2011 Irwin Tools Night Race

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2011 Irwin Tools Night Race
Race details[1][2]
Race 24 of 36 in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Date August 27, 2011 (2011-08-27)
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)[3]
Average speed 96.753 mph (155.709 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart Haas Racing
Time 15.624
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 206
Winner
No. 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

The 2011 Irwin Tools Night Race was a stock car racing competition that took place on August 27, 2011. Held at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, the 500-lap race was the twenty-fourth in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Brad Keselowski of the Penske Racing team won the race; Martin Truex, Jr. finished second and Jeff Gordon finished third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

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

Bristol Motor Speedway is 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 at Bristol Motor Speedway is a four-turn short track oval that is 0.533 miles (0.858 km) long.[5] 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.[5]

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.[6] Kyle Busch was the race's defending champion.[7]

On August 23, 2011, Toyota debuted the 2012 Toyota Camry at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, prompting the Toyota teams to change their headlights, taillights, fog lights, and rear decals.[citation needed]


Race[edit]

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,[8] while other ABC affiliates pre-empted this race to air NFL preseason games.

Results[edit]

Qualifying results
Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 15.624 122.811
2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.642 122.670
3 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.643 122.662
4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.654 122.662
5 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.658 122.544
6 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 15.659 122.537
7 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.676 122.404
8 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 15.683 122.349
9 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.688 122.310
10 22 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 15.699 122.224
11 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 15.715 122.100
12 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 15.721 122.053
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.725 122.022
14 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.725 122.022
15 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.727 122.007
16 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.727 122.007
17 34 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.736 121.937
18 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 15.738 121.921
19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 15.755 121.790
20 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.760 121.751
21 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.765 121.713
22 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.775 121.635
23 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.785 121.558
24 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.787 121.543
25 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 15.793 121.497
26 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 15.820 121.290
27 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 15.822 121.274
28 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 15.835 121.175
29 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Toyota 15.839 121.144
30 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 15.843 121.113
31 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Chevrolet 15.875 120.869
32 66 Michael McDowell HP Racing Toyota 15.879 120.839
33 38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.894 120.725
34 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 15.901 120.672
35 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 15.930 120.452
36 46 Scott Speed Whitney Motorsports Ford 15.949 120.308
37 95 David Starr Leavine Family Racing Ford 15.970 120.150
38 71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Ford 16.012 119.835
39 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge 16.012 119.835
40 51 Mike Bliss Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 16.049 119.559
41 32 Terry Labonte FAS Lane Racing Ford 16.306 117.674
42 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 16.306 116.397
43 60 Mike Skinner Germain Racing Toyota 16.089 119.158
Failed to qualify
44 50 T. J. Bell LTD Powersports, LLC Chevrolet 16.103 119.158
45 55 J. J. Yeley Front Row Motorsports Ford 16.116 119.062
46 37 Jeff Green Max Q Motorsports Ford 16.302 117.703
Source:[9]

Race[edit]

Race results
Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Run Points
1 8 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 500 47
2 27 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500 43
3 4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 43
4 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 41
5 6 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 40
6 3 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 39
7 20 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 37
8 1 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 37
9 2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 35
10 11 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 500 34
11 25 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 500 32
12 18 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 500 32
13 9 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 32
14 23 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 31
15 21 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 29
16 22 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 28
17 10 22 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 500 27
18 12 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 500 26
19 19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 25
20 24 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 24
21 26 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 499 23
22 15 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 499 22
23 29 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Toyota 499 21
24 17 34 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 498 20
25 38 71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Ford 498 19
26 16 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 498 18
27 37 95 David Starr Leavine Family Racing Ford 497 0
28 42 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 497 16
29 40 51 Mike Bliss Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 497 0
30 7 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 496 14
31 14 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 496 13
32 31 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Chevrolet 494 12
33 41 32 Terry Labonte FAS Lane Racing Ford 494 11
34 30 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 471 10
35 35 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 457 9
36 34 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 430 8
37 33 38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 371 0
38 5 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 363 6
39 32 66 Michael McDowell HP Racing Toyota 49 5
40 28 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 42 0
41 43 60 Mike Skinner Germain Racing Toyota 28 0
42 36 46 Scott Speed Whitney Motorsports Ford 28 0
43 39 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge 10 1
Source:[2]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Official Race Report No. 24". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Weather Information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "NASCAR Tracks—The Bristol Motor Speedway". Bristol Motor Speedway. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Driver's Championship Classification". NASCAR. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ "2010 Irwin Tools Night Race". racing-reference.com. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ "ABC11 TV Listings". WTVD. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site — Bristol (2) Sprint Cup Qualifying Order/Results, Lineup". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "2011 Irwin Tools Night Race". Racing-reference.info. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "2011 Manufacturers' Championship". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on 1 September 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 


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