Gordon, Busch Brothers All Vying For Sixth BMS Win At IRWIN Tools Night Race
Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough and Rusty Wallace combined to win 39 Sprint Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway with Waltrip netting 12 and the others all winning nine apiece.
Three active drivers – Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch -- currently are tied with Hall of Famer David Pearson with five wins each at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile and all are definite contenders to break the tie at the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 27.
Each also is having a banner season and currently is qualified for The Chase. Kyle Busch comes into the IRWIN Tools Night Race with three wins in 2011, while Gordon has a pair of victories and Kurt Busch has one.
Kyle Busch, who swept the weekend races at BMS in March and completed the history-making sweep on the .533-mile oval last August when he won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Truck Series race, the Food City 250 Nationwide event and the IRWIN Tools Night Race, says he’s not sure what makes him so good at Bristol.
“Ever since I got through my rookie year, I’ve just taken a liking to the place,” he said. “Of course, I’ve been able to get some help from my brother. He’s always been really, really good there.
“It’s just a fun track no matter what series I’m running there. You really have to be on your game because you make one mistake or someone else makes one mistake – like what happened in the fall Nationwide race in 2009 with a car with a flat tire coming down the track and essentially ending our day – and that’s it.”
While Kyle Busch’s five BMS wins have come in the past four years, his brother Kurt reeled in his first Bristol – and Sprint Cup -- victory in the spring of 2002, then won three consecutive races in 2003 and ’04. His last win came in the spring of 2006.
Gordon’s success on the concrete oval began early in his Sprint Cup career with his initial win in the spring of 1995. He won four consecutive spring events through 1998 and also won the 2002 Night Race.
Snagging a sixth Bristol win at the upcoming IRWIN Tools Night Race definitely would put a smile on the four-time Sprint Cup champion’s face, particularly since the Speedway is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
“To have racing there for 50 years is quite an accomplishment,” said Gordon. “To me, it’s not just about 50 years of racing, though, it’s about putting on a great event and having some of the best racing we’ve ever had for such a long period of time.
“… Bristol is still definitely the ultimate fan experience. And, the ultimate driver experience, too.”
The IRWIN Tools Night Race gets under way Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m., with qualifying slated for Aug. 26 at 5:10 p.m. The Food City 250 takes the green flag after Sprint Cup qualifying at 7:30 p.m. Action begins Aug. 24 with the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at 6 p.m., followed by the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available for all four night races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Fans can enjoy both the IRWIN Tools Night Race and the Food City 250 for as little as $99. Should they be in town for the Wednesday night doubleheader, fans can take in all four races under the lights in packages starting at $129.
Single-event tickets for the IRWIN Tools Night Race start at $90 while ticket prices for the Food City 250 begin at $45. Wednesday night doubleheader tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 are $25 in advance of the race and $30 Aug. 24.
Parents also can take advantage of reduced ticket prices for children as kids 12 and under can watch the Food City 250 for only $10 while children in that age bracket will be admitted free to the Wednesday night doubleheader.
To purchase tickets, fans may contact the BMS ticket office at 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL.