Food City 500 2015

March 23, 2015 by  
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Covering a distance of 266.5 miles in 500 laps the Food City 500 is one of two races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule to take place at Bristol Motor Speedway, the other event being the Irwin Tools Night Race. Driving for Roush Fenway Racing, Carl Edwards won the event in 2014 in 3:11.23 with an average speed of 84.051 mph. For more information visit nascar.com or bristolmotorspeedway.com

Date: 19 April 2015
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
City: Bristol
State: Tennessee
Country: United States

Irwin Tools Night Race 2014

July 25, 2014 by  
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The Irwin Tools Night Race covers a distance of 266.5 miles (500 laps) and is one of two NASCAR Sprint Cup races held at Bristol Motor Speedway, the other race being the Food City 500. Last year’s event was won by Matt Kenseth, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Darrel Waltrip has had the most wins (7) and although the team no longer exists, Junior Johnson & Associates still holds the record for the team with the most wins (9). As this is reputed to be one of the most popular races on the Sprint Cup schedule, be sure to get your tickets early. For more information visit nascar.com or www.bristolmotorspeedway.com

Date: 23 August 2014
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
City: Bristol
State: Tennessee

Carl Edwards Wins NASCAR Food City 500

March 17, 2014 by  
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The less than orthodox ending to Sunday’s NASCAR Food City 500 Sprint Cup Race on Sunday apparently did nothing to dampen the high spirits of Carl Edwards, who did his trademark backflip after earning his first win of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, and his third career victory at this popular NASCAR venue. Second place went to Ricky Stenhouse Jr., followed by Aric Almirola, Tony Stewart and Marcos Ambrose respectively. After leading for 44 laps, Jimmie Johnson entered the pits with tire problems, and with a caution for rain in his team’s subsequent pit cycle Johnson slipped to 39th place, eventually finishing the race in the 19th spot.

With two-and-a-half laps remaining, and Edwards quite comfortably in the lead, the caution lights came on and drivers responded by slowing down. As NASCAR officials tried to figure out what prompted the caution, heavy rain started falling and the race was declared over at 503 laps, with Edwards being declared the winner. While it is agreed that the early finish had no impact on the outcome, it left NASCAR officials with some explaining to do.

Initially it was suggested that the excessive rainfall had shorted the system in some way, but then it was discovered that one of the people manning the flag stand had leaned on the manual override switch for the caution lights and switched them on. In response, the flag man raised the caution flag and the field was frozen from the tower. NASCAR’s vice president of competition and racing development, Robin Pemberton, later described the incident as a “stupid error”. In a post-race interview, Edwards noted that NASCAR officials are called upon to make a lot of tough calls, going on to say that he was “glad to be part of something where they say, ‘Hey, we just screwed up.'”

The standings in the 2014 Sprint Cup series so far are Brad Keselowski in the number one spot, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson. With competition this stiff so early in the season, there is plenty of excitement up ahead for NASCAR enthusiasts.

Irwin Tools Night Race 2013

July 22, 2013 by  
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With 500 laps, covering a distance of 428.89 km, the Irwin Tools Night Race is one of two NASCAR Sprint Cup races held at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Food City 500 is the other race. Winners in 2010, 2011 and 2012 were Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin. Don’t miss the chance to see who will take the checkered flag this year. For more information visit nascar.com

Date: 24 August 2013
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
City: Bristol
State: Tennessee
Country: United States

Food City 500 2013

March 7, 2013 by  
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This NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will take place on March 17 at 1pm at Bristol Motor Speedway. Featuring an all concrete surface with exceptionally steep banking, Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the most popular tracks on the NASCAR race schedule, despite the fact that it is a short track (0.533 miles) and yellow flag caution laps are relatively commonplace. For more information on this exciting event visit nascar.com

Date: 17 March 2013
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
City: Bristol
State: Tennessee

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