The 2017 Vicki Vale 500 presented by Food City is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled to be on April 23, 2017, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Contested over 500 laps on the Template:Convert/mi concrete short track, it will be the eighth race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway, is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating.
|1||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||15.009||127.843|
|2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||15.098||127.090|
|3||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||15.110||126.989|
|Official first practice results|
|1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||14.890||128.865|
|2||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||14.915||128.649|
|3||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||14.970||128.176|
|Official second practice results|
|1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||14.925||128.563|
|2||19||Daniel Suárez (R)||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||14.960||128.262|
|3||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||14.961||128.253|
|Official final practice results|
The race was scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 23, but rain delayed it to Monday, April 24.
Kyle Larson led the field to the green flag at 1:11 p.m. The first caution flew on lap 54 when Kurt Busch bounced off Trevor Bayne exiting Turn 4, slid down the front stretch and hit the inside wall. Chris Buescher slammed into the back of Reed Sorenson while slowing down to avoid Busch. Buescher went on to finish last. This brought out the red flag for five minutes and 10 seconds to facilitate cleanup in Turns 1 and 2.
The race restarted on lap 71. It remained green the remainder of the stage, that was won by Larson, and went back under caution on lap 125 for the end of the stage.
The race restarted on lap 137. Martin Truex Jr. passed Larson in Turn 2 to take the lead on lap 202. The third caution flew on lap 210 when Kyle Busch suffered a right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall in Turn 2.
The race restarted on lap 217 and the fourth caution flew the same lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered a right-front tire failure and slammed the wall in Turn 1. “We broke something in the oil system and oil got onto the tires,” Earnhardt told USA TODAY Sports. “We got into the wall.” He added that his crew "said there was some oil in the pit stall after our pit stop. I noticed when I was getting lined up double file for the restart the car was smoking. I just thought maybe we had a tire rub for some reason, but I couldn’t remember what might have caused that. And went into Turn 1 on the restart and the car went straight into the wall with oil all over the tires. Came into the garage there and they are working on where the hole in the system is. Just something is messed up, but that is going to be the finish for us."
The race restarted on lap 260 and Truex passed Cassill with ease exiting Turn 2 to retake the lead. David Ragan attempted to pass through the middle of teammate Cassill on top and Danica Patrick on the bottom exiting Turn 2 on lap 323, but Patrick hit him and sent them both spinning into the backstretch wall, bringing out the sixth caution.
The race restarted on lap 329 and Joey Logano, restarting on the outside line, took the lead from Truex on the restart. The seventh caution flew with 116 laps to go when Busch suffered another right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall in Turn 3.
The race restarted with 110 to go. Jimmie Johnson made contact with Logano as he took the lead with 106 to go. The eighth caution flew with 80 to go when Erik Jones made contact with Gray Gaulding, cut his right-front tire and slammed the wall in Turn 3. A. J. Allmendinger clipped Jones's left-rear corner while trying to avoid him. Denny Hamlin opted not to pit and assumed the lead. Larson restarted from the tail-end of the field for speeding on pit road.
The race restarted with 73 to go. Johnson took back the lead with 67 to go. The ninth caution flew with 37 to go when Kasey Kahne hit the wall in Turn 3 and was rear-ended by Paul Menard. Kevin Harvick took the lead by not pitting. Truex exited pit road first and would've restarted second, but restarted from the tail-end of the field after he was busted for speeding on pit road.
The race restarted with 32 to go. Harvick held off challenges for his lead at first, but his old tires were no match for Johnson's four fresh tires and lost the lead to Johnson with 21 to go. Johnson drove on to score the victory.
“Yeah, it was kind of interesting because when the No. 42 (Kyle Larson) was there, it just created an environment to run the top and I wasn’t as good on the top,” Johnson said in victory lane. “The No. 42, not being up there and that first couple of cars; the bottom was really where it was at for the short run. This Lowe’s Chevrolet was flying! This track has been difficult over the years and we really hit on something Saturday afternoon in that last practice session around the bottom and honestly, it’s what I’ve been looking for here for 16 years and we finally figured it out. So, I’m very, very happy.”
Clint Bowyer, who finished second, said of the final pit stop that he believed "the 48 (of Johnson) was the other one (to take four tires) and he won the race, so the right strategy was there. The team effort was there. You know, that's what a weekend is all about. It's just been this long since I've won a race and here is pretty special. It would have been pretty cool to be over there in Victory Lane."
Stage 1 Laps: 125
|1||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||10|
|2||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||9|
|3||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||8|
|4||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||7|
|5||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||6|
|6||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||5|
|7||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||4|
|8||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||3|
|9||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||2|
|10||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||1|
|Official stage one results|
Stage 2 Laps: 125
|1||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||10|
|2||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||9|
|3||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||8|
|4||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||7|
|5||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||6|
|6||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||5|
|7||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||4|
|8||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||3|
|9||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||2|
|10||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||1|
|Official stage two results|
Final stage results
|1||11||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||54|
|2||9||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||500||35|
|3||10||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||500||41|
|4||22||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||33|
|5||5||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||500||48|
|6||1||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||500||45|
|7||2||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||35|
|8||3||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||500||48|
|9||19||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||500||29|
|10||16||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||33|
|11||12||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||500||28|
|12||8||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||500||35|
|13||21||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||24|
|14||13||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||23|
|15||24||13||Ty Dillon (R)||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||500||22|
|16||26||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||499||21|
|17||14||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||499||33|
|18||23||19||Daniel Suárez (R)||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||498||19|
|19||32||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Fas Lane Racing||Ford||498||18|
|20||17||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||498||17|
|21||31||72||Cole Whitt||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||498||16|
|22||18||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||497||15|
|23||33||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||497||14|
|24||35||83||Corey LaJoie (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||497||13|
|25||15||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||494||12|
|26||28||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||494||11|
|27||37||33||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||491||10|
|28||34||15||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||490||9|
|29||36||23||Gray Gaulding (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||487||8|
|30||25||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||482||9|
|31||39||55||Derrike Cope||Premium Motorsports||Toyota||465||6|
|32||30||34||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||458||5|
|33||6||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||452||4|
|34||4||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||433||3|
|35||7||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||383||3|
|36||29||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||320||1|
|37||38||51||Timmy Hill (i)||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||234||0|
|38||20||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||218||1|
|39||27||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||53||1|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 7 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 9 for 76
- Red flags: 1 for 5 minutes and 10 seconds
- Time of race: 3 hours, 4 minutes and 29 seconds
- Average speed: Template:Convert/mph
Fox Sports will cover their 17th race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Mike Joy, five-time Bristol winner Jeff Gordon and 12-time Bristol winner – and all-time Bristol race winner – Darrell Waltrip will have the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum will handle the pit road duties for the television side.
