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August 23, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com

Catch up quickly before Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

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What: 54th Annual Irwin Tools Night Race.
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
When: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.
TV/Radio: ABC, Performance Racing Network (Important TV info).
 
Distance: 500 laps (266.5 miles).
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET.
 
Pit Road Speed: 30 mph.
Caution Car Speed: 35 mph.

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On The Front Row | Lineup
1. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (131.362 mph*).
2. Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet (131.290 mph).
*Track record. Previous track qualifying record of 129.991 mph set by Denny Hamlin on March 14, 2014.
 
Failed To Qualify: None.

A Good Sign?
Kevin Harvick won his fifth Coors Light Pole Award of the season, and if history is any indication, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver should finish well in tonight's race. In his four previous starts from the No. 1 spot this year, Harvick has one win (Darlington), a pair of seconds (Kansas and Michigan) and an eighth (Indianapolis).
 
Feeling Like a Rookie
"I feel like I'm a rookie again trying to figure out what the heck I need in the race car to go fast.  But ... we're fifth so it's not that bad. My team isn't lost. They're making good changes and making my car faster." -- Joey Logano, who will start fifth tonight.
 
Beware the Bristol Storm
"I would say it's just a shade in front of the eye of the storm. You don't really want to be behind that eye of the storm ... and I think we're either right in the middle of it or in front of it a little bit. We'll be alright." -- Clint Bowyer, who will line up 14th on the starting grid tonight.
 
Cutting Corners
"I just got loose through the corner and thought I could save it, probably should have just bailed. We got the wall and are probably going to a backup car, so it sucks." -- Kyle Larson on his qualifying run-in with the wall that led to him starting 40th tonight.
 
'My Bad, Fellas'
"I screwed up and that's all there is to it. We have probably the best race car I've ever had at Bristol and I screwed up and hit the fence." -- Aric Almirola, who will start 42nd tonight after some damage to his car in qualifying. | Read more about Almirola's reaction to his rough qualifying day

Fastest In Practice
First practice:
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 42 Chevrolet (131.083 mph).
Final practice
: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford (131.048 mph).
 
Best Over 10
Kyle Busch posted the best 10-lap average in the opening practice session and was No. 2 in the final practice.
 
Defending Irwin Tools Night Race Champion
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota.
 
Driver Rating (Best driver rating average at Bristol based on past 19 races)
Matt Kenseth, 102.7.
Kyle Busch, 101.7.
*Kyle Larson, 104.5, has one career start at BMS.
 
Former Bristol Winners In Field
Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon (5); Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth (3); Brad Keselowski (2); Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne (1).


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