FOOD CITY 500 News and Notes

FOOD CITY 500 News and Notes

Driver to win the Food City 500

Jimmie Johnson     10-1

Tony Stewart     8-1

Kasey Kahne     20-1

Jeff Gordon     7-1

Matt Kenseth     7-1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 12-1

Kevin Harvick     7-1

Jeff Burton     10-1

Carl Edwards     20-1

Kyle Busch     8-1

Greg Biffle     25-1

Kurt Busch     7-1

Denny Hamlin     20-1

Clint Bowyer     25-1

Juan Pablo Montoya 60-1

Martin Truex Jr 60-1

Ryan Newman 30-1

Elliott Sadler     40-1

Casey Mears 50-1

Jamie McMurray     50-1

Scott Riggs     50-1

Reed Sorenson 100-1

Bobby Labonte     60-1

Joe Nemechek     100-1

JJ Yeley     100-1

David Gilliland 100-1

Ricky Rudd     100-1

Paul Menard  100-1

Dave Blaney  100-1

Robby Gordon 100-1

Dale Jarrett     100-1

Brian Vickers     100-1

Michael Waltrip 100-1

zx Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1


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Just One "Big Difference" - Analyzing the Food City 500       
Monday, 19 March 2007

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2007) – The drivers are the same. The track’s the same. And, of course, the goal is the same.

But this weekend, as you may have heard, there will be one very big difference. Please welcome to the stage… the Car of Tomorrow.

The culmination of a seven-year project at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center will be unveiled Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Here are some of the particulars:

Safety
- A larger greenhouse for the driver
- Double frame rail on the driver’s side
- A stronger steel floorboard
- More energy management materials
- Enclosed 360-degree steel containment tunnel for drive shaft.

Improved Performance
- An adjustable rear wing is added to provide better balance and better control in traffic
- Front bumper is moved three inches higher so it lines up with the rear bumper upon impact
- The adjustable front splitter positions air below the front bumper and helps strike an aerodynamic balance with the rear wing.

Cost Efficiency
- With the adjustable rear wing and front splitter, along with a more defined body and chassis inspection process, teams will not have to build track-specific race cars.
- The overall design concept also helps reduce the amount of time necessary to fabricate cars.
The action kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on FOX.
   
Selected Driver Highlights
Note: All driver stats are at Bristol. NASCAR’s scoring loops began collecting data for statistical purposes in 2005. That is why the Loop Data statistics in this release cover the last four races at Bristol and include only active drivers.

Driver Rating at Bristol
Matt Kenseth          127.7
Jeff Gordon             106.2
Greg Biffle              103.9
Kevin Harvick          102.1
Elliott Sadler             99.1
Dale Earnhardt Jr.     95.8
Kurt Busch               95.4
Tony Stewart            94.8
Ricky Rudd              92.7
Jeff Burton                89.4

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005 and 2006 races (4 total) at Bristol.

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ameriquest Ford)

* Two top fives, four top 10s
* Average finish of 11.0; 202 laps led
* Third-highest Driver Rating of 103.9
* Fifth-highest Average Running Position of 12.126
* Fourth-Fastest Driver on the Fronstretch
* Third-Fastest on Backstretch
* Second-most Fastest Laps Run (126)
* 116 Green Flag Passes, tied for second most

Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
* Five wins, eight top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 14.0
* 550 laps led
* Driver Rating of 95.4, seventh best
* Fifth-Fastest on Frontstretch, fourth-Fastest on Backstretch
* 60 Quality Passes, sixth most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet)
* One win, five top fives, seven top 10s
* Average finish of 12.5; 742 laps led
* Sixth-best Average Running Position of 12.200
* Driver Rating of 95.8, sixth best
* Fastest in Turn 2 and 4
* 135 Green Flag Passes, most of any driver
* 64 Quality Passes, second most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
* Five wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; four poles
* Average finish of 11.786
* 2,429 laps led
* Second-best Average Running Position of 7.684
* Driver Rating of 106.2, second best
* Third-Fastest on Frontstretch and Turns 3 and 4
* Third-most Fastest Laps Run (95)
* 61 Quality Passes, tied for third-most
* Fastest Speed in Traffic

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet)
* One top 10 in two starts
* Average finish of 10.00
* Seventh-Fastest in Turn 1 and 2

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)
* One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
* Average finish of 10.583
* 349 laps led
* Driver Rating of 102.1, fifth-best
* Second-Fastest on the Frontstretch and Backstretch
* 86 Fastest Laps Run, fourth most
* 61 Quality Passes, tied for third most
* Third-Fastest Speed in Traffic

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
* Two top fives, six top 10s
* Average finish at Bristol of 15.5
* 1,029 Laps in the Top 15, 12th most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
* Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 10.714
* 742 laps led
* Best Average Running Position of 3.464
* Driver Rating of 127.7, best of any driver
* Fastest on Frontstretch, Backstretch
* Fourth-Fastest in Turn 3 and 4
* 195 Fastest Laps Run, most of any driver
* Fastest Green Flag Speed
* 1,912 Laps in the Top 15, most of any driver
* Second-Fastest Speed in Traffic

Ricky Rudd (No. 88 Snickers Ford)

* 16 top fives, 31 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 14.536
* 605 laps led
* 10th-best Average Running Position of 13.320
* Driver Rating of 92.7, ninth-best
* Seventh-Fastest on Backstretch
* Eight-Fastest in Turns 1 and 2

Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet)
* One win, four top fives and five top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 16.625
* 828 laps led
* Seventh-best Average Running Position of 12.224
* Driver Rating of 94.8, eighth-best
* 66 Quality Passes, most of any driver
* Second-Fastest in Turn 3 and 4
* 71 Fastest Laps Run, sixth most
* 108 Green Flag Passes, sixth most

