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Sharpie 500 - Bristol Motor Speedway

Kenseth Sweeps "Thunder Valley"
With the Chase on the horizon, Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 team are in championship form. Kenseth brought his broom with him to “Thunder Valley” and swept the weekend’s events at the .533 mile bullring. Kenseth won the Busch Series race on Friday night with a daring high-groove pass in the closing laps but he didn’t need the late-race heroics tonight. Kenseth took the lead for the final time with 50 laps remaining and didn’t look back, winning the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway to score his 14th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 244th career start. This is Kenseth’s second consecutive NEXTEL Cup win after taking the checkered flag at Michigan last week. He is the first driver to post back-to-back victories in 2006. Kenseth became the third driver to score a weekend sweep at Bristol, joining Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Kenseth’s total of four wins so far this season place him in a tie for the series lead with Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne. Kenseth also won this event last season, becoming the first driver to post back-to-back Bristol night race victories since Dale Earnhardt in 1987-1988. Kenseth moved into 44th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list tied with LeeRoy Yarbrough and Dick Hutcherson. Kenseth gives team owner Jack Roush his 94th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Kyle Busch had a fast car but finished .591 seconds behind Kenseth to settle for second place. It was his second top-10 finish in four races at Bristol. Dale Earnhardt Jr. in third scored his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Bristol. Scott Riggs netted a season-high fourth-place finish. It was his first top-five finish in six races at Bristol and first top-five finish since he finished second at Michigan in August 2005. Jeff Gordon was fifth, posting his 17th top-10 finish in 28 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth remains second in the point standings, now just seven points behind first-place Jimmie Johnson.

Sharpie 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Final Practice
· Chevrolet Final Practice Quotes
· Rookie Final Practice Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Chad Chaffin Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· David Stremme Notes

Kurt Busch Wins First Bristol Pole
Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Sharpie 500, lapping Bristol Motor Speedway in 15.362 seconds, at an average speed of 124.906 mph. Busch’s teammate Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 14.908 seconds, at an average of 128.709 mph, set March 21, 2003. This is Busch’s seventh career pole position in 208 NEXTEL Cup Series races and his first pole in 12 Cup starts at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch now has four Bud Poles and 17 top-10 starts this season. He is tied for the most poles and leads all other drivers in top-10 starts this season. Kasey Kahne (four), Jeff Burton (four), Greg Biffle (two), Denny Hamlin (two) and Ryan Newman (two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season. Busch becomes the fifth different pole winner in the past six races at Bristol. This is the 11th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006, Chevrolet has eight and Ford has four. Jeff Burton posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 15.374 seconds, at an average speed of 124.808 mph, and will join Busch on the front row Saturday night. This is his career-best start at Bristol and just his third top-10 start in 26 races here. Bobby Labonte qualified third, posting his 10th top-10 start in 28 races at Bristol, but his first since March 2000. Matt Kenseth will start fourth, his sixth top-10 start in 14 races at Bristol and his 10th this season. Tony Stewart starts fifth, posting his seventh top-10 start in 16 races at Bristol.


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