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March 16, 2014, Kenny Bruce,

Catch up quickly before Sunday's running of the Food City 500

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What: 54th annual Food City 500
: Bristol Motor Speedway
: Sunday, March 16, 2014
: 500 laps; 266.5 miles
: 1 p.m. ET (in rain delay)

Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
Caution Car Speed
: 35 mph
Avg. Time of Race: 2 hr., 53 min.
Fuel window: 150 laps
Competition caution: Lap 50

On The Front Row
1. Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota (129.991 mph)
2. Brad Keselowski, Team Penske No. 2 Ford (129.965 mph)

Denny Drops The Hammer: Hamlin established a track qualifying record, topping the 129.535 mph mark set by Kyle Busch in March of 2013.

Brad Still Bad Fast: Keselowski's No. 2 qualifying effort is the third consecutive front-row starting spot for the Team Penske driver.

It's Not Where You Start: Elliott Sadler holds the honor of winning from deepest in the field at Bristol, capturing the 2001 Food City 500 after qualifying 38th.

Failed To Qualify
David Reutimann, Dave Blaney

Fastest In Practice
First Practice: Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet (129.789 mph)
Second Practice: Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet (127.081 mph)
Third Practice: Casey Mears, Germain Racing No. 13 Chevrolet (125.906 mph)

Defending Food City 500 Champion
Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet

Former Bristol Winners In Field
Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch (5); Matt Kenseth (3); Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards (2); Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart (1).

Fantasy Sleeper (powered by
Edwards. With a Driver Rating of 87.7 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Edwards is among the top performers at this Tennessee short track. The veteran driver has been one of the more successful drivers in the Sprint Cup Series over his career at this half-mile oval. Edwards is a two-time winner at Bristol's half-mile oval, but his luck of late at this short track has been shaky. We have good reason to believe that will turn around Sunday afternoon. (Click here for more fantasy advice.)


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