2011 Irwin Tools Night Race
|Race 24 of 36 in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
|Date||August 27, 2011|
|Location||Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.858 km)
|Distance||500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching as low as 62.1 °F (16.7 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)|
|Driver||Ryan Newman||Stewart Haas Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree|
The 2011 Irwin Tools Night Race was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on August 27, 2011 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Contested over 500 laps on the half-mile oval, it was the 24th race of the 2011 season. The race was won by Brad Keselowski of Penske Racing. Martin Truex, Jr. finished second, and Jeff Gordon finished third.
The track, Bristol Motor Speedway, is one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races. the others being Richmond International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Phoenix International Raceway. The standard track at Bristol Motor Speedway is a four-turn short track oval that is 0.533 miles (0.858 km) long. The track's turns are banked from twenty-four to thirty degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked from six to ten degrees. The back stretch also has banking from six to ten degrees.
Before the race, Kyle Busch led the Drivers' Championship with 799 points, and Jimmie Johnson stood in second with 789 points. Kevin Harvick was third in the Drivers' Championship with 760 points, and Carl Edwards was fourth with 760 points. Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart rounded out the first ten positions. Kyle Busch was the race's defending champion.
The race was televised by ABC in the United States. However, several affiliates including ABC owned-and-operated WABC in New York City, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham pre-empted the race in order to offer continuing coverage of Hurricane Irene, while other ABC affiliates pre-empted this race to air NFL preseason games.
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- "ABC11 TV Listings". WTVD. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
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