Bristol Tidbits
* There have been 92 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
* A total of 401 drivers have competed at Bristol Motor Speedway.
* Kurt Busch is the defending Food City 500 champion; there was no Budweiser Pole winner for last year’s race due to weather.
* Forty drivers have posted poles at Bristol; 19 have more than one.
* Mark Martin leads all active drivers with seven poles at Bristol; he scored four in a row from 1996-96.
* Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with nine poles.
* A Bristol race has been won from the pole 21 times, most recently in 2005 (Matt Kenseth).
* The last three races at Bristol have been won from a starting position of inside the top 10, and two of the last three have been inside the top five.
* Only 16 Bristol races have been won from a starting position of outside the top 10.
* Elliott Sadler’s starting position of 38th in 2001 was the lowest starting position by a race winner ever at Bristol.
* There have been five different pole winners in the last five Bristol races that have had qualifying (there was no qualifying for last year’s spring race due to weather).
* Thirty-four different drivers have won a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Bristol since 1961; 14 have won more than once.
* Darrell Waltrip won 12 races at Bristol, more than any other driver.
* Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch have each won five races at Bristol, more than any other active driver.
* Cale Yarborough led 4,306 laps at Bristol, the most of any driver.
* Richard Petty had 60 career starts at Bristol, more than any driver.
* Petty and Darrell Waltrip have 26 top-five finishes, most of any driver.
* Petty has 37 top-10 finishes, most of any driver.
* Ricky Rudd has 16 top-10 finishes and 31 top-10 finishes at Bristol, most of any driver.
* A race at Bristol has been shortened by rain on only two occasions (fall 1983 and spring 1996).
* Elliott Sadler (3-25-01) and Kurt Busch (3-24-02) each had their first win at Bristol.
* Ricky Rudd leads all other active drivers with 23,951 laps completed at Bristol; Terry Labonte, who retired last year, has completed 24,792 laps at Bristol, more than any other driver.

Bristol Active Streaks
* Matt Kenseth has three straight top-five finishes at Bristol, including two wins in the last three races.
* Greg Biffle has scored top-10 finishes in three out of the last four Bristol races.
* Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored top-10 finishes in four out of the last five Bristol races.
* Biffle has started in the top 10 in five of the last six Bristol races.
* Ryan Newman has started in the top 10 in seven of the last eight Bristol races. In his 10 Bristol starts, Newman has started in the top 10 eight times.

Driver Rating at Bristol
Matt Kenseth 127.7
Jeff Gordon 106.2
Greg Biffle 103.9
Kevin Harvick 102.1
Elliott Sadler  99.1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 95.8
Kurt Busch  95.4
Tony Stewart  94.8
Ricky Rudd  92.7
Jeff Burton  89.4
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005 and 2006 races (4 total) at Bristol.

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Driver to win the Food City 500

Greg Biffle     25-1

Denny Hamlin     20-1


Great prices on these two   yikes

Both drivers looked great testing the COT car at the Bristol test and they both have ran well here in the past.  wink

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Earnhardt Jr. not sure drivers looking forward to Bristol
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. laughs when talking about Sunday's Food City 500 Nextel Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, wondering if anyone is truly looking forward to the debut of NASCAR's car of tomorrow.

Cup drivers tested the new version of the car at Bristol Feb. 28-March 1 and worked to figure out how to handle it. Earnhardt Jr. was far from the fastest on the track in those sessions but said that he felt comfortable in the car, something that may be a great asset in Sunday's race.

Still, though, with so little background with the car, racing at Bristol this time really will be a voyage into the great unknown for teams.

"I'm not sure anyone is looking forward to Bristol," Earnhardt Jr. said. "The number of unknowns is through the roof with the car of tomorrow, but it's the same for everybody. We'll all learn how the new car is going to work and what unexpected issues pop up."

Despite that, Earnhardt Jr. expects this to be the same type of racing at Bristol that drivers have seen in the past.

"I can say the track and the racing will be the same," he said. "It's a bumpy, rough track, and when you finish 500 laps there, you feel like you've been in the ring with Mike Tyson - the young Mike Tyson.

"The track is so rough, it will beat you up even when you're running alone, like a hammer to your organs. But you throw in 42 other cars, and it's like a cage match. You can't go anywhere or make a move without running into something or someone."

That makes racing at the high-banked, half-mile oval an exercise in survival. Earnhardt Jr. has been good at keeping his car under him at Bristol in the past. He won there in 2004 and has five top-five and seven top-10 finishes at Bristol.

But those results were with the model of the car still being raced at most tracks this season, not the new one created with safety in mind.

"I think that may be a big key: Who can take care of their car for the full distance," Earnhardt Jr. said. "Who can survive without finding the weak link in these new cars may be the last man standing at the end. Luckily, I'm running the Busch race on Saturday, so my guys and I will probably be too busy running back and forth to worry about it all."

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Bristol: Top 10 drivers - and beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 10 along with some other notable drivers, going into the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 25.

1 -- Mark Martin (No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet)

The File:
* 48-years-old from Batesville, Ark., 35 career wins
* Four consecutive top 10s; three top fives
* Average finish of 5.5 this season
* Led in three of four races for 42 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, 15 top fives and 21 top 10s; seven poles
* 12.825 average finish
* Finished sixth and 28th, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led in 18 of his 40 Bristol races for a total of 957 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Average Running Position of 9.517; second best


2 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

The File:
* 35-years-old from Vallejo, Calif., 75 career wins
* Two top fives, three top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 6.5 this season
* Led in three of four races for 143 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Five wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; four poles
* 11.786 average finish
* Finished 21st and fifth, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led in 22 of his 28 Bristol races for a total of 2,429 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 542 passes, most of any driver; 76 Fastest Laps Run, third-most


3 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet)

The File:
* 39-years-old from South Boston, Va., 18 career wins
* Three top fives, four top 15s this season
* Average finish of 6.5 this season
* Led in three of four races for 24 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Six top fives, 10 top 10s
* 19.192 average finish
* Finished 34th and ninth, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led in five of his 26 Bristol races for a total of 318 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Average Running Position of 8.079, best of any driver; 403 Quality Passes, most of any driver


