Raceday: Food City 500

March 16, 2013 

Food City 500

WHERE: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway

TRACK TYPE: .533-mile banked concrete oval

RACE DISTANCE: 500 laps, 266.5 miles

WEATHER: High near 60 with a 50 percent chance of rain.

TV: Coverage begins at noon on Fox. Green flag is 1:16 p.m.

RADIO: Performance Racing Network (94.3 FM in Columbia area)

Three things to watch

1 Matt Kenseth is fresh off his first win with Joe Gibbs Racing and enters a track on which he has enjoyed success before. Can he make it two in a row?

2 Kyle Busch has five Cup wins at Bristol but in those victories he never started better than 12th. Today, Busch starts from the pole for the first time.

3 Danica Patrick’s first visit to Bristol last August in the Cup series was going fairly well — running in the Top 20 and on the lead lap — when she got caught in an accident with 66 laps remaining.

Observations

• While any publicity might seem like good publicity, there are instances when the philosophy should be abandoned. Two such cases occurred Friday. Jeremy Clements, who was reinstated by NASCAR last week after being suspended for using a racial slur in an interview, elected to do a media availability at the track. He didn’t say anything controversial. In fact, he was gracious. The problem is you can’t write another story about what Clements said without in some way referring to the reason why he was suspended in the first place. It’s likely a topic NASCAR would like to see disappear from the headlines. And then there’s Denny Hamlin. After a statement Thursday in which NASCAR said it considered Hamlin’s case “closed,” it seems to me it would have been in Hamlin’s best interests to leave the issue behind him. Instead, he chose to appear before the media on Friday and restated his belief he was in the right, belittled some of his fellow drivers for not having a “backbone” and said NASCAR could go about the business of getting its “credibility” back. Not sure that will go over well, either.

Jim Utter, The Charlotte Observer

Lineup

Pos.No.DriverCarSpeed
1.18Kyle BuschToyota129.535
2.5Kasey KahneChevy128.995
3.11Denny HamlinToyota128.96
4.55Brian VickersToyota128.528
5.27Paul MenardChevy128.356
6.1Jamie McMurrayChevy128.288
7.2Brad KeselowskiFord128.211
8.14Tony StewartChevy128.005
9.56Martin Truex, Jr..Toyota127.946
10.22Joey LoganoFord127.877
11.24Jeff GordonChevy127.869
12.20Matt KensethToyota127.852
13.48Jimmie JohnsonChevy127.835
14.38David GillilandFord127.792
15.13Casey MearsFord127.588
16.31Jeff BurtonChevy127.512
17.42Juan Pablo MontoyaChevy127.47
18.29Kevin HarvickChevy127.453
19.78Kurt BuschChevy127.393
20.43Aric AlmirolaFord127.377
21.99Carl EdwardsFord127.36
22.9Marcos AmbroseFord127.36
23.15Clint BowyerToyota127.3
24.16Greg BiffleFord127.258
25.83David ReutimannToyota127.132
26.30David StremmeToyota126.595
27.95Scott SpeedFord126.578
28.17Ricky Stenhouse, Jr..Ford126.528
29.51A J AllmendingerChevy126.42
30.34David RaganFord126.403
31.39Ryan NewmanChevy126.237
32.88Dale Earnhardt, Jr..Chevy125.947
33.7Dave BlaneyChevy125.848
34.98Michael McDowellFord125.74
35.36J.J. YeleyChevy125.732
36.19Mike BlissToyota125.708
37.93Travis KvapilToyotaOwnerPoints
38.87Joe NemechekToyotaOwnerPoints
39.47Bobby LabonteToyotaOwnerPoints
40.35Josh WiseFordOwnerPoints
41.10Danica PatrickChevyOwnerPoints
42.33Landon CassillChevyOwnerPoints
43.32Terry LabonteFordOwnerPoints

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