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2011 Food City 250
Race details[1][2]
Race 25 of 34 in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season
Bristol Motor Speedway map.png
Date August 26, 2011 (2011-08-26)
Location Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.858 km)
Distance 250 laps, 133.25 mi (214.44 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 84.9 °F (29.4 °C): wind speeds up to 5.87 mph (9.45 km/h)[3]
Average speed 93.218 mph (150.020 km/h)
Attendance 108,000
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 15.979
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 186
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

The 2011 Food City 250 was the 25th stock car race of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series. It was held on August 26, 2011, at Bristol Motor Speedway, in Bristol, Tennessee, before a crowd of 108,000 spectators. The 250-lap race was won by Kyle Busch of the Joe Gibbs Racing team after starting from the pole position. His teammate Joey Logano finished in second, and Kevin Harvick Incorporated driver Clint Bowyer was third.

Busch won the pole position by posting the fastest lap in qualifying, and held the lead for the opening 112 laps until he was passed by Bowyer on the 113th lap. Busch retook the lead at the start on the 163th lap. He maintained the first position for the next 24 laps, with Bowyer retaking the lead on lap 187. Two laps later, Busch overtook Bowyer to reclaim the lead. Logano was the leader at the final restart on lap 198. On the 206th lap, Busch got ahead of his teammate Logano to advance back into first. Over the final 34 laps, Logano tried to get by his teammate Busch, but he was unsuccessful, as Busch held him off to win by 0.019 seconds, the closest finish in a Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The win was Busch's third consecutive at Bristol Motor Speedway (the first time in Nationwide Series history), his 12th at the track, and the 50th of his career in the division, breaking Mark Martin's record of most series wins he held since 1997. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. maintained the lead in the Drivers' Championship, with Elliott Sadler reducing his advantage to five points. Joe Gibbs's No. 18 team increased their advantage over the No. 60 team of Jack Roush at the top of the Owners' Championship, while Toyota moved past Ford to lead the Manufacturers' Championship with nine races left in the season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Bristol Motor Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

The 2011 Food City 250 was the 25th of 34 scheduled stock car races of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series. It was held on August 26, 2011, in Bristol, Tennessee, at Bristol Motor Speedway,[1] one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races; the others are Richmond International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Phoenix International Raceway.[4] The standard track is a four-turn 0.533 mi (0.858 km) short oval.[5] The track's turns are banked from 24 to 30 degrees, while both the front stretch (the location of the finish line) and the back stretch is banked from six to ten degrees.[5]

Before the race Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the Drivers' Championship with 834 points, with Elliott Sadler eight points behind in the second position. Reed Sorenson was in third with 825 points, Justin Allgaier was fourth with 772 points and Aric Almirola stood in fifth on 770 points. Jason Leffler, Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace, Brian Scott and Michael Annett rounded out the top ten.[6] Joe Gibbs, owner of the No. 18 car, led the Owners' Championship with 912 points. Jack Roush's No. 60 team followed in second with 870 points, while Sandra Turner's No. 32, DeLana Harvick's No. 33, and Roush's No. 6 team completed the top five.[7] Ford led the Manufacturers' Championship with 142 points; Toyota, Chevrolet, and Dodge followed with 141, 134, and 110 points, respectively.[8] Kyle Busch was the race's defending champion.[9]

There was one driver change heading into the race. Penske Racing announced that Camping World Truck Series driver Parker Kligerman would drive the No. 22 car in place of Brad Keselowski who was recovering from an ankle fracture and a strained back that he sustained in a testing crash at Road Atlanta in early August 2011.[10] It was later disclosed that Penske driver Kurt Busch declined an offer to fill in for Keselowski because he wanted to focus on challenging for the Sprint Cup Series championship.[11]

Practice and qualification[edit]

Joey Logano (pictured in 2015) qualified on the front row of the grid in second.

One 120 minute practice session was held on the morning of August 26.[2] With a time of 16.02 seconds, Sadler was the fastest driver in the sole practice session, ahead of Kenny Wallace in second, and Trevor Bayne in third. Leffler was fourth-fastest, Busch came fifth, and Joey Logano placed sixth. Carl Edwards was seventh-quickest, Steve Wallace eighth, Mike Bliss ninth, and Kasey Kahne completed the top ten entering the qualifying session.[12] During practice, T. J. Bell accidentally reversed on the pit road, and ran over the pelvis of his team's crew chief Cory Howe; the latter sustained a cut to his head. Howe was conscious when he was airlifted to Wellmont Health System in Kingsport, Tennessee for treatment to his injuries. Tests for any severe injuries to Howe were negative.[13]

