Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
The Place: Bristol Motor Speedway
The Date: Saturday August 19
The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBC, 7 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 266.5 miles (500 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 125),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 250), Final Stage (Ends on lap 500)
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Food City 300
The Place: Bristol Motor Speedway
The Date: Friday, August 18
The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Radio: 9RN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 159.9 miles (300 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 85),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 170), Final Stage (Ends on lap 300)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: UNOH 200
The Place: Bristol Motor Speedway
The Date: Wednesday, August 16
The Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 8 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 106.6 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 55),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 110), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Good Things Coming In Threes
As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the number to remember is “three.”
With three races remaining before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs (Bristol, Darlington, Richmond), the spotlight is on the three drivers who currently hold, based on points, the remaining trio of slots in the post-season - Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth.
And in keeping with the theme - there are three drivers with previous wins at the Last Great Colosseum who have yet to secure a post-season slot with a playoff-eligible win: Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano.
Lights, Camera ... And A Whole Lot Of Action
The spotlights are on Bristol Motor Speedway. In more ways than one.
It’s Bristol at night, baby! Few things in sports match the intensity and spectacle of NASCAR racing beneath the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway. The world’s fastest half mile has produced some of the most intense moments in NASCAR history.
Google “2008 Bristol night race, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch” for just one example.
And in case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s crunch time for drivers trying to make the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Win, and you’re in.
And if you don’t win, you better hope there’s a repeat winner in order to keep your hopes alive.
All of those factors together promise to make for a thrilling showdown in Thunder Valley.
Chasing The Return To The Post-Season
Right now, Chase Elliott is the best of the rest when it comes to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff grid.
He’s looking to qualify for back-to-back Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series post-season berths as he still pursues his first career win.
The driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet is seventh overall in the Monster Energy Series points standings, a solid 62 points ahead of the first driver on the outside looking in - Clint Bowyer. Elliott holds a 10-point lead over Jamie McMurray and a 31-point advantage over Matt Kenseth.
If Elliott is going to break through for his first career win and the automatic berth in the playoffs, this may be the track where he does it. In just three career starts at Bristol, Elliott has amassed a top-five and two top-10 finishes, as well as an average finish of 8.7 (series-best among active drivers). On the season, he has six top fives and 13 top 10s.
He’s so close, but so much can happen in three races.
Jamie McMurray, in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, holds a 52-point cushion over Clint Bowyer on the cutoff line and is in good position to head to the post-season on points if there is a repeat winner at any of the next three races.
However, with 13 different playoff-eligible winners on the board thus far in 2017, McMurray can’t bank on that at Bristol.
McMurray has posted 29 starts at Bristol, tallying three top fives and 11 top 10s in his career. He also holds an average finish of 16.4 at the Last Great Colosseum. So far in 2017, McMurray has just two top fives but has recorded an average finish of 13.6, keeping him in playoff contention.
Ken He Do It?
Kenseth is in the most precarious position of the drivers currently on the playoff grid. The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota currently holds the final playoff spot by virtue of a 31-point advantage over Clint Bowyer.
However, if a new driver wins at Bristol, and he’s not named Chase Elliott or Jamie McMurray, Kenseth drops out of the post-season group picture.
Kenseth has four wins, 14 top fives and 21 top 10s in 35 starts at Bristol. His four wins trail only the Busch brothers among active drivers at Bristol, as Kyle and Kurt have five victories apiece at the track.
Also of note, Kenseth is the only one of the three drivers trying to hold on to a 2017 playoff berth via points who has recorded a win in Thunder Valley.
And a win quiets all the points talk.
Bowyer, Logano Playoff Hopes Lean on Past Bristol Success
The bubble picture looks OK for Clint Bowyer. Not great, but OK. He doesn’t exactly need a win to make the playoffs, but that’s certainly the easiest path.
For Joey Logano, it’s dire. Mathematically speaking, there’s a chance he can still earn a playoff spot on points. There’s also a chance of finding broccoli on a dessert menu.
He needs a win, and there’s pleasant news on that front.
Bowyer and Logano are the first two drivers outside the 16-driver playoff bubble, and both are VERY strong at Bristol. Which is good for them, and potentially bad for the likes of Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth. A win by either Bowyer or Logano would shove one of those three drivers outside the bubble.
