Category: Bristol

Aug 23 2009

Shrub Holds Off Martin in Bristol Night Race

This is actually the first race I have been able to watch in weeks, I arrived home from the beach in time to catch the last hundred or so laps, and had been listening on the radio for a bunch of the early part of the race. Last I heard on the radio Jeff Gordon was coming like a rocket ship, and when I get in the door, he was a lap down as he and Denny Hamlin had some contact affecting his right rear quarter panel. It’s always something. They finally get the car running good, he jumps up 12 or 15 spots and bam, you’re sliding backwards.

But, that certainly didn’t take away from the end of the race with Kyle Busch and Mark Martin going for the win. They both raced cleanly, either one could’ve caused the other or both to wreck, I hope Kyle Busch remembers that when the positions are reversed.

From what I heard and saw, it was a pretty good race, it will be interesting to see if Kyle can make the Chase for the Cup in the next two weeks. I bet they can.

Here is how they finished:
1 15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 190/5 500 Running
2 1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 180/10 500 Running
3 25 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Bush’s Beans 165/0 500 Running
4 2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 165/5 500 Running
5 41 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 155/0 500 Running
6 9 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 150/0 500 Running
7 13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 146/0 500 Running
8 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 147/5 500 Running
9 27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy Sugar Free / National Guard 138/0 500 Running
10 5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 134/0 500 Running
11 17 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Vise-Grip 130/0 500 Running
12 14 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 127/0 500 Running
13 7 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s / USO “Toast to the Troops” 124/0 500 Running
14 23 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 121/0 500 Running
15 3 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 118/0 500 Running
16 32 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 115/0 500 Running
17 18 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 112/0 500 Running
18 37 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 109/0 500 Running
19 10 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Valvoline 106/0 500 Running
20 34 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 103/0 500 Running
21 6 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Hamburger Helper 100/0 500 Running
22 24 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 97/0 500 Running
23 33 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 94/0 499 Running
24 39 98 Paul Menard Ford Peak / Menards 91/0 498 Running
25 11 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 88/0 498 Running
26 42 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 85/0 498 Running
27 28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 82/0 498 Running
28 29 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 79/0 497 Running
29 26 4 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Alpha Natural Resources 76/0 496 Running
30 40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 73/0 494 Running
31 36 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 75/5 490 Accident
32 31 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas / The Rogue Joint 67/0 490 Running
33 30 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 64/0 489 Running
34 8 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 61/0 484 Running
35 38 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 58/0 472 Running
36 20 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 55/0 461 Running
37 19 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Hunt Brothers Pizza 52/0 452 Running
38 16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 49/0 438 Accident
39 12 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 46/0 354 Accident
40 22 08 Terry Labonte Toyota Carter / Simo Racing 43/0 244 Rear End
41 43 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 40/0 48 Wheel Bearing
42 35 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s 37/0 27 Transmission
43 4 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 34/0 8 Accident

Here are the current 12 drivers in the Chase with the top three already clinching spots:
1 — Tony Stewart 3564 Leader
2 +1 Jimmie Johnson 3344 -220
3 -1 Jeff Gordon 3310 -254
4 +1 Denny Hamlin 3141 -423
5 -1 Carl Edwards 3110 -454
6 — Kurt Busch 3103 -461
7 +2 Ryan Newman 2995 -569
8 +2 Greg Biffle 2986 -578
9 -2 Juan Montoya 2975 -589
10 +2 Mark Martin 2971 -593
11 -3 Kasey Kahne 2963 -601
12 -1 Matt Kenseth 2945 -619

Mar 29 2009

2009 Bristol Motor Speedway Videos

Here are the latest uploaded videos showing the latest racing action from Bristol motor speedway.

Mar 21 2009

Mark Martin on the Pole in Bristol

Mark Martin claimed his second pole in a row today, 8th pole at Bristol, running at a speed of 125.773 mph. Looks like he will turns things around this weekend, I bet he ends up with a top ten at least, and his teammate Jeff Gordon is going to break his winless streak this weekend with another win at Bristol. I didn’t get to see qualifying myself, so not much commentary as far as that goes.