4 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

The File:
* 31-years-old from El Cajon, Calif., 25 career wins
* Two wins, three top fives this season
* Eight top fives in last 10 races
* Average finish of 11.0
* Led in three of four races for 255 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two top fives, six top 10s
* 15.5 average finish
* Finished 30th and 10th, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led in three of his 10 Bristol races for a total of 29 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-leading Driver Rating of 113.6


5 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)

The File:
* 35-years-old from Cambridge, Wis., 15 career wins
* One win, three top fives; Average finish of 8.75
* Led in all four races for 151 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
* 10.714 average finish
* Finished third and first, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led in seven of his 14 Bristol races for a total of 742 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Third-best Driver Rating of 107.8


6 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet)

The File:
* 35-years-old from Columbus, Ind., 29 career wins
* One top five, two top 10s
* Average finish of 15.0
* Led three of four races for 184 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One win, four top fives, five top 10s
* 16.625 average finish
* Finish 12th and 22nd, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led seven of his 16 Bristol races for 828 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Pass Differential of 132, best of any driver (number of cars passed compared to the number of times passed under green flag conditions)


7 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)

The File:
* 31-years-old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
* One win
* Average finish of 17.5 this season
* Led in three of four races for eight laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
* 10.583 average finish
* Finished second and 11th, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led in seven of his 12 Bristol events for a total of 349 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 31 Fastest Laps Run, eighth most


8 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet)


The File
* 26-years-old from Chesterfield, Va., two career wins
* One top five; two top 20s
* Average finish of 15.25

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One top 10 in two starts
* 10.0 average finish
* Finished 14th and sixth, respectively, last season at Bristol

Loop Data Highlight:
* 16 positions improved in last 10% of laps run, making him the fifth best Closer


9 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet)

The File:
* 27-years-old from Emporia, Kan., zero career wins
* Two top 10s; Average finish of 16.5; Led in three of four races for five laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two starts; 33.5 average finish
* Finished 29th and 38th, respectively, last season at Bristol

Loop Data Highlight:
* Average Running Position of 13.671, eighth best


10 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)

The File:
* 27-years-old from Columbia, Mo., four career wins
* Two consecutive top 10s
* Average finish of 16.25
* Led in one race for three laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One top five, two top 10s
* 18.8 average finish
* Finished fourth and seventh, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led in one of his five Bristol races for 16 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 339 Quality Passes, second most


14 -- Kyle Busch (No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet)


The File:
* 21-years-old from Las Vegas, Nev., three career wins
* Two top 10s
* Average finish of 18.5
* Led in three of four races for 17 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One top five, two top 10s
* 17.75 average finish
* Finished eighth and second, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led in two of his four Bristol races for 35 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 302 Quality Passes, fourth best


20 -- Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

The File:
* 28-years-old from Las Vegas, Nev., 15 career wins
* One top 10, two top 15s
* Average finish of 21.25
* Led two of four races for 109 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Five wins, eight top 10s
* 14.0 average finish
* Finish first and 37th, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Led in seven of his 12 Bristol races for 550 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Driver Rating of 91.7, seventh best


26 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet)

The File:
* 32-years-old from Kannapolis, N.C., 17 career wins
* Two top 15s
* Average finish of 24.25
* Led in one of four races for one lap

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One win, five top fives, seven top 10s
* 12.5 average finish
* Finish 11th and third, respectively, last season at Bristol
* Has led in five of his 14 Bristol races for 742 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Fastest on the Straightaways; 279 Quality Passes, fifth most


36 -- Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)

The File:
* 26-years-old from Enumclaw, Wash., seven career wins
* One top 10; one pole
* 29.75 average finish
* Led in two of four races for 33 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One top 10
* 23.167 average finish
* Finish 10th and 12th, respectively, last season at Bristol

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Driver to win the Food City 500

Greg Biffle     25-1

Denny Hamlin     20-1


Great prices on these two   yikes

Both drivers looked great testing the COT car at the Bristol test and they both have ran well here in the past.  wink

Both drivers will be bringing the same cars that did so well at the COT test in Feb.  wink

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Power Rankings: Bristol
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Driver Ratings

The latest edition of the RacingOne NEXTEL Cup Series Power Rankings as the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for Sunday's Food City 500, which features NASCAR's comprehensive statistical ratings system using a detailed formula to calculate each driver's performance.

Editor's Note: Top 10 rankings are generated by a formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race. Must have raced in 75 percent of scheduled point-paying races.

1. Jimmie Johnson - If Hendrick Motorsports has the COT figured out, Johnson is well on the way to becoming a repeat champion.

Bristol Finishing Average: 15.5
Bristol Wins: 0

2. Jeff Burton - He said it was "just another car" during the Bristol COT test, now gets a chance to prove it.

Bristol Finishing Average: 19.2
Bristol Wins: 0

3. Matt Kenseth - He has been the dominant car in the summer Bristol race but not so much in the spring, where all he got last year was a shove from Jeff Gordon on pit road after the race.

Bristol Finishing Average: 10.7
Bristol Wins: 2

4. Tony Stewart - Something tells me all that "flying brick" talk about the COT was meant to throw everyone off and that Stewart will excel in the new machine.

Bristol Finishing Average: 16.6
Bristol Wins: 1

5. Jeff Gordon - He used to own Bristol but has been shut out for nearly five years, but appears to be back in winning form this season.

Bristol Finishing Average: 11.8
Bristol Wins: 2

6. Mark Martin - Wonder if it'll be ribs or chicken on Martin's grill Sunday?

Bristol Finishing Average: 12.8
Bristol Wins: 1

7. Kurt Busch - Five Bristol wins is nothing to sneeze at and although the weather is supposed to be better than a year ago, Busch could still be making snow angles on Sunday.

Bristol Finishing Average: 14.0
Bristol Wins: 5

8. Carl Edwards - The "Remember Me?" tour continues in 2007 and Edwards is poised to bust down the door to victory lane very soon.

Bristol Finishing Average: 18.8
Bristol Wins: 0

9. Kyle Busch - Terrible day in Atlanta for Shrub, who should talk to his older brother about how to best get it done at Bristol.

