Food City 500 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2012

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 17:  Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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As unbelievable as it seems, NASCAR’s first trip to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 is already the fourth race of the young season. It looks like time really does fly when you’re having fun.

If you are just a casual NASCAR fan and don’t know what Bristol is all about, prepare for the wildest action you may ever see on a race track. At .5 miles long, the short track packs 43 cars into one place.

Let’s just say, chaos ensues! We’ll see if I’m right when all the dust settles this afternoon.


UPDATE: Sunday, March 18, 5:00 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

After one of the wildest Food City 500s in recent memory, it was the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge and Brad Keselowski that walked away on top.

Something about the No. 2 Miller Lite car winning at Bristol just feels right.

While there was fighting all day, Matt Kenseth couldn’t catch the leader and finished second. Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers rounded out the top five.


2012 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Finishing Order

1. Brad Keselowski

2. Matt Kenseth

3. Martin Truex Jr.

4. Clint Bowyer

5. Brian Vickers

6. Jeff Burton

7. Jamie McMurray

8. Juan Montoya        

9. Jimmie Johnson

10. Paul Menard

11. Kevin Harvick

12. Ryan Newman     

13. Greg Biffle

14. Tony Stewart

15. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

16. Joey Logano

17. A.J. Allmendinger

18. Kurt Busch

19. Aric Almirola

20. Denny Hamlin

21. David Reutimann

22 Brendan Gaughan

23. David Ragan

24. Regan Smith        

25 Casey Mears

26 David Gilliland     

27 Travis Kvapil         

28. Bobby Labonte

29. Landon Cassill

30. J.J. Yeley

31. Michael McDowell

32. Kyle Busch

33. Ken Schrader

34. Dave Blaney

35. Jeff Gordon

36. Marcos Ambrose

37. Kasey Kahne

38. David Stremme

39. Carl Edwards

40. Joe Nemechek

41. Scott Riggs

42. Reed Sorenson

43. Josh Wise



Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN

When: Sunday, March 18, 12:30 p.m. EST

Watch: FOX

Listen: Performance Racing Network


Starting Lineup

  1. Greg Biffle
  2. A.J. Allmendinger
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Jeff Gordon
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Regan Smith
  7. Aric Almirola
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Kasey Kahne
  11. Paul Menard
  12. Marcos Ambrose
  13. Kyle Busch
  14. Kevin Harvick
  15. Martin Truex Jr.
  16. Clint Bowyer
  17. Jamie McMurray
  18. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  19. David Reutimann
  20. Denny Hamlin
  21. Matt Kenseth
  22. Jimmie Johnson
  23. Tony Stewart
  24. Casey Mears
  25. Brian Vickers
  26. David Gilliland
  27. Kurt Busch
  28. David Stremme
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. Juan Pablo Montoya
  31. David Ragan
  32. Brendan Gaughan
  33. Jeff Burton
  34. Travis Kvapil
  35. Dave Blaney
  36. Bobby Labonte
  37. Josh Wise
  38. Reed Sorenson
  39. Michael McDowell
  40. J.J. Yeley
  41. Joe Nemechek
  42. Ken Schrader
  43. Scott Riggs



BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 17:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Wrigley Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Kyle Busch

The youngest of the Busch brothers has raced on the wildest half mile in auto sports 14 times over his career. With a pension for racing hard, you’d assume that making around Bristol 500 times wouldn’t be the easiest feat for the impatient driver to overcome.

In his career, Busch has won five Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol and has come in second twice as well. For those not so good at math, that means Bush finishes in first or second half the time he races at Bristol. That’s impressive.


BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 16:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, looks on in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Geoff
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Brad Keselowski

If there were ever a car that deserved to return to Victory Lane of Bristol Motor Speed, it is the blue No. 2 Bud Light Dodge that used to be driven by Rusty Wallace and is now driven by Brad Keselowski.

While Wallace had nine wins when he was dominating this course over his career, Keselowski will only be racing on the short track for the fifth time. With that said, the No. 2 Dodge is super fast, and its young driver won the last NASCAR race held at the track in 2011. Keep an eye on the blue deuce.


BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 17:  Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M/811 Ford, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rainier Eh
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Greg Biffle

While Greg Biffle has been unable to steer his car to Victory Lane at Bristol during his 18 career starts at the track, the man is a perennial top-10 finisher at the course.

Not only did the Biff win the pole for this week’s race, the NASCAR star has finished in the top 10 in 11 of his 18 career Bristol starts. While there is no win on the resume, Biffle’s consistency at this track will pay off at some point. Why not now?


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