Danica Patrick needs to avoid trouble if she wants to earn her first Bristol top-15. In five previous starts, she has sustained damage in four events and has a best result of 18th.
David Gilliland qualified 32nd for Sunday’s Food City 500, which is the exact same position where he started last fall’s Irwin Tools Night Race. He finished 25th in that event.
David Ragan advanced to the top 12 in time trials for the first time in three weeks. He qualified 11th for the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Greg Biffle spun after his first lap of qualification for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR allowed him to put on a fresh pair of scuffed tires, but he could not overcome the mistake and will start Sunday’s race 33rd.
Fully recovered from ligaments injuries sustained in a qualifying crash in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona in February, Carlos Contreras returns to action this weekend in time to make his Bristol debut in Saturday afternoon’s Drive To Stop Diabetes 300.
Front Row Motorsports tweeted Friday morning that Reed Sorenson will drive the #34 Ford next weekend at Richmond.
Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 128.632 mph and won the pole for the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer.
Sprint Cup regular Kevin Harvick has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the XFINITY Series final practice for the Drive To Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series Drive To Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Brendan Gaughan has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series Drive To Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson posted the second-quickest 10-lap average in Bristol’s first practice session for the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer on Friday. His top speed was 123.243 mph from laps 22 through 31.
Brad Keselowski had the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session at Bristol with a speed of 123.670 from laps 23 through 32.
Sprint Cup Series regular Denny Hamlin leads the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Drive To Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ross Kenseth will make his XFINITY Series debut with the same team, car number and sponsor his famous father has in the Sprint Cup Series.
Ryan Newman and the No. 31 team won part of their appeal stemming from doctoring tires at Auto Club Speedway. Their points’ penalty was reduced from 75 to 50 points and the monetary portion was reduced. That jumped them from 24th in the standings to 20th, according to NBC’s Nate Ryan.
Kasey Kahne posted the fastest single lap in Bristol’s first practice session. His top speed was 14.971 seconds, which equals 128.168 mph.
In his two starts at Bristol last year, Alex Bowman finished exactly 32nd both times despite qualifying 33rd in the spring and 27th in the fall
If Brett Moffitt outlasts two competitors this Saturday, he will show improvement over his first Bristol attempt. Last fall, he sustained both crash damage and an engine failure in the first 78 laps of the Irwin Tools Night Race and retired in 42nd.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been remarkably strong at Bristol in his four previous attempts. He swept the top 20 as a rookie and the top 10 as a sophomore.
In his rookie season last year, Austin Dillon experienced one high and one low. He nearly cracked the top 10 in his first attempt last spring with an 11th, but he slipped to 28th in the fall.