First, Bowyer. Bowyer finished second in the Monster Energy Series’ first trip to Bristol in April. It’s a bit of a deceiving finish, as his average running position of 13.6 would suggest. Still, he’s finished in the top 10 in three of the last four Bristol races (and in the top five in two of those).
Logano boasts a stellar record at Bristol, scoring two wins (including the 2015 Night Race) and top 10s in each of the last four finishes. None of those finishes were flukes, as he led multiple laps in each.
Truex Hones in on Regular Season Championship
In Stage 1 at Michigan, Martin Truex Jr. scored seven stage points. Seven.
For Truex and the No. 78 team, that’s an Aaron-Judge-Post-Home-Run-Derby type slump.
Seriously. Prior to Michigan, here are the Stage 1 point totals of the previous five races: 9, 9, 9, 10, 10. Stage 2 figures look pretty similar. So, yes, seven looks weak in comparison.
Therefore, if anyone’s wondering how Truex’s points lead has ballooned to 129 points over second-place Kyle Larson, that’s why.
That’s also why Truex is quite likely to lock up the regular season championship this weekend at Bristol, two races before the regular season actually ends at Richmond. If Truex leaves Bristol with a 121-point lead over second-place (or a 120-point lead if the second place driver has one win), he is guaranteed to be the points leader following race No. 26 at Richmond.
And that’s extremely important this season. The regular season champion earns 15 playoff points, a major boost towards landing an even bigger title - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
The Making Of A Champion?
Three in a row.
That’s what Kyle Larson won at Michigan International Speedway when he used a masterful restart in NASCAR Overtime to split the pair of Furniture Row Racing Toyotas and park his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Victory Lane...again.
With the 2017 sweep and the 2016 August win for his first career checkered flag in the Monster Energy Series, Larson is the true Wolverine in the Irish Hills.
Throwing in his win at Auto Club Speedway in March, Larson has three race wins and has also accumulated 18 total playoff points this season - second only to Martin Truex Jr.’s 35 playoff points.
At Bristol, the young Californian has posted three top-10s and an average finish of 19.3 in seven starts.
But the most relevant of his stats in Thunder Valley might be that Larson captured a stage win at Bristol in the spring race - for one of those all-important playoff points.
Jones, Suarez Showing Skills Beyond Their Experience
Coming into the 2017 season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year class earned quite a bit of ink.
Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez received the most attention, with pundits foreshadowing solid seasons with a playoff berth a possibility. They were spot on.
Both, though, need a win to land a spot in the playoff field. And both have been racing with the sense of urgency that comes with that truth.
Jones, specifically, has been on a tear, with three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a career-best finish of third (Michigan).
Bristol holds special memories for Jones. In 2015, Jones logged some laps in the Monster Energy Series Bristol race for an injured Denny Hamlin - his first taste of action at NASCAR’s top level. Since then, Jones has raced at Bristol once, a 17th-place finish in April. Jones won two Bristol races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Suarez stumbled a bit at Michigan, after a late-race wreck with Kasey Kahne ended his day. Prior to that, Suarez had four consecutive top 10s, including a career series-best finish of third (Watkins Glen).
Like Jones, Suarez has only one start at Bristol - an 18th-place finish in April. But in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Suarez finished in the top five in three of his five starts.
Dale Jr.’s Final Stand At The Last Great Colosseum
Saturday night marks Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 35th, and final, start at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Junior has finished in the top 10 in nearly half his Bristol starts (16 of 34) and visited Victory Lane at this race in 2004.
Earnhardt also won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race in August of 2004 and is setting himself up to win a pair of swords, as he’s entered in both Friday’s Food City 500 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Fans will have multiple opportunities to honor the driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet throughout the weekend as Bristol Motor Speedway pays tribute in conjunction with the Jr. Nation Appreci88ion Tour.
· The Dale Jr. Moments Museum in the Fan Zone will showcase his signature Bristol memories.
