Statistical Advance: IRWIN Tools Night Race At Bristol Motor Speedway

August 26, 2011 No Comments

Bristol Motor Speedway Data

Track Size: .533 miles
· Race Length: 500 laps/266.5 miles
· Banking/Corners: 26 to 30 degrees
· Banking/Straights: 4 to 9 degrees


· Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile.
· First NASCAR Sprint Cup race was July 30, 1961.
· In the fall of 1969, the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533-miles.
· The name changed to Bristol International Raceway in 1978.
· The first night race was held in the fall of 1978.
· The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.
· The name changed to Bristol Motor Speedway in May 1996.
· The track was resurfaced between races in 2007.
· There have been 101 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the first race there in 1961, two races each season.
· All races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps.
· Fred Lorenzen won the first pole.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen).
· There have been 44 different pole winners, led by Cale Yarborough and Mark Martin (nine). Martinswept both poles at Bristol in 2009.
· 38 different drivers have won, led by Darrell Waltrip (12).
· Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon each have five wins, most among active drivers.
· The last five Bristol races had a margin of victory under one second.

Driver Rating at Bristol

Kyle Busch 108.1
Greg Biffle 99.4
Jeff Gordon 97.6
Matt Kenseth 97.5
Kurt Busch 96.8
Tony Stewart 92.8
Kevin Harvick 91.8
Carl Edwards 91.7
Jimmie Johnson 91.1
Ryan Newman 88.7

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Bristol.

Qualifying/Race Data

2010 pole winner: Jimmie Johnson (123.475 mph, 15.540 seconds)
2010 race winner: Kyle Busch (99.071 mph, 8-21-10)
Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman (128.709 mph, 14.908 seconds, 3-21-03)
Track race record: Charlie Glotzbach (101.074 mph, 7-11-71)

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