Mears wins Bristol pole


BRISTOL, TN (TheSpread) – The qualifying for the Irwin Tools Night Race was rained out, which was good news for Casey Mears, because he will now start up front for Saturday’s race.

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Mears had the fastest times during practice sessions, which puts him up front. According to oddsmakers, Kyle Busch is still the favorite to win, as he has 7/2 odds, while Brad Keselowski has 6/1 odds to win.

Kyle Busch is 14th in the point standings. He is 154 points out of first place. Busch has one win and six top 5’s on the year. He is in need of a win to get into one of the two wild card spot for the Chase. Busch has had a lot of success at this track, getting five wins with seven top 5’s. His average finish at Bristol is 10.6, while his driver rating is a series-best 102.3. Busch will start 10th in this race.

Keselowski is fifth in the point standings. He is 47 points out of first. Keselowski has three wins and nine top 5’s on the year. Keselowski has two wins at Bristol and has an average finish of 10.4 at the track. His driver rating is 99.4, which ranks fourth in the series. Keselowski will start from the second position.

The Irwin Tools Night Race 400 will take place Saturday, August 25 from Bristol Motor Speedway at 7:43PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Irwin Tools Night Race 400 – 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race 400 – Bristol Motor Speedway – Saturday, August 25, 2012

Kyle Busch 7/2

Brad Keselowski 6/1

Kasey Kahne 8/1

Greg Biffle 8/1

Jeff Gordon 10/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 12/1

Denny Hamlin 12/1

Matt Kenseth 12/1

Jimmie Johnson 15/1

Tony Stewart 15/1

Martin Truex Jr 20/1

Kevin Harvick 20/1

Carl Edwards 20/1

Clint Bowyer 25/1

Ryan Newman 30/1

Joey Logano 30/1

Kurt Busch 50/1

Jeff Burton 60/1

Brian Vickers 75/1

Paul Menard 75/1

Marcos Ambrose 75/1

Jamie McMurray 100/1

Aric Almirola 100/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 100/1

Sam Hornish Jr 200/1

Regan Smith 300/1

David Ragan 300/1

Bobby Labonte 300/1

Danica Patrick 300/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1

Qualifying Results

1 Casey Mears (13)

2 Brad Keselowski (2)

3 Greg Biffle (16)

4 Joey Logano (20)

5 Aric Almirola (43)

6 Jeff Burton (31)

7 Paul Menard (27)

8 Denny Hamlin (11)

9 Marcos Ambrose (9)

10 Kyle Busch (18)

11 Jeff Gordon (24)

12 Kasey Kahne (5)

13 Kevin Harvick (29)

14 Regan Smith (78)

15 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

17 Matt Kenseth (17)

18 David Gilliland (38)

19 Ryan Newman (39)

20 Kurt Busch (51)

21 Tony Stewart (14)

22 Brian Vickers (55)

23 Clint Bowyer (15)

24 David Ragan (34)

25 Dave Blaney (36)

26 Jamie McMurray (1)

27 Carl Edwards (99)

28 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

29 Sam Hornish Jr. (22)

30 Michael McDowell (98)

31 David Stremme (30)

32 Josh Wise (26)

33 Landon Cassill (83)

34 Mike Bliss (119)

35 Scott Riggs (23)

36 Bobby Labonte (47)

37 Jimmie Johnson (48)

38 Stephen Leicht (33)

39 Jason Leffler (249)

40 Joe Nemechek (87)

41 Travis Kvapil (93)

42 Ken Schrader (32)

43 Danica Patrick (10)

44 Scott Speed (195) DNQ

45 Kelly Bires (179) DNQ

46 Reed Sorenson (191) DNQ

47 J.J. Yeley (37) DNQ

2012 Irwin Tools Night Race 400 Information

Race Date: Saturday, August 25

Location: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN

Pre-Race: 7PM ET

Green Flag: 7:43PM ET

TV Coverage: ABC

Track Type: Speedway (500 laps)

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