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The 2018 Food City 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on April 15 and 16, 2018, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. The second half of the race was postponed to April 16 due to rain. Contested over 500 laps on the 0.533 miles (0.858 km) concrete short track, it was the eighth race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 Food City 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 8 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date April 15–16, 2018
Location Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.858 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (429 km)
Average speed 77.465 miles per hour (124.668 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 14.895
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
Laps 200
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 1.4 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (Backstretch)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

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

Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway, is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Toyota
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
66 Chad Finchum (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Ryan Blaney was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 14.774 seconds and a speed of 129.877 mph (209.017 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 14.774 129.877
2 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.774 129.877
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 14.799 129.657
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kyle Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 14.895 and a speed of 128.822 mph (207.319 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.879 14.878 14.895
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 14.946 14.871 14.897
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 15.124 14.988 14.960
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.074 15.052 14.961
5 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 15.051 14.953 14.969
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 15.197 15.018 14.985
7 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 15.042 15.066 14.993
8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.051 15.053 15.010
9 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.108 15.183 15.029
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 15.004 15.176 15.041
11 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.190 15.043 15.053
12 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.132 15.069 15.153
13 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.195 15.071
14 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 15.091 15.086
15 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 15.178 15.095
16 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.138 15.105
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.103 15.112
18 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 15.139 15.136
19 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 15.183 15.144
20 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 15.163 15.178
21 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.216 15.181
22 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 15.190 15.196
23 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.135 15.204
24 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 15.223 15.285
25 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.383
26 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 15.410
27 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.256
28 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 15.257
29 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 15.320
30 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 15.358
31 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 15.360
32 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 15.477
33 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.499
34 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 15.755
35 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 15.807
36 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 15.810
37 51 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Toyota 16.253
38 66 Chad Finchum (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 16.735
39 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 14.874 seconds and a speed of 129.004 mph (207.612 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 14.874 129.004
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 14.880 128.952
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 14.881 128.943
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

David Ragan was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 15.051 seconds and a speed of 127.487 mph (205.170 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.051 127.487
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.100 127.073
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.109 126.997
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First stageEdit

Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag at 1:13 p.m. The first caution flew on lap 5 for a multi-car wreck involving Chase Elliott, William Byron, Martin Truex, Jr., Daniel Suárez, A.J. Allmendinger, Ross Chastain, Michael McDowell, David Ragan, and Chad Finchum.

The race restarted on lap 10, It went back under caution again for the second time on lap 17 for a two-car wreck in turn 2, involving A.J. Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray, The race restarted on lap 23 and the third caution flew for rain, and later intensified and the race was red flagged, After 25 minutes and 25 seconds, the race went back under caution.

Racing resumed on lap 60 and the fourth caution flew two laps later for a two-car wreck on lap 62 involving Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Erik Jones, Harrison Rhodes won the free pass under caution.

The race restarted on lap 68. Caution flew the fifth time for another multi-car wreck on lap 119 involving Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray, Chris Buescher, David Ragan, Harrison Rhodes, and Trevor Bayne, This brought out the red flag for the second time of the race to facilitate cleanup in turn 3, After 6 minutes and 29 minutes, The red flag was lifted and the race went back under caution.

The race restarted on lap 125. It remained green the remainder of the stage, that was won by Brad Keselowski, and went back under caution for the sixth time on lap 127 for the end of the stage.

Second stageEdit

The race restarted on lap 135, Kyle Larson passed Keselowski to take the lead, The seventh caution flew on lap 156 when Trevor Bayne spun out in turn 4, Rain returned moments later and the red flag was displayed for the third time, After 26 minutes and 54 seconds, the race went back under caution, and the race restarted on lap 170.

Caution flew again for the eighth time for rain on lap 204, Persistent precipitation in the eastern Tennessee mountains delayed the restart of the race, and the cars went back to pit road as the red flag was displayed for the fourth time, Eventually, The remainder of the race was postponed until Monday.

