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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500

Ty Dillon held off Clint Bowyer for two laps to win Stage 1 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee going into the Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 on Sunday, May 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

2020 Driver Standings – Top 30

Rank

Drivers

Points

Starts

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Top 5s

Top 10s

Poles

1

Kevin Harvick

331

8

1

1

6

5

8

0

2

Joey Logano

317

8

2

2

12

2

4

0

3

Chase Elliott

290

8

1

3

8

4

5

1

4

Alex Bowman

288

8

1

4

9

2

2

0

5

Brad Keselowski

265

8

1

2

7

3

5

1

6

Ryan Blaney

264

8

0

1

1

3

3

0

7

Martin Truex Jr.

263

8

0

0

0

0

4

0

8

Denny Hamlin

244

8

2

1

11

4

5

0

9

Aric Almirola

225

8

0

0

0

0

3

0

10

Kurt Busch

223

8

0

0

0

3

5

1

11

Matt DiBenedetto

220

8

0

0

0

1

2

0

12

Kyle Busch

217

8

0

0

0

4

4

1

13

Erik Jones

193

8

0

0

0

1

3

0

14

Clint Bowyer

192

8

0

2

2

1

2

1

15

Austin Dillon

190

8

0

0

0

1

2

0

16

Jimmie Johnson

188

8

0

0

0

1

3

0

17

Tyler Reddick #

185

8

0

0

0

0

2

0

18

William Byron

183

8

0

1

1

0

1

1

19

Chris Buescher

164

8

0

0

0

1

2

0

20

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

152

8

0

0

0

2

2

1

21

John Hunter Nemechek #

141

8

0

0

0

0

1

0

22

Cole Custer #

138

8

0

0

0

0

1

0

23

Bubba Wallace

127

8

0

0

0

0

1

0

24

Ty Dillon

126

8

0

0

0

0

1

0

25

Michael McDowell

125

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

26

Kyle Larson

121

4

0

0

0

1

3

0

27

Corey LaJoie

119

8

0

0

0

0

1

0

28

Ryan Newman

114

5

0

0

0

0

1

0

29

Christopher Bell #

111

8

0

0

0

0

1

0

30

Ryan Preece

76

8

0

0

0

0

0

1

Bristol Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 09 of 36 (05-31-20)
Track Size: 0.533-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 24-28 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 24-28 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 4-8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 4-8 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 650 feet
Backstretch Length: 650 feet
Race Length: 500 laps / 266.5 miles
Stages 1 & 2 Length: 125 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 250 laps

Top 10 Active Bristol Driver Ratings
Kyle Busch…………………………….. 101.8
Matt Kenseth………………………….. 100.6
Chase Elliott…………………………….. 95.9
Kevin Harvick…………………………… 95.2
Erik Jones……………………………….. 94.1
Jimmie Johnson……………………….. 92.4
Denny Hamlin………………………….. 91.7
Kurt Busch………………………………. 91.5
Joey Logano……………………………. 90.6
Ryan Blaney……………………………. 90.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (30 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway

Most Recent Qualifying/Race Data
2019 Bristol race winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
90.527 mph, (02:56:38), 04-07-19

Track race record:
Charlie Glotzbach, Chevrolet
101.074 mph, (2:38:12), 07-11-71

2019 pole winner:
Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
131.713 mph, 14.568 secs., 04-05-19

Track qualifying record:
Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
131.713 mph, 14.568 secs., 04-05-19

BRISTOL-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(Below are Loop Data stats from 2005-Present)

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • One top five, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.556, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.065, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.5, 10th-best
  • 145 Fastest Laps Run, 15th-best
  • 3,023 Laps in the Top 15 (67.2%), 14th-most
  • 407 Quality Passes, 13th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Raing Toyota)

  • Eight wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 13.448, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.067, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.8, series-best
  • 1,036 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 9,509 Laps in the Top 15 (65.5%), sixth-most
  • 833 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Six wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.133, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.581, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.5, eighth-best
  • 504 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 9,898 Laps in the Top 15 (65.9%), fifth-most
  • 1,052 Quality Passes, series-most