After breaking a 257-race pole drought at Atlanta two weeks ago, Mark Martin topped his second consecutive Sprint Cup qualifying session, streaking around .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway in 15.256 seconds (125.773 mph) Friday to win the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500.

Martin won back-to-back poles for the second time in his career, having claimed the top starting spot for the April 1989 races at Darlington and Bristol.

“It felt really, really good,” said the 50-year-driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, who edged Ryan Newman (125.740 mph) for the pole by .004 seconds. “The car was really fast and it was really comfortable.”

“With the things that have happened to us in the races, it was good to show people that we’ve still got speed in the car,” said Martin, who claimed the 43rd pole of his career. “We’ve got speed, and the other part will come around sooner or later.” Source: Martin edges Newman for second consecutive pole

If you had Scott Riggs or Jeremy Mayfield in your Nascar pool you are going to have a tougher weekend as both did not qualify for this race. And Tony Stewart and AJ Allmendinger have qualified on speed for every race so far this year, good thing since they had to. Scott Speed beat AJ Allmendinger in qualifying again, but is 161 points behind AJ in the points standings.

Here is how they qualified:
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg’s 125.773 15.256 Leader
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 125.741 15.260 -0.004
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 125.453 15.295 -0.039
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 125.289 15.315 -0.059
5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 124.954 15.356 -0.100
6 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 124.808 15.374 -0.118
7 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 124.541 15.407 -0.151
8 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Hyde Park Storage Suites 124.508 15.411 -0.155
9 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 124.492 15.413 -0.157
10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 124.267 15.441 -0.185
11 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 124.194 15.450 -0.194
12 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 124.130 15.458 -0.202
13 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 124.130 15.458 -0.202
14 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window 123.946 15.481 -0.225
15 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 123.897 15.487 -0.231
16 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Fred’s Hometown Discount Store 123.698 15.512 -0.256
17 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral 123.658 15.517 -0.261
18 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Champion Apparel 123.650 15.518 -0.262
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 123.626 15.521 -0.265
20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 123.610 15.523 -0.267
21 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 123.562 15.529 -0.273
22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 123.538 15.532 -0.276
23 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 123.523 15.534 -0.278
24 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 123.491 15.538 -0.282
25 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 123.427 15.546 -0.290
26 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 123.427 15.546 -0.290
27 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 123.372 15.553 -0.297
28 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 123.324 15.559 -0.303
29 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 123.118 15.585 -0.329
30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 123.071 15.591 -0.335
31 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 123.032 15.596 -0.340
32 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 123.024 15.597 -0.341
33 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 122.827 15.622 -0.366
34 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 122.725 15.635 -0.379
35 7 Robby Gordon Toyota SPOT 122.709 15.637 -0.381
36 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors 122.654 15.644 -0.388
37 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 122.404 15.676 -0.420
38 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 122.349 15.683 -0.427
39 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 122.248 15.696 -0.440
40 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 121.952 15.734 -0.478
41 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 121.914 15.739 -0.483
42 98 Paul Menard Ford Johns Manville / Menards 121.898 15.741 -0.485
43 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge Phoenix Racing 123.189 15.576 -0.320

Did Not Qualify
44 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Array Lighting / Nexxus Lighting 122.193 15.703 -0.447
45 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 122.162 15.707 -0.451

Sep 26 2008

Very Interesting Nascar Videos

Here are a couple of the good videos between Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards at Bristol Motor Speedway:


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Aug 28 2007

Carl Edwards Wins the Sharpie 500 in Bristol

Yawn.

He didn’t really win at Bristol, I don’t think, haven’t read much to see what everyone else thought of the race, but it felt more like Michigan or something. Anyway.

