Start of Food City 300 delayed by rain
Green flag for 300 -lap event was set to go at 7:44 p.m. ET
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Talla-mento Dogwich: Super food for a superspeedway
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Heading into its first NASCAR weekend of the 2016 season, Talladega Superspeedway announced a new culinary creation to its repertoire -- the Talla-mento Dogwich. Described as a "grilled, all-beef hot dog split into two and placed on top of melted Yancey's Fancy buffalo cheddar cheese, topped with a generous helping of Pimiento Cheese, placed in between two slices of Texas toast (grilled to golden brown) and cut down the middle." In between XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series qualifying at 'Dega on Saturday, I decided to give it a whirl. It took me a few, hesitant seconds before taking my first bite. Perhaps inspired by what would've been the late Dale Earnhardt's 65th birthday on Friday, the thing was intimidating. "We have the best and most competitive form of racing in the world here at Talladega Superspeedway , and now we have the most unique, tasty and big-menu items anywhere," said Talladega Superspeedway chairman Grant Lynch. "At Talladega, size matters and our fans won't be disappointed with the incredibly large Talla-Mento Dogwich. It joins 'The Big One Meatball' (last year's concoction) as the most creative and delicious food items at any sporting event in the world." Spoiler alert -- I couldn't finish it. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. First bite impressions: powerful, buttery overtones hit you first (the Texas toast was buttered and grilled perfectly) before the hot dog and cheese flavors follow. It's a solid first bite, meeting my expectations going in. Midway through is when I started to taste the heat from the pimento cheese, but it was mild. As a general buffalo-flavored-anything fan, I was excited to see how the Yancey's Fancy buffalo cheddar cheese came into play, but it was subtle, if at all noticeable. I haven't tried that cheese by itself before, so it's entirely possible the buffalo flavor is intended to take a backseat to the cheddar flavor, but I was hoping for more of a kick. It was slightly difficult to keep the sandwich intact, with the hot dogs initially laid across in an X-shape, marking the spot -- at the cross-section of guilt and pleasure. Unlike the description from Lynch, my sandwich was uncut. I think if it'd been sliced down the middle (rectangle style) with a hot dog slice on each slide, it would've produced better results and dispensed some of the flavors a little more evenly. I tapped out with a full belly about three-quarters through. Overall, for a warm, sunny day at the race track it makes for a good comfort food if you have some calories to spare. Verdict: For $5, it'll definitely fill you up. Recommended to fans who really love hot dogs and pimento cheese. (Duh.) Find it: OV Hill North, OV Hill South, Tri-Oval Tower, Infield.
Food City -Bristol partnership roots run deep
RELATED: Bristol quick facts " Full weekend schedule BRISTOL, Tenn. – It began with a promotion to help former series sponsor RJ Reynolds sell product. Today, 25 years later, the Food City sponsorship of Bristol Motor Speedway 's spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is as strong as ever. It is the second-longest race entitlement in NASCAR – trailing only the Coca-Cola sponsorship of the 600-mile May race at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "We started in 1992, followed up the Valleydale 500," Steve Smith , Food City President and CEO, said Thursday at BMS. "That was back when it was still Winston Cup. We worked with RJ Reynolds on a promotion ... that was the whole genesis of us getting involved in racing." Initially, it wasn't a long-term deal, but by the time the next season had arrived, officials with the grocery chain were ready and willing to return. "We signed the (initial) agreement and we had a great first race," Smith said. "Alan Kulwicki actually won our first race in 1992; I remember that well. We were off and running." Kulwicki, an owner/driver, went on to win the series title that season. Tragically, the following year he was killed in a plane crash while en route to BMS to defend his Food City 500 title. Smith said his company, founded by his father Jack, became involved at the right time in the sport, when the fan base was on the upswing, TV coverage was gaining traction and sponsorship dollars were flowing. "What happened with Bristol was really indicative of what was happening with NASCAR, it was just growing and growing," he said. "Five years later Bruton (Smith, Speedway Motorsports Inc. founder) bought the track and things just really started to escalate here with the amenities and the things that they did for the race fans. ... Folks love coming here, they love the racing environment, and they love, I think, the southern hospitality. "We try, as a sponsor, to do a lot of things to get them in here a little bit early, whether it's Food City Race Night or other events to really make it a full week of fun for the race fan." In addition to the Sprint Cup race sponsorship, the company also sponsors the August NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Bristol. While there have been times that spending money on race entitlement rights might have been questionable, Smith said "I don't think there's ever been a time when we really thought about dropping the race. "Now, we've negotiated pretty tough with Speedway Motorsports because obviously the fan base dropped a little bit, the viewership dropped a little bit, but when you've got folks like (former BMS General Manager) Jeff Byrd and (current GM) Jerry Caldwell that you know are going to do everything they can to give the race fan, our customers, that experience, it makes it pretty easy to continue to spend the dollars and continue to keep our associates that work in our stores involved in racing, and that's a big part of it, too." The return for Food City , he said, comes in many forms. No. 1 is name recognition. "We're a relatively small regional company -- we're in four states, 135 stores, 16,000 associates," Smith said. "It sounds like a lot but in the scheme of things compared to some of our competition, it's not. But it's a sense of pride for our associates, our customers who know we sponsor racing. "NASCAR fans are very loyal, they're loyal to the brands that are involved whether it's Food City or other consumer products sponsors. We think it helps us sell more products and bring more people in to our stores." In February of 2014, Food City and BMS officials announced a five-year extension for the naming rights of the track's spring Sprint Cup race. "At the end of the day, it's hard to put a financial statement together that proves that it's a great spend, but we've been doing good ever since we been sponsoring racing so we don't want to stop there," Smith said.
