Racingone Rewind: Bristol
March 23, 2009 | 8:48 A.M. EST
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Kyle Busch dominated the day and led 378 of the day's 503 laps to score his second win of the season in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Photos
Keys to Victory Lane
Busch had to hold off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin on a two-lap green-white-checkered restart and easily outdistanced the field to the checkered flag. Complete Results
Zero to Hero
Defending race winner Jeff Burton started 40th and was able to notch an eighth-place finish.
Rookie of the Race
Scott Speed took the green flag 11th and wound up finishing 28th.
Kurt Busch started 32nd and came back from an early race incident to finish 11th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. changed a transmission before the start of the race and began the day last, but finished 14th. And Carl Edwards started in the 38th spot and came home 15th.
Food City 500 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Jimmie Johnson - 2.2
• Fastest Early In a Run: Kyle Busch - 118.020 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Denny Hamlin - 114.086 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Kyle Busch - 90
• Fastest on Restarts: Kyle Busch - 118.318 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: David Stremme - 89
• Laps In Top 15: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and David Reutimann - 503
• Quality Passes: Jeff Gordon - 26
• Speed in Traffic: Dave Blaney - 117.264 mph
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• Kyle Busch captured his 14th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 155th career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Busch won the 70th race for car owner Joe Gibbs. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Busch became the second driver to win at Bristol from the 19th position. He was the 22nd driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Busch won the first race for Toyota at Bristol. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Denny Hamlin (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2009.
• Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 15 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Jeff Gordon (fourth) posted his 14th top-five finish at Bristol in 33 starts. He continues to have the best average finish this season of 5.4.
• Kasey Kahne (fifth) posted his first top-five finish since Lowe's Motor Speedway last fall.
• Mark Martin (sixth) posted his first top-10 finish since returning full-time with Hendrick Motorsports this year.
• Ryan Newman (seventh) posted his eighth top-10 finish at BMS in 15 starts.
• Jeff Burton (eighth) posted his 13th top-10 finish at Bristol in 31 starts.
• Juan Pablo Montoya (ninth) posted his first top-10 finish in five starts at Bristol.
• Marcos Ambrose (10th) posted his second top-10 result in his 16th career start.
• The 503-lap race saw 13 lead changes among seven drivers and an average speed of 92.139 mph. Lap Summary
• Nine caution flags were thrown for 58 laps.
• The Food City 500 lasted 2 hours, 54 minutes, 35 seconds.
• It's the year of the Busch with Kyle and Kurt winning the last three Cup races.
• Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya looked like they were racing on the "old" Bristol.
• Wonder what Jason Leffler thought of NASCAR warning Montoya about aggressive driving after an incident that looked a lot like what cost Leffler five laps in the Daytona Nationwide race?
• G'Day for Marcos Ambrose we'd say.
• Joey Logano has to thank his lucky stars that he has somehow managed to stay within the Top 35 - for now.
• Mark Martin and Ryan Newman rose to the occasion with their much needed top-10 finishes.
• David Gilliland is the underdog story of the season so far with John Andretti right behind.
• Have to feel sorry for Travis Kvapil and the Yates No. 28 team, apparently the latest victims of the economy.
• A sold-out crowd showed up Sunday with tickets available up until Saturday. See how it's done, Atlanta fans?
• "For me, I don't think I would enjoy having the most fans out there." - Kyle Busch
• "For sure, he's won too much." - Denny Hamlin on moving Kyle Busch out of the way on the last lap.
• "We needed a weekend like this here." - Jimmie Johnson
• "It was a strong performance for our Soldiers who know what it's like to overcome bad breaks and adversity." - Ryan Newman
• "Hopefully in the next 24 hours something great happens to this team." - Travis Kvapil
On a scale of one to 10 Food City shopping carts (which would also probably put on a good race at Bristol) we'll give Sunday's Food City 500 a six. Hard to get too excited when Busch puts a hurtin' on the field the way he did, despite the overtime finish. Good racing through the field, but no overly blown emotions or Bristol war of words to speak of. Maybe the temperatures will rise a bit for short track stop number two next week at Martinsville Speedway.