|Fox Sports Television|
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
| Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy|
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
| Jamie Little|
PRN will have the radio call for the race which will also be simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini will call the race in the booth when the field is racing down the frontstretch. Rob Albright will call the race from atop the turn 3 suites when the field raced down the backstretch. Brad Gillie, Brett Mcmillan, Jim Noble, and Steve Richards will cover the action on pit lane.
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
| Lead announcer: Doug Rice|
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
|Backstretch: Rob Albright|| Brad Gillie|
Standings after the race
- ↑ Spencer, Lee (April 21, 2017). Erik Jones leads Friday practice at Bristol. Motorsport Network. Retrieved on April 21, 2017
- ↑ Fryer, Jenna (April 21, 2017). "Larson starts on pole with Bristol qualifying rained out". Associated Press. Associated Press (Bristol, Tennessee: AP Sports). http://racing.ap.org/article/larson-starts-pole-bristol-qualifying-rained-out. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- ↑ Utter, Jim (April 22, 2017). Kyle Busch fastest in Saturday's first Cup practice. Motorsport Network. Retrieved on April 22, 2017
- ↑ Spencer, Lee (April 22, 2017). Kyle Busch tops final practice at Bristol after close call. Motorsport Network. Retrieved on April 22, 2017
- ↑ Fryer, Jenna (April 23, 2017). "Rain washes out NASCAR race at Bristol until Monday". Associated Press. Associated Press (Bristol, Tennessee: AP Sports). http://racing.ap.org/article/rain-washes-out-nascar-race-bristol-until-monday. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
- ↑ Beard, Brock (April 24, 2017). CUP: Chris Buescher’s rough Bristol weekend results in two wrecked cars. LASTCAR.info. Retrieved on April 27, 2017
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Engle, Greg (April 24, 2017). The NASCAR food City 500 at Bristol as it happened. Cup Scene. Retrieved on April 27, 2017
- ↑ Gregory, Allen (April 24, 2017). "Johnson prevails to claim Food City 500 at BMS". Bristol Herald Courier (Berkshire Hathaway). http://www.heraldcourier.com/sports/johnson-prevails-to-claim-food-city-at-bms/article_f3551942-2926-11e7-ae92-076cf78847ff.html. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
- ↑ Gluck, Jeff (April 24, 2017). The Top Five: Breaking down the Bristol race. Jeff Gluck. Retrieved on April 27, 2017
- ↑ Perez, A.J. (April 24, 2017). "Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s day ends early after crash at Bristol". USA Today (Bristol, Tennessee: Gannett Company). https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2017/04/24/dale-earnhardt-jr-crash-food-city-500-bristol-motor-speedway/100851614/. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
- ↑ Weaver, Matt (April 24, 2017). "Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashes out of NASCAR Food City 500 at Bristol". Autoweek (Bristol, Tennessee: Crain Communications). http://autoweek.com/article/nascar/dale-earnhardt-jr-crashes-out-nascar-food-city-500-bristol. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
- ↑ Pockrass, Bob (April 24, 2017). Kyle Busch: 'You've got to have tires that can last'. ESPN Inc.. Retrieved on April 27, 2017
- ↑ Knight, Chris (April 24, 2017). Strong run foiled late for Erik Jones at Bristol Motor Speedway. Catchfence. Retrieved on April 27, 2017
- ↑ Menzer, Joe (April 24, 2017). Kyle Larson drives hard after speeding penalty to finish sixth. Fox Sports Digital Media. Retrieved on April 27, 2017
- ↑ White, Tucker (April 24, 2017). Truex finishes eighth after late speeding penalty. Speedway Media. Retrieved on April 27, 2017
- ↑ Spencer, Lee (April 24, 2017). Jimmie Johnson goes back-to-back with Bristol win. Motorsport Network. Retrieved on April 27, 2017
- ↑ Fryer, Jenna (April 24, 2017). "Jimmie Johnson grabs rare Bristol win after Larson mishap". Associated Press. Associated Press (Bristol, Tennessee: AP Sports). http://racing.ap.org/article/jimmie-johnson-grabs-rare-bristol-win-after-larson-mishap. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- ↑ White, Tucker (April 24, 2017). Johnson takes lead in closing laps to win at Thunder Valley. Speedway Media. Retrieved on April 27, 2017
- ↑ Bruce, Kenny (April 24, 2017). Bounce in Bowyer's step with second at Bristol. NASCAR Media Group, LLC.. Retrieved on April 27, 2017