Bristol Finishing Average: 17.8
Bristol Wins: 0

10. Clint Bowyer - Another guy who looks about ready to break into the win column, but has a not so impressive Cup career going so far at Bristol.

Bristol Finishing Average: 33.5
Bristol Wins: 0

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Played a matchup for this weeks race and lets hope I don't get screwed if my driver pits on the back stretch  :-

G Biffle -105 / C Edwards

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Cup teams anticipating different pit stops
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Of the many unknowns teams will face with the debut of the car of tomorrow, pit stops may represent one of the bigger questions heading into this weekend's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The new car has made a lot of laps on race tracks across the country, but no one has yet to make a pit stop under race conditions. And that has some crew chiefs worried.

"Pit stops are different," said Greg Zipadelli, crew chief for Tony Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet.

"Getting in and out of the pit box is different. The back of the car is longer. It's harder for the tire changers to get around, and we have to worry about the [air] hose getting caught under the splitter.

"There are just so many things. There are so many details that until you just go through some of them and have some problems, they're almost impossible to see or fix."

Zipadelli said his team has been practicing pit stops this week.

"Still, it's a little different," Zipadelli said. "You can't get the wedge wrenches in like you used to, because with the trunk being longer, the fuel man and the catch can man can't do it. The rear tire carrier has to do it, which slows down the pit stop just a little bit. There are a lot of little things that all of the teams are working through right now."

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Food City 500 preview
March 21, 2007
By Micah Roberts
VegasInsider.com 

This week’s race at Bristol marks the debut of NASCAR’s “Car of Tomorrow”. NASCAR will run 16 races this season in the new car, including next week at Martinsville as well. The changes to the car were all made in efforts to make the drivers safer.

There is a larger cockpit, more steel plating by the doors, and the fuel cell is a much thick container. So far the car has been met with a tremendous amount of approval from the drivers.

2007: The 16 speedways prepared to feature the new cars are Bristol (2), Martinsville (2), Phoenix (2), Richmond (2), Dover (2), New Hampshire (2), Darlington, Infineon Raceway, Watkins Glen and Talladega (fall).

"The first thing about it is the car is safer,” Kevin Harvick said. Whatever it is after that is a bonus. The drivers have more room inside. There is a lot of things built into the car to absorb energy when they hit the wall. That's just the starting point. ... The bottom line is, NASCAR has to make the best decision for them. They felt it was time to evolve the car and make it safer, and the teams will figure out the rest."

Obviously with the changes, there is bound to be some kind of change with what we have come to expect, whether it’s an increase or decrease in performance. All the past performance data that we have may be able to be tossed out the door. Or they could run very similar. We’ll have to wait and see for ourselves and trust the drivers who tested the cars in Bristol at the end of February.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. thinks the cars may even run a little better.

"The Impala SS actually drives better than our other cars do here. The car is an inch wider, it has a little more grip. I am really pleasantly surprised really. It has exceeded my expectations at this point and how the car is driving. I anticipated it to be a little more of a struggle get the car to turn, to work, to get it up off the corner. Our lap times are comparable with the other chassis we have been running here the past couple of years. I think we are ahead of the game a little bit, as far as I thought we would be, we are ahead of that."

So how do we handicap this week’s race with all the changes? To start with, I think you still have to look at the drivers and use past trends to guide you. Drivers who do well at Bristol always do well at Bristol. It’s not a coincidence that the same drivers seem to finish in the top five twice a year and that the same few drivers win in every Bristol race. They are just better. I wouldn’t imagine the changes to the car affecting the select few drivers who dominate at Bristol.

The first candidate to win this week is Las Vegas native, Kurt Busch (6/1). He has five career wins at Bristol in his last 10 starts there. He has won with Jack Roush and did it last season with Roger Penske showing that Busch can do it at Bristol in nearly any situation.

The next driver to keep an eye on is Kevin Harvick (6/1). Since his rookie year in 2001, no one has a better Bristol average finish position than Harvick. He won this race in 2005 and finished second last season.

Matt Kenseth (9/1) has won the last two Bristol night races in a row. In this race last year, Kenseth finished third. Since 2002, his worst finish has been 16th with nine top 10 finishes.

After you throw out all the wins of Kenseth, Harvick, and Busch you’re left with three other drivers that have won in the last 11 races; Tony Stewart (7/1) in 2001, Jeff Gordon (10/1) in 2002, and Dale Jr. (14/1) in 2004.

Sometime soon, some driver is going to step up and show the Bristol heavyweights that they’re ready to become chief. Kurt Busch was that guy to do it when he gave Jimmy Spencer the business in crunch time a few years ago. Greg Biffle has come close, but I believe the next in line is Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin so we’ll throw them in our top 5 this week.

Kyle Busch would seem like the logical choice not only because of his team, but because he just doesn’t care about offending anyone. Much like his brother, he just wants to win and will take whatever baggage comes with it. The short track racing is where both Kurt and Kyle got their racing experience at the Bullring inside Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The irritated plenty of people racing there as well, but the Busch brothers are the ones racing in NASCAR’s top series now. These boys definitely got something that many others don’t have.

TOP 5 Bristol Finish Prediction:

1) #29 Kevin Harvick (6/1)
2) #5 Kyle Busch (12/1)
3) #2 Kurt Busch (6/1)
4) #17 Matt Kenseth (9/1)
5) #11 Denny Hamlin (22/1)

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  Driver Handicaps: Bristol
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This weekend the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first Car of Tomorrow race in Sunday's Food City 500. To help you make your Dale Jr. Reality Cup Racing fantasy picks, RacingOne brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 500-lap event.

      Who's HOT at Bristol Motor Speedway
    * Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch lead all drivers with five wins each.
    * Kevin Harvick has the best average finish (10.6) among drivers with three or more starts.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. has one win and four top 10s in the last five races.
    * Matt Kenseth has won two of the last three races and has posted an average finish of 1.7 in that span.

