Keys to Success: Food City 500 - Bristol Motor Speedway BRISTOL, Tenn., (March 21, 2009) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on the 'keys to success'...
Keys to Success: Food City 500 - Bristol Motor Speedway
BRISTOL, Tenn., (March 21, 2009) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on the 'keys to success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops at the .533 mile oval of Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500.
Race Record: Charlie Glotzbach, 101.074 mph (July 11, 1971)
Trivia Question: In 1961, Atlanta's Jack Smith was credited for winning the Volunteer 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. What driver actually took the checkered flag en route to winning the inaugural Cup series event at BMS? (Answer Below)*
ROBBIE LOOMIS (Director of Racing Operations -- Richard Petty Motorsports) "You've got to first finish to finish first. Track position is a big one (key), so it's nice to qualify well. We had some cars out of the Richard Petty stable that qualified well yesterday. This is a half-mile race track. It's not made for 43 race cars. The first half of the race is getting the number of cars to fit the size of the race track. As it is eliminating cars, you have to survive and be there for the second half of the race. From 250 laps on, that's when you work to get yourself in a position to win, trying to make the right pit cars and pit strategy to put yourself there."
DALE INMAN (Hall of Fame Crew Chief and Consultant -- Richard Petty Motorsports) "You need to see the checkered flag sitting in the driver's seat, that's for dang sure. Survival! You have to stay out of trouble. A lot of it is luck; things happen that you can't avoid. You can't mess up in the pits. You can't have anything fall off the car. The driver has to stay alert every second he's out there. Do that and you have a chance."
Answer to Trivia Question: Johnny Allen. Jack Smith drove the first 290 laps before being relieved by Johnny Allen who drove the final 210 laps to the checkered flag. The drivers shared the $3,225 purse.
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