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Compton hopes to help a fan to $1 million at Bristol Chevrolet on top in manufacturers' battle NEWS & NOTES Bristol win for Compton worth $1 million for a fan ... Race fan Tammy Anders of appropriately named Speedwell, Tenn., stands to...

Compton hopes to help a fan to $1 million at Bristol
Chevrolet on top in manufacturers' battle


Bristol win for Compton worth $1 million for a fan ... Race fan Tammy Anders of appropriately named Speedwell, Tenn., stands to collect $1 million in the Food City/Acosta Crew Chief for a Day Sweepstakes if Stacy Compton (No. 59 Kingsford/Bush's Beans Ford) wins the Sharpie Professional 250. Anders and a guest will spend the day with Compton and his ST Motorsports team, riding with Compton during driver introductions and serving as an honorary pit crew member. "With odds of 1 in 43, I would say she has a lot to be excited about, especially with Stacy's familiarity at Bristol," stated Tom Hembree, Food City Senior Vice President of Marketing.

Consumers were automatically entered in the Feb. 15 -- March 13 sweepstakes promotion each time they purchased certain brand products.

Chevrolet has early lead in manufacturers' battle ... On the strength of two wins so far in the 2004 campaign, Chevrolet has taken an early lead in the Bill France Performance Cup standings for NASCAR Busch Series manufacturers. Chevrolet has two wins -- by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Ritz/Oreo Chevrolet) at Daytona International Speedway and Kevin Harvick (No. 21 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Chevrolet) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- and 28 points. Dodge has one win -- by Jamie McMurray (No. 30 TrimSpa Dodge) at North Carolina Speedway -- and 21 points. Ford also has one win -- by Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) -- and is in third, just one point behind Dodge. Points are based on a system in which the highest-finishing manufacturer receives nine points, the second-highest gets six, the third-highest gets four and the fourth-highest receives three points.


David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac) holds the NASCAR Busch Series track qualifying record at Bristol, with a speed of 126.495 mph. He set the mark in March, 2003. ... Jason Keller (No. 22 ppc Racing Ford) has three Busch Poles at Bristol, tying him with Morgan Shepherd for most at the track. ... Kevin Harvick has three NASCAR Busch Series wins at Bristol, second on the all-time list, just one victory behind Shepherd. Harvick has led 672 laps to Mark Martin's track record of 675. ... Chevrolet has 22 wins at Bristol, including the last 13. That total is more than triple the number of wins by its next closest rival.


* "It's 250 laps of excitement, that's for sure, and it's over before you know it. You need to qualify really well, and you need to make sure your car is in one piece at the end of the race. If you don't get a decent qualifying lap in, then you start behind the eight ball right off the bat. One quick caution at the start of the race, and you're three quarters of a lap down on the restart." -- Jason Leffler (No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

* "Bristol is always a fun track to go to, but it is tough at the same time. I have had good runs there, and I've had bad runs there, so some of it is just luck and staying out of trouble ... You've got to run good and have a good car, but you've got to have some luck on your side, too. I guess that's what makes it fun and frustrating at the same time. It is fun for the fans ... but for the drivers, it can be stressful. You think you've got something good going, and then, bam, you're out of it." -- Tim Fedewa (No. 12 Hot Tamales Chevrolet)


It's been 10 years since one of the most bizarre finishes in NASCAR Busch Series history. On April 9, 1994, Mark Martin was leading at what was then known as Bristol International Raceway under caution when he pulled off the track in Turn 4 and headed to Victory Lane. Only one small problem ... there was still another lap to go. A surprised David Green, running second at the time, maintained his course and went around the .533-mile layout one more time to collect the win. It would be the only win of the year for Green, who went on to capture the 1994 NASCAR Busch Series championship.


What: Sharpie Professional 250 (Race No. 5 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
When: 1 p.m. (ET), Saturday, March 27, 2004

Track layout: .533-mile high-banked concrete oval.
Race length: 250 laps/133.25 miles.

TV: FOX, 1 p.m. (ET).
Radio: PRN, XM Satellite.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday -- Practice, 9-11:15 a.m.; Qualifying, 1:30 p.m.; final practice following conclusion of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying.


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Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jason Keller , Jason Leffler , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , David Green , Mark Martin