Bristol Motor Speedway: NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 Preview

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Information

Date: August 26, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway
Track: 0.533-mile oval
Banking/Corners: 26 to 30 degrees
Banking/Straights: 4 to 9 degrees
Laps: 250; Miles: 133.25
Broadcast: TV – ESPN; Radio – PRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

Weather

Start Time Temperature: 81° F
Sunset: 8:06 PM ET
20% Chance of Rain

Courtesy of weather.com

History

Defending Pole-Sitter: Elliott Sadler
Defending Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Race Record: Brad Keselowski – 93.509mph
Qualifying Record: Greg Biffle – 127.132mph

Notes

For the second time this year, the Nationwide Series will roll into Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 250. Drivers must check their tempers at the door and keep their cars intact on the high banked short track in Bristol, Tennessee if they plan on visiting victory lane Friday night.

Only nine points separate the top three in the Nationwide points battle. Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. currently leads by eight points over Elliott Sadler. Reed Sorenson sits in third, only nine points back from Stenhouse Jr.

How does the top three stack up at Bristol? Sadler clearly has the nod out of the three drivers heading into Bristol. Sadler is the only driver to visit victory lane out of the three, with an average finish of 17.000 (2 DNFs). Stenhouse Jr. only has three career starts at Bristol, with an average finish of 20.333 but has yet to finish in the top 10. Sorenson’s 10 career starts gives him the most experience but he fares the worst statistically speaking, averaging a finish of 21.600.

If Sadler, Sorenson, Stenhouse Jr. or any other NNS regular wants to visit victory lane Friday night, they must dethrone Kyle Busch. The only way to sum up Busch’s performance at Bristol is dominance. Busch has won the last two races at Bristol in the NNS series and the last four of five in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. A win on Friday night would earn him three in a row, making him the only driver in series history to do so. He would also break the tie with Mark Martin and become the sole all-time series wins leader at 50.

Here is the entry list:
1. #01 Mike Wallace
2. #2 Elliott Sadler
3. #03 Scott Riggs
4. #04 Benny Gordon
5. #05 David Starr
6. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
7. #7 Josh Wise
8. #09 Kenny Wallace
9. #11 Brian Scott
10. #13 Jennifer Jo Cobb
11. #14 Eric McClure
12. #15 Timmy Hill
13. #16 Trevor Bayne
14. #18 Kyle Busch
15. #19 Mike Bliss
16. #20 Joey Logano
17. #22 Parker Kligerman
18. #23 Dennis Setzer
19. #28 Derrike Cope
20. #30 Jason Leffler
21. #31 Justin Allgaier
22. #32 Reed Sorenson
23. #33 Clint Bowyer
24. #38 Kasey Kahne
25. #39 Fain Skinner
26. #40 Scott Wimmer
27. #41 Johnny Chapman
28. #42 Tim Andrews
29. #44 Jeff Green
30. #46 Chase Miller
31. #47 Brian Keselowski
32. #49 Mark Green
33. #50 T J Bell
34. #51 Jeremy Clements
35. #52 Kevin Lepage
36. #60 Carl Edwards
37. #62 Michael Annett
38. #64 Jason Bowles
39. #66 Steve Wallace
40. #70 David Stremme
41. #71 Matt Carter
42. #72 John Jackson
43. #74 J J Yeley
44. #75 Carl Long
45. #81 Blake Koch
46. #87 Kevin Conway
47. #88 Aric Almirola
48. #89 Morgan Shepherd
49. #97 Joe Nemechek

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