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2013 Bristol: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 17, 2013 - 06:49 AM
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2013 Bristol: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Bristol! That one word says it all! The NASCAR Sprint Cup has been racing at Bristol Motor Speedway since 1961, and NASCAR's first visit of 2013 will be the venue's 105th Cup event! The first Cup race at the massive Tennessee facility was won by Jack Smith in a '61 Pontiac with much more humble surroundings.

The .533-mile high-banked concrete oval is known for intense action, high contact and yellows which leads to high emotion, more intense action, more contact and more yellows. It's a wonderful circle of life!

With the some drivers trying to make up points, there may be some a bit more aggressive than others. The 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup cars will be packed into a tight space and parading around bumper-to-bumper, it is easy to see why this is NASCAR's version of the WWF cage match.

The banking at Bristol Motor Speedway is very steep, with 36 degrees turns & 16 degrees banking on the front and back straights. The frontstretch and backstretch are equal in distance - 650 feet.

Surrounding our gallant warriors will be 160,000 NASCAR fans in a complex that rivals that built for gladiators. Bristol is a true spectacle and is one race even non-NASCAR fans make a point to watch.

Looking for a winner today, you are going to see one name over and over and over.... Busch. The Brothers Busch have dominated Bristol with 10 wins over the last 22 events. Kurt and Kyle are all tied-up with five wins apiece. Even with that impressive string, the Busch boys still have a way to go to catch Darrell Waltrip's all-time record of 12 wins at the track.

Kurt Busch hasn't won at Bristol since the Spring of 2006 - 12 races ago. Since then, its been Kyle who's been taking the checkered flag first (Spring, 2006 & 2009 sweep, Fall 2010, and the Spring visit in 2011). If you are counting that's four of the last eight races to Kyle, but none since 2011.

So who's gonna win today ?

That's a very hard call since the Busch boys have gone a bit cold. Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to finish three of the past four events in the top-five, yet he never won.

So, we are going to go with Brad Keselowski.

Say what ?

Well, Keselowski has won the last two of the last three races at Bristol, and appears to be the new dominant force having won the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship last season. What better way to get on track in 2013 than a win.

But... Keep an eye on Kurt, Kyle - who won the NASCAR Nationwide race - and maybe even Jimmie Johnson.

Bristol is all about domination and survival, and a driver must survive to be able to dominate.

While today's winner should be the next young gun, should he fail... The victory could go to just about anyone else.

Enjoy! NASCAR's next edition of historic racing at Bristol is about to begin! And it is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Bristol Motor Speedway
53rd Annual Food City 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 04:49 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Charlie Glotzbach 07/11/71 02:38:12 101.074
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 14.813 129.535
2 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 14.875 128.995
2 3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 14.879 128.960
4 55 Brian Vickers(i) RK Motors Toyota 14.929 128.528
3 5 27 Paul Menard Menards/Sylvania Chevrolet 14.949 128.356
6 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 14.957 128.288
4 7 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 14.966 128.211
8 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 14.990 128.005
5 9 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 14.997 127.946
10 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 15.005 127.877
6 11 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 15.006 127.869
12 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot/Husky Toyota 15.008 127.852
7 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 15.010 127.835
14 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 15.015 127.792
8 15 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 15.039 127.588
16 31 Jeff Burton Cheerios Chevrolet 15.048 127.512
9 17 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target/Mountain Dew Chevrolet 15.053 127.470
18 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 15.055 127.453
10 19 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevrolet 15.062 127.393
20 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 15.064 127.377
11 21 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's/Frosted Flakes Ford 15.066 127.360
22 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 15.066 127.360
12 23 15 Clint Bowyer NAPA Filters Toyota 15.073 127.300
24 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 15.078 127.258
13 25 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 15.093 127.132
26 30 David Stremme Swan Energy Toyota 15.157 126.595
14 27 95 Scott Speed Sin City Motorsports Ford 15.159 126.578
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 15.165 126.528
15 29 51 AJ Allmendinger Guy Roofing Chevrolet 15.178 126.420
30 34 David Ragan Dockside Logistics Ford 15.180 126.403
16 31 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevrolet 15.200 126.237
32 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 15.235 125.947
17 33 7 Dave Blaney Sany Chevrolet 15.247 125.848
34 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 15.260 125.740
18 35 36 JJ Yeley United Mining Equipment Chevrolet 15.261 125.732
36 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 15.264 125.708
19 37 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota Owner Points
38 87 Joe Nemechek(i) MaddiesPlaceRocks.com Toyota Owner Points
20 39 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Beans Toyota Owner Points
40 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford Owner Points
21 41 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Owner Points
42 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet Owner Points
22 43 32 Terry Labonte OXY Water Ford Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: # 44 Scott Riggs.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 0 Toyota 12 0






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