This Week's Race

Posted: March 22, 2007

Food City 500

Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, Tenn.

When: Sunday, 2 p.m.

TV/radio: Fox/WXTU (92.5-FM), WNPV (1440-AM)

Race course: .533-mile oval

Race distance: 500 laps

Last year's race winner: Kurt Busch

Last year's pole winner: none; qualifying was rained out

Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman, 128.709 mph (March 2003)

Track facts: Kurt Busch has won four of the last eight races at Bristol. He and Jeff Gordon are the top winners among active drivers at the track, with five victories each . . . Points leader Mark Martin is skipping this race, ending his streak of 621 consecutive starts. His limited schedule this season doesn't include Bristol. Rookie Regan Smith will drive the No. 01 Chevrolet. The next longest Cup streaks are Jeff Gordon, 477, and Bobby Labonte, 476 . . . Kevin Harvick was runner-up in last spring's race at Bristol; Matt Kenseth was third. Kenseth won the August race at the track . . . Pole winners have won 21 Bristol races. That's runner-up only to Daytona's 23.

Up next: Goody's Cool Orange 500, April 1, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va., 2 p.m.; TV: Fox.

POINTS LEADERS

Pts.Back

1. Mark Martin. . . 629-

2. Jeff Gordon. . . 621-8

3. Jeff Burton. . . 618-11

4. Jimmie Johnson. . . 601-28

5. Matt Kenseth. . . 567-62

6. Tony Stewart. . . 507-122

7. Kevin Harvick. . . 482-147

8. Denny Hamlin. . . 480-149

9. Clint Bowyer. . . 479-150

10. Carl Edwards. . . 471-158

11. David Stremme. . . 463-166

12. J.J. Yeley. . . 462-167

13. Elliott Sadler. . . 456-173

14. Kyle Busch. . . 449-180

15. Juan Montoya. . . 443-186

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