NASCAR Bristol Sunday, August 12, 2018

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES BRISTOL STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • ON THIS DATE!
  • 8/18/91 MICHIGAN – DALE JARRETT’S FIRST CAREER WIN BY 8 INCHES OVER DAVEY ALLISON
  • JARRETT ALSO WON 8/18/96 MICHIGAN & 8/18/02 MICHIGAN
  • 8/18/13 MICHIGAN JOEY LOGANO FIRST WIN WITH TEAM PENSKE
  • 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
  • Bristol April: Kyle Busch won 2nd straight Bristol race
  • Last to win 3 straight Bristol races: Kurt Busch 3/03, 8/03 & 3/04 (Finished 8th 8/04)
  • Kyle Busch: Only repeat winner last 9 short track races (4 Wins) – 5 Others 1 win each
  • Kyle Busch: 2 Wins in 3 short track races this season – 2 Straight wins (Bristol April & Richmond April)
  • Kyle Busch: 4 Wins last 6 short track races – 6 Straight top 10 finishes
  • Kyle Busch: Only driver to finish top 5 all 3 short track races this season – All top 2 finishes (2 Wins)
  • Kevin Harvick: Finished 7th or better all 3 short track races this season – Finished 5th twice
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Winless in 75 short track races – 1034 Short track laps led
  • Ryan Newman: Pit road speeding penalties last 5 Bristol races
  • Clint Bowyer: Finished top 10 all 3 short track races this season – Martinsville March winner
  • Jimmie Johnson: Finished 3rd at Bristol April (Started rear of field – Tire change) – First top 5 since Dover 10/17
  • Kevin Harvick: Finished 7th at Bristol April (Started rear of field – Backup car) – Crashed in first practice
  • Kevin Harvick: Finished 8th or better last 6 Bristol races – 3 Top 3 finishes
  • Ryan Blaney: Finished 35th at Bristol April – Started 5th, led 100 of first 117 laps & lap 118 crash
  • Kurt Busch: Finished 22nd at Bristol April (Started rear of field – Backup car) – Crashed in final practice
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Finished 4th at Bristol April – First top 5 finish since Daytona 7/17 win
  • 4 Red flags last Bristol race – First 204 laps run Sunday, concluded Monday
  • Kyle Busch: Only Joe Gibbs Racing finisher in top 10 at Bristol April (Winner)
  • Brad Keselowski: Finished 23rd at Bristol April – Started 3rd, Stage 1 & 2 winner, lap 470 in wall, led 4 times for 67 laps
  • Stewart-Haas Racing: 3 of 4 finished top 10 at Bristol April
  • Kyle Larson finished 2nd to Kyle Busch in 4 Bristol races – 3 NXS & 1 MENCS
  • Kyle Larson finished 2nd at Bristol April – Started 6th, finished 5th in Stage 1 & 2, lap 324 spin, 200 laps led (Most) & passed for lead with 6 to go
  • Alex Bowman: First career top 5 finish came at Bristol April – Finished 5th
  • Bubba Wallace: First MENCS laps led – 6 Laps led at Bristol April
  • 42 Different winners in 115 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bristol races
  • 21 Different winners in 52 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bristol concrete races
  • 20 Different winners in 41 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bristol night races
  • Kyle Busch leads all with 7 wins on Bristol concrete – Passed Rusty Wallace last Bristol race
  • Kyle Busch won in his last 4 Bristol NASCAR National Touring Series races
  • Last 62 Bristol NASCAR National Touring Series races: Kyle Busch 21 wins & 22 other drivers with 5 or fewer
  • 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 by winning 2 straight Bristol races (8/17 & 4/18)
  • Champion drivers won last 4 Bristol races – Kyle Busch (2), Kevin Harvick & Jimmie Johnson
  • Kyle Larson passed for final lead change last Bristol race with 6 laps to go – Finished 2nd
  • Kyle Busch led 415 consecutive laps 8/08 – Finished 2nd
  • 8 or more cautions last 12 Bristol races
  • 13 Cautions last Bristol race (4 Red flags) – 8 Due to crashes
  • 3 of last 4 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 7 races – 3 Wins
  • No Hendrick Motorsports top 10 finishers last Bristol night race
  • Toyota swept top 4 finishing positions last Bristol night race
  • 1 Joe Gibbs Racing top 10 finisher last Bristol race – Kyle Busch winner
  • 3 Stewart-Haas Racing top 10 finishers last Bristol race – 2 Started rear of field in backup cars (Kurt Busch & Harvick)
  • Team Penske leads active teams with 12 Bristol wins
  • Hendrick, Gibbs & Roush 11 Bristol wins each
  • 3 of last 7 Bristol races won from pole – Pole failed to win previous 12 races
  • Pole won 25 of 115 Bristol races
  • Pole failed to lead any laps in 9 of 115 races
  • Pole failed to finish 24 of 115 races
  • Kyle Busch: 7 Bristol wins – Only 1 win from pole (4/18)
  • Worst start position of Bristol winner: 38th – Elliott Sadler 3/01
  • Kyle Busch won last 2 Bristol races – Last to win 3 straight: Kurt Busch 3/03, 8/03 & 3/04 (Finished 8th 8/04)