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Final restart hinders front-runners shot at XFINITY win
RELATED: Saturday's race results " Watch the dramatic finish BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch said it would happen eventually, and eventually arrived Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway . The defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion likely didn't expect it to happen like this. Busch had won four NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season, and Sprint Cup Series regulars had gone six-for-six entering the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol. But after Busch and fellow Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson chased one another lap after lap after lap around the high-banked half-mile track, it was series regular Erik Jones who collected the win and a $100,000 bonus from the series sponsor in its Dash 4 Cash program. Busch had said earlier this season after a typically strong performance there was no doubt teammates Jones and Daniel Suarez would eventually make their way into Victory Lane. Jones had two series wins (earned in 2015) before Saturday; Suarez is looking his first series victory. Both finish consistently in the top five. The issue for Busch at Bristol was the late restart, a three-lap dash after Ryan Reed and Mario Gosselin brought out the yellow on Lap 189 of 200. Larson chalked up the loss to the restart as well, but blamed himself. The Reed/Gosselin incident bled nine laps off the board and set up the three-lap dash. Not that more laps under green would have mattered, according to Busch, who led three times for 43 laps. "Both restarts I had today were absolutely horrendous; both times I would go to the throttle and the engine would shut off and those guys were gone," he said. "... I couldn't keep a nose on their left-rear fender or anything. "More laps obviously would have been better ... but being on that inside lane is already a disadvantage." And that doesn't bode well for Sunday's Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race (1 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), he said. "It used to be a race track that you could race around three-wide and pass and work traffic really well and have some fun," Busch said. "Now it's just frustrating and aggravating. "It will be the top lane tomorrow. ... The race will be around the top and it will be the same frustrating single-file show tomorrow." Larson restarted for the final time in the outside lane, Busch on the inside. Jones, fourth on the restart, shot in front of Busch when the No. 18 Toyota stumbled, then raced side-by-side with Larson for the lead as they came to the white flag. "Just did a really poor job the last couple of laps," Larson said, "really disappointed in myself and probably not going to forget about this one for quite a while."
Colossus formally takes center stage at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The unveiling of Colossus, the world's largest outdoor, center-hung, four-sided video screen, is the latest addition in amenities race fans can enjoy when attending NASCAR-sanctioned events at Bristol Motor Speedway . "To be able to unveil Colossus today is a neat experience and definitely one for the history books at Bristol Motor Speedway ," BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell said Thursday during a private unveiling of the engineering marvel. The entire piece weighs approximately 700 tons and is suspended by cables attached to towers located outside the track. The screens on each side measure 68 feet wide by 30 feet high. Construction, which began last fall, was completed earlier this month. Unveiling Colossus at Bristol Motor Speedway . #gamechanger pic.twitter.com/488jeyJCBK — Jeff Wohlschlaeger (@JeffWohlschlaeg) April 14, 2016 "What Bruton and Marcus (Smith) continue to do with this place and re-invest, I mean look at this, look at the sound system," Caldwell said. "They didn't have to do that. But they wanted to do that because it's the right thing to do for the fans. They want it to be great." Officials said there are no concerns outside of those that existed for the previous scoring pylon that was anchored in the center of the .533-mile track's infield. "This thing is so over-engineered that … all those questions were asked when we were going through this process," Caldwell said. "We've had engineers from all over the world study this and peer reviews upon peer reviews of that. So we feel good about everything that's up there and having Colossus is going to be a great experience for all of us." Steve Smith , CEO of race sponsor Food City , said the new video screen "is just another of those pillars that Bristol Motor Speedway does for the race fans." BMS will host the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race Saturday (first heat race at 12:30 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN) and the Food City 500 on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). RELATED: Full weekend schedule at Bristol "What it does even more so than during the races is (enhance) our pre-race shows," Caldwell said. "Our pre-race shows are amazing. There have been times when it's been hard for the race fans to hear the pre-race show, to hear from the drivers and what they're saying. And we've heard from the race fans; this sound system came from the race fans. They said they wanted new speakers. Of course Marcus and Bruton answered their call. We'll see what happens with the races but I know it's going to enhance the pre-race experience tremendously." The idea for Colossus came about as officials began preparations for hosting this year's inaugural Battle at Bristol college football game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Other similar non-racing events are being considered; Caldwell wouldn't confirm anything beyond this fall's football game, scheduled for Sept. 10. "We've had some really good conversations," he said. "No question, Bristol is already on the map for hosting world-class NASCAR events, but this is for other sporting events and entertainment events. Look at this place; it really is a colosseum. What else can we do? Colossus is the start of that."
