Crunching The Numbers: Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Who’s ready for a food fight in the Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway? A short track where tempers are known to flair is most certain to provide a Sunday’s worth of entertainment in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Bristol Motor Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 0.533 Mile Oval
  • Scheduled Laps: 500 (266.5 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 125
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 250
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 24° –  30°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 650 feet
    • Banking: 4°-9°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 650 feet
    • Banking: 4°-9°

Food City 500 Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 5 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, & 2015)
  • Caution Finishes: 1 (2014)
  • Rain Shortened: 0
  • 2017 Food City 500 Winners
    • Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson
      • Finished P6
    • Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
      • Finished P8
    • Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson
      • Top 5 in both stages

Trending of the past 5 Food City 500 races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.988 seconds
  • 11 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 38
    • Final Caution: Lap 481 (19 laps to go)
  • 17 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Food City 500 races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.832 seconds
  • 10 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 37
    • Final Caution: Lap 482 (18 laps to go)
  • 17 drivers on the lead lap

Food City 500 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 8.6
  • 14.3% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Average laps lead: 69.5 laps (13.9% of the race)
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter was 276 (55.2% of the race) by Carl Edwards in 2016
    • Edwards won that race

Food City 500 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 9.3
    • The median race winner’s starting position is P10
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P1, P12, & P13
    • Kyle Busch started from P20 in 2007, the furthest back a Food City 500 winner has started
  • 35.7% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 50.0% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 123.6 laps (24.7% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Jeff Burton led 2 laps (0.4% of the race) in 2008
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Kyle Busch led 378 laps (75.6% of the race) in 2009
  • There have been 9 different race winners from 5 different teams since 2004
    • Kyle Busch lead the active field with 3 wins
    • Hendrick Motorsports & Joe Gibbs Racing leads the field with 4 wins
  • Fun Fact: A driver from the same team has won the pole and race 3 times; 2 of those time, the driver won the race and the pole

Food City 500 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

Richard Childress Racing has the best average Food City 500 finish, which is accompanied by 2 wins (last by Jeff Burton in 2008). In 2018, Team Penske, Furniture Row Racing, and Stewart Haas Racing are the podium teams, and the ones that have flexed their muscles the most. Is it time for other teams to start stepping up their game if they want to be around come Playoffs time?

Food City 500 Predictions

Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner and is really looking for a good finish (if not a win) this weekend to turn his 2018 season around. But, the hot drivers are Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, and they both are pretty strong when it comes to the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

What better way to combine 2 of my favorite things, NASCAR and statistics, than providing y'all with an analytical report each weekend during the NASCAR season.

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