Sprint Unlimited … By the numbers

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With the 25-driver field for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway set, here’s a look at how each of those drivers have fared in their appearances in the exhibition race…

Aric Almirola – No. 43 Smithfield Ford – (Richard Petty Motorsports)
2013 – Started 8th, finished 6th

Greg Biffle – No. 16 Ortho Ford – (Roush Fenway Racing)
2005 – Started 2nd, finished 5th, led 44 laps
2007 – Started 5th, finished 13th
2008 – Started 17th, finished 20th, Accident
2009 – Started 26th, finished 17th, Accident
2010 – Started 5th, finished 15th, led 5 laps, Accident
2011 – Started 11th, finished 5th
2012 – Started 7th, finished 6th, led 17 laps
2013 – Started 4th, finished 2nd, led 2 laps

Clint Bowyer – No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota – (Michael Waltrip Racing)
2008 – Started 21st, finished 14th
2011 – Started 7th, finished 9th, led 4 laps
2012 – Started 17th, finished 8th

Kurt Busch – No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet – (Stewart-Haas Racing)
2002 – Started 1st, finished 14th, led 3 laps
2003 – Started 3rd, finished 11th, led 11 laps
2005 – Started 6th, finished 6th
2007 – Started 18th, finished 3rd, led 6 laps
2008 – Started 1st, finished 18th
2009 – Started 12th, finished 9th
2010 – Started 22nd, finished 23rd, Accident
2011 – Started 17th, finished 1st, led 3 laps
2012 – Started 6th, finished 17th, Accident
2013 – Started 18th, finished 13th, Accident
2014 – Started 10th, finished 14th, Accident

Kyle Busch – No. 18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota – (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2006 – Started 14th, finished 15th, led 4 laps
2007 – Started 6th, finished 7th, led 39 laps
2009 – Started 10th, finished 10th, led 6 laps
2010 – Started 17th, finished 4th
2011 – Started 21st, finished 16th, led 2 laps, Accident
2012 – Started 2nd, finished 1st, led 3 laps
2013 – Started 13th, finished 16th, Accident
2014 – Started 4th, finished 3rd, led 6 laps

Austin Dillon – No. 3 DOW Chevrolet – (Richard Childress Racing)
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. – No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet – (Hendrick Motorsports)
2001 – Started 10th, finished 6th
2002 – Started 16th, finished 2nd, led 20 laps
2003 – Started 19th, finished 1st, led 13 laps
2004 – Started 19th, finished 2nd
2005 – Started 12th, finished 7th
2006 – Started 19th, finished 2nd, led 1 lap
2007 – Started 17th, finished 14th
2008 – Started 7th, finished 1st, led 47 laps
2009 – Started 9th, finished 18th, led 23 laps, Accident
2010 – Started 11th, finished 11th
2011 – Started 1st, finished 19th, led 4 laps, Accident
2012 – Started 8th, finished 20th, led 12 laps, Accident
2013 – Started 16th, finished 8th
2014 – Started 14th, finished 9th, led 7 laps, Accident

Carl Edwards – No. 19 Arris Toyota – (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2006 – Started 11th, finished 16th
2008 – Started 20th, finished 12th, led 1 lap
2009 – Started 11th, finished 7th, led 11 laps
2010 – Started 1st, finished 17th, led 42 laps, Accident
2011 – Started 3rd, finished 21st, Accident
2012 – Started 11th, finished 9th
2013 – Started 1st, finished 12th
2014 – Started 7th, finished 13th, Accident

