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Busch, Elliott highlight Food City 300 field

Jeff Birchfield • Aug 17, 2018 at 8:49 AM

What: NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300

Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.

When: Friday, Aug. 16 (Qualifying: 3:30 p.m., NBCSN; race: 7:30 p.m., NBCSN)


BRISTOL, Tenn. — Defending race champion Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott highlight the field for Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch has a track-record 21 victories at BMS, a total that includes nine in the Xfinity Series. He has four straight Bristol wins, including a sweep of Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series races last August. With no Cup drivers allowed in April’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, Ryan Preece drove Busch’s No. 18 Toyota to another BMS win.

Elliott, who earned his first Cup win two weeks ago at Watkins Glen, will be driving the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet. The second- generation star has four top-10 finishes in four Xfinity starts at Bristol, including a third in the 2014 Food City 300.

Other Cup drivers entered in the race are Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Ty Dillon.

Logano has two Cup wins and two Xfinity wins at Bristol and has finished in the top 10 in his last eight Bristol starts.

Remarkably, Larson is looking for a first Bristol win in any series. He finished third in last August’s Food City 300 after leading 200 laps. He has three runner-up finishes — all to winner Busch — in Xfinity races at Bristol.

Dillon has eight top-10 and four top-five finishes in nine Xfinity races at BMS despite leading just one lap. He’ll be in the No. 3 Chevrolet that his older brother, Austin, drove to victory in the 2016 Food City 300.

Points leader Christopher Bell leads the Xfinity Series regulars. A teammate to Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing, Bell has a series-best four wins this season. He finished 29th in April after getting caught up in a crash.

Elliott Sadler, currently tied for second with Daniel Hemrick in the points standings, has a Cup win and two Xfinity victories at Bristol. Hemrick is still looking for a first career win but is a definite threat at Bristol after finishes of fifth, seventh and third in three starts.

Justin Allgaier, who won the series’ most recent race at Mid-Ohio, took the Bristol spring race in 2010. Other contenders include Brandon Jones in a third JGR car and Austin Cindric, Logano’s teammate in a Team Penske Ford.

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