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Food City 500 Stats

Time of Race: 3 hours, 26 minutes, 20 seconds
Average Speed: 77.496 mph
Margin of Victory: 4.652 Seconds
Caution Flags 14 for 115 laps: Laps 3-9 (#01,11,66,50,99 accident turn 2); 22-35 (#01,5,41 accident frontstetch); 50-53 (#92 accident turn 2); 69-74 (#0,5 accident turn 1); 136-142 (Debris turn 2); 151-159 (#12 accident turn 4); 186-192 (Debris); 300-313 (#43 accident turn 1); 324-329 (#17,21 accident turn 2); 333-342 (#07,2,4,6,9,15,18,21,24,32,40,42,49,97 T3); 362-375 (#31,97 accident turn 3); 381-385 (#20 spun turn 3); 414-419 (#4 spun turn 3); 426-431 (Debris).
Lead Changes 14 among 9 drivers: E. Sadler 1-35; R. Wallace 36-71; M. Waltrip 72-90; K. Harvick 91-100; R. Wallace 101-144; K. Harvick 145-176; R. Wallace 177-187; T. Labonte 188-197; R. Wallace 198-263; M. Kenseth 264-313; G. Biffle 314-367; J. Johnson 368; J. Gordon 369-396; G. Biffle 397-433; K. Harvick 434-500.

INSIDE LINE
Kevin Harvick drove from the 43rd and last starting position to win Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Harvick was forced to the rear of the field after his crew found a power steerling leak prior to the race. He took the lead from Greg Biffle and hung on for his first win since Indianapolis, 2003.

KEYS TO VICTORY LANE
Harvick passed Greg Biffle for the lead on lap 433 and never looked back on his way to the win, breaking a 55 race winless streak.

HIGHWAY TO HELL
Typical Bristol. A string of multi-car accidents and incident peppered the 500-lap grind. The race was stopped for almost 14 minutes with 167 laps to go when Bobby Hamilton Jr. slammed into the back of Ken Schrader, starting a 14-car pileup. And Kurt Busch and Jeff Burton were involved in a scary looking head-on crash on lap 360 after Jimmie Johnson made contact with Burton, spinning him into the path of the oncoming Busch as the field raced through turn three. Luckily there were no serious injuries Sunday.

HERO TO ZERO
Greg Biffle and crew chief Doug Richert elected to stay out not once, but twice under caution with less than 100 laps to go rather than pit for new tires. Biffle finally gave up the lead to Harvick and slid back to finish ninth on a day when he could have easily won or at least scored a Top 5 finish.

ZERO TO HERO
Besides Harvick's stirring run from last place, Kyle Petty put on the second best show of the day coming from the 37th starting position to finish 8th, his first Top 10 run since the 2002 season.

ROOKIE OF THE RACE
Travis Kvapil qualified 5th on Friday and turned in a solid seventh place finish to win the Rookie of the Race award. Kyle Busch was involved in an early race incident and several other altercations throughout the day but still managed to limp home 28th.

PIT STOPS

LUG NUTS
  • After a string of disappointing finishes since his third place run in the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finally scored a Top 5 finish with his fourth place run on Sunday.
  • Rusty Wallace's rear bumper must be made from an old cement mixer after the way Ricky Rudd plowed into the back of the Miller Lite Dodge in the 14 car pile-up. Wallace drove away with little more than a scratch.
  • If Bristol had 200,000 seats, there's no doubt they'd be fill anytime a NEXTEL Cup race was held.
  • OK raise your hand...who's calling in sick tomorrow to watch the Busch race and then stay in front of the tube for baseball's Opening Day and the NCAA Championship Monday night?

    GARAGE TALK
  • "I just screwed up and I'm going to tuck my tail between my legs and head back to Nashville." – Bobby Hamilton, Jr. after causing Ken Schrader to spin and begin a multi-car pile-up.
  • "Jimmie is a great driver and I know he didn't do it on purpose." – Jeff Burton, after tangling with Jimmie Johnson and then being hit head-on by Kurt Busch.

    RACINGONE RATING
    On our scale of one to ten parkas to deal with the bone-chilling Bristol Spring weather....let's give this one an eight. Typical Bristol race with lots of accidents and some dumb moves but all in all exciting enough to keep everyone interested. With five different winners in the first five races of the season, we're heading for what looks like a pretty competitive season, despite the early domination from Roush and Hendrick. Next up: more short track mayhem, this time Martinsville-style.



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