Jeff Gordon – No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet – (Hendrick Motorsports)
1994 – Started 6th, finished 1st, led 2 laps
1995 – Started 5th, finished 4th
1996 – Started 7th, finished 9th
1997 – Started 3rd, finished 1st
1998 – Started 5th, finished 14th, Engine
1999 – Started 8th, finished 15th
2000 – Started 6th, finished 2nd
2001 – Started 6th, finished 11th
2002 – Started 22nd, finished 3rd
2003 – Started 18th, finished 2nd, led 31 laps
2004 – Started 2nd, finished 5th, led 16 laps
2005 – Started 11th, finished 3rd
2006 – Started 10th, finished 19th, Accident
2007 – Started 11th, finished 21st, Electrical
2008 – Started 22nd, finished 4th, led 1 lap
2009 – Started 28th, finished 4th, led 2 laps
2010 – Started 23rd, finished 6th
2011 – Started 12th, finished 6th, led 1 lap
2012 – Started 14th, finished 15th, led 16 laps, Accident
2013 – Started 7th, finished 17th, Accident
2014 – Started 13th, finished 12th, Accident

Denny Hamlin – No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota – (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2006 – Started 15th, finished 1st, led 16 laps
2007 – Started 21st, finished 17th
2008 – Started 12th, finished 9th
2009 – Started 5th, finished 13th, led 4 laps
2010 – Started 24th, finished 5th
2011 – Started 4th, finished 12th
2012 – Started 16th, finished 5th
2013 – Started 5th, finished 15th, Accident
2014 – Started 1st, finished 1st, led 27 laps

Kevin Harvick – No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet – (Stewart-Haas Racing)
2003 – Started 16th, finished 9th
2004 – Started 5th, finished 3rd, led 10 laps
2006 – Started 18th, finished 20th, Engine
2007 – Started 20th, finished 5th, led 11 laps
2009 – Started 27th, finished 1st, led 1 lap
2010 – Started 2nd, finished 1st, led 21 laps

2011 – Started 18th, finished 7th
2012 – Started 22nd, finished 22nd, led 4 laps, Accident
2013 – Started 17th, finished 1st, led 37 laps
2014 – Started 6th, finished 5th, led 6 laps

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet – (Hendrick Motorsports)
2003 – Started 2nd, finished 7th, led 4 laps
2004 – Started 17th, finished 9th
2005 – Started 17th, finished 1st, led 16 laps
2006 – Started 2nd, finished 5th, led 12 laps
2007 – Started 8th, finished 4th
2008 – Started 18th, finished 3rd
2009 – Started 21st, finished 14th, led 2 laps
2010 – Started 16th, finished 13th
2011 – Started 23rd, finished 4th, led 7 laps
2012 – Started 18th, finished 14th, led 1 lap
2013 – Started 11th, finished 14th, Accident
2014 – Started 18th, finished 17th, Accident

Kasey Kahne – No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet – (Hendrick Motorsports)
2005 – Started 13th, finished 9th
2006 – Started 5th, finished 18th, Accident
2007 – Started 15th, finished 15th
2008 – Started 8th, finished 10th
2009 – Started 14th, finished 6th, led 2 laps
2010 – Started 19th, finished 2nd
2011 – Started 5th, finished 24th, Engine
2012 – Started 19th, finished 13th
2013 – Started 3rd, finished 7th

Matt Kenseth – No. 20 Dollar General Toyota – (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2003 – Started 5th, finished 3rd, led 6 laps
2006 – Started 16th, finished 6th
2009 – Started 25th, finished 8th, led 1 lap
2010 – Started 8th, finished 16th, Accident
2011 – Started 19th, finished 13th
2012 – Started 23rd, finished 21st, Accident
2013 – Started 12th, finished 5th, led 25 laps
2014 – Started 16th, finished 10th, Accident

Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Miller Lite Ford – (Team Penske)
2012 – Started 3rd, finished 4th
2014 – Started 5th, finished 2nd, led 8 laps

Kyle Larson – No. 42 Target Chevrolet – (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
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Joey Logano – No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford – (Team Penske)
2009 – Started 19th, finished 28th, Accident
2010 – Started 21st, finished 7th
2011 – Started 22nd, finished 18th, Accident
2012 – Started 10th, finished 18th, led 1 lap, Accident
2013 – Started 9th, finished 3rd
2014 – Started 11th, finished 4th, led 11 laps