Here’s how they finished:

1 6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 190/5 500 Running 297,050
2 1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge McDonald’s / Dodge Dealers 180/10 500 Running 265,541
3 15 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 165/0 500 Running 180,125
4 23 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 160/0 500 Running 178,386
5 17 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 160/5 500 Running 164,008
6 19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 155/5 500 Running 145,608
7 7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 151/5 500 Running 139,775
8 22 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 142/0 500 Running 144,238
9 20 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 143/5 500 Running 116,875
10 34 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network 134/0 500 Running 120,300
11 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 130/0 500 Running 125,695
12 10 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 127/0 500 Running 134,641
13 40 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 124/0 500 Running 131,758
14 36 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light 121/0 500 Running 97,700
15 29 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 118/0 500 Running 123,558
16 13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Pennzoil Platinum 115/0 500 Running 140,561
17 2 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 112/0 500 Running 131,050
18 11 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 109/0 500 Running 102,300
19 18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 111/5 500 Running 137,111
20 24 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World
/ RVs.com 108/5 500 Running 95,975
21 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 100/0 499 Running 142,911
22 30 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 97/0 498 Running 106,425
23 16 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 94/0 498 Running 104,958
24 41 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Turtle Wax Ice / Menards 91/0 498 Running 90,675
25 26 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 88/0 498 Running 110,514
26 3 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 85/0 498 Running 97,525
27 39 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Samsung 82/0 498 Running 110,563
28 42 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 79/0 498 Running 96,145
29 21 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 76/0 497 Running 106,030
30 27 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 73/0 497 Running 114,789
31 5 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 70/0 496 Running 104,123
32 32 45 Kenny Wallace Dodge Wells Fargo 67/0 496 Running 93,902
33 14 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Miccosukee / Food City / State Water Heaters 64/0 494 Running 85,495
34 33 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS Centennial 61/0 494 Running 84,135
35 43 84 A.J. Allmendinger * Toyota Red Bull 58/0 491 Running 84,000
36 35 01 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 55/0 485 Running 91,890
37 31 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 52/0 481 Running 83,755
38 8 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 49/0 478 Accident 114,678
39 12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 46/0 452 Accident 131,176
40 28 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 43/0 416 Electrical 83,425
41 4 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA 40/0 414 Accident 119,100
42 38 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 37/0 280 Running 83,155
43 37 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Freight 34/0 209 Engine 102,268

Mar 28 2007

Kyle Busch Gets Lucky Wins at Bristol

You have to admit, if you were Kyle Busch, can you think of two better drivers to have behind you on a green white and checker finish? Gordon wasn’t going to spin him and Jeff Burton hardly ever gets that aggressive to spin someone out to win, so, he was pretty lucky. Tony Stewart wasn’t very lucky at all, and I bet everyone who has him on their race league teams were happy and then sad, hehe, I know he hurt one of my teams. Anyway, sorry for the late post, been busy with the Race League stuff. Jeff Gordon is in the points lead again, or should I say already? While it makes you feel good, it’s way to early to get excited about it.

Here are the race results from Bristol:
1 20 5 Kyle Busch
2 29 31 Jeff Burton
3 1 24 Jeff Gordon
4 40 29 Kevin Harvick
5 11 16 Greg Biffle
6 9 66 Jeff Green
7 31 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 18 07 Clint Bowyer
9 5 26 Jamie McMurray
10 16 25 Casey Mears
11 38 17 Matt Kenseth
12 32 99 Carl Edwards
13 33 40 David Stremme
14 10 11 Denny Hamlin
15 25 83 Brian Vickers
16 6 48 Jimmie Johnson
17 19 49 Mike Bliss
18 14 4 Ward Burton
19 2 9 Kasey Kahne
20 26 45 Kyle Petty
21 27 78 Kenny Wallace
22 28 43 Bobby Labonte
23 7 22 Dave Blaney
24 17 96 Tony Raines
25 12 01 Regan Smith
26 41 6 David Ragan
27 3 19 Elliott Sadler
28 15 21 Ken Schrader
29 42 2 Kurt Busch
30 21 14 Sterling Marlin
31 8 10 Scott Riggs
32 36 42 Juan Montoya
33 34 7 Robby Gordon
34 23 36 Jeremy Mayfield
35 4 20 Tony Stewart
36 37 18 J.J. Yeley
37 13 1 Martin Truex Jr.
38 24 88 Ricky Rudd
39 22 12 Ryan Newman
40 43 – A J Allmendinger
41 35 38 David Gilliland
42 30 44 Dale Jarrett
43 39 41 Reed Sorenson

Mar 24 2007

Qualifying at Bristol

Gordon gets pole in Bristol
I tuned in just in time to see Jeff make his run and grab the pole, so I wasn’t too disappointed that I didn’t get to see much of it. Looks like that ugly Car of Tomorrow helped a few drivers out, slowed down some others, as Jeremy Mayfield and AJ Allmendinger made their first races this year, I bet most of you who took Jeremy as one of your race league picks are definitely disappointed, that’s a big whole to pull out of.

