NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer Notes and Entry List

SprintTRACK NEWS

Bristol race renamed to honor Steve Byrnes:

In recognition of FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes’ courageous and ongoing battle with head-and-neck cancer, FOX Sports, in coordination with Bristol Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Stand Up To Cancer and NASCAR, is naming the April 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Bristol the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer. The event, which will be aired live on FOX at 12:30pm/et, pays tribute to Byrnes, a NASCAR television mainstay for 30 years, while also serving as a vehicle of support and awareness for all those battling cancer. Byrnes, co-host of “NASCAR Race Hub” and play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is on a medical leave of absence while he undergoes treatment. He has been part of the FOX NASCAR broadcast team since its inaugural year of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage in 2001. “The support I have received from my teammates at FOX Sports, drivers, team members, track officials, NASCAR and the fans has been overwhelming,” Byrnes said. “So many families are affected by cancer, and to play a small part in raising awareness is an honor to me.”

  • Track Specifications:
    Track Size: 0.533-mile concrete oval
    Degree of banking in corners: 24 to 30 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 4 to 9 degrees
    Straightaways: 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface: 43 feet wide.
    Bristol has two pits roads: 22 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch
    Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
    Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
    Pace Car Track Speed: 35mph
    Track Opened: 1960
    First Cup race: 1961
    Seating capacity: 153,000 [was 158,000 and 160,000]
  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshals: Jeff Gordon’s Children: Ella (age 7) and Leo (age 4)
    Command to start engines: Ella (age 7) and Leo (age 4)
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: TBA
    Flyover: TBA
  • 2014 March Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 84.051mph, started 12th
  • 2014 August Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 92.965mph, started 5th
  • Track Race Record 1st Race: Cale Yarborough, Apr 1977, 100.989
  • Track Race Record 2nd Race: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074
  • Slowest Race Record: Ned Jarrett, July 1965, 61.826mph
  • Oldest Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 48 years, 3 months, 30 days, 8/28/1999
  • Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 21 years, 10 months, 23 days, 3/25/2007
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Elliott Sadler, March 2001, started 38th
  • 2014 March Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 129.991, finished 6th
  • 2014 August Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 131.362, finished 11th
  • Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick, August 22, 2014, 131.362mph
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Harry Gant, 54 years, 7 months, 17 days, 8/27/1994
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 19 years, 9 months, 23 days, 3/19/2010
  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Bristol Motor Speedway:
    #20-Matt Kenseth 103.4
    #18-Kyle Busch 100.0
    #24-Jeff Gordon 99.9
    #2-Brad Keselowski 98.6
    #16-Greg Biffle 93.5
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 91.9
    #4-Kevin Harvick 91.6
    #41-Kurt Busch 91.6
    #42-Kyle Larson 91.6
    #11-Denny Hamlin 90.1

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: FOX – 12:30pm/et
  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et
  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
  • Pit Reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little, Matt Yocum
  • Hollywood Hotel/Host: Chris Myers, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip
  • Rules Analyst: Andy Petree
  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1

EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 16
7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, April 17
6:30 AM – 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 – 1:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
1:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 1)

Saturday, April 18
7:00 AM – 1:30 PM NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 – 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
11:30 AM – 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
1:15 PM NSCS ALL CARS MUST BE PARKED IN HAULERS

Sunday, April 19
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:20 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM NSCS RACE (Fox)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side — D-4416; Right-side — D-4526
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.64 in. (2,226 mm);
    Right-side — 88.43 (2,246 mm)
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 20 psi; Left Rear — 18 psi;
    Right Front — 41 psi; Right Rear — 38 psi
  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Bristol this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran at this track last August . . . Bristol is the only track at which NASCAR teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners in their tires, teams are required to run liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Entry List
Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer
Bristol Motor Speedway – 4/18/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor 2015 Owner Points Rank
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy McDonald’s 11
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 4
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Dow 23
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Jimmy John’s / Budweiser 1
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Great Clips 5
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare 25
7 7 Alex Bowman Chevy TBA 37
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford Nature Blast 31
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevy GoDaddy.com 18
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 9
11 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO 16
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 33
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 19
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford Ortho 20
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Zest 28
16 18 David Ragan Toyota Snickers Extreme 12
17 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Comcast Business 15
18 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 13
19 22 Joey Logano Ford AutoTrader 2
20 23 J.J. Yeley (i) Toyota Dr. Pepper  “I’m a Pepper” 38
21 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 3M 14
22 26 Jeb Burton # Toyota MaximFantasySports.com 43
23 27 Paul Menard Chevy Sylvania / Menards 17
24 30 Ron Hornaday* Chevy Curtis Key Plumbing 49
25 31 Ryan Newman Chevy WIX 26
26 32 Mike Bliss(i) Ford CorvetteParts.net / Visone RV 36
27 33 Alex Kennedy Chevy TBA 35
28 34 Chris Buescher (i) Ford CSX / Play It Safe 29
29 35 Cole Whitt Ford Tweaker Energy Shots 30
30 38 David Gilliland Ford MDS Transport 27
31 40 Landon Cassill (i) Chevy TBA 34
32 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation 6
33 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target 21
34 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 10
35 46 Michael Annett Chevy Pilot Flying J 42
36 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevy Bush’s Beans 22
37 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe’s 7
38 51 Justin Allgaier Chevy Auto Owners Insurance 32
39 55 Brett Moffitt # Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 24
40 62 Brendan Gaughan* (i) Chevy TBA 45
41 78 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy Furniture Row / Visser Precision 3
42 83 Matt Dibenedetto Toyota Dustless Blasting 39
43 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Mountain Dew Dewshine 8
44 95 Michael McDowell Ford Thrivent Financial 41
45 98 Josh Wise Ford Phil Parsons Racing 40

* – Required to qualify by speed
# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for 2015 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

 

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