When the race resumed on Monday, A mixture of rain and sleet fell on the track around lunchtime Monday, and track dryers were busy much of the day. Cars finally returned to the track at 1:32 p.m. ET, about a half-hour later than scheduled.

The race restarted on lap 218, Brad Keselowski won the second stage and the ninth caution flew for the conclusion of the stage. Following in the top 10 were Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Larson, Stenhouse, Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Wallace.

Final stageEdit

The race restarted on lap 262, and it remained green for 63 laps.

Contact from Ryan Newman sent Kyle Larson sliding through the center of the track on lap 324, bringing out the tenth caution, Larson, who had one of the race’s strongest cars, avoided contact with the wall and stayed on the lead lap.

The race restarted on lap 330, and the eleventh caution came out on lap 354 when Reed Sorenson spun out in turn 2, David Reagan won the free pass under caution

The race restarted on lap 366, No one should have been surprised after two days of nasty weather, but rain returned on lap 391, bringing out the twelfth caution, Kyle Busch held a 1.1-second lead over Larson.

The race restarted on lap 400.


Brad Keselowski, one of the race’s leaders, slapped the wall on lap 471 after a tire issue, bringing out the thirteenth caution and wiping out leader Larson’s five-second advantage over second-place Stenhouse. Keselowski’s Ford suffered minor damage.

The race restarted on lap 479, Kyle Busch remained sizzling hot, taking the lead on Kyle Larson on lap 494 and winning for the second consecutive week after prevailing at Texas the previous weekend.[16]

"The long delays get you in and out of your game, but you just gotta focus," Busch said in victory lane. "I can't say enough about this Skittles Toyota Camry. We knew it was going to be good in the long runs. We weren't quite as good as the 42 (Larson) on that long run before that last caution came out. I actually thought I had a tire going down, but we were able to get some tires on it and gave it everything we had.


Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 125

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 10
2 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 9
3 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 7
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2
10 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 125

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 5
7 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2
10 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 250

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 49
2 6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 47
3 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 46
4 4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 39
5 8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 36
6 19 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Hass Racing Ford 500 34
7 39 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 33
8 14 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 37
9 10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 28
10 30 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 36
11 12 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 26
12 23 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 500 25
13 7 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 499 24
14 25 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 499 30
15 21 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 499 24
16 20 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 499 22
17 18 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 499 27
18 11 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 498 19
19 31 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 498 18
20 29 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 498 17
21 24 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 497 16
22 2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 496 17
23 3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 495 34
24 33 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 495 13
25 34 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 494 12
26 13 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 494 16
27 35 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 482 10
28 32 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 475 9
29 16 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 473 8
30 26 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 458 7
31 28 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 448 6
32 36 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 342 5
33 38 66 Chad Finchum (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 335 0
34 15 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 236 3
35 5 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 117 2
36 22 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 116 1
37 37 51 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Toyota 115 1
38 9 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 9 1
39 29 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 3 0
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 8 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 13 for 114
  • Red flags: 3 for 18 hours 58 minutes and 48 seconds
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 26 minutes and 25 seconds
  • Average speed: 77.465 miles per hour (124.668 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports covered their 18th race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Mike Joy, five-time Bristol winner Jeff Gordon and 12-time Bristol winner – and all-time Bristol race winner – Darrell Waltrip had the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties for the television side.

Fox Sports Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

PRN had the radio call for the race which was also be simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini called the race in the booth when the field was racing down the frontstretch. Rob Albright called the race from atop the turn 3 suites when the field raced down the backstretch. Brad Gillie, Brett Mcmillan, Jim Noble, and Steve Richards covered the action on pit lane.

PRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
Backstretch: Rob Albright Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Steve Richards

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 14, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
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  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. April 17, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
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  14. ^ Southers, Tim (April 14, 2018). "Kyle Larson sets pace during Saturday's first Cup practice in Bristol". Motorsport.com. Bristol, Tennessee: Motorsport Network. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
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  16. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2018/04/16/bristol-cup-race-food-city-500-winner-kyle-busch/521425002/[1]


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