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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Bristol Race Info

THE RACE: Food City 500
TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #8 of 36

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Bristol, TN
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:13 pm/et (moved up an hour due to the threat of rain)
Remainder of race postponed to 1:00pm/et Monday, April 16

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR RaceDay: 11:30pm/et on FS1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et

Practices:
Friday, April 13, 12:30pm-1:25pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, April 14, 8:30am-9:25am/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, April 14, 11:05am-11:55am/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, April 13 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TBA

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Performance Racing Network (PRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

FOX Sports GO (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio: PRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 12
5:30 PM-7:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, April 13
8:30 AM-6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 PM-12:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, April 14
7:00 AM-1:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 AM-9:25 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:05 AM-11:55 AM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
12:45 PM MENCS ALL CARS MUST BE STORED IN HAULERS

Sunday, April 15 - REVISED
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (SOUTH BUILDING)
12:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM MENCS RACE (500 LAPS, 266.5 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Bristol Motor Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page

April 2017: see the Bristol Race Info page
August 2017: see the Bristol Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Tim Morgan, Chevrolet Dealer
Command to start engines: Tim Morgan
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Actor Clive Standen
Color Guard: Tennessee Army National Guard Color Guard
Invocation: Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ from Vansant, VA
National Anthem: Morgan Myles
Flyover: 4 T-38 Talons, 469th Flying Training Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita, Texas

Monday Bristol Notebook: Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. disappointed despite strong run at Bristol; Aric Almirola turns in solid sixth-place run-that could have been better; Alex Bowman charges to career-best fifth-place finish.[More](4-16-2018)

Rain delay postpones electric race at Bristol: NASCAR announced the race will start at 1 p.m. ET Monday and will be broadcast on FOX (PRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).[More](4-15-2018)

Saturday Bristol Notebook: Crash in final practice knocks Kurt Busch off front row; Michael McDowell's qualifying effort a step forward for Front Row; Short Strokes[More](4-14-2018)

Friday Bristol Notebook: Right-side Bristol tire has Kyle Busch searching for familiar feel; New All-Star race rules preempt Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s aero ideas; For Ryan Preece, Saturday's Xfinity race is a step up in cash; Kevin Harvick to backup car after hard crash in practice.[More](4-13-2018)

What to Watch For: Bristol Motor Speedway: Three's Company for Kyle Busch; Who Will Get JGR's 150th Win? Who Needs to Watch Out; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Bristol.[More](4-13-2018)

Bristol Weekend Preview: The NASCAR racing at the Bristol Motor Speedway half-mile is innately exciting, challenging and must-see TV. And if you ask the drivers, it's a real skill set that is important to master.[More](4-12-2018)

A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Bristol Motor Speedway

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Bristol Motor Speedway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Bristol Motor Speedway page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Kyle Busch uses bump-and-run to perfection in Bristol win: Executing a textbook bump-and-run against runner-up Kyle Larson on Lap 495 of 500, Kyle Busch pulled away to win Monday's weather-delayed Food City 500, claiming his second straight victory of 2018.[More](4-16-2018)

Kyle Busch won the rain delayed Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The win is his 2nd win of 2018, 7th win at Bristol and 45th career win.
#42-Larson finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #88-Bowman, #10-Almirola, #4-Harvick, #14-Bowyer, #22-Logano, and #31-Newman.
The final 296 laps were run Monday after the race was postponed Sunday afternoon.
Larson lead the most laps during the race, 200 of 500, but was passed by Kyle Busch with 5 laps remaining.
Stages 1 & 2 were won by #2-Keselowski. He hit the wall late in the race and finished 23rd.
There were 13 cautions for 114 laps and 18 lead changes among 8 leaders.
The average speed of the race was: 77.465 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

MENCS at Bristol
- Kyle Busch: 2nd straight win; 45th career Cup Series win breaks tie with Bill Elliott for 16th all-time
- Busch: 7th career Cup Series win at Bristol (2nd straight), 5th all-time behind Darrell Waltrip (12), Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt and Cale Yarborough (9 apiece)
- Busch: 21st career Bristol win across 3 NASCAR National Series
- Busch: 6th straight top-3 finish (career long streak)
- Joe Gibbs Racing: 150th Cup Series win (3rd team all-time to hit mark)
- Kyle Larson: finished 2nd; 14th top-2 finish over last 2 seasons is tied with Kyle Busch for most in Cup Series
- Jimmie Johnson; finished 3rd; snapped 14-race streak without a top-5 finish (2nd-longest of career, 15 straight last season)
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: finished 4th; 4 of his 12 career top-5 finishes have come at Bristol
- Alex Bowman: finished 5th; 1st career top-5 finish in 89th career Cup Series start
- Darrell Wallace Jr.: finished 16th and led 6 laps; 1st black driver to lead a Cup Series race since Wendell Scott won at Jacksonville in December 1963 (1964 season)
(ESPN Stats & info)

Race Fast Facts - Bristol
Kyle Busch won the 58th Annual Food City 500, his 45th victory in 470 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his seventh victory and 15th top-10 finish in 26 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2018.
Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 33 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 59 points over Joey Logano.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-15-2018)