A select amount of Dale Jr. collector cards highlighting his top six Bristol moments will be handed out at the gates on Saturday, Aug. 19
During pre-race, those with seats on the frontstretch will be able to take part in a card stunt saluting the driver of the No. 88 Chevy. All guests will also be encouraged to stand up and salute Junior on Lap 88 to show their #Appreci88ion
Junior fans will want to pick up a copy of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race commemorative program which will feature numerous stories on Dale and a special collector’s cover designed by famed NASCAR artist Sam Bass
Earnhardt Jr. will make a special guest appearance at the Mountain Dew display at 4 p.m. in the Fan Zone on Saturday, Aug. 19
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Etc.
Taking on Tennessee: Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) marks the 175th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in the Volunteer State. Here’s the breakdown by track of the first 174 races:
Bristol Motor Speedway - 113
Nashville Speedway - 42
Smokey Mountain Raceway - 12
Kingsport Speedway - 3
Chattanooga International Raceway - 2
Tennessee-Carolina Speedway - 2
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Five To Go: Who Has The Best Shot To Win At Bristol
The countdown to the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff continues and just five races are left in the regular season for drivers to lock themselves in.
Three title contenders have won this season doing just that - William Byron (three wins), Justin Allgaier (one) and Ryan Reed (one). This leaves nine spots up for grabs, but with just five races left in the regular season, four drivers are guaranteed to get in on points.
Of the nine drivers currently inside the top 12 in NASCAR XFINITY Series championship points without a win this season, JR Motorsport’s Elliott Sadler is the only competitor who has won at Bristol previously.
The current points leader, Sadler has a healthy cushion (+387 points) over the playoff cutoff-line heading into Bristol, but that isn’t slowing his urge to win this weekend. The Emporia, Virginia native has made 12 series starts at Bristol, posting two wins (1998 and 2012), seven top fives and 10 top 10s. A win will not only lock Sadler into the playoffs, but also give him five playoff points which he can use throughout the post season to advance.
Here are the remaining eight winless drivers inside the top 12 in order of their average finish at Bristol Motor Speedway - Daniel Hemric (5.0), Michael Annett (13.6), Brennan Poole (15.0), Brendan Gaughan (16.4), Matt Tifft (19.5), Dakoda Armstrong (23.7), Blake Koch (26.5) and Cole Custer (32.0).
Playoff Bubble: Annett Bounces To The Hot Seat
In impressive off-road fashion, Brendan Gaughan saved his No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet from wrecking to finish in the top-10 on the final restart in last weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio. As a result, the Las Vegas native leaped-frogged JR Motorsport’s driver Michael Annett in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver championship standings, putting Annett in the hot seat a.k.a. the final playoff spot.
Annett is now 12th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver points, 34 points ahead of 13th-place Ryan Sieg, who is the first driver outside the playoff cutoff. In 21 starts this season, Annett has posted five top 10s and an average finish of 18.1.
Several drivers are still mathematically able to catch Annett in the points, but the three closest are Ryan Sieg (13th, -34); JJ Yeley (14th, -46) and Ross Chastain (15th, -47).
Fortunately for Annett, he has outperformed his closest combatants at Bristol, posting an average finish of 13.6 at the half-mile compared to the average finishes of Ryan Sieg (20.1), JJ Yeley (28.2) and Ross Chastain (25.8).
Joe Gibbs Racing Goes For The Bristol Sweep
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones drove the No. 18 Toyota to Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season. This weekend, Jones is not entered, but his teammates Kyle Busch (No. 18), Matt Tifft (No. 19) and Daniel Suarez (No. 20) will take their shot at the season sweep and bringing home the trophy for the organization.
If one of Joe Gibbs’ drivers does win this weekend, it will be the second-time the owner has swept the NASCAR XFINITY Series Bristol races and the fifth-time overall; joining Gary Bechtel (1995), Teresa Earnhardt (2004), Joe Gibbs (2011) and Kyle Busch (2013).
Kyle Busch leads the series in wins at Bristol with eight. He also is the winningest driver in series history with 90 wins. Both Tifft and Suarez have yet to win at Bristol Motor Speedway. Tifft has two series starts at BMS with a best finish of 16th, earlier this season. Suarez has made five series starts at Bristol posting three top fives; including a third-place finish earlier this season.