Speaking of big holes to pull out of, Michael Waltrip did not make this race either, I wonder who made the final decision at Napa to go with Michael and not stay with DEI, and I wonder how long the contract is for. I guess they couldn’t see that is was mostly DEI’s restrictor plate program that helped him get a little bit of notoriety, he was the one who won the race that Dale Earnhardt was killed in, if I remember correctly.

What does everyone think of the COT? It is butt ugly, that is for sure, hopefully they still have some work to do on it or something, the car of last week sure looks much better to me. I know the whole point of the COT was to even the playing field some and make it more than just how much money you throw at it, but come on, everybody who likes Nascar has to like cars as well, and I want my vehicles to look good going fast or slow.

Here is how the field will start the race this Sunday in Bristol.

1 24 Jeff Gordon
2 9 Kasey Kahne
3 19 Elliott Sadler
4 20 Tony Stewart
5 26 Jamie McMurray
6 48 Jimmie Johnson
7 22 Dave Blaney
8 10 Scott Riggs
9 66 Jeff Green
10 11 Denny Hamlin
11 16 Greg Biffle
12 01 Regan Smith
13 1 Martin Truex Jr.
14 4 Ward Burton
15 21 Ken Schrader
16 25 Casey Mears
17 96 Tony Raines
18 07 Clint Bowyer
19 49 Mike Bliss
20 5 Kyle Busch
21 14 Sterling Marlin
22 12 Ryan Newman
23 36 Jeremy Mayfield
24 88 Ricky Rudd
25 83 Brian Vickers
26 45 Kyle Petty
27 78 Kenny Wallace
28 43 Bobby Labonte
29 31 Jeff Burton
30 44 Dale Jarrett
31 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
32 99 Carl Edwards
33 40 David Stremme
34 7 Robby Gordon
35 38 David Gilliland
36 42 Juan Montoya
37 18 J.J. Yeley
38 17 Matt Kenseth
39 41 Reed Sorenson
40 29 Kevin Harvick
41 6 David Ragan
42 2 Kurt Busch
43 84 A.J. Allmendinger

Aug 28 2006

Matt Kenseth Wins the Sharpie 500 at Bristol

Matt Kenseth wins his fourth race of the year at the famous Bristol night race, the Sharpie 500. Talk about building momentum for the chase, Kenseth is on fire and looks like the guy to beat, but, that’s why they actually run the races, if it was that predictable, it wouldn’t be any fun to watch.

Here’s the top 5:

1 17 Matt Kenseth
2 5 Kyle Busch
3 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4 10 Scott Riggs
5 24 Jeff Gordon

Apparently there was some controversy over the penalty that Mark Martin got for pitting outside the box, during the race they showed Jeff Gordon pitting and he was outside the box some, but the difference was Martin’s wheels were over the line, while Jeff Gordon’s were not, only the tail end of his car was hanging over. Check out the pics on this page to see for yourself.

This is a funny quote from Kyle Busch,

NASCAR needs a driver to embrace the “black hat” role, and Kyle Busch is just the guy. After he finished second to Matt Kenseth, the Shrub said, “I wish we could have gotten to Kenseth. That would have been a heck of a show. I’ve got plenty of door dings out there and I’m not sure I could have done it clean.”

A great sound bite … until he added: “So I’m probably glad I didn’t get there, really.”

I agree, what Nascar needs is one of those guys you just know is guilty by looking at him, one who would just give you that Snidely Whiplash laugh and walk away. There’s too many whiners and not enough haters, hehe.

You have to give the TV crew credit, they try to stir some controversy on every show, this time asking Jeff Gordon and Scott Riggs what their little discussion was about at the end of the race. Gordon said he was just trying to tell him to be patient and consistent to pass, while Riggs said he was just congratulating Gordon on the good finish. ;)

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