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The very name of Bristol Motor Speedway is reminiscent of danger, excitement and drama. The finishes are some of NASCAR's most used highlights and the winners go on to become the sport's most prominent champions.

Wallace, Earnhardt, Gordon and Busch have all tamed Bristol and followed it up with Cup Series Championships. Who joins them on the winner's list of NASCAR's hardest ticket?

Find out after the jump!


Bristol was resurfaced between races in 2007 and hasn't been the same since. Since the renovations, Bristol has become a follow-the-leader affair in the same vein of Texas and Charlotte. But at Bristol, that leader has typically been Kurt Busch.

The elder Busch has absolutely dominated Bristol. Since 2001, Kurt has compiled five wins, six top fives and an average finish of 13.2. His driver rating of 96.1 is the fifth best in the series and a win tonight could have him join Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick as A+ Championship contenders.

Speaking of Harvick, the points leader is coming off a win at Michigan and is now officially locked in the Chase. Harvick could miss the next three races and still start the Chase for the Championship as low as fifth.


Expect Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon to battle for the top ten with pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson (94.5 driver rating) the unlikely dark horse. The official pick of this writer is the streaky Greg Biffle who is the owner of a 101.2 driver rating in the Bristol soup bowl

Pre-race coverage was provided by ESPN Countdown and SPEED Raceday. Live prerace coverage has already begun on ABC. Green flag is set for 7:15 with Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree providing the call.


Starting Line Up by Row
Bristol Motor Speedway
IRWIN Tools Night Race
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, August 20, 2010 @ 06:44 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Charlie Glotzbach 07/11/71 02:38:12 101.074
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 15.540 123.475
2 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 15.608 122.937
2 3 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota 15.630 122.764
4 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Old Spice Chevrolet 15.653 122.584
3 5 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 15.664 122.497
6 39 Ryan Newman Wix Filters Chevrolet 15.680 122.372
4 7 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet 15.691 122.287
8 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 15.696 122.248
5 9 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 15.705 122.178
10 43 A J Allmendinger Valvoline Ford 15.708 122.154
6 11 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Ford 15.711 122.131
12 98 Paul Menard CertainTeed / Menards Ford 15.711 122.131
7 13 5 Mark Martin CARQUEST Auto Parts Chevrolet 15.725 122.022
14 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Black Ford 15.728 121.999
8 15 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Dodge 15.728 121.999
16 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 15.732 121.968
9 17 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 15.734 121.952
18 83 Reed Sorenson Red Bull Toyota 15.742 121.890
10 19 18 Kyle Busch Doublemint Toyota 15.745 121.867
20 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite / Vortex Dodge 15.752 121.813
11 21 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 15.755 121.790
22 47 Marcos Ambrose Bush's / Kingsford Toyota 15.773 121.651
12 23 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Toyota 15.791 121.512
24 33 Clint Bowyer Hamburger Helper Chevrolet 15.796 121.474
13 25 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Mobil 1 Dodge 15.797 121.466
26 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 15.803 121.420
14 27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy / National Guard Chevrolet 15.808 121.382
28 29 Kevin Harvick Shell / Pennzoil Chevrolet 15.820 121.290
15 29 78 Regan Smith Farm American.com Chevrolet 15.822 121.274
30 09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 15.843 121.113
16 31 26 Jeff Green Air Guard Ford 15.858 120.999
32 66 Scott Riggs PRISM Motorsports Toyota 15.864 120.953
17 33 34 Travis Kvapil Long John Silver's Ford 15.869 120.915
34 38 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 15.869 120.915
18 35 55 Michael McDowell PRISM Motorsports Toyota 15.869 120.915
36 64 Todd Bodine Little Joe's Autos Toyota 15.882 120.816
19 37 07 Robby Gordon SpeedFactory.TV Toyota 15.889 120.763
38 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 15.896 120.710
20 39 37 Tony Raines A&W All American Food Ford 16.033 119.678
40 7 Kevin Conway # SpeedFactory.TV Toyota Owner Points
21 41 19 Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Owner Points
42 71 Landon Cassill TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet Owner Points
22 43 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota 15.902 120.664
Did Not Qualify: # 36 Dave Blaney; # 87 Joe Nemechek; # 4 Kevin Lepage; # 46 J J Yeley; # 92 Brian Keselowski; # 32 Mike Bliss.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 14 2 Ford 12 0