Who Needs Lights With This List Of Stars For Bristol
Even though this weekend’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway will be raced under the lights, they might not need them with this star-studded lineup of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers - Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Daniel Suárez, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon are all scheduled for the event.
The famous Monster Energy drivers will definitely raise the competition Saturday night as four of them are former BMS winners - Kyle Busch (eight wins), Joey Logano (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon (each have one). Dillon is the event’s defending winner.
Tennessee And NASCAR
A total of 334 NASCAR national series races (MENCS 174, NXS 111, and NCWTS 49) among nine tracks have been held in the state of Tennessee.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series has hosted 111 events in Tennessee among four tracks - Bristol Motor Speedway (70), Nashville Superspeedway (21), Memphis Motorsports Park (11) and Nashville Speedway (9).
The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in the state of Tennessee was at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 13, 1982 - the race was won by Phil Parsons in a Pontiac.
The 70 series races at Bristol Motor Speedway have produced 47 different pole winners and 44 different race winners.
A total of 107 drivers who have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Tennessee. Of the 107 drivers, 37 (34.5%) have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 37 Tennessee drivers who have competed in the NXS, 10 have series wins, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip (Franklin) with 13 victories.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Bubba Breaks Through At Michigan
Darrell Wallace Jr. appeared in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race since 2014 this past weekend at Michigan... and won.
Wallace Jr. took the checkered flag in his No. 99 Maestro's Classic Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway - winning the LTi Printing 200. The victory was Wallace’s sixth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win and first since his last start in the series - at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2014.
The triumphant victory also served as the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win for MDM Motorsports.
Wallace, who was overcome with emotion after the win, said this was such a big moment for not only himself, but everyone involved with his team and family.
“It’s huge. To go through everything, everybody goes trials and tribulations for a reason. Sometimes, you have a lot more downs than ups in this sport, and the ones that can come out on top and carry themselves through those hard times, will be the ones that capitalize. I try to carry a positive outlook on everything that’d I’ve done.”
You can listen to the rest of the post-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series media availability with Wallace here.
Truex Scores Back-To-Back Top-Five Finishes
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs contender Ryan Truex scored his second consecutive top five after finishing fourth at Michigan International Speedway.
Truex’s top-five finish leaped him ahead of ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff standings.
With three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races before the playoffs begin, Truex currently sits seventh in the playoffs standings behind Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chase Briscoe, who is sixth. Rhodes now sits eighth in the standings.
He will need to continue his streak of top finishes if he wants to make the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs. Truex sits 19 points above the post-season cutoff line.
It’s Bristol, Baby!
Following the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will go mid-week racing at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. The trucks will hit the track Wednesday, August 16 for the UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Last Great Coliseum.
Ben Kennedy is the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Johnny Sauter (fifth), Christopher Bell (seventh) and John Hunter Nemechek (eighth) all finished inside the top-10.
Playoff Bubble Drivers At Bristol
With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff picture above, below is an outlook of drivers No. 7-12 in the current playoff standings.
7. Ryan Truex: Now sitting seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff standings, Ryan Truex will need another top finish this week at a track where he has never made a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career start in order to maintain his position. Truex has back-to-back top-five finishes (Michigan and Pocono).
8. Ben Rhodes: Ben Rhodes finished outside the top-10 for the fourth time in his last five races after an 11th-place finish at Michigan. Having been a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs contender for most of the season, Rhodes will look to get back on track this week at Bristol. In two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Bristol, Rhodes has finishes of 30th - 2016 (engine) and ninth - 2014.
9. Grant Enfinger: If the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs began today, ThorSport Racing Sunoco Rookie Grant Enfnger would be the first driver out, sitting below the cutoff line by 24 points. He will look to change that this week at Bristol. Enfinger attempted to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in 2012 at Bristol - but didn’t make the field. Enfinger has five top fives this season and eight top 10s in 13 starts.
10. Noah Gragson: After a wreck at Pocono, Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson got right back on track at Michigan - scoring a seventh-place finish. It was his ninth top-10 finish in 13 starts this season. He currently sits 37 points out of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs spot and has never made a career start at Bristol.
