When: April 15, 2018
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway - Bristol, TN
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Defending Champion: Carl Edwards
NASCAR drivers prepare to take on the world’s fastest half-mile track, Bristol Motor Speedway, in the Food City 500 in late April.
It's time for some good ole’ short track racing with a high-banked half-mile track, that will provide some of the best racing of the NASCAR season. The .533 mile short track is one of the most popular on the NASCAR circuit due to the increased amount of paint swapping going on throughout the race. NASCAR teams must bring a setup that allows the car to roll through the turns and sometimes the only way to make a pass is to move the driver out of the way.
The Food City 500 is one of two NASCAR races held at Bristol, the other being the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in late August.
Last year, Johnson passed Kevin Harvick with 21 laps remaining, then drove away for his second Monster Energy Cup Series win in a row and his second at the half-mile Tennessee track.
Rusty Wallace holds the record for the most wins in this race with six, while Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt have five. Cale Yarborough, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch have four wins, while David Pearson and Kyle Busch have three wins. Bobby Allison and defending champion Carl Edwards have two wins.
The top teams in this race have been Hendrick Motorsports and Junior Johnson & Associates with seven wins. Penske Racing has five wins, while Holman-Moody and Richard Childress Racing have five wins. Roush Fenway Racing and Joe Gibbs racing have four wins, while Richard Howard has three wins, and Petty Enterprises, Blue Max Racing and Rod Osterlund Racing have two wins.
The top manufacturer is Chevrolet with 22 wins, while Ford has 17 wins. Pontiac and Dodge have five wins with Toyota checking in with four, Buick with two and Plymouth with one.
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This means there are a lot more betting opportunities in NASCAR, along with better competition deep into the year.
Nascar teams must bring a setup that allows the car to roll through the turns and sometimes the only way to make a pass is to move the driver out of the way. The race will start with 40 calm drivers, but tempers will likely flair before the checkered flag.
The track is different, the atmosphere is different and there are few guarantees in NASCAR odds in Bristol, TN.
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Despite its small size, Bristol is among the most popular tracks in NASCAR due to its distinct features that include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads and amphitheater-like seating.
With the fast speeds and the short track, things can happen quickly and this Sunday’s 500 laps can become more a race of survival than a race filled with strategy. Egos are bruised and friends lost over this race.
Having been a constant on the NASCAR calendar since 1961, the Food City 500 is not only one of the top events of the season, but also one of the proudest to be held on the half-mile oval at the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway.
Because of its extreme banking and short length, the Food City 500 and Sharpie 500 are less races of pure speed than ones of strategy. Drivers are forced to think ahead rather than react with their foot.
You’ll also see a lot of bump and run at Bristol, leading to epic battles for a prime spot in front. Previous Food City 500 winners include Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton and Kyle Busch.
After racing at Bristol the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will finish off their March schedule in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway at the end of March and April will then feature NASCAR events at Texas, Phoenix, and Talladega.
Carl Edwards won the Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race after a long rain delay on Sunday.
Edwards triumphed even after sitting through a two-hour delay at the beginning of the race as well as a three-hour, 19-minute red flag for even more rain during the event.
Edwards is NASCAR's fourth different winner in the first four races and is now all but qualified for the Chase.
Edwards’ teammate at Roush Fenway Racing, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished second.
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