snapshot: bristol preview
March 16, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
What: 54th annual Food City 500
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway
When: Sunday, March 16, 2014
TV/Radio: FOX; PRN
Distance: 500 laps; 266.5 miles
Time: 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
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.
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 Rotowire.com)
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.)