Food City 500
|Date: April 21st - 23rd 2017
Distance: 266.5 miles (428.9 km)
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
Location: Bristol, Tennessee, US
The Food City 500 is an annual 500-lap, 266.5-mile (428.9 km) annual NASCAR Sprint Cup points race held at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. This is one of two NASCAR races held at Bristol, the other being the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, and is considered one of NASCAR's best races. It was the first venue of the 2007 NASCAR schedule to host the fifth-generation NASCAR premiership race car, a race won by Kyle Busch.
In 2008, Bristol Motor Speedway President & General Manager Jeff Byrd requested that NASCAR move the spring race to a later Spring date, to avoid the problems with rain, snow and sleet that hit the area in late winter and early spring. This was not carried out until 2015. In 2015, the race moved from mid-March to April.
In 2011, title sponsor Food City announced it would honor former Speedway President and General Manager Jeff Byrd, who died in October 2010, by renaming the 2011 Spring race the Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City.
In 2015, the race was renamed the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer to support NASCAR on Fox broadcaster Steve Byrnes in his battle with cancer, in association with the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Bristol Motor Speedway has been an integral part of auto racing since 1961. It currently hosts both the Irwin Tools Night Race 500 and the Food City 500, along NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Racing and NASCAR Nationwide Series Racing. The track has a distance of 266.5 miles and is an oval course. The short track makes for slower speeds, but that is offset by the high banking of the turns at Bristol, a challenging aspect like no other track on the NASCAR circuit. It also creates a traffic jam that leads to lots of bumping and jostling on the track as drivers jockey for position.
The fact that the race is at night only seems to add fuel to the fire. Drivers are used to racing in the afternoon, so I suppose waiting until night has many of these guys very overanxious to get out on the track. Or maybe they just want to put on a good show for the primetime audience.
|Completed : 1990||Frontstretch : 1,500 feet|
|Distance : 266.5 miles (428.9 km)||Backstretch : 3,330 feet|
|Shape : Oval||Seating : 93,521|
|Banking : Turns: 22–24 Straights:9|
|Sunday, April 23rd|
|9:00 AM||Spectator Gates Open|
|10:45 AM||Hospitality Track Tours|
|11:00 AM||Hot Pass in Effect (Entire Infield Area)|
|2:00 PM||Food City 500 NSCS Race|
2016 Food City 500 Results
|1||Carl Edwards||Comcast Business||Toyota||500||45|
|2||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Nationwide Chevrolet||Chevrolet||500||39|
|3||Kurt Busch||Haas Automation/Moster Energy Chevrolet||Chevrolet||500||39|
|4||Chase Elliott||Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet||Chevrolet||500||37|
|5||Trevor Bayne||AdvoCare Ford||Ford||500||36|
Laps / Miles (km)
|Race time||verage speed
|2016||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||266.5 (428.89)||3:15:52||81.637|
|2015||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||511*||272.363 (438.325)||3:37:54||74.997|
|2014||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||503*||268.099 (431.463)||3:11:23||84.051|
|2013||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||266.5 (428.89)||2:53:25||92.206|
|2012||2||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing (5)||Dodge||500||266.5 (428.89)||2:51:52||93.037|
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