Casey Mears – No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet – (Germain Racing)
2005 – Started 18th, finished 13th, led 2 laps
2008 – Started 24th, finished 6th
2009 – Started 24th, finished 15th, Accident

Paul Menard – No. 27 PEAK / Menards Chevrolet – (Richard Childress Racing)
2009 – Started 1st, finished 12th, led 2 laps
2012 – Started 24th, finished 23rd, Accident

Jamie McMurray – No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet – (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
2004 – Started 3rd, finished 17th, led 8 laps, Accident
2006 – Started 17th, finished 8th, led 1 lap
2008 – Started 4th, finished 22nd
2009 – Started 15th, finished 2nd, led 16 laps
2010 – Started 9th, finished 3rd, led 2 laps
2011 – Started 14th, finished 2nd
2012 – Started 4th, finished 16, led 11 laps
2014 – Started 2nd, finished 6th, led 10 laps

Ryan Newman – No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet – (Richard Childress Racing)
2002 – Started 8th, finished 15th
2003 – Started 15th, finished 4th
2004 – Started 16th, finished 16th, led 4 laps, Accident
2005 – Started 7th, finished 2nd, led 4 laps
2006 – Started 7th, finished 17th, Accident
2007 – Started 9th, finished 20th, Engine
2008 – Started 17th, finished 23rd
2010 – Started 4th, finished 19th, Accident
2011 – Started 8th, finished 3rd, led 18 laps
2012 – Started 13th, finished 7th
2014 – Started 17th, finished 8th

Danica Patrick – No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet – (Stewart-Haas Racing)
2014 – Started 12th, finished 16th, Accident

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – No. 17 Fastenal Ford – (Roush Fenway Racing)
2014 – Started 3rd, finished 15th, Accident

Tony Stewart – No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet – (Stewart-Haas Racing)
2000 – Started 3rd, finished 4th
2001 – Started 7th, finished 1st
2002 – Started 3rd, finished 1st, led 31 laps
2003 – Started 12th, finished 15th
2004 – Started 18th, finished 7th
2005 – Started 8th, finished 4th
2006 – Started 3rd, finished 3rd, led 7 laps
2007 – Started 14th, finished 1st, led 11 laps
2008 – Started 10th, finished 2nd, led 9 laps
2009 – Started 6th, finished 3rd, led 4 laps
2010 – Started 13th, finished 9th, led 6 laps
2011 – Started 2nd, finished 11th, led 4 laps
2012 – Started 15th, finished 2nd, led 7 laps
2013 – Started 15th, finished 4th, led 5 laps
2014 – Started 9th, finished 11th, Accident

Martin Truex Jr. – No. 87 Furniture Row Chevrolet – (Furniture Row Racing)
2008 – Started 9th, finished 21st, Accident
2012 – Started 1st, finished 19th, led 7 laps, Accident
2013 – Started 6th, finished 9th, led 2 laps

Saturday Cup race at Bristol: Start time, TV channel

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Four drivers will be eliminated from the Cup playoffs after Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

This marks the first time the track has been in the playoffs. The Saturday Cup race at Bristol will end the first round. The 16-driver field will be cut to 12.

William Byron (3 points behind the cutline), Cole Custer (-8), Matt DiBenedetto (-25) and Ryan Blaney (-27) are the four drivers out of a playoff spot. Clint Bowyer holds the final transfer spot.

Here is all the info for the Saturday Cup race at Bristol:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines is at 7:38 p.m. The green flag waves at 7:45 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup haulers enter the garage (screening and equipment unload) at 10:30 a.m. Garage access health screening begins at 12:30 p.m. Garage opens at 12:30 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 7:10 p.m. Driver introductions will be at 7:15 p.m. The invocation is at 7:30 p.m. The national anthem will be performed by Joe Nichols, three-time Grammy nominee, at 7:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 500 laps (266.5 miles) around the .533-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 125. Stage 2 ends on Lap 250

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will televise the race. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 7 p.m. Race coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.

