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2013 Bristol II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 24, 2013 - 06:50 AM
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2013 Bristol II: 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 106th 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 WWE 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 23 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 - 13 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 nine races to Kyle, but none since 2011.

However, Kyle (second) and Kurt (third) both finished in the top-five in the Spring Bristol race.

So who's gonna win today ?

That's a very hard call since the Busch boys haven't been as hot lately. Jimmie Johnson has finished in the top-five three of the past five events, yet he has never won.

However, another driver has won, Brad Keselowski.

Keselowski has won the last two of the last four 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.

That being said, Kyle Busch is once again on a roll after taking the Truck win, and the NASCAR Nationwide win last night. We'll go ahead and take him for the weekend sweep.

But... Keep an eye on Kurt, Keselowski 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 IRWIN Tools Night Race Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, August 23, 2013 @ 05:50 PM Central Track Race Record: Charlie Glotzbach 07/11/71 02:38:12 101.074
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 14.878 128.969
2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet 14.901 128.770
2 3 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 14.910 128.692
4 55 Brian Vickers(i) Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 14.911 128.684
3 5 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 14.923 128.580
6 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 14.930 128.520
4 7 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 14.950 128.348
8 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 14.963 128.236
5 9 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 14.972 128.159
10 43 Aric Almirola RainEater Wiper Blades Ford 14.975 128.134
6 11 14 Mark Martin Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 15.008 127.852
12 2 Brad Keselowski Miler Lite Ford 15.021 127.741
7 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet 15.030 127.665
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 15.035 127.622
8 15 29 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 15.039 127.588
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 15.044 127.546
9 17 34 David Ragan Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts Ford 15.046 127.529
18 51 Ryan Truex(i) Seawatch Chevrolet 15.062 127.393
10 19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 15.103 127.048
20 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 15.131 126.813
11 21 27 Paul Menard Menards/Schrock Chevrolet 15.134 126.787
22 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy Chevrolet 15.158 126.587
12 23 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Beans Toyota 15.159 126.578
24 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 15.169 126.495
13 25 38 David Gilliland Dockside Logistics Ford 15.172 126.470
26 98 Michael McDowell Victory Junction Ford 15.185 126.362
14 27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Nationwide Insurance Ford 15.195 126.278
28 35 Josh Wise(i) Carson-Newman University Ford 15.199 126.245
15 29 16 Greg Biffle 3M/Bondo Ford 15.205 126.195
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 15.253 125.798
16 31 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 15.258 125.757
32 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Coating Systems Chevrolet 15.259 125.749
17 33 40 Landon Cassill(i) Moon Shine Attitude Apparel Chevrolet 15.309 125.338
34 36 JJ Yeley United Mining Equipment Chevrolet 15.346 125.036
18 35 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 15.349 125.011
36 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 15.351 124.995
19 37 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Greer Roofing Toyota Owner Points
38 30 David Stremme Swan Energy/Lean 1 Toyota Owner Points
20 39 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota Owner Points
40 33 Tony Raines(i) LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet Owner Points
21 41 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet Owner Points
42 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford Owner Points
22 43 18 Kyle Busch Doublemint Toyota Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: # 19 Mike Bliss(i). Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Chevrolet 18 0 Toyota 11 1


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