge -- 97.016 m.p.h.
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 75.430 m.p.h.
1973 -- Benny Parsons (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 91.342 m.p.h.
1972 -- Bobby Allison (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 92.735 m.p.h.
1971 -- Charlie Glotzbach (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 101.074 m.p.h. (race record)
1970 -- Bobby Allison (10th) -- Dodge -- 84.880 m.p.h.
1969 -- David Pearson (3rd) -- Ford -- 79.747 m.p.h.
1968 -- David Pearson (6th) -- Ford -- 76.310 m.p.h.
1967 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 78.705 m.p.h.
1966 -- Paul Goldsmith (4th) -- Plymouth -- 77.963 m.p.h.
1965 -- Ned Jarrett (6th) -- Ford -- 61.626 m.p.h.
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (8th) -- Ford -- 78.044 m.p.h.
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen (1st) -- Ford -- 74.844 m.p.h.
1962 -- Jim Paschal (12th) -- Plymouth -- 75.280 m.p.h.
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 72.450 m.p.h.
 
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)
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 35th
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 2nd
2008 -- Carl Edwards -- 1st
2007 -- Kasey Kahne -- 2nd
2006 -- Kurt Busch -- 37th
2005 -- Matt Kenseth -- 1st
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 14th
2003 -- Jeff Gordon -- 28th
2002 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
2001 -- Jeff Green -- 42nd
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1st
1999 -- Tony Stewart -- 5th
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 3rd
1997 -- Kenny Wallace -- 39th
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 3rd
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 5th
1994 -- Harry Gant -- 9th
1993 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 28th
1991 -- Bill Elliott -- 21st
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 8th
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 2nd
1988 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 5th
1987 -- Terry Labonte -- 4th
1986 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 3rd
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1st
1984 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 22nd
1983 -- Joe Ruttman -- 18th
1982 -- Tim Richmond -- 25th
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1979 -- Richard Petty -- 2nd
1978 -- Lennie Pond -- 26th
1977 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1976 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1975 -- Cale Yarborough -- 20th
1974 -- Richard Petty -- 3rd
1973 -- Cale Yarborough -- 19th
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 1st
1971 -- Richard Petty -- 3rd
1970 -- Cale Yarborough -- 17th
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 24th
1968 -- LeeRoy Yarbrough -- 32nd
1967 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1966 -- Curtis Turner -- 30th
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 20th
1964 -- Richard Petty -- 2nd
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1st
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 36th
1961 -- Bobby Johns -- 17th
Last Race Results
RACE: Pure Michigan 400 (August 21st)
SITE: Michigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, Michigan
MILES: 406
LAPS: 203
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Mark Martin
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Greg Biffle (Finished 20th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 41 minutes, 26 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 150.898 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.568 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 21 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: G. Biffle 1-29; T. Kvapil 30-31; C. Mears 32; G. Biffle 33-50; M.
Kenseth 51-53; G. Biffle 54; T. Kvapil 55; M. Martin 56-57; G.
Biffle 58-88; A. Lally 89-91; G. Biffle 92-98; Kyle Busch 99-104;
K. Kahne 105-107; M. Kenseth 108-113; J. Gordon 114-124; M.
Kenseth 125-126; J. Gordon 127-139; M. Kenseth 140-143; J. Gordon
144-169; J. Johnson 170-187; Kyle Busch 188-203.
IRWIN Tools Night Race Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Bass Pro
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Wrigley
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Realtree
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Cat Financial
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Hamburger Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Ford/Max Q Motorsports
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/retakeourgov.com
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Baked Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Green Smoke
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
95David Starr (Houston, TX)Ford/AdvoCare
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kyle Busch---------33rd2nd9th2ndWonWon
David Reutimann------------------25th17th2nd
Jamie McMurray---3rd7th26th29th26th12th11th3rd
Clint Bowyer------------38th3rd7th21st4th
Kasey Kahne------21st42nd12th2nd40th28th5th
Ryan Newman36th6th2nd39th8th7th6th6th6th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------17th19th25th7th
Greg Biffle---22nd11th3rd19th10th11th4th8th
Kurt Busch6thWon8th10th37th6th15th7th9th
Matt Kenseth5th4th9thWonWon39th9th10th10th
Jeff GordonWon28th14th6th5th19th5th23rd11th
Carl Edwards------33rd24th7thWonWon16th12th
Dale Earnhardt Jr3rd9thWon9th3rd5th18th9th13th
Kevin Harvick4th2nd24th37th11th16th4th38th14th
Jeff Burton13th32nd4th2nd9th12th42nd18th16th
Martin Truex Jr------------18th11th35th22nd17th
Joey Logano---------------------34th18th
Brad Keselowski------------------------19th
Paul Menard---------------24th16th24th21st
Mark Martin23rd36th13th16th28th------2nd23rd
Tony Stewart24th23rd19th8th22nd4th8th33rd27th
Denny Hamlin------------6th43rd3rd5th34th
Jimmie Johnson34th5th3rd36th10th21st33rd8th35th
Brian Vickers------20th20th33rd---20th12th---
 
