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By the Numbers: Food City 500

March 13, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Bristol

Take a look back at the race and track history with some noteworthy numbers

0.064   The closest margin of victory in the Sprint Cup series in spring 2007 when Kyle Busch won over Jeff Burton.

1   win for Tony Stewart (fall 2001).

2   The number of females who have made Cup starts (Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick).

3   green-white checkered finishes (2007 - 500/504; 2008 - 500/506; 2009 - 500/503).

6.775  The best average starting position (Jeff Gordon).

10   different drivers have posted consecutive poles (Fireball Roberts - 1962; Fred Lorenzen - 1963; Richard Petty - 1967/68; Bobby Allison - 1972; Cale Yarborough - 1973, 1977, 1980; Darrell Waltrip - 1981; Geoff Bodine - 1986; Mark Martin - 1995, 1996, 2009; Rusty Wallace - 1998; Jeff Gordon - 2002).

11   The car number with the most number of wins (19 - most recent Denny Hamlin in 2012).

12   drivers have won consecutive races (Darrell Waltrip - 1981-1984; Fred Lorenzen - 1963, 1964; David Pearson - 1968; Bobby Allison - 1972; Cale Yarborough 1974, 1976, 1977; Richard Petty - 1975; Dale Earnhardt - 1985, 1987; Alan Kulwicki - 1992; Rusty Wallace - 2000; Kurt Busch - 2003-04; Kyle Busch - 2009; Brad Keselowski - 2011-12).

14   drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in one of NASCAR's top three series.

19   The age of the youngest pole winner (Joey Logano - 19 years, 9 months, 25 days).

21   The age of the youngest winner (Kyle Busch - 21 years, 10 months, 23 days).

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22   The race winner has started from the pole 22 times. The last time this happened was Carl Edwards in the fall race of 2008.

26   races have included Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

28   races passed before Jeff Burton headed to Victory Lane (spring 2008).

34   races have been won from the front row (pole - 22; outside pole - 12).

37   times Richard Petty finished in the top 10.

40   races Bobby Labonte has started without going to Victory Lane.

45   different drivers have poles at Bristol (Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough have nine each).

48   The age of the oldest winner (Dale Earnhardt - 48 years, 3 months, 30 days).

54   The age of the oldest pole winner (Harry Gant - 54 years, 7 months, 17 days).

57   starts have been made by Terry Labonte, the most for any Cup driver.

102   drivers in NASCAR history have called Tennessee home.

102.3   is Kyle Busch’s driver rating (best in the series).

104   NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races have been held at Bristol (two every season since 1961).

128.709   miles per hour is the track qualifying record, held by Ryan Newman, set in the spring race of 2003 (14.908 sec).

165   Sprint Cup races have been held in Tennessee (Bristol Motor Speedway, Chattanooga International Raceway, Kingsport Speedway, Nashville Speedway, Smokey Mountain Raceway & Tennessee-Carolina Speedway).

1960   was the year groundbreaking took place for Bristol Motor Speedway (then known as Bristol International Speedway) took place, which was then an exact half mile.

6,584   The number of laps in the top 15 for Jeff Gordon (series high).

 


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