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Numbers and Notes: Food City 500

Numbers and Notes: Food City 500

by March 16, 2014 0 comments

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BRISTOL, Tenn.  —  Prior to the Food City 500 getting underway this weekend, we’ve picked up on some interesting factoids from the race’s 54-year history that may provide an insight into who is looking like a favorite for NASCAR’s first visit to Bristol this year. From statistics to this year’s entrants to historical information involving the legends of the sport, here are some interesting numbers regarding Bristol Motor Speedway and the Food City 500.

 

0 – Runnings of this race that have gone caution-free.

2 – Number of times a driver has swept both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races for the Spring Bristol race. Kevin Harvick completed the sweep in 2005 and Kyle Busch completed it in 2011.

3 – Number of times the Food City 500 has gone into overtime, the three instances this happened were from 2007 to 2009.

5 – Number of Bristol races that Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon have won. All three drivers possess the most Bristol wins out of all active drivers.

5 – Drivers who have won their first career Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol, Kurt Busch was the most recent driver to do this in 2002.

5 – Number of teams who have won a Food City 500 in the past 10 years. Hendrick Motorsports has the most victories with three; Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske, and Richard Childress Racing have two each, Roush-Fenway Racing has one.

9.9 – Average finish at Bristol for Kyle Busch. This figure is the lowest for all drivers.

10 – Number of drivers to win the Food City 500 from the pole. Rusty Wallace was the last driver to do it in 1999.

10 – Years since a Ford has won the Food City 500.

10.5 – Average starting position of the last 10 Food City 500 winners.

11.2 – Average number of cautions over the last 10 runnings of the Food City 500.

12 – Number of Bristol winners in the field for Sunday’s race.

13 – Number of wins that Darrell Waltrip has at Bristol Motor Speedway, Waltrip is the all-time winningest driver at the track.

38.24 – Average Food City 500 green flag run.

474 – Average lap of the final caution in the race, data taken from last 10 Food City 500s.)

10668.44 – Number of miles Jeff Gordon has completed at Bristol Motor Speedway prior to taking the green flag for this weekend’s race.

Kyle Pokrefky
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