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DATE: Saturday, Aug. 24
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tenn.
TRACK: 0.533-mile oval
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 53rd
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Aug. 23/5:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Casey Mears (finished 21)
LAPS: 500
MILES: 266.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2013 (129.535 mph)
RACE RECORD: Charlie Glotzbach, 1971 (101.074 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin86Kyle Busch10
2Jimmie Johnson377Clint Bowyer23
3Jeff Gordon118Joey Logano4
4Brian Vickers229Kasey Kahne12
5Marcos Ambrose910Paul Menard7
2012 IRWIN Tools Night Race Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 84.402 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 9 mins., 27 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.103 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 13 for 87 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 13 drivers
POLE WINNER: Casey Mears (Qualifying rained out; Mears fastest in practice)
Past IRWIN Tools Night Race Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Denny Hamlin (8) -- Toyota -- 84.402 mph
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (8) -- Dodge -- 96.753 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (19) -- Toyota -- 99.071 mph.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (15) -- Toyota -- 84.820 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (1) -- Ford -- 91.581 mph
2007 -- Carl Edwards (6) -- Ford -- 89.006 mph
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (4) -- Ford -- 90.025 mph
2005 -- Matt Kenseth (1) -- Ford -- 84.678 mph
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (30) -- Chevrolet -- 88.538 mph
2003 -- Kurt Busch (5) -- Ford -- 77.421 mph
2002 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 77.097 mph
2001 -- Tony Stewart (18) -- Pontiac -- 85.106 mph
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Ford -- 85.394 mph
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt (26) -- Chevrolet -- 91.276 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (4) -- Ford -- 86.949 mph
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (3) -- Ford -- 80.013 mph
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (5) -- Ford -- 91.267 mph
1995 -- Terry Labonte (2) -- Chevrolet -- 81.979 mph
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (4) -- Ford -- 91.363 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford -- 88.172 mph
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip (9) -- Chevrolet -- 91.198 mph
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki (5) -- Ford -- 82.028 mph
1990 -- Ernie Irvan (6) -- Chevrolet -- 91.782 mph
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (9) -- Chevrolet -- 85.554 mph
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (5) -- Chevrolet -- 78.775 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (9) -- Chevrolet -- 90.373 mph
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip (10) -- Chevrolet -- 86.934 mph
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt (1) -- Chevrolet -- 81.388 mph
1984 -- Terry Labonte (6) -- Chevrolet -- 85.365 mph
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip (2) -- Chevrolet -- 89.430 mph
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 94.318 mph
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 84.723 mph
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 86.973 mph
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip (5) -- Chevrolet -- 91.493 mph
1978 -- Cale Yarborough (4) -- Oldsmobile -- 88.628 mph
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 79.726 mph
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Chevrolet -- 99.175 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (4) -- Dodge -- 97.016 mph
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (3) -- Chevrolet -- 75.430 mph
1973 -- Benny Parsons (2) -- Chevrolet -- 91.342 mph
1972 -- Bobby Allison (1) -- Chevrolet -- 92.735 mph
1971 -- Charlie Glotzbach (2) -- Chevrolet -- 101.074 mph
1970 -- Bobby Allison (10) -- Dodge -- 84.880 mph
1969 -- David Pearson (3) -- Ford -- 79.747 mph
1968 -- David Pearson (6) -- Ford -- 76.310 mph
1967 -- Richard Petty (1) -- Plymouth -- 78.705 mph
1966 -- Paul Goldsmith (4) -- Plymouth -- 77.963 mph
1965 -- Ned Jarrett (6) -- Ford -- 61.626 mph
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (8) -- Ford -- 78.044 mph
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen (1) -- Ford -- 74.844 mph
1962 -- Jim Paschal (12) -- Plymouth -- 75.280 mph
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (2) -- Pontiac -- 72.450 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Southeastern 500 (1961-62), Volunteer 500 (1963-1979),
Busch Volunteer 500 (1980), Busch 500 (1981-1990), Bud 500 (1991-93),
Goody's 500 (1994-99), GoRacing.com 500 (2000), Sharpie 500 (2001-09).
 