STREAMING: Watch the race on the NBC Sports App

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 62 degrees and a 3% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Brad Keselowski won at Richmond. Martin Truex Jr. finished second. Joey Logano placed third for the second race in a row.

LAST POINTS RACE AT BRISTOL: Brad Keselowski won in May after Denny Hamlin lost the lead when he hit the wall. Chase Elliott ran into Joey Logano as they battled for the lead late in the event.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Cup starting lineup

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Cup playoff clinching scenarios to make Round of 12

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The first elimination race of the Cup playoffs has arrived in the form of Bristol Motor Speedway.

Tonight’s 500-lap race on the short track will determine which drivers make up the Round of 12.

Three drivers have locked themselves into the second round. Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski earned their spots via race wins at Darlington and Richmond. Denny Hamlin clinched a spot via points.

More: Brad Keselowski on pole for Bristol

That leaves nine spots for 13 drivers to compete for.

If there is a new winner, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 10th winless driver in the standings.

Joey Logano – would clinch with 7 points: 51 points ahead of the Round of 12 cutoff. Logano has finished third in the last two playoff races (at Darlington and Richmond). Has made 23 starts at Bristol posting one pole, two wins, six top fives and 10 top 10s. Logano’s average finish is 15.3.

Martin Truex Jr. – would clinch with 20 points: 38 points ahead of the Round of 12 cutoff. Earned 22nd-place finish at Darlington and second-place finish at Richmond. Has made 29 series starts at Bristol posting two top fives and three top 10s. His average finish is 20.6.

Austin Dillon – would clinch with 21 points: 36 points ahead of the Round of 12 cutoff. Dillion has a runner-up finish at Darlington and a fourth-place result last weekend at Richmond. Has 13 starts at Bristol posting one top five and three top 10s. His average finish is 17.3.

Chase Elliott – Would clinch with 30 points: 28 points ahead of the Round of 12 cutoff. Elliott finished 20th at Darlington and fifth at Richmond. Has made nine starts at Bristol and has one pole, three top fives and four top 10s. Average finish is 12.6.

Alex Bowman – would clinch with 31 points: 27 points ahead of the Round of 12 cutoff. Bowman placed sixth at Darlington and ninth at Richmond. Has made nine series starts at Bristol with one top five and two top 10s. His average finish is 22.6.

Kyle Busch – would clinch with 40 points: Just 18 points ahead of the Round of 12 cutoff. Has seventh-place finish at Darlington and a sixth-place finish at Richmond. Has made 30 Cup starts at Bristol posting two poles and a series-leading eight wins among active drivers.

Aric Almirola – would clinch with 51 points: Seven points ahead of the Round of 12 cutoff. Finished ninth at Darlington and eighth at Richmond. Has made 22 starts at Bristol with one top five and two top 10s. His average finish is 25.0.

Kurt Busch – would clinch with 51 points: Seven points ahead of the cutoff sport. Almirola holds the tiebreaker of best finish in the current playoff round. Busch has finished eighth at Darlington and 13th at Richmond. Has 39 Cup starts at Bristol with one pole, six wins, 12 top fives and 21 top 10s. Average finish is 14th.

Clint Bowyer – would clinch with 55 points: Three points over cutoff. Finished 10th at Darlington and Richmond. Bowyer has made 29 Cup starts at Bristol with eight top fives and 16 top 10s. Average finish is 13.6.

William Byron (-3 points from cutoff; would need help to clinch): Finished fifth at Darlington and 21st at Richmond. Five Cup starts at Bristol with one top 10. Average finish of 17.2.

Cole Custer (-8 points; would need help to clinch): Finished 12th at Darlington and 14th at Richmond. Finished 25th in lone Bristol Cup start.

