Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

The Sprint Cup Series heads to Bristol, Tennessee this weekend to beat and bang at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Sharpie 500 is the 24th race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Saturday, August 22nd at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN, with radio coverage by PRN affiliates nationwide. Competitors will make 500 circuits for 266.5 miles around the .533-mile high banked short track in their quest for the checkered flag.

Records and Facts
Ryan Newman holds the record for the fastest lap at Bristol Motor Speedway,posting a qualifying lap with a time of 14.908 seconds and a speed of 128.709 mph to win the pole for the 2003 running of the Food City 500.

Cale Yarborough holds the record for the most poles recorded at Bristol with nine. Carl Edwards was the polesitter for last year’s event. Mark Martin was the pole sitter here in the Spring.

Darrell Waltrip holds the record for most victories at Bristol Motor Speedway with 12; seven of those were consecutive wins from March 1981 through April 1984. Edwards won last year’s event, while Kyle Busch won here in the spring.

Charlie Glotzbach holds the fastest race record time at Bristol. He attained the record of two hours, 38 minutes, 12 seconds with an average speed of 101.074 mph on July 11, 1971 in the Volunteer 500.

Track Facts
Track/Race Length: 0.533 mile oval, 500 laps, 266.5 miles
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Corners: Variable Banking, 24 to 30 Degrees
Frontstretch: 650 feet,Variable Banking, 6 to 10 Degrees
Backstretch: 650 feet, Variable Banking, 6 to 10 Degrees
Grandstand seating: 165,000

Pre-race Schedule (all times eastern)
Practice – Friday, August 21, 12:00 p.m. on SPEED
Qualifying – Friday, August 21, 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Happy Hour Practice – Friday, August 21, 2:00 p.m. on SPEED

Say What?!?
“Man I love Bristol. That place is the best track we visit. It’s our Fenway Park and Lambeau Field. It’s one of those sports venues that saying just its name evokes a lot of excitement. To win at Bristol means you have made a mark in racing.” – Elliott Sadler

“Things happen so quick at Bristol. You have to be on your toes for the entire 500 laps. As a driver, it is one of the most physically demanding tracks we go to. After the race you are both physically and mentally drained.” – David Stremme

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