      Keep an Eye On
    * Denny Hamlin was the fastest in Car of Tomorrow testing at Bristol. Jimmie Johnson was also fast posting the quickest speed in the night session.
    * Kyle Busch is coming off two consecutive top 10s at Bristol, including a runner-up finish last August.
    * Tony Stewart has one win and five top 10s at Bristol.
    * Ricky Rudd leads all drivers by far with 31 top 10s at Bristol.
    * Last August at Bristol, Jeff Burton led career-high 263 laps en route to a ninth-place finish.

      Testing Report
      Last month 50 teams participated in the first NASCAR sanctioned Car of Tomorrow test at Bristol Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin had the honors of leading the historic test session after he climbed to the top of the speed chart in a.m. session with a lap of 122.170 mph in his No. 11 Chevrolet. Jimmie Johnson was second fastest on the day with his lap of 122.007 mph coming in the night session. Ward Burton, who will need to qualify on time, was third fastest on the day at 121.689 mph. Full Report | Testing Speeds

      Track Performers
      With no other track like Bristol Motor Speedway, both Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch lead all drivers in victories at the track with five. Matt Kenseth is the only other driver that is entered in this weekend's race that has posted multiple victories. Ricky Rudd will return to Bristol this weekend to try and add to his leading 31 top 10's. No driver comes close to Gordon's lap led total of 2429, which is about three times more than Tony Stewart's total of 828. With Mark Martin not in this weekend's race that gives Gordon's the Bristol pole lead with four. Career Driver Stats at Bristol

      Rookie Report
      This weekend will mark the first career starts for all the Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates at Bristol Motor Speedway. Regan Smith will join the rookie crop this weekend as he will take over the wheel of the No. 01 US Army Chevrolet for Mark Martin. Both Smith and Reutimann are the only rookies that have competed in a Busch race at Bristol, with Reutimann scoring the only top 10 with a ninth-place finish last August. Reutimann also has one pole and one top 10 in three Truck Series starts at Bristol. David Ragan has an average finish of 22.5 in two Bristol truck races.

      Qualifying Tidbits
      Since 2002, only five drivers have combined to win the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon leads with three poles in that span. Ryan Newman, the current qualifying record holder, won the pole for this event in 2003 and 2004. Elliott Sadler and Matt Kenseth won the poles in 2005, and last year Kurt Busch took the top spot in the August race. Kenseth is the last driver to win a race from the pole since Gordon turned the trick in the 2002 August race. Last spring, rain washed out qualifying at Bristol for the first time, giving Tony Stewart the pole. 21 of the 92 events at Bristol have been won from the pole. 83% of them have been won from the top 10, including the last three. Past Pole Winners | Starting Positions of Bristol Winners

      Looking for Speed
      Johnny Sauter holds the best average start (15.5) among the drivers required to qualify on time as he attempts to qualify for his third career NEXTEL Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Lepage, who has made 12 Bristol starts, was the highest qualifying driver among the group in last year's August race with a lap of 123.770 mph driving the No. 37 Dodge. As noted above, David Reutimann won a pole in the Truck Series at Bristol in 2005. 2006 August Bristol Qualifying Results

      Bristol Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2006 season)
    * Matt Kenseth is the fastest driver early in a run during the first 25 percent of a green flag run since a pit stop. Kenseth's relative speed percentage (average of how much faster or slower a driver raced versus the average speed of all drivers) of 1.7598 leads all active drivers. Jeff Gordon (1.1043), Greg Biffle (1.0755), Kevin Harvick. (.8926) and Tony Stewart (.6422) round out the top five.
    * Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon, respectively, hold average running positions of 3.5 and 7.7. They are closely followed by Elliott Sadler (9.9).
    * Kurt Busch is the fastest driver late in a run since a pit stop. Busch's relative speed percentage (average of how much faster or slower a driver raced versus the average speed of all drivers) of .5063 leads all active drivers. Kevin Harvick (.4884), Jeff Gordon (.4113), Matt Kenseth (.2918) and Elliott Sadler (.2462) round out the top five.
    * Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr., respectively, have completed 66 and 64 quality passes (Passing a car running in the top 15 while under a green flag).
    * Matt Kenseth has the best average Driver Rating at 127.7.

      2. Jeff Gordon (Points Behind: -8): Gordon has five career victories, including four-straight spring wins from 1995 - 1998, and a stellar starting average of 5.2 in 28 starts at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has started outside the top-eight only five times and his four poles at Bristol have come in the last 10 races. Gordon has led the most laps seven times and has led an overall total of 2,429 laps at BMS. Last year Gordon finished 21st in this event.

      3. Jeff Burton (Points Behind: -11): In 26 starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Burton has captured six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes and had led a total of 318 laps. In Burton's five Bristol races with Richard Childress Racing, his best finishes, and only top 30s, have come in the August event after placing fourth, second and ninth, respectively. Last August, Burton led a career-high 263 laps at Bristol from the second starting position.

      4. Jimmie Johnson (Points Behind: -28): Last August, Johnson put a end to a two-race streak of finishing 30th or worse at Bristol Motor Speedway by capturing his sixth top 10 with a 10th-place finish. His best finish (third) came in the 2004 night race. Prior to his first DNF at BMS in the 2005 August race, Johnson led at least one lap in three races for a combined total of 29 laps. Johnson, who was fastest in the evening Bristol test session with a lap of 122.007 mph, will race chassis No. 413 in the Food City 500.

      5. Matt Kenseth (Points Behind: -62): Kenseth has been solid at Bristol Motor Speedway in his last three starts posting two wins in the August races and a third-place finish in this event last year. In 2005, he won his first Bristol race from the pole after dominating the race, leading 415 of the 500 laps. Last spring, Kenseth led 124 laps en route to his sixth top five at the track. In fact his only finish outside the top 10 in the last 10 races came in spring 2005 race when he finished 16th.

      6. Tony Stewart (Points Behind: -122): In 16 Bristol starts, Stewart has one victory and four top-five finishes. Since his win in this event in 2001, Stewart has scored two top-10 finishes, both coming in the 2005 season. The last time Stewart led one of his 828 laps at the .533-mile speedway was in last year's spring race when he led 245 laps.

