The fifth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes place at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. for the Food City 500 race. Short track racing at it’s finest. Bristol is a .533 mile concrete oval with variable banking. The owners redid it a few years ago to give more room with the SAFER barrier. This year they installed the barrier in turns 2 and 4. So there won’t be as much room as there was last year. In my opinion, the wider track made for more side by side racing, which I enjoy. Some fans liked the old track better as there was much bumping and moving the car ahead to get by. The SAFER barrier is needed all around the track. I just hope there is still room for racing.
Ryan Newman holds the track qualifying record, set in 2003, of 128.709. The race record was set in 1971 by Charles Glotzbach at 101.074! Yellow Flags bring the average speed down. Last year Mark Martin was on the pole with a speed of 125.773. 2009 race winner was Kyle Busch, with an average speed of 92.139.
Past active winners at Bristol Motor Speedway are: Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch (5), Kyle Busch (3), Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards (2), Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton.
In March 2009 the top five finishers were: Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took last weekend off. They will be back in “Thunder Valley” this weekend. “Racin’ like it otta be”.
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