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.500, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.271, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.9, third-best
  • 163 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • 2,985 Laps in the Top 15 (74.6%), 15th-most
  • 383 Quality Passes, 15th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 14.393, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.044, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.7, seventh-best
  • 564 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 9,074 Laps in the Top 15 (64.7%), seventh-most
  • 930 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • Two wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.000, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.618, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.2, fourth-best
  • 869 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 9,990 Laps in the Top 15 (66.5%), fourth-most
  • 901 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, 12 top fives, 21 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.500, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.978, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.4, sixth-best
  • 696 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 10,358 Laps in the Top 15 (68.9%), series-most
  • 968 Quality Passes, third-most

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two top fives, two top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.000, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.800, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.1, fifth-best
  • 154 Fastest Laps Run, 14th-best
  • 2,111 Laps in the Top 15 (70.4%), 17th-most
  • 253 Quality Passes, 18th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Four wins, 15 top fives, 22 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 13.885, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.368, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.6, second-best
  • 664 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 10,015 Laps in the Top 15 (76.9%), third-most
  • 852 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • Two wins, five top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.300, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.342, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.2, 11th-best
  • 368 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 6,233 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2), 11th-most
  • 771 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • Two wins, six top fives, ten top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.045, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.346, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.6, ninth-best
  • 395 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 6,504 Laps in the Top 15 (59.0%), 10th-most
  • 756 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Ryan Newman (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • Two top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 14.767, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.557, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.2, 12th-best
  • 194 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • 10,019 Laps in the Top 15 (66.7%), second-most
  • 1,017 Quality Passes, second-most

The NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 16 in Driver Standings at Bristol Motor Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kevin Harvick

38

1

2

12

19

4

13.8

95.2

2

Joey Logano

22

1

2

6

10

1

15

90.6

3

Chase Elliott

8

1

0

3

4

0

11.5

95.9

4

Alex Bowman

8

0

0

1

2

0

20.9

65.8

5

Brad Keselowski

20

0

2

5

6

0

17.3

88.2

6

Ryan Blaney

9

0

0

1

4

1

18.6

90.5

7

Martin Truex Jr

28

0

0

2

3

4

20.6

83.3

8

Denny Hamlin

28

4

2

9

14

2

14.4

91.7

9

Aric Almirola

21

0

0

1

3

6

24.8

63.5

10

Kurt Busch

38

1

6

12

20

3

14.2

91.5

11

Matt DiBenedetto

10

0

0

1

2

0

17.9

63.7

12

Kyle Busch

29

2

8

12

17

4

13.4

101.8

13

Erik Jones

6

1

0

2

2

0

16

94.1

14

Clint Bowyer

28

0

0

7

15

2

14.1

83.1

15

Austin Dillon

12

0

0

1

2

1

18.3

68.1

16

Jimmie Johnson

36

1

2

12

21

1

13.3

92.4

* – Based on last 30 races at Bristol Motor Speedway (2005 – 2019).

At Bristol Motor Speedway:

HISTORY

  • Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway was on July 30, 1961; Jack Smith won the event (with relief from Johnny Allen).
  • All of the NASCAR Cup Series races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps each.
  • 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, and the turns were ground down in 2012 to eliminate part of the progressive banking.
  • There have been 118 NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.

STARTS

  • A total of 462 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway; 324 have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60.
  • Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in starts at Bristol with 38 starts each.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen (12 starts) and driver Charlie Glotzbach (four starts) are tied for the all-time series lead in average starting position at Bristol with a 3.25 each.
  • Chase Elliott leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in average starting position at Bristol with a 7.0 in eight starts. 

Top Five in Average Starting Positions at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Average Start

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Average Start

Starts

1

Charlie Glotzbach

3.250

4

1

Chase Elliott

7.000

8

2

Fred Lorenzen

3.250

12

2

Joey Logano

8.364

22

3

Marvin Panch

3.750

8

3

Erik Jones

9.167

6

4

Fireball Roberts

4.286

7

4

Ryan Blaney

9.222

9

5

Junior Johnson

4.400

10

5

William Byron

9.750

4

  • Thirty-four drivers have made their first series career start at Bristol Motor Speedway; the most recent was Chad Finchum (April 16, 2018).  