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Bristol, race 8 of 36]
#18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 365
#4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins - 2 can be used for playoffs], 290
#78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 257
#14-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 286
#3-Austin Dillon [1 win], 183
#22-Joey Logano, 306, -59
#2-Brad Keselowski, 271, -94
#12-Ryan Blaney, 267, -98
#11-Denny Hamlin, 252, -113
#42-Kyle Larson, 249, -116
#41-Kurt Busch, 241, -124
#10-Aric Almirola, 211, -154
#20-Erik Jones, 209, -156
#88-Alex Bowman, 190, -175
#31-Ryan Newman, 181, -184
#21-Paul Menard, 170, -195
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 250) of the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway (lap 250/500):
#2-Keselowski, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#18-Busch, 9pts
#48-Johnson, 8pts
#11-Hamlin, 7pts
#42-Larson, 6pts
#17-Stenhouse, Jr., 5pts
#88-Bowman, 4pts
#4-Harvick, 3pts
#3-Dillon, 2pts
#43-Walllace, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 125) of the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway (lap 125/500):
#2-Keselowski, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#31-Newman, 9pts
#14-Bowyer, 8pts
#47-Allmendinger, 7pts
#42-Larson, 6pts
#20-Jones, 5pts
#10-Almirola, 4pts
#48-Johnson, 3pts
#17-Stenhouse, Jr., 2pts
#41-Busch, 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: None. No one a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #38-Ragan, 12th
Caution 3: #55-Sorenson, 32nd
Caution 4: #51-Rhodes, 37th
Caution 5: #00-Cassill, 20th
Caution 6: #1-McMurray, 19th
Caution 7: #32-DiBenedetto, 21st
Caution 8: #32-DiBenedetto (2), 21st
Caution 9: #1-McMurray (2), 19th
Caution 10: #17-Stenhouse, Jr, 4th
Caution 11: #38-Ragan (2), 12th
Caution 12: #11-Hamlin, 14th
Caution 13: #19-Suarez, 11th

Bristol race postponed:The remainder of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway has been postponed until Monday at 1:00pm/et. The race will resume on lap 205 with Kyle Larson as the race leader. FOX and PRN will have coverage.(4-15-2018)

See the starting lineup for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the rear: #4-Harvick (backup car), #48-Johnson (tire change), #41-Bush (backup car)

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway have been made.
With 39 cars running, pit stalls 21, 22, 33, and 43 have been eliminated.
Pole winner #18-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #41-Busch. took pit stall 23, the first stall on the backstretch, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall on the frontstretch was taken by #17-Stenhouse, Jr, who starts 4th.
#88-Bowman, who starts 8th, took final pit stall on the backstretch.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-14-2018)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Pitstalls
Crew Rosters
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#38-Ragan 127.487
#9-Elliott 127.073
#11-Hamlin 126.997
#41-Busch 126.537
#34-McDowell 126.295
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 31 drivers): #18-Busch 125.483
slowest: #51-Rhodes 121.774 & #55-Sorenson 120.907. No speed: #15-Chastain.
notes: #41-Busch spun with 5 minutes left in practice and hit the inside wall. He will go to a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-14-2018)

First Saturday practice for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#42-Larson 129.004
#78-Truex, Jr. 128.952
#10-Almirola 128.943
#18-Busch 128.934
#95-Kahne 128.830
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 25 drivers): #20-Jones 127.292
slowest: #51-Rhodes 121.983 & #66-Finchum 120.808. No speed: #15-Chastain & #55-Sorenson.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-14-2018)

Kyle Busch edges big brother Kurt Busch for Bristol pole: Sunday's race will be the third time the Busch bothers have started on the front row of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, all with Kyle in the pole position. The brothers qualified 1-2 at Las Vegas in 2009 and at Texas in 2013.[More](4-13-2018)

Kyle Busch won the Busch pole for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with speed of 128.822mph for his 2nd pole of 2018, 2nd at Bristol and 29th of his career. Busch has won 6 times from the 28 previous poles.
#41-Busch will start 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #12-Blaney, #42-Larson, #21-Menard, #88-Bowman, #34-McDowell, #22-Logano, #24-Byron, and #19-Suarez.
#41-Busch was fastest in the second round with a speed of 129.030mph. #18-Busch was quickest in the first round with a speed of 128.960mph.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-13-2018)

Bristol Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the Busch Pole Award Pole Award for the 58th Annual Food City 500 with a lap of 14.895 seconds, 128.822 mph.
This is his 29th pole in 470 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2018.
This is his second pole in 26 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kurt Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2018 and his 11th in 35 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in eight races this season.
William Byron (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(4-13-2018)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#41-Busch 129.030
#18-Busch 128.969
#12-Blaney 128.322
#2-Keselowski 128.022
#42-Larson 127.767
the rest of the top 12: 22 24 17 88 34 21 19
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 20 14 95 9 48 47 10 43 3 37 38 32
(4-13-2018)

First Round of Qualifying for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
#18-Busch 128.960
#41-Busch 128.382
#22-Logano 127.886
#21-Menard 127.563
#12-Blaney 127.487
the rest of the top 24: 88 17 14 48 34 2 19 38 9 47 43 95 10 24 37 20 42 3 32
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 31 1 11 78 15 23 00 13 6 72 96 55 51 66 4
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39entered
(4-13-2018)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2018 at 4:45pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 4:30pm/et
Performance Racing Network (PRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #72-LaJoie.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #34-McDowell.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(4-13-2018)

First practice for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#12-Blaney 129.877
#20-Jones 129.877
#41-Busch 129.657
#18-Busch 129.456
#42-Larson 129.299
#2-Keselowski 129.004
most laps run: #22-Logano, 32 laps.
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 3 drivers): #20-Jones 124.148
slowest: #72-LaJoie 121.898 & #51-Rhodes 121.674
notes: #47-Allmendinger spun in turn 2. #4-Harvick hit the wall in turn 3 and reported that something had broken on the car. He will have to go to a backup car and start at the rear of the field for the race.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds (pdf) (4-13-2018)

Crew Rosters

Entry List for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #00-Cassill, #15-Chastain, #51-Rhodes, #55-Sorenson, #66-Finchum, #72-LaJoie, #96-Kennington.
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

See tire codes, pressures, set limits and more for all races at Bristol Motor Speedway on the Bristol Goodyear tire notes page.

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

posted when available


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Bristol Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race