NASCAR reveals race start times for 2016 season
RELATED: Schedule times highlights DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2016) -- NASCAR ® , in collaboration with broadcast partners FOX Sports, NBC Sports Group, race teams and the 29 tracks committed to hosting races for the coming season, today announced race start times and network coverage for all three of its national series based on previously released schedule dates for 2016. Entering the second season of 10-year comprehensive media rights agreements, races will be televised by FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN, with the exception of select events in August that will air on CNBC and USA due to NBC Sports' coverage of the Summer Olympics. National series races will also be broadcast live by Motor Racing Network (MRN), Performance Racing Network (PRN), IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. Fans can visit www.nascar.com/tv-schedule for weekly tune-in information throughout the season. Tickets to all NASCAR national series events are available at www.nascar.com/tickets . MORE: Retirement not on Dale Jr.'s radar "NASCAR concluded 2015 with its most-watched championship finale in a decade, a benchmark that serves as a testament to deeper collaboration with our television and radio partners and increased engagement with fans," said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. "We look forward to carrying this momentum into 2016, starting with the DAYTONA 500 ® and Speedweeks, as the number of homes reached by our broadcast content continues to grow both domestically and internationally." 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/13 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway FOX 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/14 DAYTONA 500 Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/18 Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/21 DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/28 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/6 Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/13 Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 3/20 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/3 STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/9 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway FOX 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/17 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/24 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/1 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/7 GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/15 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/20 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/29 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 6/5 Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/12 Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/26 Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/2 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBC 7:45 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/9 Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/17 New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/24 Crown Royal Presents the 'Your Hero's Name Here' 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM 7/31 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway NBCSN 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/7 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International USA 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/20 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 8/28 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/4 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway NBC 6 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/10 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/18 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/25 New England 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/2 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC 7 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/16 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway NBC 2:15 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/23 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/30 Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/6 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 11/13 Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/20 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/20 Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/27 Head's Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/5 Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/12 Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 at Phoenix International Raceway FOX 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 3/19 Auto Club Speedway FS1 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/8 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/16 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 12:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/23 ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway FS1 12:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/30 Talladega 300 at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/14 Dover International Speedway FOX 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/28 Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 6/4 Pocono Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/11 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/19 Iowa Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/1 Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/8 Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/16 Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/23 Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM 7/30 U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/6 Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International CNBC 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/13 Mid-Ohio 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/19 Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway USA 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 8/27 Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville at Road America NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/3 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/9 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/17 Chicagoland Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/24 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/1 Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/7 Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/15 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/5 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 11/12 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/19 Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/19 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/27 Georgia 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 4:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/2 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/6 Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/13 Dover International Speedway FS1 5:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/20 