POLES

  • A total of 51 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough lead the series in poles at Bristol with nine each.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in Busch poles at Bristol Motor Speedway with four (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019).
  • Fred Lorenzen won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Bristol in the NASCAR Cup Series with a speed of 79.225 mph in a Ford.
  • 12 different drivers have posted consecutive poles at Bristol Motor Speedway; Mark Martin is the only driver of the 12 to win four consecutive poles at Bristol: Fireball Roberts (swept 1962), Fred Lorenzen (swept 1963), Richard Petty (1967-’68), Bobby Allison (swept 1972), Cale Yarborough (swept 1973; swept 1977; swept 1980), Darrell Waltrip (swept 1981, spring 1982), Geoff Bodine (swept 1986), Mark Martin (swept 1995-1996– all four races; and swept 2009); Rusty Wallace (swept 1998, spring 1999), Jeff Gordon (swept 2002), Denny Hamlin (fall 2013, spring 2014) and Carl Edwards (2016 sweep).
  • Youngest Bristol pole winner: Joey Logano (March 21, 2010 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days) – his first NASCAR Cup Series career pole.
  • Oldest Bristol pole winner: Harry Gant (August 27, 1994 – 54 years, 7 months, 17 days) – his last NASCAR Cup Series career pole.
  • Seven different drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series career pole at Bristol.
  • Joey Logano (03/10/2010) and Erik Jones (08/19/2017) are the only active drivers to win their first NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • A total of nine different manufacturers have won Busch Pole Awards at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet (39) and followed by Ford (36), Toyota (11), Dodge (8), Pontiac (7), Buick (4), Plymouth (4), Oldsmobile (3) and Mercury (2).

WINS

  • A total of 42 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the series in wins at Bristol with 12 victories; including eight straight (1978, 1979, 1981 sweep, 1982 sweep, 1983 sweep, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992). 
  • Kyle Busch leads the series among active drivers in wins at Bristol with eight victories (Spring 2007, 2009 sweep, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019).
  • Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen) won the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 30, 1961 in a Pontiac.
  • 12 drivers have won consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol; led by Darrell Waltrip with eight consecutive victories from 1979-1984.
  • The other 11 drivers with consecutive wins are Fred Lorenzen (1963-1964 sweep), David Pearson (1968 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), Cale Yarborough did it twice (1974 sweep and four straight from 1976-1977), Richard Petty (1975 sweep), Dale Earnhardt also did twice (1985 sweep and 1987 sweep), Alan Kulwicki (1992 sweep), Rusty Wallace (2000 sweep), Kurt Busch (2003 sweep and 2004 Spring race), Kyle Busch (2009 sweep and Fall 2017-Spring 2018) and Brad Keselowski (Fall 2011-Spring 2012).
  • Youngest Bristol winner: Kyle Busch (March 25, 2007 – 21 years, 10 months, 23 days).
  • Oldest Bristol winner: Dale Earnhardt (August 28, 1999 – 48 years, 3 months, 30 days).
  • Five drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series career win at Bristol Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt (04/01/1979), Rusty Wallace (04/06/1986), Ernie Irvan (03/25/1990), Elliott Sadler (03/25/2001) and Kurt Busch (03/24/2002).
  • The race winner has started from the pole 26 times (22.03%) – the most productive starting position in the field. The last driver to win from the pole was Denny Hamlin (Spring 2019).

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Bristol Motor Speedway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

25

22.03%

9

6

5.13%

18

2

1.71%

2

13

11.11%

10

2

1.71%

19

3

2.56%

3

9

7.69%

11

1

0.85%

20

1

0.85%

4

9

7.69%

12

5

4.27%

24

2

1.71%

5

10

8.55%

13

4

3.42%

26

1

0.85%

6

9

7.69%

14

2

1.71%

27

1

0.85%

7

1

0.85%

15

1

0.85%

30

1

0.85%

8

7

5.98%

17

1

0.85%

38

1

0.85%

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the First Starting Position:

22.03%

26

Winning from the Front Row:

33.05%

39

Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:

56.77%

67

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

77.96%

92

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

5.13%

6

  • Six drivers have won from the pole position multiple times: Bobby Allison (1972 twice), Cale Yarborough (1973, 1977 twice, 1980), Darrell Waltrip (1981 twice, 1982), Rusty Wallace (1991, 1993, 1999, 2000), Matt Kenseth (2005, 2015) and Carl Edwards (2008, 2016).
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
  • Junior Johnson leads the series in car owner wins at Bristol with 16. Joe Gibbs leads the series among active car owners with the most wins at Bristol with 13; followed by Roger Penske (12), Jack Roush and Rick Hendrick with 11 each.
  • Eight different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 45 victories; followed by Ford (36), Toyota (12), Dodge (8), Pontiac (8), Buick (4), Plymouth (3) and Oldsmobile (1).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS STATS