  • Darrell Waltrip (Bristol) & Richard Petty (Richmond) hold record of 7 straight wins at 1 track
  • 15 Bristol wins streaks (Back-to-back wins)
  • 15 Bristol season sweeps – Last: 2009 Kyle Busch (Kyle Busch won Bristol April)
  • Kyle Busch: 7 Bristol wins with 4 crew chiefs (Alan Gustafson, Steve Addington, Dave Rogers & Adam Stevens)
  • Kyle Busch won as points leader last Bristol race – Last previous points leader to win: Dale Earnhardt 8/87
  • First time points leader won Bristol in last 61 races
  • Kyle Busch only driver to miss a Bristol race & win championship in same season (2015)
  • Champion finished 21st or worse 5 of last 8 Bristol night races
  • Drivers swept both Bristol races & championship in same season 7 times – Last: Dale Earnhardt 1987
  • Kyle Busch won in April
  • 4 of 115 Bristol Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Races settled by last lap pass
  • Leader of most laps won only 5 of last 25 Bristol races
  • Kyle Larson led most laps last 2 Bristol April races – Finished 6th & 2nd
  • Erik Jones led most laps last Bristol night race (260) including 107 straight – Finished 2nd
  • 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 12 Bristol races – 2 Wins (8/13 & 4/16)
  • 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
  • Chevrolet won 2 of last 4 Bristol races – Winless previous 6 Bristol races
  • Ford won 3 of last 9 Bristol races – Winless previous 10 Bristol races
  • Toyota won 10 of last 19 Bristol races
  • Oldest ever Bristol pole winner: Harry Gant (54 Years, 7 Months, 17 Days) – Bristol 8/27/94
  • Youngest Bristol pole winner: Joey Logano (19 Years, 9 Months, 25 Days) – 3/21/10
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 10 of last 19 Bristol Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races with 4 different drivers
  • Hendrick Motorsports won 1 of last 10 Bristol Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races – Jimmie Johnson 4/17
  • Roush Fenway Racing: 1 Win last 19 Bristol races – 8 Wins previous 14 races
  • Team Penske: 4 Wins last 14 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
  • Kyle Busch won Stage 1 last Bristol night race – Winner
  • Brad Keselowski won Stage 1 & 2 last Bristol race – Finished 23rd
  • Bristol weather issues each of last 5 years: 3/14, 4/15, 8/16, 4/17 & 4/18
  • 8/27/83 & 3/31/96 Rain shortened Bristol races – D. Waltrip (8/83) & Jeff Gordon (3/96)
  • 5 Bristol Overtime finishes – Kyle Busch won 2
  • No overtime Bristol night races
  • Longest Bristol race: 4/15 – 511 Laps
  • Relief drivers involved in 7 Bristol wins
  • Richard Petty led 442 laps 7/26/64 – Most ever by a driver in a MENCS race without winning
  • Cale Yarborough is only driver to lead all 500 laps at Bristol 3/25/73 (Most laps ever led in a MENCS race)
  • 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
  • April 15, 2018: First 204 laps run / April 16, 2018: Race completed

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES BRISTOL STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 45 Different winners in 72 NASCAR Xfinity Series Bristol races
  • 31 Different winners in 52 NASCAR Xfinity Series Bristol concrete races
  • 4 of last 13 Bristol Xfinity Series winners didn’t compete in Bristol MENCS race same weekend
  • Kyle Busch leads all with 9 Bristol concrete wins
  • Kyle Busch won 5 of last 8 Bristol August races
  • Kyle Busch: 3 Straight Bristol wins twice
  • Last to win back-to-back August races: Kyle Busch (2010 & ’11) – Kyle Busch won last August race
  • 6 Won first career race at Bristol
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 5 of last 8 Bristol races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 12 Wins last 16 Bristol races
  • #22 Passed for final lead change 2 of last 4 Bristol races – Finished 12th & 2nd
  • Brandon Jones passed for final lead change last Bristol race – Finished 6th (Took 2 tires final stop)
  • Eric Phillips winning crew chief last 2 Bristol races
  • Pole failed to finish 12 of 72 Bristol Xfinity Series races
  • Pole won 11 of 72 Bristol Xfinity Series races
  • Pole finished top 5 in 7 of last 10 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)
  • Elliott Sadler best NXS full-time driver both Bristol races last season – Finished 4th & 3rd
  • Justin Allgaier best NXS full-time driver last Bristol race – Finished 2nd
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 23 Won first Bristol race in 5 or fewer tries
  • 7 Won Bristol for first time in 4th try
  • Kyle Busch won Stage 1 & 2 & went on to win last Bristol night race
  • Christopher Bell won Stage 1 last Bristol race – Finished 29th (Crash)
  • Ryan Preece won Stage 2 last Bristol race – Winner