      7. Kevin Harvick (Points Behind: -147): Harvick finally reached victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway in the 2005 spring event after finishing second on two previous occasions. In lat year's spring race he went on to finish second again, marking his eighth top 10 at BMS. In 12 career races, Harvick has led in seven of them for 349 laps.

      8. Denny Hamlin (Points Behind: -149): After a strong run in testing last month, Denny Hamlin looks to score his second consecutive top 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway in just his third start.

      9. Clint Bowyer (Points Behind: -150): At 33.5, Clint Bowyer holds the worst average finish among all of last year's rookie candidates at Bristol Motor Speedway.

      10. Carl Edwards (Points Behind: -158): Edwards finally broke into the top 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway last season with two solid runs of fourth and seventh, respectively. In the 2005 spring race Edwards had to start 42nd after crashing his No. 99 Ford on his warm-up lap in qualifying. In the race, he went on to score a 26th-place finish. In the fall that season he finished 24th. Edwards has one Truck Series win at the .533-mile track, after he came from the back of the field to survive a green-white-checkered in 2004

      11. David Stremme (Points Behind: -166): Stremme finished 36th and 35th, respectively, in his first two NEXTEL Cup start at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2006.

      12. J.J. Yeley (Points Behind: -167): Yeley posted finishes of 33rd and 31st in his first two Bristol Cup starts in 2006.

      13. Elliott Sadler (Points Behind: -173): Sadler captured his first NEXTEL Cup Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway in March 2001 after starting from the 38th position, the furthest back of any driver at the half-mile track. In this event in 2005, Sadler captured his first pole at Bristol with a lap of 127.733 mph. He went on to finish second in that event for his fourth top 10, and second consecutive top five. The last race at Bristol, Sadler recorded a DNF (finished 39th) in his first track start with Evernham Motorsports.

      14. Kyle Busch (Points Behind: -180): Busch captured his first top 10s, and first finishes of 25th or better, last year at Bristol Motor Speedway after finishing eighth and second, respectively. The results lowered his finishing average from 30.5 to 17.8 in four career starts. Busch is also the defending Bristol Busch Series race winner.

      16. Robby Gordon (Points Behind: -196): Gordon has yet to finish inside the top 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 12 starts. His best finish of 12th came in the 2004 August event with Richard Childress Racing. Gordon was one of six drivers that failed to qualify for the 2005 spring race. Later that season, he was able to qualify for the August, but finished 38th (DNF). In 2006, Gordon finished 26th and 27th, respectively.

      17. Bobby Labonte (Points Behind: -201): Labonte's most successful finish at Bristol Motor Speedway was third in March of 2003. Last year in this event, he finished fifth in his first track start with Petty Enterprises. In total, Labonte has posted three top-fives and nine top 10s at the .533-mile track

      18. Ryan Newman (Points Behind: -207): Newman currently holds the qualifying record at Bristol Motor Speedway with a fast lap of 128.709 mph. To go along with two BMS poles, Newman collected three-straight top 10s from August 2003 - 2004. He scored his best finish of second in the 2004 August event. After a DNF in the 2005 August race, Newman bounced back with finishes of ninth and eighth, respectively, in 2006.

      19. Joe Nemechek (Points Behind: -209): Nemechek's only top 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 24 starts came in the 2005 August race when he finished 12th. His only laps led (14) at the track came way back in 1994.

      20. Kurt Busch (Points Behind: -213): Last year in this event, Busch scored his first win with Penske Racing in his first start with the team at Bristol Motor Speedway. The victory was Busch's fifth at the .533-mile track. In the 2005 spring race, Busch got caught up in an accident, which ended his shot at his fourth-straight victory in that event. He finished 35th in that race and was scored with his second DNF at Bristol since his first race at the track in 2001 when he finished 42nd. With the exception of that race and his 37th-place finish last August, Busch has finished 10th or better since his first win in 2002.

      21. David Gilliland (Points Behind: -221): Gilliland finished 40th in his first start at Bristol Motor Speedway last August, giving him the worst average finish among all entered drivers with at least one start.

      22. Martin Truex Jr. (Points Behind: -237): After a DNF in his first track start, Truex scored his best finish (18th) in the 2006 August race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

      24. Jamie McMurray (Points Behind: -255): In the last four races at Bristol Motor Speedway, McMurray has his first finishes of 11th or worse when he finished 24th, 26th, 35th and 29th, respectively. During a three race span from August 2003 - 2004, McMurray had three top 10s and an average finish of six.

      25. Reed Sorenson (Points Behind: -258): Sorenson's best finish in two NEXTEL Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway came in this event last year when he came home 22nd.

      26. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Points Behind: -263): In the 2004 August race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Earnhardt Jr. led 295 of 500 laps en route to his only Cup victory at the track. That weekend he also became the first driver to sweep the Busch and Cup events at the .533-mile speedway. Since 2002, Junior has scored five top fives and has finished 16th or better. He finished ninth, 11th and third, respectively, in the last three races at BMS, and has led a total of 742 laps in 14 career starts.

      27. Greg Biffle (Points Behind: -263): In the 2005 August race, Biffle scored his best finish (third) at Bristol Motor Speedway in his sixth track start. In March he scored his fourth finish of ninth or better, contributing to his top five finishing average of 11.0. Biffle has led in four races, including three of the last four, for a combined 202 laps. His best qualifying effort came in the 2004 spring race when he started third.

      28. Johnny Sauter (Points Behind: -283): Sauter will only be making his third career Nextel Cup start at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend where he has an average finish of 20th.

      29. Sterling Marlin (Points Behind: -302): Marlin will be looking for his first career Cup win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday in his 45th start at his home state track, where he has 18 career top 10s.

      30. Ricky Rudd (Points Behind: -304): In 56 career Bristol starts, Rudd is winless but has 16 top fives and 31 top-10 finishes.

      31. Tony Raines (Points Behind: -316): Raines has an average finish of 31.5 in four Bristol starts.

      32. Casey Mears (Points Behind: -334): In eight career Bristol starts, Mears has an average finish of 29.8. This weekend will mark his first track start with Hendrick Motorsports.