11. Austin Cindric: Even though he sits 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff standings and 62 points away from the cutoff line, Austin Cindric is making a strong push for the playoffs. He has five-consecutive top-10 or better finishes. The Brad Keselowski Racing driver has made one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Bristol - he finished 18th there last season after starting 27th.
12. Justin Haley: Scoring his eighth consecutive top-10 or better finish, GMS Racing driver Justin Haley is another bubble driver making a run at a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs seat. He sits 101 points below the cutoff line but has some experience on his side this weekend at Bristol. He made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol in 2015 and finished 14th.
A Look Back At Bristol: Christopher Bell
In last season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, 2016 Sunoco Rookie contender Christopher Bell made his mark at the 0.533-mile track.
Bell led a race-high 101 laps - which remains a career-high in laps led for the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver. He would go on to finish the race with a seventh-place finish after starting the race fifth.
Bell’s 101 laps led at Bristol already rank him third amongst active NASCAR national series drivers that have made starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Bristol. Kyle Busch is first with 435 laps led and Timothy Peters is second with 349 laps led there.
Bell has come close to beating his career-high in laps led this season. He led 99 laps on his way to his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Since Atlanta, Bell has led over 90 laps three times; he led 96 laps at Martinsville Speedway, 92 laps at Texas Motor Speedway and 99 laps at Iowa Speedway.
Bell will be looking for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Bristol. He’s had a stout 2017 campaign - winning four times and finishing inside the top five eight times.
Bristol Motor Speedway Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday, August 16 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts at the 0.533-mile track:
Pole Winners: 15
Youngest Pole Winner: Chase Elliott (08/21/2013 - 17 years, 8 months, 24 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Ken Schrader (08/25/2004 - 49 years, 2 months, 27 days)
Race Winners: 15
Youngest Winner: Ryan Blaney (08/19/2015 - 21 years, 4 months, 19 days)
Oldest Winner: Joe Ruttman (06/23/1995 - 50 years, 7 months, 26 days)
Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 4
Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): Kyle Busch (08/18/2010)
Race Record: Brad Keselowski 91.919 mph (08/21/2014)
Qualifying Record: Tyler Reddick 128.917 mph (08/17/2016)
First Timers At Bristol
There are four Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in Wednesday’s UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). They include: Chase Briscoe, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger and Noah Gragson.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie contenders who have made starts at Bristol Motor Speedway include Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Stewart Friesen, Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.
In 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, two active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Chase Elliott (08/21/2013) and Ryan Newman (08/19/2009), won their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series poles at Bristol. Other drivers to win their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series poles at Bristol include Cale Gale (08/22/2012) and Ken Schrader (08/25/2004).
Current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ben Kennedy (08/17/2016) and 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski are the only two drivers to win their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Kyle Busch Bringing It At Bristol: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will run the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. Busch has brought his best at Bristol in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - winning three consecutive races at the Last Great Coliseum from 2008-10. Busch won his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol in 2013.
From The Booth To Bristol: NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman will make his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season in the No. 75 Toyota Tundra for Charles Henderson at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kligerman has two top-10 finishes this season and three career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Bristol, with finishes of 20th (2016), second (2012) and 10th (2011).
Brandon Jones Returns To Trucks At Bristol: NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Brandon Jones will make his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season in the No. 99 Chevrolet for Matthew Miller at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jones has improved in each NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season, as he has finishes of 31st (Charlotte), sixth (Dover), third (Iowa) and second (Kentucky).
NASCAR Next Driver Burton Slated For Bristol Start: NASCAR Next driver Harrison Burton is set to make his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Burton has finished top 15 or better in all four starts this season, and has a season-best finish of 11th at Iowa Speedway.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings Update: Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra retains a 37-point lead over GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings after 13 races this season. ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota Tundra (-62), Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 29 Ford F-150 (-63) and Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota Tundra (-133) round out the top five.
Taking On Tennessee 2.0: Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) marks the 50th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the Volunteer State. Here’s the breakdown by track of the first 49 races:
Bristol Motor Speedway - 19
Nashville Speedway - 5
Nashville Superspeedway - 13
Memphis Motorsports Park - 12
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