Wrap-up: BristolSunday, March 17, 2013
This past weekend, Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, hosted the Sprint Cup Food City 500 and the Nationwide Series Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Saturday, April 6, at Martinsville Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials: Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 53rd Annual Food City 500 with a track record qualifying lap of 14.813 seconds, 129.535 mph. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's 11th pole in 297 NSCS races. It is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2013. This is Busch's first pole in 17 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has five Sprint Cup wins at the track. He led 56 laps in the race and finished in second place.
Did Not Qualify: No. 44 Scott Riggs.
Race Winner: Kasey Kahne won the 53rd Annual Food City 500, his 15th victory in 328 NSCS races. This is the No. 5 Chevrolet SS driver's first victory and second top-10 finish in 2013. It is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 19 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kahne moved up seven spots to seventh in the 2013 NSCS point standings.
Rookie of the Race: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the No. 17 Ford Fusion driver, started 28th and finished sixth. He was named the "Rookie of the Race". The only other ROTY contender in the event was Danica Patrick (finished 28th).
- Denny Hamlin won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (114 of 267). The No. 11 Toyota driver started third in the lineup and finished 23rd.
- Toyota Racing Development won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Kyle Busch’s second place finishing No. 18 Toyota.
- Kasey Kahne won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award for recording the fastest average speed on restarts and finishing the race on the lead lap.
- Kenny Francis, crew chief on Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times.
- Kyle Busch won the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal.
Points Leader: Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 9 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Brad Keselowski (+1)
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1)
3. Jimmie Johnson (-2)
4. Clint Bowyer (+5)
5. Greg Biffle (+3)
6. Denny Hamlin (-2)
7. Kasey Kahne (+7)
8. Carl Edwards (-3)
9. Paul Menard (+3)
10. Kyle Busch (+7)
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (0)
12. Joey Logano (+3)
Next NSCS Race: Auto Club 400, March 24 at Auto Club Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: Justin Allgaier won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 with a lap of 15.380 seconds, 124.759 mph. This is the No. 31 Chevrolet driver's fourth pole in 145 NNS races. It is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2013. This is Allgaier's first pole in nine races at Bristol Motor Speedway. He led 62 laps and finished the race in eighth place.
Did Not Qualify: No. 89 Morgan Shepherd, No. 4 Danny Efland and No. 52 Joey Gase.
Race Winner: Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch won the 31st Annual Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300, his 53rd victory in 248 NNS races. This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's second victory and third top-10 finish in 2013. It is his fifth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 18 NNS races at Bristol Motor Speedway. He is ineligible for driver points in this series.
Rookie of the Race: Kyle Larson, the No. 32 Chevrolet driver, started 12th and finished second. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.
- Kyle Larson won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal.
- Kyle Busch led the most laps earning the 3M Lap Leader award. The No. 54 Toyota Camry driver started 13th; led 156 of the 300 laps run and won the race.
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Busch’s Toyota.
Points Leader: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 22 points over Justin Allgaier.
NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Sam Hornish Jr. (0)
2. Justin Allgaier (0)
3. Brian Scott (+1)
4. Regan Smith (+1)
5. Brian Vickers (+2)
6. Austin Dillon (0)
7. Trevor Bayne (+1)
8. Alex Bowman (+2)
9. Kyle Larson (+5)
10. Elliott Sadler (-7)
Next NNS Race: Royal Purple 300, Saturday, March 23, at Auto Club Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Points Leader: Johnny Sauter leads the standings by 6 points over Ron Hornaday.
Next NCWTS Race: Kroger 250, Saturday, April 6, at Martinsville Speedway.