Bristol II: GM Racing bullet points

A Pair of Firsts The first NASCAR victory by the Chevrolet Monte Carlo was earned here in 1971 by Bobby Allison. The modern era began in 1972, and Chevrolet has won 402 races in that period. The first NASCAR race here at Bristol (1961) was won...

A Pair of Firsts

The first NASCAR victory by the Chevrolet Monte Carlo was earned here in 1971 by Bobby Allison. The modern era began in 1972, and Chevrolet has won 402 races in that period. The first NASCAR race here at Bristol (1961) was won by Jack Smith in a Pontiac.

Pontiac Power

--Mike Skinner followed up his strong performance in the spring race at Bristol--he qualified sixth in the Kodak Pontiac--with a fourth-place effort in the U.S. Army Pontiac on Friday afternoon. Why is this important? Because 48 of the 85 races run here at Bristol have been won from the top four spots.

--Should Skinner, Ricky Craven, Johnny Sauter, Jason Leffler or Johnny Benson lead a lap in tonight's Sharpie 500, it will be the first on a short track this season.

Chevy Domination

In 63 races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the modern era of NASCAR began in 1972, Chevrolet has won 36 of them If you add all the GM brands together, that total climbs to 46.

--Of the top 10 in NASCAR points after 23 races, only two drivers have won here. Jeff Gordon is one of them, with five victories, and the other is Kurt Busch, who has two.

Bristol Quick Shots

--Jeff Gordon's pole on Friday was his third in the last four races here. Only Ryan Newman has bested Gordon in qualifying here the past two seasons.

--Chevrolet has won two of the three short-track races this season. Jeff Gordon won at Martinsville and Joe Nemechek won at Richmond.

--Kevin Harvick and Bobby Labonte have figured out the tough track at Bristol. Each has finished in the top 10 in the last four races here.

--Jimmie Johnson and Michael Waltrip are still in the top 10 in points through 23 races, the only drivers to have been there from the beginning of the season. Waltrip is also working on a streak of 33 straight races where he has been running at the finish.

NASCAR Winston Cup Manufacturer Points after 23 races: (Victories in parentheses)

Chevrolet (11) 164
Ford (6) 141
Dodge (5) 119
Pontiac (1) 82

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , Mike Skinner , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Ricky Craven , Johnny Sauter , Bobby Allison , Jack Smith