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Food City 500

Date: April 21st - 24rd 2017
Distance: 266.5 miles (428.9 km)
Laps: 500
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.

Track Details

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

2017 Schedule

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
 

2017 Food City 500 Results

Pos Driver Team Maker Laps Points
1 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports. Chevrolet 500 54
2 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 35
3 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 41
4 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 33
5 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 48

Past Winners

Year No. Driver Teams Manufacturer Race distance
Laps / Miles (km)
Race time verage speed
(mph)
2017 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 266.5 (428.89) 3:04:29 86.674
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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