Past IRWIN Tools Night Race Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- None -- Weather
2011 -- Ryan Newman -- 8
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 35
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 2
2008 -- Carl Edwards -- 1
2007 -- Kasey Kahne -- 2
2006 -- Kurt Busch -- 37
2005 -- Matt Kenseth -- 1
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 14
2003 -- Jeff Gordon -- 28
2002 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
2001 -- Jeff Green -- 42
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1999 -- Tony Stewart -- 5
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 3
1997 -- Kenny Wallace -- 39
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 3
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 5
1994 -- Harry Gant -- 9
1993 -- Mark Martin -- 1
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 28
1991 -- Bill Elliott -- 21
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 8
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 2
1988 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 5
1987 -- Terry Labonte -- 4
1986 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 3
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1
1984 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 22
1983 -- Joe Ruttman -- 18
1982 -- Tim Richmond -- 25
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1979 -- Richard Petty -- 2
1978 -- Lennie Pond -- 26
1977 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1976 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1975 -- Cale Yarborough -- 20
1974 -- Richard Petty -- 3
1973 -- Cale Yarborough -- 19
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 1
1971 -- Richard Petty -- 3
1970 -- Cale Yarborough -- 17
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 24
1968 -- LeeRoy Yarbrough -- 32
1967 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1966 -- Curtis Turner -- 30
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 20
1964 -- Richard Petty -- 2
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 36
1961 -- Bobby Johns -- 17
Last Race Results
RACE: Pure Michigan 400 (Aug. 18)
SITE: Michigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, Mich.
MILES: 400
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Kurt Busch
FOURTH: Paul Menard
FIFTH: Clint Bowyer
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 45 mins., 59 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 144.593 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.018 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 34 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 13 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Logano - pole; Ku. Busch 1-5; J. Logano 6-32; Ku. Busch 33-41;
D. Earnhardt Jr 42-42; J. Johnson 43-45; M. Ambrose 46-46; T.
Bayne 47-47; D. Hamlin 48-51; C. Mears 52-53; D. Earnhardt Jr
54-72; D. Hamlin 73-77; Ku. Busch 78-106; B. Keselowski 107-107;
D. Ragan 108-108; G. Biffle 109-136; D. Gilliland 137-137; J.
Logano 138-157; B. Keselowski 158-173; M. Martin 174-196; J.
Logano 197-200.
IRWIN Tools Night Race Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M AAD Car Care
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Nationwide Insurance
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Doublemint
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta Coating Systems
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Schrock
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Energy/Lean 1
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/Federated Auto Parts
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Carson-Newman University
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/United Mining Equip.
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Dockside Logistics
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
40Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Rain Eater Wiper Blades
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Greer Roofing
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Denny Hamlin------64335347Won
Jimmie Johnson33610213383542
Jeff Gordon1465195231133
Brian Vickers202033---2012---214
Marcos Ambrose---------------320105
Kyle Busch---33292WonWon146
Clint Bowyer------3837214267
Joey Logano---------------3418138
Kasey Kahne214212240285119
Martin Truex Jr------1811352217211
Dale Earnhardt JrWon935189131612
Kevin Harvick24371116438142215
Greg Biffle113191011483119
Carl Edwards33247WonWon1612922
Matt Kenseth9WonWon3991010625
Kurt Busch81037615791728
Brad Keselowski------------------19Won30
Ryan Newman23987666836
Mark Martin131628------22338---
 
Mover of the Week
Kasey Kahne - started 31 and finished 7
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Brad Keselowski) - finished 12
 
NOTES:
The IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is the 24th event on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Groundbreaking for Bristol Motor Speedway took place in 1960, with the racetrack measuring an exact half-mile. The track was reshaped and remeasured to 0.533 miles in the fall of 1969. The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.

Immediately following its spring race in 2007, Bristol was resurfaced as well as reconfigured with the addition of variable banking. It produced more side- by-side racing and therefore lowered the amount of beating and banging among competitors. Fan response to the modified banking at Bristol was not favorable since the number of cautions in races there was significantly reduced.

The concrete surface at Bristol underwent a modification after the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series competed there in March 2012. The top groove of the surface was grinded, with the intention of bringing back traditional racing at this short track.

This track has 24-28 degrees of banking in all four of its turns as well as 4-8 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and the backstretch.

There have been 105 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Bristol. The track has hosted two events each season since 1961.

Jack Smith won the inaugural race at this track, the Volunteer 500, on July 30, 1961. Smith had relief from Johnny Allen.

Darrell Waltrip holds the record for most victories at Bristol with 12. Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with five victories each at this track.

Twelve drivers have won consecutive races at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip with seven consecutive victories from 1981-84. The other 11 are: Fred Lorenzen (1963-1964 sweep), David Pearson (1968 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), Cale Yarborough did it twice (1974 sweep and four straight from 1976-1977), Richard Petty (1975 sweep), Dale Earnhardt also did it twice (1985 sweep and 1987 sweep), Alan Kulwicki (1992 sweep), Rusty Wallace (2000 sweep), Kurt Busch (2003 sweep and 2004 spring race), Kyle Busch (2009 sweep), and Brad Keselowski (2011 fall-2012 spring). Kasey Kahne won at Bristol in March.

Petty holds the record for most starts at Bristol with 60. He won six races there. Ken Schrader leads all drivers entered in this event with 49 starts at this track. Schrader is driving the No. 32 Ford for FAS Lane Racing. His first start at Bristol came in April 1985.

Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough share the record for most pole wins at Bristol with nine each. Martin is substituting for the injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for the remainder of this season. His first race with SHR will be at Bristol.

The race winner at Bristol has started from the pole 22 times, which is more than any other starting position there. The last driver to win from the pole at this track was Carl Edwards in August 2008.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Bristol occurred on March 25, 2007 when Kyle Busch beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by just 0.064 seconds. That race marked the competition debut of NASCAR's previous race car, the Gen-5 or Car of Tomorrow (COT).

Kurt Busch scored his first career Cup victory at Bristol on March 24, 2002. Elliott Sadler's first win in the series came there in March 2001. Sadler is now a full-time competitor in the Nationwide Series.

Joey Logano is the only driver entered in this race that claimed his first pole in the series at Bristol (March 2010). Logano started on the pole and won last weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway.

Ryan Truex, who is the younger brother of Martin Truex Jr., is scheduled to make his Sprint Cup debut at Bristol. He will drive the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing.

Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Bristol. His 2007 win there came when he was 21 years, 10 months and 23 days old. When Dale Earnhardt was 48 years, 3 months and 30 days old, he became the oldest driver to win there on Aug. 28, 1999.

The next race is the Sept. 1 Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin won last year's race there.

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