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By the Numbers: Busch leads midweek run at Bristol

August 24, 2011, ,

Bristol Motor Speedway is a .533-mile oval with 26 to 30 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 650 feet with 5 to 9 degrees banking; the backstretch is 650 feet with 4 to 8 degrees banking.

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3 -- Current streak of victories at Bristol for Kyle Busch, the longest in series history. Ron Hornaday is the only other driver to win consecutive races (1997 and '98). Busch and Hornaday, the only drivers with multiple wins at BMS, are the only drivers entered this week who have won there.

Side note: Busch led 343 out of 609 laps in the past three years.

3 -- Place of finish in the past two races at Bristol for Ron Hornaday. In five starts at BMS in Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 33 Chevrolet, Hornaday has three top-six finishes but also two results of 24th or worse.

Side note: Hornaday won his two races at Bristol driving the No. 16 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Inc. In his first start at BMS for KHI, in 2005, he finished 14th in the No. 6 Chevrolet.

3 -- Runner-up finishes at Bristol for Todd Bodine, who has never won on a short track in the Truck Series. Bodine, who finished sixth last year, has never led a lap at BMS.

Side note: Bodine is a two-time Nationwide winner at Bristol (1992 and '93).

8 -- Races at Bristol won by drivers who qualified on the front two rows, including four who won the pole: Ron Hornaday (1997, '98); Mark Martin (2006); Kyle Busch (2010). Only two of the 13 races at BMS have been won from outside the top 10: Joe Ruttmann (22nd in the 1995 inaugural); Travis Kvapil (12th in 2003).

Side note 1: Busch started last year's race from the rear after making a mechanical change after time trials.

Side note 2: The 1995 race was 150 laps; all others have been scheduled for 200 laps.

Side note 3: Kvapil set the track race record at 88.813 mph; last year's race speed was 65.945 mph (track-high 13 cautions).

Very Interesting

0 -- Top-10 finishes at Bristol for the top three drivers in points. Leader Johnny Sauter finished 11th last year, his best in three starts (first lead-lap finish). Second place James Buescher (-5) finished 13th in his first start, in 2009, but crashed out last year. Third place Austin Dillon (-8) finished 17th (two laps off the pace) in his only start, last year.

Side note: Dillon ended a four-race streak of top-10 finishes last week at Michigan. The 22nd-place result dropped him from the points lead.


4 -- Tracks on the original 1995 schedule at which the series still competes: Bristol, Lucas Oil (former Indianapolis Raceway Park), Martinsville and Phoenix. However, the series did note compete at Bristol for a three-year period from 2000-02.

Side note: Lucas Oil is not expected to be on the schedule for 2012.

4 -- Green-white-checkered finishes at Bristol, including two of the past three races. Four races this season have had G-W-C finishes, including the past two.

Side note: Three of the past four races at BMS have had double-digit cautions, including 12 in 2008 and 13 last year.

11 -- Combined wins for Kevin Harvick (6) and Kyle Busch (5) in the past 13 races in which both have competed, since Atlanta in March 2009. Busch finished runner-up to Harvick three times; Harvick finished runner-up to Busch twice.

31 -- Points by which James Buescher would be leading in the standings had he raced at Phoenix and scored his season average (7.9). Busch DNQ'd at Phoenix. Still, his 13 top-10s leads the series.

Very Interesting

583 -- Owners' points for both the No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch Motorsports and the No. 2 Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick Inc., tied for the top spot in the standings. The No. 2 truck has gained 56 points in the past five races (27 at Michigan).

Trending in 2011

• Johnny Sauter has three top-four finishes in the past seven races. He also has three finishes of 22nd or worse during that same span.
• Timothy Peters has three top-three finishes in the past four races, including a win at Lucas Oil.
• Todd Bodine has five top-12 finishes in his 5 races driving the No. 5 Toyota, a partnership between Randy Moss Motorsports and Germain Racing; he had only three top-12 finishes in the first 10 races this season in Germain's No. 30 Toyota.
• David Starr has five top-10 finishes in the past six races; he has jumped from 20th to 11th in points during that time.
• Joey Coulter has eight top-10 finishes in the past 10 races, including a career-best of fifth three times.

Side note: The No. 18 truck has three wins to the No. 2's three, but the 2 has 13 top-10s to the 18's 11. Both trucks have 10 top-fives.