Matt DiBenedetto (-25 points; would need help to clinch): Finished 21st at Darlington and 17th at Richmond. Eleven Cup starts at Bristol with one top five and one top 10. Average finish of 19.1.

Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney is last on the 16 driver playoff grid heading into Bristol. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney (-27 points; would need help to clinch): Finished 24th at Darlington and 19th at Richmond. Ten Cup starts at Bristol with one top five and three other top 10s. Average finish of 20.7.

More: Blaney and DiBenedetto seek history to advance to second round

Should there be a repeat winner Saturday – Harvick or Keselowski – the following drivers would advance to the next round by being ahead of the 11th winless driver in the standings.

Joey Logano: Would clinch with 4 points

Martin Truex Jr.: Would clinch with 17 points

Austin Dillon: Would clinch with 18 points

Chase Elliott: Would clinch with 27 points

Alex Bowman: Would clinch with 28 points

Kyle Busch: Would clinch with 37 points

Aric Almirola: Would clinch with 48 points

Kurt Busch: Would clinch with 48 points

Clint Bowyer: Would clinch with 52 points

William Byron: Would clinch with 55 points

Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Blaney: Could only clinch with help

Xfinity race results, point standings after Bristol

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Chase Briscoe led the final six laps and won Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Bristol for his seventh win of the season.

Briscoe beat Ross Chastain for the win. The top five was completed by Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton and Justin Allgaier.

Click here for the race results.

Playoff standings

The 12-driver field for the playoffs has been set with Briscoe’s win in the regular-season finale.

Brandon Brown placed 12th and clinched the 12th and final spot.

Here are the re-seeded point standings entering the playoffs.

Chase Briscoe – 2,050 points

Austin Cindric – 2,050

Justin Allgaier – 2,033

Noah Gragson – 2,025

Brandon Jones – 2,020

Justin Haley – 2,018

Harrison Burton – 2,014

Ross Chastain – 2,010

Ryan Sieg – 2,002

Michael Annett – 2,002

Riley Herbst – 2,001

Brandon Brown – 2,000

Click here for the re-seeded standings.

Click here for the normal point standings.

Chase Briscoe wins Xfinity race at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Chase Briscoe took the lead with six laps to go and won Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which marked the end of the regular season.

Briscoe passed Austin Cindric to assume the lead and went unchallenged to the checkered flag. The victory is his series-leading seventh of the season.

“I was so mad after last week (at Richmond),” Briscoe told NBCSN. “I told all the guys there ain’t no way we’re getting beat today. I was so mad after how we ran last week and I get on the internet all the time and see guys count us out after one bad race and I know what this team is capable. … I finished second here the last two races and I wanted to win here so bad and it’s awesome that I can actually celebrate it with all these race fans.”

The top five was completed by Ross Chastain, Cindric, Harrison Burton and Justin Allgaier.

More: Race results, playoff standings

Allgaier dominated the early portion of the race, leading 126 laps and winning the first two stages. But he lost the lead for good in the pits during the Stage 2 break.

Brandon Brown finished 12th and clinched the 12th and final playoff spot.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Allgaier

STAGE 2 WINNER: Justin Allgaier

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Ross Chastain led three times for 117 laps, but had to settle for his fifth runner-up finish of the season without a win … Austin Cindric earned his 13th top-10 finish in the last 14 races … Harrison Burton earned his 13th top five of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Brett Moffitt finished 27th after he had to pit three times in the opening laps and was penalized for taking fuel before the competition caution … BJ McLeod finished 34th after he was eliminated in a multi-car wreck that began when he made contact with teammate Jeffrey EarnhardtMichael Annett finished 31st and Joe Graf Jr. placed 27th after they were involved in an incident on Lap 120.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “I hit pit road and I wanted to cry.” – Ross Chastain after he finished second for the fifth time this year. He is winless entering the playoffs.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Xfinity playoffs open at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 26 on NBCSN.