Although 49 cars attempted to qualify for the event;[14] according to NASCAR's qualifying procedure only 43 could race. Each driver ran two laps, with the starting order determined by the competitor's fastest lap times.[1][2] Busch took his second Nationwide Series pole position at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the 23rd of his career, with a lap of 15.979 seconds. He was joined on the grid's front row by Logano, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, who recorded a time that was 0.018 seconds slower.[15] Sadler qualified in the third position, Kenny Wallace took fourth, and Leffer started from fifth place. Edwards, Bayne, Allgaier, Clint Bowyer, and Stenhouse completed the top ten qualifiers. Johnny Chapman, John Jackson, J. J. Yeley, Bell, Jennifer Jo Cobb, and Carl Long were the six drivers who failed to qualify.[16]

Race[edit]

Live television coverage began at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00) in the United States on ESPN.[17] Around the start of the race, rain fell on the track, but it later dissipated. Mike Rife, senior minister of Vansant Church of Christ, began pre-race ceremonies with an invocation. Country music singer JT Hodges performed the national anthem, and Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff Carolyn Gudger commanded the drivers to start their engines.[18] No driver moved to the back of the grid during the pace laps.[2]

The race began at 7:46 p.m. local time. Busch maintained the lead from his teammate Logano on the first lap. On lap four, Bowyer attempted to get between two Roush Fenway Racing cars, and ran into the rear of Stenhouse's car exiting turn four. By the ninth lap, Logano was 1.3 seconds adrift of race leader Busch. Sadler began battling Kenny Wallace for third on lap 13, and got ahead of him seven laps later.[18] The first caution was waved on lap 35, as David Reutimann was hit from behind by Kahne, sending him spinning in the fourth turn, and reducing Busch's lead of more than 2.6 seconds to nothing.[18] During the caution, several drivers chose to make pit stops. Busch led at the lap 42 restart, followed by Logano, Bowyer, and Sadler. Around this time, Sadler advanced to second place but Logano retook it on the 47th lap.[18]

By lap 68, Busch moved to around 1.2 seconds ahead of his teammate Logano. Three laps later, Bowyer passed Logano on the inside lane between the third and fourth turns to move into second place. He began closing the gap to Busch while the two were within slower traffic. Bowyer clung onto the rear of Busch on lap 110, and he made a pass for the lead between turns three and four on the 113th lap.[18] Busch then began reporting a tight handling car.[19] On lap 122, Bowyer eased off the accelerator pedal to avoid hitting Reed Sorenson and David Starr in turn four.[18] As the surface of the circuit caused drivers to have difficulties with steering their vehicles,[19] on lap 125, Jeremy Clements' tire failed, grazing the catchfence, and littering debris on the track, necessitating the second caution.[18][20] Busch made a pit stop under caution on the 127th lap. Bowyer maintained the lead at the lap 132 restart.[18] Four laps later, Kenny Wallace caused a third caution when his tire failed, and he made contact with the barrier between turns three and four.[18][20]

Kyle Busch (pictured in 2010) held off his teammate Logano in the final laps to win his 50th Nationwide Series race, breaking Mark Martin's 1997 record of the most series victories.

The race restarted on lap 141 with Bowyer leading Busch and his teammate Logano. Sadler sought a way past Busch on the 143rd lap but he could not complete the overtake.[18] A fourth caution came out on lap 145, as Kligerman spun 180 degrees up the circuit in turn two while attempting to pass Stenhouse.[18][20] Bowyer again maintained the first position at the lap 151 restart.[21] That lap, Bayne made an attempt to overtake Busch for second but was unsuccessful. Bayne later fell behind Leffler and Edwards to run in fourth on the 160th lap.[18] Busch went to the outside lane to pass Bowyer to retake the lead at the start/finish line to start lap 163.[18][21] Five laps later, Edwards began battling Leffler for the third position, and the trio of Bayne, Sadler and Almirola were in a duel for sixth place by lap 173. By the 178th lap, Busch and Bowyer pulled away to lead the third-placed Leffler by five seconds.[18]

On lap 185, Bowyer went to the inside of Busch,[18] and passed him for the first position two laps later. He held it for two laps before Busch retook it on lap 189.[21] Two laps later, Starr's tire blew, and he collided heavily with the right-hand quarter of his car with the turn two wall, triggering the fifth (and final) caution.[18][20] All of the leaders (including Busch) elected to make pit stops during the caution.[18] Green flag racing resumed on the 198th lap with the non-stopping Logano in the lead.[1][20][21] That lap, Busch began challenging his teammate Logano for the first position. Edwards lost fourth to Bowyer on lap 201. Five laps later, Bowyer overtook Leffler to advance into third place. Around the same time, Logano lost the lead to Busch. On the 211th lap, Logano made an unsuccessful attempt to retake the lead from his teammate Busch, as the first three were evenly separated by lap 220.[18]

By the 239th lap, Busch had increased his lead to eight-tenths of a second, though his teammate Logano reduced the advantage to challenge him six laps later. Both were delayed by Joe Nemechek on lap 247 but the two got past him soon after.[18] Busch and Logano were alongside each other during the final two laps,[22] as Busch had an understeer at the right-rear of his car when he steered to the inside lane.[23] Logano got the lead on the inside line,[24] and moved narrowly ahead of Busch coming out of the fourth turn. However, Busch had momentum on the outside lane down the frontstretch to win.[23] It was Busch's third consecutive win at Bristol Motor Speedway (the first time in Nationwide Series history), his 12th at the track,[22] and the 50th of his career in the Nationwide Series, breaking Mark Martin's 1997 record of most division victories.[25] The margin of victory was 0.019 seconds, the closest in a Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and then the seventh closest in NASCAR history since electronic scoring was introduced in 1993.[23] There were six lead changes among three drivers during the race. Busch's 186 laps led was the most of any competitor.[1]

Post-race[edit]

I don’t know if it was aero with him being so close to me or just the right rear sliding out from underneath me. The middle was where I could carry the most momentum and run down the straightaways a bit faster than him. I knew if it came down to a race where we would bang each other’s doors through (turns) 3 and 4 like we did, that getting back to the gas and coming through turn 4 as hard as you could, taking the momentum from the top side would be the way to do it.

Kyle Busch on holding off his teammate Logano in the closest Nationwide Series finish in Bristol Motor Speedway history.[23]

Busch appeared in Victory Lane after his victory lap to celebrate his 50th career victory in front of the crowd of 108,000 people;[23] the win earned him $46,575.[1] He said that he was pleased to break Martin's achievement at Bristol Motor Speedway, and felt he was certain the spectators enjoyed his battle with Logano,[19] "There are an awful lot of accomplishments and it’s hard to pinpoint where they fall, but tonight is a pretty big one, just being able to race that hard and race against a teammate like that knowing that he had just as good of stuff as I did."[25] Logano stated he was envious about his teammate's win, "I did everything I could possibly do besides wreck him to try to make the pass. But that ain’t the right thing to do when he’s your teammate. It’s frustrating, but what a day for JGR. Coming across the line that close and rubbing doors. That’s cool. I just wish that I was the one celebrating right now."[19]

Third-placed Bowyer complemented Busch, "I’m fortunate to be able to work with him every weekend. Just listening to the way he talks about his car and what he looks for, there definitely are a lot of things you can learn from talking to him and watching him race. We want to beat him. It’s frustrating to be so close. He’s just a really good driver."[24] Busch's crew chief Jason Ratcliff commented that the driver had the potential to win 100 Nationwide Series races, "The first time I met Kyle when he was running the 5 car at Hendrick; he was very, very impressive from the first time I watched him on the race track and had to race against him, So I was really excited when he came over to Gibbs."[24] Edwards, who finished in fourth place, spoke of his disappointment over not winning the event after he was penalized for a pit road transgression, "Man, I really wanted to win this race, We got pushed back with the pit road penalty and that made the night tougher. Then we got all the way back up there and I thought we were going to have a shot there at the end."[26]