      33. Dale Jarrett (Points Behind: -346): Jarrett has a victory in 41 career Bristol starts as well as nine top fives and 19 top-10 finishes.

      34. Kyle Petty (Points Behind: -350): Petty will be making his 48th career Bristol start on Sunday and has an average finishing position of 20.7

      35. Jeff Green (Points Behind: -355): Green has a pole at Bristol Motor Speedway and an average finishing position of 26.9 in 13 starts.

      36. Kasey Kahne (Points Behind: -370): Last year in this event, Kahne scored his only top 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway when he finished 10th. His finishing average of 23.2 in six career races is hampered by two DNFs of 40th and 42nd. Kahne has yet to lead a lap in NEXTEL Cup competition at BMS.

      38. Dave Blaney (Points Behind: -398): In 12 career Bristol starts, Blaney has an average finishing position of 26.9.

      39. Scott Riggs (Points Behind: -434): Riggs has six career Bristol starts with a top five and two top 10s to his credit.

      40. Brian Vickers (Points Behind: -453): In six career Bristol starts, Vickers has an average finishing position of 26.2. This weekend he will attempt to qualify for his first Bristol race with Team Red Bull.

      41. Ken Schrader (Points Behind: -464): Schrader is winless in 44 career Bristol starts but has notched four top fives and eleven top-10 finishes.

      45. Mike Bliss (Points Behind: -529): Bliss has a top-10 finish in only two career Bristol starts.

      50. Ward Burton (Points Behind: -595): Burton will try to make his 23rd career Bristol start on Sunday where he has an average finishing position of 20.4.

      51. Michael Waltrip (Points Behind: -656): Waltrip has a top five and eight top-10s in 42 career Bristol starts and an average finishing position of 19.1.

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Driver to win the Food City 500

Greg Biffle     25-1

Denny Hamlin     20-1


Great prices on these two   yikes

Both drivers looked great testing the COT car at the Bristol test and they both have ran well here in the past.  wink

Friday Practice for Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the COT's practiced, the results:
#11-Hamlin 123.921
#12-Newman 123.897
#24-Gordon 123.841
#96-Raines 123.762
#48-Johnson 123.746

slowest: #13-Nemechek 119.843 [33 laps] & #38-Gilliland 120.256 [29]
most laps run: #42-Montoya 65; #01-Smith 62;

Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#11-Hamlin 121.885 [1st over all] 23 laps run
#24-Gordon 121.521 [3rd] 21
#36-Mayfield 120.569 [16th], 25

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Gordon grabs the pole  wink

Hamlin starts 10th,Biffle 11th  wink

Kurt Busch,M Kenseth,K Harvick and Jr stuck in the rear  yikes

Just took J Gordon +625 @ BetEd  wink

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Waltrip misses another race. Loser

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Waltrip misses another race. Loser

He was doomed when all those good drivers didn't qualify well  big_smile

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NASCAR Wagering - Car of Tomorrow Makes Debut at Food City 500
By BetUS Staff

NASCAR will premier the new Car of Tomorrow this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, in Sunday's Food City 500.

The new car is designed to narrow the competition gap between the horses and the mules in the Nextel Cup garage. This opens the door for a great bettor’s race, as long shots become more likely to win, yielding a healthy return on your investments.

Some will argue that the racing already is close and competitive, and in many ways it is. However, it all comes down to the men who will pilot these cars. For drivers, getting comfortable with the new car will impact whether the racing gets better.

With the current car, teams that are heavily financed are able to build specific cars for specific tracks to take advantage of each track's unique qualities. With the new car and NASCAR's new inspection process, the era of twisting and modifying cars to fit various tracks may be over.

The templates being used for the COT demand that each car be symmetrical and don't allow for any body twisting. That means the car teams take to Bristol, a ½-mile short track, should be the same they take to Talladega, a 2.66-mile superspeedway.

The only differences between the two would be the engine – Talladega uses restrictor plates – and the angle of the rear wing, which would be lower at Talladega than at a short track.

The current talk in the garage is that RCR has the teams to beat when it comes to the new car. Team owner Richard Childress embraced the idea of the COT, which in part came about due to the death of his good friend Dale Earnhardt in 2001.

RCR established a full-time team of builders in a separate building from their current operation just to tackle the Car of Tomorrow project. RCR went through seven different versions of the new car before settling on the current model, largely based on the changes mandated by NASCAR during its development.

However, large teams like Hendrick and Roush also have had separate teams working specifically on the new car. Another team that has been at the forefront of the development of the new car and could surprise the field is Petty Enterprises.

The changeover to the new car has been an expensive proposition for every team, but especially so for the smaller operations that have had to run two separate shops – one to build the current car and one to build the new car.

Although no team is willing to say exactly how much it is spending to build the new car, costs have been estimated at nearly $1.5 million to $2 million per team.

NASCAR believes these initial expenditures should be worth it once the new car is rolled out for a full schedule in the next couple of years, as teams theoretically won't have to build different cars for different tracks – though there is an exception for road course cars, which require balancing on both sides rather than a weight balance to the left for the cars that run on ovals.

Teams had a chance to test the new car at Bristol earlier in the month and most gave the new car a thumbs-up. Still, there are lingering concerns about the durability of the new splitter on the front of the car that controls the air flowing over the car.

The new car can't race without a splitter, and replacing it is a lengthy process, which at a track like Bristol or Martinsville could mean a loss of track position measured in double digits.

The new car is a big step forward for NASCAR and an equally big gamble for bettors.

Jeff Gordon enters this event second in the Nextel Cup standings just 8 points behind Mark Martin who will not be racing this weekend. Martin will step aside and let rookie Regan Smith take the wheel in his Nextel Cup debut.

This opens the door for Gordon to become the new point's leader with a strong outing. Gordon has led 2,429 laps at Thunder Valley. No other active driver has even led 1,000 laps at Bristol. Gordon and Kurt Busch each have five wins here, most of any active drivers.