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/10 Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/18 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/25 Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/7 Kentucky 225 at Kentucky Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/20 #Eldora at Eldora Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/30 Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/17 UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/27 Careers for Veterans 200 , presented by Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation at Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/4 Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/16 Chicagoland Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/24 UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/1 Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/22 fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/29 Martinsville Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/4 Longhorn 350 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/11 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/18 Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway FS1 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM All times Eastern. 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The Rundown: Bristol driver grades
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings " Chase Grid MORE: Peyton's day at the track " Before and after of damaged cars Breaking down the full field for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway : 1. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards was the class of the field Sunday at Bristol and the only Joe Gibbs Racing driver not to have an issue. Starting from the pole Edwards dominated the race and made it pay off, earning his first victory of the season and all but punching his ticket to the Chase. Grade: A+ 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt's day got off to a terrible start when his car did not have power at the drop of the green flag and he fell two laps down just as the race got under way. Never giving up, he got his lap back by taking the wave around on the third caution of the day and fought hard to climb his way to the front. On the final restart of the day he powered to second and held off Kurt Busch and teammate Chase Elliott . Grade: A+ 3. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet came to life late in the race and took the lead for the first time with 145 laps to go. Despite a left rear tire rub in the closing stages Busch fought hard and ended the day inside the top five. Grade: A 4. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Running inside the top 10 on Lap 179, the rookie contender had to hit pit road with a loose wheel and fell back. With less than 100 laps to go he was inside the top five and charging forward. With 32 laps to go Elliott got a huge restart and jumped to second and put pressure on Carl Edwards for the lead. He slipped to fourth in the end, but recorded the best finish of his young career. Grade: A 5. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Could Roush Fenway Racing be on the upswing? Bayne started 10th and had another strong run until he had a pit road commitment line violation on the fourth caution of the day. He rallied back, beat and banged his way to the front and finished fifth. Grade: A 6. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto had a solid, quiet day going at Bristol, racing his way into the top 10 with less than 20 laps to go. The BK Racing driver was far from content, though. He knocked on the door of the top five in the closing laps and earned a career-best finish. It was the feel good story of the weekend for sure. Grade: A+ 7. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . As the race approached the halfway mark, Harvick's car came to life and charged to the front of the field. Harvick hit the wall with 16 laps to go while chasing Chase Elliott for second, but the contact caused little damage to the No. 4 Chevy. He kept restarting on the bottom lane and was unable to challenge for the win. Grade : A 8. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Off to one of the worst starts of his career, Bowyer and the HScott Motorsports team came to life Sunday at Bristol. Starting 36th, Bowyer stayed out of trouble and gained 28 spots to earn his first top 10 of the season. Grade: A+ 9. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Crew chief Luke Lambert called for two tires on the first stop of the day, putting the No. 31 into the top 10. A pit road speeding penalty under the eighth caution sent Newman to the rear of the field with less than 165 laps to go. Newman fought hard after the setback and climbed back to ninth when the checkered flag flew. Grade: B+ 10. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . One of the fastest cars early in the race, Logano had to pit with a vibration under green and was then hit with a tire violation. The No. 22 fell two laps down, but fought back. With 32 laps to go Logano was fifth, but lost power and dropped like a rock on the late-race restart. Grade: B 11. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . The rookie contender worked his way into the top five throughout Sunday's race, but the No. 21 Ford slipped just outside the top 10 at the end of the day. Grade: B 12. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle was penalized for speeding on pit road under the sixth caution of the day and sent to the rear of the longest line for the restart. Despite the setback, Biffle quietly worked his way back to the top 10. When the checkered flag flew, Biffle had dropped to 12th. Grade: B 13. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. McMurray started 13th and finished 13th. He avoided trouble and tied his season-best finish. Grade: B 14. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . The No. 78 was fast once again, but issues on pit road continued to slow the team throughout the day. Running second with roughly 75 laps to go Truex reported a loose wheel and was forced to pit road under green. The team just could not find a rhythm. Grade: C 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard took two tires on the third caution of the day and restarted second. The No. 27 fell back when the green flag flew, but the move looked to pay off in the long run. Later in the going he had to pit a second time to check for loose lug nuts, suffered damage on the car, but climbed back to 15th at the end of the day. Grade: B- 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse got loose in the corner and spun off Turn 2 to bring out the second caution of the day. The RFR driver fought his way into the top 10 with 25 laps to go, but fell just outside the top 15 in the closing laps. Grade: B 17. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The driver of the No. 5 raced his way into the top five with 150 laps to go and shows signs of strength. Unable to maintain that spot, he dropped to 17th when the checkered flag flew. Grade: B- 18. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski worked his way into the top five after 55 laps, but was hit with a pit road speeding penalty under the first caution. Racing his way through the field took its toll on the No. 2, which was beaten up all around. Running fourth with 115 laps to go Keselowski broke a valve stem after contact and had to pit under green. He could only climb his way back to 18th. Grade: B 19. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger had another great run going, as he started in the top 10 and was racing at the front of the field in the opening stages of the day. However, just before the halfway mark Allmendinger hit pit road with a loose wheel under green. While he got his lap back, he was never able to rally back. Grade: B- 20. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . After getting into Danica Patrick in practice, Hamlin got into Brian Scott on pit road during the fifth caution of the day. The contact caused significant damage to to the right front of the No. 11 Toyota. Hamlin then hit the wall while running 15th with 92 laps to go to bring out the 11th caution of the day. Grade: C- 21. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The rookie contender started 21st, sent Kyle Busch spinning on Lap 115 when the field stacked up, finished 21st and earned his best finish of the 2016 season. Grade: C 22. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . After running mid-pack for much of the day, Cassill stayed out on the seventh caution of the day to take the lead. Cassill held onto the lead for 20 laps and was able to stay in the top five when the eighth caution of the day flew. Cassill was forced to pit road with 38 laps to go after contact with Ty Dillon late in the race. Grade: A- 23. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . A pit road speeding penalty under the first caution of the day sent Johnson to the rear of the field, but by the 200-lap mark Johnson was inside the top five. Johnson was forced to pit with a vibration while running third at the 300 -lap mark, falling back to 31st, two laps down. The former champ fought back to 23rd, but was the first car one lap down. Grade: C 24. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . The No. 13 Chevy was hit by AJ Allmendinger on a restart with less than 165 laps to go and Mears made a great save avoiding any damage to the car. While he broke into the top 15 just past the halfway mark, he fell through the field in the closing part of the race. Grade: C 25. Ty Dillon , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . After having issues in qualifying, the younger Dillon brother used strategy to make his way to the front of the field and was able to maintain a solid top-10 position. Earnhardt Jr. used up the No. 14 with less than 50 laps to go, causing a significant left rear tire rub. The problems weren’t over, as Landon Cassill did the same thing just a handful of laps later. Grade: C+ 26. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon used up the right side of the No. 3 Chevrolet after getting into the wall multiple times. He was also hit with a pit road speeding penalty under the sixth caution of the day. The older Dillon brother definitely had a rough outing at the Last Great Colosseum. Grade: C- 27. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Running mid-pack, Patrick stayed out on the seventh caution of the day and jumped into the top five. Once the race went back to green, the No. 10 Chevy faded and Patrick slipped back in the pack. The team was hit with two separate pit road penalties with less than 90 laps to go. Grade: C- 28. Cole Whitt , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Whitt had a quiet run at the half-mile short track, but gained 11 spots on the day. Grade: C+ 29. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing . McDowell raced his way as high as 17th just past the halfway mark, but dropped to 29th at the end of the day. After starting 31st, it was still a gain. Grade: C 30. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Scott made contact with Denny Hamlin on pit road, causing damage to both cars. He was running the top 30 when he got loose in the corner and spun to bring out the 10th caution of the day. Grade: C- 31. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Starting last, Annett spent much of the day racing around 35th, but he was sent spinning late in the race after contact with front-runner Kevin Harvick . Grade: C 32. Jeffrey Earnhardt , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing . The fourth-generation driver started 37th, stayed out of trouble and finished the day 32nd. Not too bad for his first Bristol start. Grade: C 33. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group . Wise's No. 30 Chevrolet had a tire issue and hit the outside wall to bring out the eighth caution of the day. Grade: C- 34. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Stuck behind Dale Jr. to start the day, Almirola suffered damage to the nose of the car just as the green flag flew. He was running 19th when he was hit by Martin Truex Jr . and sent spinning into the outside wall, causing significant damage to the No. 43 Ford. He didn’t want to get out of the car, but NASCAR said he had to and a post-race meeting in the hauler was the end result. Grade: C- 35. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. After giving a win away on Saturday in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Larson charged from his 25th starting spot and was in the top 10 before the 90-lap mark. Running third, a trackbar issue forced Larson and team to take the car behind the wall. Grade: D 36. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Dominating the race in the early stages, Kenseth blew a right front tire and hit the wall to bring out the fifth caution of the day while leading on Lap 186. After racing back in the top 10, Kenseth had another tire issue late in the race and was forced to pit road. With no caution thrown, the No. 20 team’s chances at victory were gone and the car went behind the wall. Grade: D 37. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Smith was a non-factor throughout the day until he was hit by Danica Patrick and made hard contact with the wall with just nine laps to go. Grade: D 38. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Running third on Lap 52, Busch lost a right front tire and hit the outside wall to bring out the first caution of the day. Busch made his way into the top 20, but was spun on Lap 115 after contact with Chris Buescher . After working into the top five, he was hit with a speeding penalty on the fifth caution of the day. While racing back to the front again, Busch made heavy contact with the wall on Lap 258 and took the car behind the wall. Grade: D 39. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Ragan was stuck behind Dale Jr. when he had his issue on the initial start of the day, and things did not get much better. With smoke billowing out of the exhaust, Ragan took the car behind the wall with an engine issue on Lap 217. Grade: F 40. Reed Sorenson , No. 55 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson started 38th, but pulled the car behind the wall after completing just 169 of the 500 laps. Grade: F
NASCAR TV schedule: April 18-24
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