The result kept Stenhouse in the lead of the Drivers' Championship with a new total of 867 points. Sadler moved to within five points of him in second, and Sorenson was another five points behind in third. Almirola improved his position to fourth, while Allgaier fell to fifth. Leffler, Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace, Scott, and Annetti rounded out the top ten.[27] Gibbs' No. 18 team also maintained the lead in a much wider Owners' Championship; Edwards' fourth-place finish left Roush's No. 60 team 50 points behind Gibbs, while Turner's No. 32, Harvick's No. 33, and Roush No. 6 squads remained third, fourth, and fifth.[28] Toyota gained the lead in the Manufacturers' Championship with 150 points; Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge followed with 146, 140, and 114 respective points.[8]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying results
Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.979 120.083
2 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.997 119.948
3 2 Elliott Sadler Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevrolet 16.015 119.813
4 09 Kenny Wallace RAB Racing Toyota 16.067 119.425
5 30 Jason Leffler Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 16.095 119.217
6 60 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 16.106 119.136
7 16 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 16.114 119.077
8 31 Justin Allgaier Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 16.155 118.774
9 33 Clint Bowyer Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevrolet 16.161 118.730
10 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 16.170 118.664
11 11 Brian Scott Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 16.170 118.664
12 22 Parker Kligerman Penske Racing Dodge 16.185 118.554
13 70 David Stremme ML Motorsports Chevrolet 16.199 118.452
14 64 David Reutimann Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota 16.210 118.371
15 66 Steve Wallace Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota 16.232 118.211
16 88 Aric Almirola JR Motorsports Chevrolet 16.235 118.189
17 38 Kasey Kahne Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 16.237 118.174
18 32 Reed Sorenson Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 16.245 118.116
19 7 Josh Wise JR Motorsports Chevrolet 16.293 117.768
20 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 16.304 117.689
21 62 Michael Annett Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota 16.345 117.394
22 97 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 16.438 116.729
23 03 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 16.461 116.566
24 05 David Starr Day Enterprises Motorsports Chevrolet 16.466 116.531
25 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 16.494 116.333
26 04 Benny Gordon Go Green Racing Ford 16.500 116.291
27 49 Mark Green Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet 16.528 116.094
28 42 Tim Andrews Key Motorsports Chevrolet 16.530 116.080
29 46 Chase Miller Key Motorsports Chevrolet 16.533 116.059
30 15 Timmy Hill Rick Ware Racing Ford 16.539 116.017
31 71 Matt Carter Rick Ware Racing Ford 16.548 115.954
32 23 Dennis Setzer Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet 16.589 115.667
33 28 Derrike Cope Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet 16.611 115.514
34 87 Kevin Conway NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 16.625 115.416
35 47 Brian Keselowski Key Motorsports Chevrolet 16.633 115.361
36 14 Eric McClure TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 16.657 115.195
37 40 Scott Wimmer Key Motorsports Chevrolet 16.671 115.098
38 89 Morgan Shepherd Faith Motorsports Chevrolet 16.673 115.084
39 01 Mike Wallace JD Motorsports Chevrolet 16.676 115.064
40 81 Blake Koch MacDonald Motorsports Dodge 16.735 114.658
41 39 Fain Skinner Go Green Racing Ford 16.843 113.923
42 52 Kevin Lepage Means Motorsports Chevrolet 17.177 111.707
43 44 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 16.651 115.236
Failed to qualify
44 41 Johnny Chapman Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 16.665 115.140
45 74 J. J. Yeley Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 16.877 113.693
46 72 John Jackson John Carter Racing Toyota 16.927 113.357
47 50 T. J. Bell MAKE Motorsports Chevrolet 16.970 113.070
48 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb JJC Racing Dodge 17.310 110.849
49 75 Carl Long Rick Ware Racing Ford 17.709 108.352
Source:[29]

Race results[edit]

Race results
Pos. Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 250 01
2 2 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 250 01
3 9 33 Clint Bowyer Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevrolet 250 01
4 6 60 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 01
5 16 88 Aric Almirola JR Motorsports Chevrolet 250 39
6 21 62 Michael Annett Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota 250 38
7 5 30 Jason Leffler Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 250 37
8 3 2 Elliott Sadler Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevrolet 250 36
9 12 22 Parker Kligerman Penske Racing Dodge 250 01
10 11 11 Brian Scott Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 250 34
11 10 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 33
12 18 32 Reed Sorenson Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 250 32
13 7 16 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 31
14 15 66 Steve Wallace Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota 250 30
15 8 31 Justin Allgaier Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 250 29
16 19 7 Josh Wise JR Motorsports Chevrolet 249 28
17 13 70 David Stremme ML Motorsports Chevrolet 249 01
18 20 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 249 26
19 17 36 Kasey Kahne Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 248 01
20 14 84 David Reutimann Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota 248 01
21 22 97 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 247 23
22 30 15 Timmy Hill Rick Ware Racing Ford 247 22
23 40 81 Blake Koch MacDonald Motorsports Dodge 247 21
24 37 40 Scott Wimmer Key Motorsports Chevrolet 246 20
25 33 28 Derrike Cope Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet 246 19
26 39 01 Mike Wallace JD Motorsports Chevrolet 245 18
27 36 14 Eric McClure TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 245 17
28 26 04 Benny Gordon Go Green Racing Ford 244 16
29 34 87 Kevin Conway NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 243 15
30 41 39 Fain Skinner Go Green Racing Ford 242 14
31 42 52 Kevin Lepage Means Motorsports Chevrolet 241 13
32 25 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 219 12
33 24 05 David Starr Day Enterprises Motorsports Chevrolet 187 01
34 38 89 Morgan Shepherd Faith Motorsports Chevrolet 161 10
35 32 23 Dennis Setzer Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet 137 9
36 4 09 Kenny Wallace RAB Racing Toyota 136 8
37 23 03 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 19 7
38 27 49 Mark Green Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet 11 6
39 28 42 Tim Andrews Key Motorsports Chevrolet 11 5
40 29 46 Chase Miller Key Motorsprorts Chevrolet 7 4
41 31 71 Matt Carter Rick Ware Racing Ford 7 3
42 35 47 Brian Keselowski Key Motorsports Chevrolet 6 01
43 43 44 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 4 1
1 Ineligible for championship points
Source:[1]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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