Mover of the Week
Clint Bowyer - Started in the 35th position and finished 8th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Kurt Busch
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 36th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jeff Burton) - Finished 17th
 
NOTES:
Kyle Busch hit the trifecta last season at Bristol Motor Speedway and once again made history in NASCAR. Busch became the first driver in NASCAR to win all three of its national touring series races in the same week.

After winning the Camping World Truck race earlier in the week and the Nationwide event two days later, Busch put on a dominating performance in the IRWIN Tools Night Race by leading 282 of 500 laps and holding off David Reutimann at the finish by 0.68 seconds to sweep the week at the 0.533-mile, high-banked Tennessee track. The last five Bristol races have had a margin of victory under one second.

"I've been trying to do this since I started my NASCAR career, and fortunately tonight, I was able to get it done," Busch said just after he climbed out of his car and raised a broom in the air in victory lane. "I was the first one to do it, and I'm the first of a lot of things."

Busch has attempted a three-race sweep in NASCAR on the same week four times before. His victory was the third of the season and the 19th of his Sprint Cup career. He also won a Cup race at Bristol for the fourth time.

Kyle Busch ended Carl Edwards' two-year reign at Bristol Motor Speedway, as he raced to victory in 2009. Busch, who started 15th on the grid, led the final 68 laps for his 16th career Sprint Cup title. Pole sitter Mark Martin, who led for a whopping 240 laps, finished 0.098 of a second behind Busch.

With just a few races remaining before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a berth for the coveted 12th spot is certainly heating up. Greg Biffle trails Brad Keselowski by just six points heading into this week's race, but watch out for Denny Hamlin and A.J. Allmendinger. Hamlin is 14th on the list, and only seven points behind, while Allmendinger is 10 back.

In 2008, Edwards repeated as champion, as he defeated Kyle Busch by just under two seconds for his 13th career Sprint Cup title. Edwards started on the pole and led three times for 84 laps, including the final 31. Busch dominated the race leading for 415 consecutive laps, but Edwards nudged him from behind. Busch got loose, allowing Edwards to move underneath him for the lead. At the conclusion of the race, a frustrated Busch retaliated by intentionally bumping Edwards on the cool-down lap. Edwards, however, got the best of the post-race ruckus when he spun Busch around.

Darrell Waltrip has the most victories at Bristol with 12. Waltrip won seven- straight there from August 1981 to April 1984. Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch lead all active drivers with five victories each at Bristol.

Cale Yarborough started on the pole and led all 500 laps to win the Southeastern 500 at Bristol on March 25th, 1973. Yarborough was a five-time winner of this race.

Back-to-back wins at this race are the norm in recent years, as Matt Kenseth doubled in 2005-06, Edwards in 2007-08 and Busch the past two seasons. Other drivers to have doubled at Bristol are Dale Earnhardt (1987-88), Darrell Waltrip (1981-83), Cale Yarborough (1976-78), David Pearson (1968-69) and Fred Lorenzen (1963-64). It should be noted that Waltrip and Yarborough accomplished the three-peat when they won their races.

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. Bristol held its first NASCAR Sprint Cup race on July 30, 1961. In the fall of 1969, the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533 miles with the turns banked at 36 degrees. The first night race there was held in the fall of 1978. The first Sprint Cup race was won by Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen). The deepest in the field that a Bristol race winner has started was 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001. Of the 101 races at BMS, 22 have been won from the pole and 52 from the top four positions on the grid. 80 of 101 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.

The Sprint Cup Series moves to Atlanta next week for the September 4th running of the Advocare 500, as Tony Stewart defends his title.

08/24 17:49:58 ET

As of August 24, 2011, at 05:50 PM ET