TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
FOOD CITY 500
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
APRIL 7, 2019
CHEVY OVER 40 CLUB:
Bristol Motor Speedway is one of only six tracks on the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit where Chevrolet has at least 40 victories. The Bowtie Brand has visited Victory Lane at the track known as the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’ 45 times, more than any other brand.
CHEVROLET SWINGING 70’S:
In 1971 Charlie Glotzbach captured Chevrolet’s first win at Bristol Motor Speedway, which was also the first NASCAR Cup win for Monte Carlo. With the aid of relief driver, Friday Hassler, the duo clocked an average pace of 101.074 mph throughout the caution-free 500-lap race. That speed record still stands today.
PACING THE FIELD
This weekend, Chevrolet will lead the ALSCO 300 NXS field to the green on Saturday, April 6 with an Orange Crush Camaro SS, and the Food City 500 MENCS field on Sunday, April 7 with a Kinetic Blue Silverado RST.
The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway gets underway on Sunday, April 7th at 2 p.m.ET. Live coverage can be found on FS1, PRN, and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Chevrolet has won 39 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championships
Team Chevy drivers have scored 779 wins and 702 poles in MENCS competition
Chevrolet drivers have won 45 of 116 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers:
Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Camaro ZL1 is a six-time winner (’02, twice in ’03. ’04, ’06, & ’18) and Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1 has won twice (’10 & ’17)
A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway 38 times
Team Chevy drivers have scored 207 top-five and 427 top-10 finishes at BMS
A Chevrolet has led 23,465 laps (of possible 56,477) at BMS
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – 9th in Standings
WHAT IS THE KEY TO GETTING SUCCESSFUL AT BRISTOL AND DO YOU ENJOY RACING THERE?
“Yeah, I really enjoy racing at Bristol. I think it’s one of the coolest places we go to just environment wise and then race track wise. Just a lot of fun. Short track racing in general is fun. I’ve enjoyed it. We’ve had some okay runs there. Feel like we had a really good car there last fall and had a realistic shot that I didn’t do a very good job of. I think it’s been kind of hit or miss, it’s hard to get right. You can just be off a little bit one way or the other and it make a big difference there.”
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CREDIT ONE BANK CAMARO ZL1– 12th in Standings
YOU’VE BEEN SO CLOSE, WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO WIN AT BRISTOL?
“Bristol is my favorite track. So, obviously you always want to win at your favorite track and thankfully I was able to win at an Xfinity race there last year. After being close there in Xfinity, every time I’ve ran, I finished second in my first ever Xfinity race there. So, I’ve got a ton of seconds and laps led and everything there. So, not being able to get it done makes you want to win that much more and it will make that moment, when you do win, extra special. Hopefully this is the year where it will all come together and we can finally be standing in Victory Lane there in a Cup car.”
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 – 15th in Standings
“I’m really so proud of our organization as a whole for the performance last week in Texas – running well in practice, the first pole for Ally, leading a bunch of laps, and finishing with a solid top-5. We have some momentum heading into Bristol, which as of late has been one of my better tracks. It’s one of the most physical tracks we run and you have to stay on top of things while there is just chaos everywhere.”
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 SYMBICORT CAMARO ZL1 – 17th in Standings
What do you think about racing at Bristol Motor Speedway?
“Man, they can’t mess Bristol Motor Speedway up, truthfully. Bristol is Bristol and it doesn’t matter what lane you are in it is good racing. I enjoy going there. Bristol is just a hardcore track where you need some drivability that you have built into the car mechanically. I look forward to Bristol each year. That time of year is always fun, I think. It is what racing is all about. The temperatures are fun, it’s not too hot, and it’s just a good time to be in Tennessee.”
WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 – 18th in Standings
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT RACING AT BRISTOL?
“The atmosphere is great at Bristol. The cars are fast and it feels really fast inside the car. I would say all of that stuff just contributes to the overall atmosphere there. It’s just a really fun track to go to as a driver. It’s challenging but also very rewarding to be able to get around there fast.”
ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CAMARO ZL1 – 19th in Standings
“I can absolutely carry over what we learned at Bristol last year and put that to use this weekend. It is a strong race track for us. Last fall we went down a lap due to an issue and was still able to bounce back and get a top-10 finish. I think Bristol can be a great place for us and I am really looking forward to getting back there this weekend.”
CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 BUSH’S BEANS CAMARO ZL1 – 22nd in Standings
“Bristol Motor Speedway is my favorite track, and definitely one that I am excited to head to for their race weekend. Not only is it my favorite track, it’s the home of BUSH’s Beans, whose copper Camaro ZL1 also returns to the track this weekend. I love the high-banks and short-track intensity that Bristol brings. We’ve had really good runs there in the past, just haven’t been able to get the finishes reflecting those runs. We were easily a top-five car all night in the night race last fall, but got caught in some drama at the end that put us a few spots back. I don’t think the rules package is going to change Bristol much, so I’m really excited for an intense short track race in Thunder Valley on Sunday.”
TY DILLON, NO. 13 GEICO CAMARO ZL1– 23rd in Standings
“Bristol Motor Speedway is my favorite racetrack that we go to. I’ve been successful running against the wall and making my way to the front, and I’ve been pretty good running the bottom as well. Races at Bristol are always great. Throwing extra downforce at us with all the horsepower that we’ll have is going to make it a wild race. We already go around Bristol at such high speeds that this package is going to make it extremely fast. Being sharp mentally and physically is going to pay huge dividends. I always look forward to heading to Bristol with this Germain Racing team and our GEICO Camaro ZL1 because I feel like there is an opportunity to run well.”
RYAN PREECE, NO. 47 KROGER CAMARO ZL1 – 25th in Standings
“Bristol Motor Speedway is a track that I always have circled on my list. I have a lot of good memories there from the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and I’m looking forward to making more this weekend in the Kroger Camaro ZL1. JTG Daugherty Racing has always had a strong short-track program, and I think Chris and I are working really well together and taking good notes from each other to improve our performances every week. We’re still a new team and we’re continuing to make progress every week, and I really think heading to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend we’ll be able to showcase that and really put on a good performance.”
BUBBA WALLACE, NO. 43 BLUE-EMU CAMARO ZL1 – 28th in Standings
WHAT IS IT ABOUT BRISTOL THAT MAKES IT AN EVENT EVERYONE WANTS TO GO TO?
“I think you just get that coliseum feel at the Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s called The Last Great Coliseum, and when you walk in you are surrounded by stands and fans. The noise is loud, and you are just in a soup bowl running around there – you get kind of dizzy.
“The biggest thing is: my spotter always tells me “alright, don’t forget we are pitting on the front stretch – it’s the side that has the start/finish line, remember that the backstretch doesn’t.” I’m like, ‘duh,’ I know what side of the track we are on but there are times that drivers pit on the wrong side. They look the same, everything about it is the same. You get going around there and you get into this rhythm and you just kind of get lost.”
DANIEL HEMRIC, NO. 8 CATERPILLAR/BASS PRO SHOPS CAMARO ZL1 – 29th in Standings
AS A FORMER SHORT-TRACK RACER, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO GET TO BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A CUP SERIES CAR?
“I am pumped to get to Bristol. That will be one of the longest races of my life – from what everyone tells me. With this new package in place, we’re going to be extremely fast. I feel like the lap times are going to be much faster than they were in the past. There is just a little bit of an unknown going into the weekend. I think that will make tire fall-off worse than what we’ve had there in the past, because of what we’re asking out of the tires. The racetrack could get even wider quicker. You always have the variable of how much they spray the bottom groove with the traction compound and how long that lasts. With the corner speeds being so fast, that compound may give up even quicker. There will be a lot going on, but it will be awesome to experience Bristol as a Cup Series driver with Caterpillar and Bass Pro Shops on the side of the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.”
YOU HAVE HAD SOME STRONG RUNS AT BRISTOL IN THE XFINITY AND TRUCK SERIES, CAN THAT RELATE TO THE CUP SERIES THIS WEEKEND?
“I have always loved going to Bristol. We had a right rear wheel issue late in the race last August in the Xfinity Series race, but someone told me we averaged a fifth-place finish up until that point. I like Bristol and feel like I have always had a pretty good idea about what I need out of the car balance-wise. When we get there this weekend, hopefully we can tune on it and keep up with it as the race goes.”