Gordon has amassed a total of 11 top-fives and 17 top-10s in 28 career starts at Bristol. Given the quick start he's off to this season, he's in a perfect position to win this Sunday and finally tie Dale Earnhardt for sixth on NASCAR's all-time wins list with 76 career wins.

Gordon will lead the field to the green flag after winning qualifying with a speed of 125.453 mph, where 21 victories have come from the pole position at Bristol. Barring troubles with his car he'll make it 22.

Sunday's Food City 500 Selection:

Jeff Gordon - To win race

Year to date record following the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400: -$440


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Happy Hour practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the results:
#20-Stewart 121.597
#11-Hamlin 121.528
#9-Kahne 121.489
#2-Busch 121.182
#10-Riggs 121.029
slowest: #01-Smith 118.415 & #42-Montoya 118.628
most laps run: #20-Stewart 100; #78-Wallace 99
incidents: #42-Montoya scraped the wall, but no major damage.

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If your looking to bet J Gordon the VIP books have him at 7/1   yikes

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Bristol Driver Updates
March 24, 2007
By Micah Roberts
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The Race looks difficult to handicap because of the new car racing this week. The practices on Saturday showed that the top Bristol drivers from the past, are still the top drivers to beat this week. However, the top drivers, other than Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin, are all starting from near the rear.

Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Matt Kenseth have a lot of traffic to through to get a win. It is 500 laps, but the passing isn’t going to be as easy as the past. In fact, it’s going to be tougher than ever.

So far during all the practices, all the drivers have been very apprehensive with their cars because of their unfamiliarity. During Qualifying, several drivers couldn’t get a feel at all for their cars. During the Saturday sessions, several drivers got more of a feel for the car and it showed in their average times in the final session led by a 1,2,3,4 of Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick.

Those were 4 of the original top 5 we listed earlier this week, and we still like them for Sunday. Throw in Kyle Busch and Stewart for good measure and you have probably 5 of the best 6 cars on the track.

The benefit of them qualifying poorly, given they don’t get involved in someone else’s wreck along their long journey frontward, is that they’ll likely have great odds to win value on adjusted boards and they’ll also likely matched up with other drivers at possible plus money.

TOP 5 Rated drivers after all practice sessions and qualifying
1) Denny Hamlin
2) Kurt Busch
3) Matt Kenseth
4) Kevin Harvick
5) Tony Stewart and/or Kyle Busch

TOP 5 drivers that will have great value to BET AGAINST in matchups
1) Kasey Kahne
2) Jimmie Johnson
3) Jeff Gordon
4) Jeff Burton
5) Regan Smith

Great VALUE in matchups with these 5
1) Ryan Newman
2) Greg Biffle
3) Reed Sorenson
4) Carl Edwards
5) Jamie McMurray…..yes, really!

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Food City 500: Tomorrow Is Today
by Brian Gabrielle

We've heard all the chirping, all the complaining, all the speculating, and finally the first Car of Tomorrow race arrives on Sunday at Bristol, TN. What's the Car of Tomorrow? C'mon, pull your head out from under that rock there! The CoT is the result of a program to make Nextel Cup cars vastly safer, and also to lower the financial barriers to entry, so that smaller teams have a chance to win races against mega-teams. You'll notice that the cars are more upright, boxier, have a front splitter and a rear wing (instead of a rear spoiler). In theory, the cars are less aerodynamically sensitive, and thus are more usable at multiple track types. No more having to fabricate a new car nearly every week (maybe).

All I know is: it looks funny. And it also may completely throw away any predictability these races have. Will the guys who are typically good at Bristol still be good at Bristol on Sunday? Those short-track wonders? The bad part is: it's pretty much impossible to know as of this moment. The good part is: we'll all be going to school as soon as the checkers wave Sunday afternoon.

Last Week: That's three straight-up winners predicted in four races so far this season. I had Jimmie Johnson to win again in Atlanta, and this time I wisely paired that bet with a J.J. win over Tony Stewart in the head-to-head. Johnson needed a dramatic late-lap pass of Stewart to make good on my wagers, but make good he did. For the week, that was a positive net of 1.72 units on 1.5 units wagered. For the season, we're up 2.95 units on six units wagered, for a return of 49.2%. (It's also worth noting that with this straight-up hot streak to begin the year, if you simply chose to bet one unit per recommendation, you'd currently sit at a net positive 18.17 units on 16 units wagered, or a 113.6% return. Of course, there's a much higher reliance on getting straight-up wagers right using that system, which definitely increases risk.)

Take Jeff Gordon (+500), 1/6th unit. Hendrick Motorsports reportedly has a pretty big head start on the CoT, and Gordon has won at this track five times, though none of those wins have come since 2002. Gordon showed a ton of speed on Friday, practicing very fast and then taking the pole during qualifying. You never like taking the chalk at Bristol Motor Speedway, because the leaders are in traffic almost the entire day. Still, this place agrees with the #24.

Take Tony Stewart (+700), 1/6th unit. Smoke has done nothing but complain about the CoT. He calls it a "flying brick," among other things. Still, if you're going to put these guys in identical cars and have them race around, I'd probably take Stewart over just about anyone else as a pure driver. Heck, he'd probably lap the field in a Soapbox Derby. The #20 wasn't as fast as Gordon on Friday, but he did lead the most laps during this event last year before fading badly late, and he hasn't won at Bristol since 2001, when he drove a Pontiac.

Take Greg Biffle (+1500), 1/6th unit. I know he's sucked this year, I really do. Still, something tells me Biffle will contend for this win, and if he doesn't, I wash my hands of him for a while. It shocks me not to be taking Kurt Busch (+1200) and Matt Kenseth (+800) at this track, because they've been the kings here the past several years, but they qualified terribly (Kenseth starts 38th; Busch the Elder rolls off 42nd), and it's just so hard to get to the front at Bristol from way back there. So instead I'm going with a guy who should have a Bristol win, but for a bad pit decision in this race in 2004. Biffle is excellent at the concrete high-banked tracks, and he qualified 11th for this race.

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