Bristol lengthens Nationwide race by 50 laps
July 03, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
Late-summer race now to be known as Food City 300
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Bristol Motor Speedway's August NASCAR Nationwide Series event will be lengthened by 50 laps, according to track officials.
The move brings the race in line with the track's spring NNS events, which have been 300-lap affairs since 2006.
The Food City 300 is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22. It is part of a three-race week at Bristol that will also see the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wed., Aug. 20. The Irwin Tools Night Race for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series will complete the weekend on Saturday night, Aug. 23.
The additional 50 laps, said track vice president and general manager Jerry Caldwell, "gives fans 50 more laps of Bristol racing and enhances an already awesome day of knockout qualifying and nighttime Nationwide Series racing.
"Our friends at Food City appreciate Bristol's loyal fans just as much as we do, and I'm thrilled they chose to express their gratitude by adding even more value to Friday’s ticket."
Food City is the title sponsor for the track's spring Sprint Cup event, the Food City 500. It is one of the longest running title sponsorships in the series.
BMS, a high-banked half-mile track located in Bristol, Tennessee, has hosted the Nationwide Series since the series' debut in 1982.
What began as 150-lap events in 1982-83 expanded to 200 laps from '84-89. Fifty additional laps were added to the track's NNS races in ’90.
Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) has won the last three NNS races at Bristol, and seven overall.