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At Bristol, there's no beating about the Busch

March 16, 2012, ,

For Starters

12 -- Kyle Busch has won one-third of his NASCAR national series races at Bristol (12 of 36). He has won six of the past eight national series races at BMS, including five in a row from August 2010 through March 2011. His 12-win tally: 5 Cup, 4 Nationwide and 3 Truck.


Breakout Number

54 -- In the nine race races on the new configuration -- Bristol was repaved and reconfigured to progressive banking prior to the Aug. 2007 race -- compared to the last nine on the old configuration, cautions are down 34 percent, caution laps are down 44 percent, and the final green flag stretch is up 139 percent. DNFs resulting from accident also are down 54 percent.


Track Tidbits

3 -- Kyle Busch's current streak of three wins at Bristol is the longest ever in the 59 series races. Busch led the most laps (570 of 800, 71 percent) in each of those wins, tying Kevin Harvick's series mark for the most consecutive races leading the most laps at Bristol.

26 -- Kyle Busch is 26 laps shy of joining Kevin Harvick as the second series driver to cross 1,000 laps led at Bristol and only 101 laps away from passing Harvick (1,075) for most laps led at Bristol. Busch led 48 percent of the laps in the past six races.

105 -- The Bristol race in March 2011 had a 105-lap green stretch, the longest in known history at the track.

Recent Trends

3 -- Kyle Busch finished outside the top 10 in the past three races, the first time that has happened since summer 2008; the last time he finished outside the top-10 in four consecutive races was March '08 (he went on to win the next three races). In 15 starts at Bristol, Busch has finished outside the top-10 three times, most recently in August 2009.

3 -- Non-Cup competitors won the first three races of 2012, the first time Nationwide regulars won at least three consecutive races since summer 2005. The last time non-Cup drivers won the first four races of the season was in 1995. Just two of the past seven Bristol races were won by non-Cup drivers: Brad Keselowski (August 2008) and Justin Allgaier (March 2010).

3 -- Elliott Sadler is the only driver to start the season with three top-five finishes. He finished fourth at Bristol last March, part of three consecutive top-10s at the track. He won at Bristol in March 1998, and scored his first cup win there in March 2001.


Breakout Number

5 -- Jimmie Johnson has won just five times in the 70 races since breaking through with his first Bristol victory, in his 17th start there, in March 2012, the 50th of his career. In the past six races at BMS, however, Johnson led 694 laps, leading no fewer than 76 laps in each race; he scored five top-10s during that span, his victory among four top-four finishes.


Track Tidbits

0 -- Kurt Busch, the only full-time driver to score his first Cup victory at Bristol, is winless in his past 11 races at the track, after scoring five wins in his first 11 races there. It is the sixth-longest drought of former Bristol winners: Mark Martin (22 races), Tony Stewart (20), Jeff Gordon (18), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (14) and Kevin Harvick (13).

12 -- A driver led more than 200 laps in all but one of the past 13 races: Jimmie Johnson led the most with 164 last March. However, the driver leading the most laps went on to win in only two of the past 12 races, both by Kyle Busch: 378 laps led in March 2009; 283 laps led in August 2010.

16 -- Matt Kenseth has 16 top-10 finishes in the past 20 races at Bristol, including a current five-race streak.

Recent Trends

5 -- In the past 10 races at Bristol, Kyle Busch leads all drivers in wins (5), top-fives (6), top-10s (8), laps led (1,340), races led (9) and average finish (5.6).

6 -- Tony Stewart has won six of the past 13 races, dating to last year. His victory in the third race of this season, at Las Vegas, is the earliest he has won a race. It is only the second time he has won in March and only the fifth win prior to June. His 45 wins have come on average about the 22nd race of the season. Stewart has but three top-fives in the 20 races since his only win at Bristol, in August 2001. In fact, he has finished better than 17th just once in the past six races there, and his average finish of 17.4 is his worst track.

8.6 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s average finish in the first three races this is 8.6, the best start to a season in his career. He has led 70 laps this season, 18 more than he did all of last year. Junior has finished in the top 16 in 20 of the past 21 races at Bristol, with 12 top-10s during that span.

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