NASCAR Bristol Sunday, April 8, 2018

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES BRISTOL STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bristol 4/17: Jimmie Johnson 2nd straight win last season – Kyle Larson led first 202 laps
  • Bristol 8/17: Kyle Busch swept Bristol NCWTS, NXS & MENCS races for 2nd time
  • 42 Different winners in 114 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bristol races
  • 21 Different winners in 51 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bristol concrete races
  • Kyle Busch & Rusty Wallace lead all with 6 wins on Bristol concrete
  • Darrell Waltrip leads all with 8 Bristol night race wins
  • Last 60 Bristol NASCAR National Touring Series races: Kyle Busch 20 wins & 21 other drivers with 5 or fewer
  • 6 Different winners last 7 Bristol spring races
  • First win of season for 6 of last 7 Bristol spring winners
  • Matt Kenseth: Only driver to finish top 5 both Bristol races last season
  • 4 Finished top 10 both Bristol races last season – Hamlin, Harvick, Kenseth & Larson
  • Denny Hamlin: 3 Straight Bristol top 10 finishes – Finished 3rd twice
  • Kevin Harvick: Finished 8th or better last 5 Bristol races – 3 Top 3 finishes
  • Kyle Larson won Stage 1 last Bristol April race – Finished 6th
  • Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 2 last Bristol April race – Finished 8th
  • Kyle Busch won Stage 1 last Bristol race – Winner
  • Matt Kenseth won Stage 2 last Bristol race – Finished 4th
  • 5 Won first career race at Bristol – Earnhardt, R. Wallace, Irvan, E. Sadler & Kurt Busch
  • Dale Earnhardt only Rookie of the Year contender to win (4/1/79)
  • Dale Earnhardt won in his first 2 races at Bristol (4/1/79 & 3/30/80) – 1st & 3rd career wins
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 2 of last 3 Bristol spring races with 2 different drivers (Edwards & Kenseth)
  • Carl Edwards only repeat winner last 7 Bristol spring races (2 Wins) – 5 Others 1 win each
  • Leader of most laps won only 5 of last 24 Bristol races
  • Kyle Larson led most laps last Bristol April race (202 Laps) – Finished 6th
  • Erik Jones led most laps last Bristol race (260) including 107 straight – Finished 2nd
  • Kyle Larson led first 202 laps last Bristol April race – Pit road speeding penalty & finished 6th
  • Kyle Larson led most laps last Bristol April NXS & MENCS races (382 Laps led) – Finished 7th & 6th
  • Jimmie Johnson led most laps only 1 Bristol race – 3/11
  • Joe Gibbs Racing #20 (3), #11 (1), #18 (1) & #20 (1) led most laps 6 of last 11 Bristol races – 2 Wins (8/13 & 4/16)
  • Cale Yarborough is only driver to lead all 500 laps at Bristol 3/25/73 (Most laps ever led in a MENCS race)
  • Last championship leader to win Bristol: Dale Earnhardt 8/87
  • Championship leader hasn’t won Bristol in last 60 races
  • Since track opened in 1961, only 3 champions winless at Bristol – Bobby Isaac, Bobby Labonte & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Drivers swept both Bristol races & championship in same season 7 times – Last: Dale Earnhardt 1987
  • Last 3 Bristol races won from pit stalls on backstretch – Harvick (36), Johnson (27) & Kyle Busch (32)
  • Drivers pitting in stall 1 finished 6th or better last 6 races – 2 Wins
  • No Hendrick Motorsports top 10 finishers last Bristol race
  • Toyota swept top 4 finishing positions last Bristol race
  • 22 Champions won Bristol races – Only 3 champions since 1961 haven’t won (Bobby Isaac, Bobby Labonte & Martin Truex Jr.)
