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2014 Bristol: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 16, 2014 - 07:05 AM
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2014 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 2014 will be the venue's 107th 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 24 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 10 races to Kyle, but none since 2011.

However, Kyle (second) and Kurt (third) both finished in the top-five in the Spring Bristol race in 2013, yet both finished outside the top-ten in the second visit.

So who's gonna win today ?

Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have scored the most points over the last four events, but none of them have won. Brian Vickers is the only driver with three top-fives in the last four races, but he hasn't won either.

So the trend is gone for now, so we'll go with the outrages pick... our polesitter Denny Hamlin.

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 could be the next young gun... 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
54th Annual Food City 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, March 14, 2014 @ 06:04 PM Eastern
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 Freight Toyota 14.761 129.991
2 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 14.764 129.965
2 3 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot / Husky Toyota 14.866 129.073
4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 14.894 128.830
3 5 9 Marcos Ambrose STANLEY Ford 14.906 128.727
6 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 14.962 128.245
4 7 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Toyota 14.972 128.159
8 16 Greg Biffle Meguiar's Ford 14.997 127.946
5 9 31 Ryan Newman QuickenLoansBillionDollarBrcktChllnge Chev 15.014 127.801
10 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 15.027 127.690
6 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 15.063 127.385
12 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's / Frosted Flakes Ford 15.100 127.073
7 13 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 14.953 128.322
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 14.959 128.271
8 15 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 14.962 128.245
16 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 14.963 128.236
9 17 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 14.971 128.168
18 26 Cole Whitt # GEAR Speed Stick Toyota 14.999 127.929
10 19 34 David Ragan Dockside Logistics Ford 15.002 127.903
20 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 15.015 127.792
11 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Nationwide Insurance Ford 15.028 127.682
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush's Grillin' Beans Chevrolet 15.032 127.648
12 23 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 15.037 127.605
24 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Ford 15.037 127.605
13 25 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 15.038 127.597
26 3 Austin Dillon # Bad Boy Buggies / Realtree Chevrolet 15.046 127.529
14 27 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 15.056 127.444
28 27 Paul Menard Richmond / Menards Chevrolet 15.057 127.436
15 29 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 15.067 127.351
30 51 Justin Allgaier # SEM Products Chevrolet 15.068 127.343
16 31 40 Landon Cassill(i) CRC Brakleen Chevrolet 15.087 127.182
32 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 15.088 127.174
17 33 23 Alex Bowman # Dr Pepper Toyota 15.089 127.165
34 7 Michael Annett # Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 15.121 126.896
18 35 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 15.151 126.645
36 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy - Get Found Chevrolet 15.153 126.628
19 37 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet Owner Points
38 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Owner Points
20 39 32 Travis Kvapil AskMore-GetMore.com Ford Owner Points
40 83 Ryan Truex # Borla Exhaust Toyota Owner Points
21 41 30 Parker Kligerman # Swan Energy Toyota Owner Points
42 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Land Castle Title Toyota Owner Points
22 43 33 Timmy Hill LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: # 35 David Reutimann; # 77 Dave Blaney.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 22 0 Toyota 10 0






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