Food City Supermarket Heroes 500 tops Jeff Gluck's 'Was it a Good Race?' fan poll
The action-packed finish of the milestone 60th running of the Food City Supermarket Heroes 500 NASCAR Cup Series race this past Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway was extremely popular with race fans as evidenced in the results of an online fan poll conducted by veteran NASCAR journalist Jeff Gluck of The Athletic that simply asks, "Was it a Good Race?"
Sunday afternoon's race energized fans with an exciting finish that featured multiple lead changes in the final 75 laps. After leading more than 50 laps in the late stages of the race Denny Hamlin got loose coming out of turn two with 12 laps to go and was passed by Joey Logano and Chase Elliott. Elliott briefly took the lead and then was reeled in by Logano on lap 497. Logano passed Elliott, then Elliott tried to regain the lead but the two tangled with only two laps left sending them both out of contention and opening the door for Brad Keselowski to streak past and take the checkered flag. After the race Logano was upset, and Elliott accepted responsibility for the contact as the two raced hard side-by-side for the lead. The two had an animated discussion on pit road.
More than 20,500 fans participated in the poll and 94.9 percent voted yes in the poll, that it was a good race. The race took over the No. 1 spot in the poll by moving past another Bristol Motor Speedway race, the 2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. That race, which many called an "Instant Classic" and featured Kurt Busch winning in the closing laps after a crazy night with multiple lead changes and several dramatic crashes, held the top spot for nearly three years with a fan-approval rating of 94.8 percent with 10,276 voting participants.
With 20,529 voters, the Food City Supermarket Heroes 500 had the third-highest fan-vote participation since the Gluck poll started. The 2019 Daytona 500 has had the most fan votes with 25,398, followed by the 2020 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with 21,664.
"We are so thankful to the thousands of fans who voted for the Food City Supermarket Heroes 500 in Jeff Gluck's popular 'Was it a Good Race' fan poll," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway. "We have been very blessed at Bristol to have many thrilling races throughout the decades and that one will certainly be remembered as one of the greats here at The Last Great Colosseum."
The 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, which was won by Denny Hamlin after passing Matt DiBenedetto in the closing laps, is fourth on the Gluck ranking list, with a 94.1 percent approval rate.
Three more Bristol races rank in the top 30 of the Gluck fan poll. The 2018 Food City 500 ranks 22nd with an approval rating of 87.9 percent, the 2017 Food City 500 is 25th with a rating of 86.4, and the 2019 Food City 500 is 26th with a fan approval mark of 86.2 percent. You can see the full Jeff Gluck 'Was it a Good Race?' fan poll by clicking here.
The Jeff Gluck 'Was it a Good Race?' fan poll is conducted via the social media platform Twitter and was started in 2016. A Bristol Motor Speedway event has held the top spot now since August 19, 2018.
The next two NASCAR Cup Series races scheduled for Bristol Motor Speedway are the NASCAR All-Star race, set for Wednesday night, July 15 and the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race taking to the all-concrete high-banks under the lights during the NASCAR Playoffs on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Championship drama is expected to be intense as the 16 Cup Series playoff drivers will face the first elimination race in round one. It will be the first time a Bristol Motor Speedway race is featured in the Playoffs.