  • Kevin Harvick’s second Bristol win came 23 races after first – Longest stretch between Bristol wins (4/05-8/16)
  • Jimmie Johnson’s second Bristol win came 14 races after first (3/10-4/17)
  • Kyle Busch ended 11-race Bristol winless streak 8/17 – 4 Wins previous 5 races
  • Erik Jones passed for final lead change last Bristol race – Finished 2nd
  • Kyle Busch led 415 consecutive laps 8/08 – Finished 2nd
  • 8 or more cautions last 11 Bristol races
  • Darrell Waltrip (Bristol) & Richard Petty (Richmond) hold record of 7 straight wins at 1 track
  • 14 Bristol wins streaks (Back-to-back wins)
  • Last to win back-to-back Bristol races: Brad Keselowski 8/11 & 3/12 (Kyle Busch won last Bristol race)
  • 15 Bristol season sweeps – Last: 2009 Kyle Busch
  • Last back-to-back spring winner: Kurt Busch 2002, ’03 & ’04 (Jimmie Johnson won last spring race)
  • 5 Bristol Overtime finishes – Kyle Busch won 2
  • Longest Bristol race: 4/15 – 511 Laps
  • Chevrolet won 2 of last 3 Bristol races – Winless previous 6 Bristol races
  • Ford won 3 of last 8 Bristol races – Winless previous 10 Bristol races
  • Toyota won 9 of last 18 Bristol races
  • 2 of last 6 Bristol races won from pole – Pole failed to win previous 12 races
  • Pole won 24 of 114 Bristol races
  • 2 of last 3 Bristol spring races won from pole – Last previous spring race won from pole: 1999 Rusty Wallace
  • Rusty Wallace & Cale Yarborough lead all with 4 Bristol wins from pole
  • Worst start position of Bristol winner: 38th – Elliott Sadler 3/01
  • 4 of 114 Bristol Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Races settled by last lap pass
  • Jeff Gordon passed Rusty Wallace on last lap at Bristol 4/13/97
  • Richard Petty led 442 laps 7/26/64 – Most ever by a driver in a MENCS race without winning
  • Relief drivers involved in 7 Bristol wins
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 9 of last 18 Bristol Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races with 4 different drivers
  • Hendrick Motorsports won 1 of last 9 Bristol Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races – Jimmie Johnson 4/17
  • Roush Fenway Racing: 1 Win last 18 Bristol races – 8 Wins previous 14 races
  • Team Penske: 4 Wins last 13 Bristol races
  • Car #2 won 12 Bristol races – Roger Penske owned #2 won 10 times
  • Car #11 won 19 Bristol races – Junior Johnson prepared #11 won 17 Bristol races
  • #11 Won 7 straight 3/81-4/84 with Darrell Waltrip driving
  • First Bristol Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner on concrete: Darrell Waltrip 8/29/92
  • (Also Darrell Waltrip’s last career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series short track win)
  • First time 3 brothers competed in the same Bristol Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was 7/29/61
  • Dub (Finished 29th), Layman (Finished 42nd) & Sherman (Finished 9th) Utsman
  • Most MENCS laps run under green: 500 – Dover 6/71 & Bristol 7/71
  • First 35 Bristol races run on Sunday
  • First Saturday night race: 8/26/78 Cale Yarborough winner
  • Race scheduled March 11, 1973 raced March 25, 1973
  • Race scheduled March 31, 1985 raced April 6, 1985
  • August 20, 2016: First 48 laps run / August 21, 2016: Race completed
  • Race scheduled April 23, 2017 raced April 24, 2017 – First Monday race

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES BRISTOL STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 44 Different winners in 71 NASCAR Xfinity Series Bristol races
  • 30 Different winners in 51 NASCAR Xfinity Series Bristol concrete races
  • 6 Sweeps of Bristol Xfinity Series race and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on same weekend
  • *Kyle Busch also won Camping World Truck Series race (8/10 & 8/17)
  • Kyle Larson won Stage 1 last Bristol April race – Finished 7th
  • Daniel Hemric won Stage 2 last Bristol April race – Finished 5th (Dash 4 Cash winner)
  • Kyle Busch won Stage 1 & 2 & went on to win last Bristol race
  • Kyle Busch leads all with 9 Bristol concrete wins
  • Both Bristol races last season won by drivers with pit road speeding penalties – Erik Jones April & Kyle Busch Aug.
  • Only 2 Bristol winners eligible for championship points – Elliott Sadler (3/12) & Erik Jones (4/16)
  • Elliott Sadler best NXS regular both Bristol races last season – Finished 4th & 3rd
  • Kyle Busch: 3 Straight Bristol wins twice
  • Only 3 won back-to-back spring races: Morgan Shepherd (1986 & ’87), Kyle Busch (2013 & ’14) & Erik Jones (2016 & ’17)
  • 6 Won first career race at Bristol
  • Final lead change with 7 or fewer laps to go 4 of last 7 Bristol races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 11 Wins last 15 Bristol races
  • #22 Passed for final lead change 2 of last 3 Bristol races – Finished 12th & 2nd
  • Pole won 11 of 71 Bristol Xfinity Series races
  • Pole finished top 5 in 7 of last 9 Bristol races
  • Kyle Busch only driver to win Bristol from pole more than once (8/11, 8/13 & 8/17)
  • Worst start position of Bristol winner: 38th – Kevin Harvick 4/4/05
  • 1 Bristol Xfinity Series race settled by a last lap pass – 4/94 (Mark Martin pitted while leading race)
  • 3 Won Bristol in first try – Phil Parsons, Darrell Waltrip & Rick Wilson
  • Most tries before first Bristol win: 18 – Jeff Green & Dale Jarrett
  • 8 Won first Bristol race in 1st or 2nd try
  • 22 Won first Bristol race in 5 or fewer tries
  • 7 Won Bristol for first time in 4th try