NSCS: IRWIN Tools Night Race Preview

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Date: Saturday, August 27th, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Laps: 500 ; Miles: 266.5
Broadcast: TV – ABC ; Radio – PRN/Sirius XM NASCAR

Saturday: High-82°F ; Low-63°F
10% Chance of Rain
Winds N at 11mph

Fantasy Racing Picks: 

Target: Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, and Carl Edwards

Avoid: Juan Pablo Montoya, Martin Truex Jr., and Brian Vickers

Analysis: Busch has led nearly half the laps in five of the last six races. Among the most notable streaks without a top-10: Martin Truex Jr. (11), and Brian Vickers (9)

Bargain: Brad Keselowski had top-20 finishes in both races of 2010 (finished P18 in March).


-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.

-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.

-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.

-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.

-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.

All information courtesy of racing-reference.info

Entry List

#00 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Aaron’s Dream Machine

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Dodge/Miller Lite

#4 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Toyota/Red Bull

#5 Mark Martin (Batesville, AR) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com

#6 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/UPS

#7 Robby Gordon (Orange, CA) Dodge/Speed Energy

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Express

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Toyota/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Office Depot/Bass Pro

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing

#17 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Ford/Crown Royal

#18 * Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Wrigley

#20 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Toyota/Home Depot

#22 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania

#29 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Realtree

#30 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/TBA

#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Cat Financial

#32 Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Ford/C&J Energy

#33 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Chevrolet/Hamburger Helper

#34 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Taco Bell

#36 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/Golden Corral

#37 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Ford/Max Q Motorsports

#38 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/Long John Silver’s

#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Target

#43 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Ford/Best Buy

#46 Scott Speed (Manteca, CA) Ford/retakeourgov.com

#47 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Toyota/Bush’s Baked Beans

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools

#50 T.J. Bell (Reno, VA) Chevrolet/Green Smoke

#51 Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction

#55 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Ford/TBA

#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts

#60 Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA) Toyota/Big Red

#66 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Toyota/HP Racing

#71 Andy Lally (Northport, NY) Ford/Interstate Moving Services

#78 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing

#83 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Red Bull

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/AM FM Energy

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat’l Guard

#95 David Starr (Houston, TX) Ford/AdvoCare

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Aflac

For all your post race analysis, continue to follow thepacelap.com, as Branden and I will do our best to make you feel like you are part of the action! Have fun this weekend!

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