  • A total of 53 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished runner-up at Bristol Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 10 second-place finishes.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Bristol with five.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Richard Petty

10

1

Kevin Harvick

5

2

Rusty Wallace

7

2

Kyle Busch

3

3

Bobby Allison

6

3

Jimmie Johnson

2

4

Dale Earnhardt

6

4

Kyle Larson

2

5

Mark Martin

6

5

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

2

 

  • A total of 117 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Bristol, led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty with 26 top-five finishes each.
  • Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in top fives at Bristol Motor Speedway with 15.  

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Darrell Waltrip

26

1

Matt Kenseth

15

2

Richard Petty

26

2

Kevin Harvick

12

3

Bobby Allison

23

3

Kurt Busch

12

4

Rusty Wallace

22

4

Kyle Busch

12

5

Dale Earnhardt

20

5

Jimmie Johnson

12

  • A total of 199 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished inside the top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 37 top-10 finishes.
  • Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes at Bristol with 22.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Richard Petty

37

1

Matt Kenseth

22

2

Terry Labonte

33

2

Jimmie Johnson

21

3

Darrell Waltrip

32

3

Kurt Busch

20

4

Ricky Rudd

31

4

Ryan Newman

19

5

Dale Earnhardt

30

5

Kevin Harvick

19

  • Dick Hutcherson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing postion with a 2.4 in five starts.  
  • Chase Elliott leads the series among active drivers in average finishing position at Bristol with a 12.429 in seven series starts.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Average Finish

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Average Finish

Starts

1

Dick Hutcherson

2.400

5

1

Chase Elliott

11.500

8

2

Junior Spencer

5.500

2

2

Daniel Suarez

13.000

6

3

Jimmy Hensley

6.500

2

3

Jimmie Johnson

13.278

36

4

Joe Weatherly

6.667

6

4

Kyle Busch

13.448

29

5

Janet Guthrie

8.500

2

5

Matt Kenseth

13.611

36

6

Benny Parsons

8.630

27

6

Kevin Harvick

13.842

38

7

Gene Black

9.000

3

7

Clint Bowyer

14.071

28

8

Dale Earnhardt

9.256

43

8

Kurt Busch

14.184

38

9

Rusty Wallace

9.568

44

9

Denny Hamlin

14.393

28

10

Cale Yarborough

10.483

29

10

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

14.429

14

TRACK/EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway is the March 25, 2007 race won by Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.064 second over Jeff Burton.

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol:

Rank

Margin of Victory

Winner

Runner-Up

Date

1

0.064

Kyle Busch

Jeff Burton

3/25/2007

2

0.098

Kyle Busch

Mark Martin

8/22/2009

3

0.102

Dale Jarrett

Mark Martin

8/23/1997

4

0.140

Mark Martin

Rusty Wallace

8/28/1993

5

0.160

Rusty Wallace

Mark Martin

8/27/1994

0.160

Terry Labonte

Dale Earnhardt

8/26/1995

  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway four times: 3/26/2006, 3/16/2008, 8/25/2012 and 04/24/2017. 
  • Two of the 118 NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

No. of Fewer Laps

Race Winner

Date

500

342

158

Jeff Gordon

3/31/1996

500

419

81

Darrell Waltrip

8/27/1983

  • There have been five NASCAR Overtime finishes at Bristol:

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

NASCAR Overtime Laps

Race Winner

Date

500

511

11

Matt Kenseth

4/19/2015

500

503

3

Carl Edwards

3/16/2014

500

503

3

Kyle Busch

3/22/2009

500

506

6

Jeff Burton

3/16/2008

500

504

4

Kyle Busch

3/25/2007

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 132 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led at Bristol with 4,305 laps led in 29 starts.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Bristol with 2,334 in 30 starts.


