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By the Numbers: Bristol seeing less cautions and more action

August 24, 2012, , NASCAR.com

For Starters

61 -- The Nationwide Series race at Bristol is the 61st held there, tying Charlotte for the track to host the most series races.

4 -- Brad Keselowski is seeking his third consecutive Sprint Cup Series victory at Bristol. Only four drivers have won three or more consecutive races at Bristol: Darrell Waltrip (7), Cale Yarborough (4), Kurt Busch (3) and Fred Lorenzen (3).

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4 -- The four cautions at Bristol in the March race earlier this year were the fewest there since there were three in April 1992 (41 races ago). This will be the 11th race at Bristol since the track went to progressive banking prior to the August 2007 race. The average number of cautions in the 10 races on the new configuration is 7.8 for 45.4 laps, including just five cautions last August. The average number of cautions in the final 10 races on the old configuration was 11.9 for 80.2 laps.

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Track Tidbits

.019 -- The margin of victory last August was .019 seconds, the closest at Bristol in series history.

18 -- Kenny Wallace, who turned 49 on Thursday, is the all-time starts leader at Bristol with 36 and is tied with Kevin Harvick for the most top-10s with 18.

40 -- Forty different drivers have won at Bristol, tying Dover the most different drivers to win at a track in series history.

Recent Trends

2 -- Elliott Sadler has won two of the four races on short tracks this season, including at Bristol in March when he set a track record (94.740 mph). Points leader Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is tied for second in the standings, are the only drivers who have finished in the top 10 (with three top-fives each) in all of the short-track races this season. Sadler has an average finish of 2.5 in the four races; Stenhouse, who trails Sadler by 22 points, has an average finish of 4.0.

7 -- Kasey Kahne has seven wins in the Nationwide Series, most recently at Bristol in August 2007 (the first race on the current configuration). He has made 52 starts since then, with a best finish of second, three times -- all at Bristol, including the past two spring races in the No. 38 Chevrolet he is driving this week.

62 -- Kyle Busch is only 62 laps away from passing Kevin Harvick for most laps led by a series driver at Bristol. Busch has led in the past seven races, and more than 100 laps in four of them. Busch, who has won the past two August races, has led 1,014 laps at Bristol.

SPRINT CUP SERIES

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5 -- The five cautions in the March race earlier this year were the fewest at Bristol race since March 1996, a span of 31 races in between. The 10 races before the track remodel produced an average of 14.5 cautions for 98 laps, with a 28-lap green-flag stretch. In the 10 races since, starting in August 2007, the average is 8.5 cautions for 61 laps, with a 49-lap green run.

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Track Tidbits

2 -- Two NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers scored their first career wins at Bristol: Dale Earnhardt (March 1979, in his ninth start), and Rusty Wallace (March 1986, in his 14th start). Earnhardt and Wallace each had nine career wins at Bristol.

12 -- The first Bristol race on concrete was in August 1992 and was the last of NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip's record 12 track wins.

13 -- Joey Logano has a 10.1 starting average at Bristol but a 24.1 average finish. His best finish in seven starts is 13th last August. Logano is the only full-time Cup driver to record his first pole at Bristol, becoming the youngest in series history in March 2010 (19 years, 9 months, 23 days).

Recent Trends

1:5.0 -- Kyle Busch has the best wins-to-races ratio on short tracks among current drivers, having scored nine wins in 45 races. In the past nine short-track races, he has a series-best three wins, is tied with Jeff Gordon for the most top-fives with four, and has led the most laps at 701. In the past 10 races at Bristol, Busch lead all drivers in wins (4), top-fives (5), races led (8), laps led (1,311) and average finish (8.7).

4 -- Brad Keselowski is attempting to become the fourth consecutive driver to win back-to-back night races at Bristol: Matt Kenseth (2005, '06), Carl Edwards (2007, '08) and Kyle Busch (2009, '10).

14 -- In the seven races at Bristol for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 car, he has only one finish better than the 14th he earned in the spring race this year -- a runner-up tally in March 2010. His average finish of 17.3 at Bristol is his worst among all tracks that he has competed on more than twice. He has 12 finishes outside the top 15 at Bristol, which is tied for Talladega for the most at one track.

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