Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol – Bristol Motor Speedway

By Auto News Log • August 17th, 2010

BRISTOL, Tenn. – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol
Bristol Motor Speedway
Saturday, Aug 21, 2010


• Dodge has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Bristol: David Pearson, Bobby Allison (2), Richard Petty (2) and Kurt Busch.
• Dodge has earned eight poles at Bristol Motor Speedway (Bobby Isaac, Neil Bonnett, Ryan Newman (2), Kasey Kahne, Pearson, Petty and Busch.
• Busch claimed his first career victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol spring race in 2002.
• Dodge’s Sam Hornish Jr. has a career-best start of seventh at BMS in his first start at the .533-mile track in 2008.
• Brad Keselowski is making his second Cup start at Bristol. He finished 13th in the sprint event.
• Dodge holds the track qualifying record at BMS, set by Newman in 2003 (14.908 sec. 128.709 mph).


• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 of 400 laps en route to victory in the Coca-Cola 600.
• Dodge has claimed two Sprint Cup victories in 2010.
• Dodge teams have posted 47 wins since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.
• Dodge has posted wins each season since it’s return in 2001 including seven wins twice (2002 and 2006).


• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at Bristol Motor Speedway: David Pearson, 3/19/67, 75.937 mph avg. speed.


• Busch is currently ninth in the Sprint Cup standings, 465 points out of first and 215 ahead of the driver currently in 13th (Mark Martin).
• Busch has 9 wins at the final three tracks hosting events leading up to the 10-race Chase: Bristol – 5, Atlanta –3, Richmond – 1.
• Busch’s average finish at the three races leading up to the Chase cutoff are: Bristol – 13.2, Atlanta -18.7 and Richmond – 17.8.
• Busch has made the Chase four times previously.


• Bristol opened in 1961 with the first race on July 30. It was flat in its original configuration. The infield included a football field. BMS hosted a preseason NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
• BMS is the only track hosting the three NASCAR touring series that utilizes two pit roads with 22 pit stalls on the frontstretch and 21 on the backstretch.
• Six of the last 13 races at Bristol were won from starting positions 13th or lower.


• Dodge’s Brad Keselowski led 26 laps in his only Sprint Cup start at BMS last spring.
• Kurt Busch experienced only his second DNF of the season at Michigan Int’l Speedway last weekend.
• Bush is one of seven NASCAR drivers to have won five times on the .533-mile oval.
• Busch swept both Bristol races in 2003 and 2009.


“Forty-three cars on the two miles of wide open spaces at MIS is believable, 43 cars on the ridiculously-tight, high-banked half mile of Bristol is almost surreal. Yet, the team that has the handling package that keeps them up front all night will almost always prevail. Bristol often looks like “car fights” and some believe it’s about being aggressive, but I’ll bet on the good handling car to win here every time.”
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering


“The record book shows that they’ve won the last four championships in a row. I guess it’s true when they say that if you want to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man. I poured my heart and soul into trying to beat the 48 and win the race at Bristol in the spring. I just hope I can have that big of opportunity to get the job done this time around.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, discussing his battle with Jimmie Johnson last spring at Bristol


“All you have to do is go back and look at my first Cup race at Bristol back in 2001. It wasn’t pretty. As a matter of fact, it was downright ugly. The first time I crashed that day, it was on my on. The second time I wrecked, I was in a big pileup. I guess you could say that the third time was the charm, in that we punctured the radiator in that crash.
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger

“During the last two races at Bristol Motor Speedway, we were running inside the top-10 with less than 50 laps to go and then had problems cost us a good finish each time. That being said, I feel like Bristol is a place that was very difficult for me when I first came over here and began running stock cars, but it’s somewhere that I have really grown to enjoy. I’m looking forward to running there again because I feel that we’ve got great opportunities at Bristol with the Mobil 1 Dodge.

“Racing at Bristol is a unique experience. You’re doing the pace laps and going slow getting ready to start the race and you look out the left-hand window and you can see inside the car below you. Not to mention that you’re over on the left side of your seat, which is different than it is in the race. To me, the pace laps are one of the neatest things about Bristol because you realize how banked the track really is.”
Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“Bristol is one of those tracks where you always have to be mindful of your pace, where you are on the track and who you are around. But you also have to be looking forward so that you can avoid that wreck that happens half of a straightaway in front of you. Short track racing and restrictor-plate racing are very similar in that you can get caught up in a wreck that you had nothing to do with.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger


• Kurt Busch
Start – Pole – Las Vegas
Finish – Win – Atlanta, Charlotte 1

• Brad Keselowski
Start – Sixth – Richmond
Finish – 12th – Martinsville, Darlington

• Sam Hornish Jr.
Start – Second – Texas,
Finish – 11th – Pocono

• Laps Led (Race) Kurt Busch – 278 – Bristol

• Laps Led (Total) Kurt Busch – 807

Source: Dodge Motorsports


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