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NASCAR’s next race: Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Jimmie Johnson was uncharacteristically bad at Martinsville, but typically spectacular at Texas.
Jimmie Johnson was uncharacteristically bad at Martinsville, but typically spectacular at Texas. Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway

This week’s race

Food City 500

What: 500 laps or 266.5 miles

Where: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, a .533-mile highly banked, concrete oval.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

TV: Fox

Radio: Performance Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Carl Edwards

Also this week: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300, Xfinity Series, Bristol Motor Speedway, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: Fox, Speedway Motorsports Inc. and Bristol are honoring Fox broadcaster Steve Byrnes’ battle against cancer by renaming this week’s Cup race the Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer.


Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Jimmie Johnson: Uncharacteristically bad at Martinsville. Typically spectacular at Texas.

Kevin Harvick: Seven Cup races so far. Six finishes of first or second.

Jeff Gordon: After a horrible start to the season, Gordon has four consecutive top-10 finishes.

Carl Edwards: A 10th-place finish isn’t spectacular but certainly helps when it’s your first top-10 of the season.

Erik Jones: NASCAR’s newest 18-year-old national series winner.

Chris Buescher: Closing in on the Xfinity Series points lead.

NOT

Ryan Blaney: Only made three Cup starts this season and has two engine failures.

Michael Waltrip Racing: Collectively it’s two Cup teams have two top-10s in 14 starts.

Toyota: Showed some improvement at Texas but will need more speed to compete for a championship.

Jim Utter

Points Standings

Sprint Cup

1. Kevin Harvick 306

2. Joey Logano 280

3. Martin Truex Jr. 266

4. Brad Keselowski 246

5. Kasey Kahne 230

6. Jimmie Johnson 216

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 213

8. Denny Hamlin 205

9. Aric Almirola 195

10. David Ragan 194

11. Jamie McMurray 193

12. Matt Kenseth 189

13. Jeff Gordon 186

14. Carl Edwards 182

15. Casey Mears 178

16. Paul Menard 177

17. Danica Patrick 176

18. Clint Bowyer 168

19. Greg Biffle 165

20. A.J. Allmendinger 161

21. Kurt Busch 144

22. Austin Dillon 143

23. Trevor Bayne 138

24. Ryan Newman 137

25. David Gilliland 136

26. Kyle Larson 135

27. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 132

28. Cole Whitt 111

29. Sam Hornish Jr. 110

30. Brett Moffitt 109

31. Justin Allgaier 109

32. Tony Stewart 107

33. Michael Annett 69

34. Alex Bowman 67

35. Josh Wise 58

36. Michael McDowell 57

37. Jeb Burton 43

38. Matt DiBenedetto 34

39. Brian Vickers 32

40. Alex Kennedy 24

41. Bobby Labonte 20

42. Michael Waltrip 18

43. Reed Sorenson 12

44. Mike Wallace 8

45. Ron Hornaday 2

Xfinity

1. Ty Dillon 219

2. Chris Buescher 217

3. Chase Elliott 208

4. Darrell Wallace Jr. 204

5. Ryan Reed 197

6. Regan Smith 197

7. Elliott Sadler 181

8. Brendan Gaughan 176

9. Brian Scott 169

10. Daniel Suarez 160

11. David Starr 157

12. Ross Chastain 148

13. Jeremy Clements 145

14. J.J. Yeley 137

15. Dakoda Armstrong 134

Truck

1. Matt Crafton 128

2. Tyler Reddick 126

3. Erik Jones 122

4. Johnny Sauter 112

5. James Buescher 100

6. John Wes Townley 90

7. Ray Black Jr. 89

8. Cameron Hayley 84

9. Spencer Gallagher 84

10. Ben Kennedy 83

11. Timothy Peters 81

12. Tyler Young 78

13. Justin Boston 77

14. Korbin Forrister 77

15. Daniel Hemric 75

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