RFK Advance | Bristol II

RFK Advance | Bristol II

Bristol II Event Info:
Track Info:
Bristol Motor Speedway, .5-mile concrete short track
Saturday, Sept. 16
7:30 p.m. ET
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Bristol, Tennessee
500 laps, 266.5 miles, Stages: 125-125-250
PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90)

Weekend Schedule:
4:35 p.m. ET, Practice (USA, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
5:20 p.m. ET, Qualifying (USA, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
7:30 p.m. ET, Race (USA, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Pace Laps:

  • Bristol Motor Speedway hosts its annual night race, and third race in the Round of 16 in the NASCAR Playoffs.
  • Chris Buescher enters as the defending race winner, as RFK in total led 278 laps in this race a season ago.
  • Brad Keselowski is coming off three-straight top-10 results dating back to Daytona, and is also coming off his 500th consecutive start in the Cup Series. He’s the seventh driver to pilot a Ford for Jack Roush to have accomplished the feat.
  • In support of The Dale Jr. Foundation (TDJF) and Nationwide Children’s, both Keselowski and Buescher will participate in the Driven to Give Glove campaign and wear the skeleton gloves made famous by Jr. Signed by each respective driver and Jr., the gloves will be available for auction from Sept. 14-18, with all proceeds benefitting TDJF and Nationwide Children’s.


6 Team Info:
Crew Chief: Matt McCall
Castrol Edge

17 Team Info:
Crew Chief: Scott Graves

Keselowski at Bristol
Starts: 24
Wins: 3 (2011, 2012, 2020)
Poles: 2 (2020 x2)

  • Keselowski makes his 25th Cup start on the concrete at Bristol this weekend, a track where he has a 16.7 average finish with three wins and eight top-10 finishes.
  • Last season, Keselowski led 109 laps, won the opening stage, and was leading with 86 laps remaining when his right-front tire went down, pushing him to put road with no caution. He went on to finish 13th as teammate Chris Buescher earned the victory.
  • Keselowski’s three wins at BMS came back in 2011-12, and most recently in 2020. He’s finished 13th or better in four of the last five races overall at Bristol, including a sixth-place finish in the 2021 fall race, and a third-place result in 2019.
  • Keselowski has led laps in 14 different Bristol races totaling 1,013 laps, his best total of any track on the circuit outside Richmond (1,280).
  • Keselowski has started top-10 in four-straight Bristol races, including a pair of poles in 2020. Overall he has a 9.6 average starting position – his best of any track outside of Homestead (9.2). He has 15 starts inside the top-10 in 24 Bristol events.
  • Keselowski also made 14 Xfinity starts at Bristol with one win and eight top-10s, and seven Truck starts with one win and three top-10s.


Buescher at Bristol
Starts: 13
Wins: 1 (2022)

  • Buescher enters the weekend as the defending race winner of the Bristol Night Race, as he earned his second Cup victory (at the time) last September. The victory snapped a then 223-race winless streak, as he led 169 laps in total.
  • Overall, Buescher has three Cup top-10s at Bristol, with an eighth-place finish in the 2020 fall race, and a fifth-place run back in 2016.
  • Buescher has an average starting position of 23.4 with a career-best starting position of 12th (2016).
  • Buescher made five Xfinity Series starts at Bristol with three top-10s and a best finish of third (2015).


RFK Historically at Bristol
Cup Wins: 12 (Mark Martin, 1993, 1998; Kurt Busch, 2002, 2003, 2003, 2004; Matt Kenseth, 2005, 2006; Carl Edwards, 2007, 2008, 2014; Chris Buescher, 2022)

  • Runner Up: RFK’s storied history at Bristol began on April 10, 1988 with the No. 6 NCS car earning a second-place finish. Since that time, in addition to the organization’s 11 NCS wins at the track, RFK Fords have finished second at Bristol on 15 occasions (7 NCS, 4 NXS, 4 NCTS).
  • History and Hot Streaks at “Thunder Valley”: RFK’s history at Bristol has been one of hot streaks, including trips to victory lane in 10 of the last 21 seasons at the famed short track. RFK swept the track in 2003 and put a NCS car in victory lane at least once in every season from 2002-2008.
  • Tale of the Tape: RFK has started 219 NCS races at Bristol, recording 12 total wins with 51 top-five and 89 top-10 finishes. RFK Fords have an average finish of 15.9 with 3674 laps led all-time.


RFK Bristol Wins

1993-2    Martin       Cup

1996-1    Martin       NXS

1997-1    Burton       NXS

1998-2    Martin       Cup

2002-1    Busch         Cup

2003-1    Busch         Cup

2003-2    Busch         Cup

2004-1    Busch         Cup

2004        Edwards    Truck

2005-2    Kenseth    Cup

2006-2    Kenseth    Cup

2006       Martin      Truck

2006-2    Kenseth    NXS

2007-1    Edwards    NXS

2007-2    Edwards    Cup

2008-2    Edwards    Cup

2009-2    Ragan         NXS

2014 -1  Edwards    Cup
2022-2    Buescher  Cup


Last Time Out & Where They Stand
Kansas: RFK again had a strong showing in Kansas last weekend, until a blown tire with seven laps to go ruined Buescher’s day. He was 11th at the time, and earned stage points along the way, but was credited with a 27th-place finish. Keselowski finished ninth after winning stage two, and leading laps en route to his 13th top-10.

Points Standings (6: 5th, 17: 9th): Keselowski enters the weekend with a 33-point advantage to the cut line in 12th. Buescher sits tied for ninth with a 13-point advantage.

By the Numbers at Bristol

Race      Win       T5           T10         Pole       Laps       Led        AvSt      AvFn     Miles

219         12           51           89           11           103681  3674       18.2        15.9        51840.5

98           5              23           37           4              24218    1653       13.2        15.8        12109

23           2              4              9              3              4097       318         12.6        14.5        2048.5

340         19           78           135         18           131996  5645       16.4        15.8        65998