Top Five Laps Leaders in the Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Laps Led

Laps Completed

% Led

Rank

Active Drivers

Laps Led

Laps Completed

% Led

1

Cale Yarborough

4,305

10,878

39.58%

1

Kyle Busch

2,334

13,743

16.98%

2

Dale Earnhardt

3,751

20,038

18.72%

2

Matt Kenseth

1,583

17,058

9.28%

3

Rusty Wallace

3,743

20,474

18.28%

3

Kurt Busch

1095

18,178

6.02%

4

Darrell Waltrip

3,436

22,964

14.96%

4

Jimmie Johnson

914

17,709

5.16%

5

Jeff Gordon

2,730

22,525

12.12%

5

Kevin Harvick

912

18,401

4.96%

6

Kyle Busch

2,334

13,743

16.98%

6

Joey Logano

764

10,912

7.00%

7

Bobby Allison

2,316

17,253

13.42%

7

Brad Keselowski

697

9,780

7.13%

8

Richard Petty

2,212

23,815

9.29%

8

Denny Hamlin

697

13,333

5.23%

9

David Pearson

1,616

6,660

24.26%

9

Ryan Blaney

379

4,001

9.47%

10

Matt Kenseth

1,583

17,058

9.28%

10

Erik Jones

293

2,985

9.82%

LAP LEADERS

  • The most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is 500 laps led by Cale Yarborough on March 25, 1973 – he won the event starting from the pole position and led every lap. 
  • The most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway by a driver that did not win the event was 442 laps led by Richard Petty who finished second on July 26, 1964 – he started first.

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • Two female drivers have made NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Driver Rating

Date

Danica Patrick

24

25

44.5

8/19/2017

Danica Patrick

29

36

38.5

4/24/2017

Danica Patrick

29

22

43.3

8/20/2016

Danica Patrick

33

27

45.7

4/17/2016

Danica Patrick

32

27

55.8

8/22/2015

Danica Patrick

26

9

72.6

4/19/2015

Danica Patrick

24

27

45.2

8/23/2014

Danica Patrick

36

18

55.6

3/16/2014

Danica Patrick

22

26

46.2

8/24/2013

Danica Patrick

41

28

41.4

3/17/2013

Danica Patrick

43

29

46.3

8/25/2012

Averages

30.8

24.9

48.6

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Janet Guthrie

9

6

8/28/1977

Janet Guthrie

21

11

4/17/1977

Averages

15

8.5

NASCAR IN TENNESSEE

  • A total of 349 NASCAR national series races among eight tracks have been held in the state of Tennessee.

Tracks in Tennessee

Rank

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Total Races

Years

1

Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol

118

75

22

217

1961

2

Nashville Speedway

Lebanon

42

9

5

56

1958

3

Nashville Superspeedway

Nashville

0

21

13

34

2001

4

Memphis Motorsports Park

Memphis

0

11

12

23

1998

5

Smokey Mountain Raceway

Maryville

12

0

0

12

1965

6

Kingsport Speedway

Kingsport

3

0

0

3

1969

7

Chattanooga International Raceway

Chattanooga

2

0

0

2

1962

8

Tennessee-Carolina Speedway

Newport

2

0

0

2

1956

TOTALS

179

116

52

349

  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race held in Tennessee was at Tennessee-Carolina Speedway on October 7, 1956 and won by Fireball Roberts.

TENNESSEE DRIVERS IN NASCAR

  • A total of 108 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Tennessee.
  • 14 drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; totaling 150 wins across all three series.

Tenessee Drivers In NASCAR with Wins

Driver

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Outdoors

Combined

1

Darrell Waltrip

84

13

0

97

2

Sterling Marlin

10

2

0

12

3

Bobby Hamilton

4

1

10

15

4

Joe Lee Johnson

2

0

0

2

5

Trevor Bayne

1

2

0

3

6

Paul Lewis

1

0

0

1

7

Bobby Hamilton Jr

0

5

0

5

8

Jeff Purvis

0

4

0

4

9

L.D. Ottinger

0

3

0

3

10

Mike Alexander

0

2

0

2

11

Casey Atwood

0

2

0

2

12

Brad Teague

0

1

0

1

13

Chad Chaffin

0

0

2

2

14

John King

0

0

1

1

Totals

102

35

13

150

  • Darrell Waltrip, from Franklin, Tennessee, was inducted into the 2012 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Waltrip is the only Tennessee native driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series championship. 
  • Only two of the 14 drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in the NASCAR Cup Series at a track located in the state of Tennessee: Darrell Waltrip (Bristol, 12 wins; Nashville, eight wins) and Joe Lee Johnson (Nashville, one win).

— NASCAR Media

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