April 15, 2018
Bristol Motor Speedway
The Food City 500, previously called Jeff Byrd 500, annually plays host to some of the most exciting NASCAR action of the season. It has been renamed back to Food City 500. Held at the Bristol Motor Speedway, the course's oval has been home to some incredible finishes and heartbreaking wrecks.
This track is one that has to bee seen live as the drivers of NASCAR fly around the 0.533 mile oval track at incredible speeds. In 2003 Ryan Newman completed a lap in less than 15 seconds, and today's drivers are faster than ever. Don't miss one of the most exciting races of the year, bet the Food City 500.
Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the shortest tracks on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup circuit, has the highest banking, making for an appealing combination for driver and spectator alike. Added to the schedule in 1961 and resurfaced from asphalt to concrete in 1992, Bristol's attendance has increased from 18,000 to well over 160,000 with the reconstruction of the speedway's backstretch.
Bristol Motor Speedway also plays host to the Sharpie 500 later in the year in August.
2017 Food City 500 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
2016 Food City 500 Winner: Carl Edwards
2015 Food City 500 Winner: Matt Kenseth
2014 Food City 500 Winner
Carl Edwards wins 2014 rain-delayed, action packed Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race finished under caution and Edwards did prevail, finishing ahead of his teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Aric Almirola in a 1-2-3 sweep by Fords.
2013 Food City 500 Winner
Kasey Kahne wins 2013 Food City 500, who took a second place position on the starting grid to a win. Following Kahne across the finish line were Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch (in his best finish yet for Furniture Row Racing) and Clint Bowyer.
2012 Food City 500 Winner
Brad Keselowski got his first win of the NASCAR season at 2012 Bristol’s Food City 500. Keselowski held off Matt Kenseth in the final laps. Keselowski led a career-best and race-high 231 laps, but battled back and forth with Kenseth for the final third of the race.
2011 Jeff Byrd 500 Winner
Kyle Busch toughed out the competition and raced to the checkered flag first, posting his 20th cup victory at Bristol Motor Speedway today winning the 2011 Jeff Byrd 500. Coming into the race, Busch was 14th overall in points with 86. He trailed Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch by 27 points. Busch was the favorite to win the Byrd 500, coming in at 7/2 odds. This is the First NASCAR race of the season that the favorite has actually won the race.
2010 Food City Winner
Jimmie Johnson picked up his 50th career Sprint Cup victory on Sunday as he took first in the 2011 Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway. Johnson led a total of 84 laps in the race to earn 190 points and give him his third win of the season in just six races. It is actually Johnson’s third win in the last four races.
2009 Food City Winner
In 2009, Kyle Busch dominated the race, leading the most laps, on his way to a second consecutive win. Winning by a .391 second difference in an extended race that took 503 laps to complete, Kyle had to out-race Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin to a green-white-checkered flag to take his 14th Cup Series win.
2008 Food City Winner
Jeff Burton drove hard and smart all day in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway and was in the right place at the right time in the end. Burton was the recipient of Joe Gibb’s racing driver Denny Hamlin’s bad luck on the final lap of Sunday’s race. Burton zoomed past Hamlin on the outside when it appeared Hamlin had problems getting fuel to the pickup on the high banked bullring. The win is Burton’s first of 2008 and is also the first win for a Chevrolet this season.
2007 Food City Winner
The 2007 Food City 500 ended with a bang as Kyle Busch crossed the finish line first to cap off his best race of the young season. Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon once again finished strong taking second and third respectively, as Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle finished off the top five. If the 2007 Food City 500 is any indication of what the rest of the 2007 NASCAR season has to offer, this may be NASCAR's best season yet