Irwin Tools Night Race NASCAR HOTPASS Lineup on DIRECTV

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Friday, 24 August 2012 12:15
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The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway is as follows:  

DIRECTV Channel 795:

Danica Patrick and the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet team of Tommy Baldwin Racing

Danica Patrick will make her fourth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … The 30-year-old Roscoe, Ill., native is running a 10-race Sprint Cup schedule in 2012 in preparation for a full-time schedule in 2013 … Finished fourth in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the best-ever finish by a woman in a NASCAR national stock-car series, topping a fifth-place run by Sarah Christian in a Sprint Cup race in 1949 at Heidelberg (Pa.) Raceway … Became the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series in April 2009 at the IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan … Started 40th and finished 30th in her last Sprint Cup start in May at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. 

DIRECTV Channel 796:

Clint Bowyer and the No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota team of Michael Waltrip Racing

Clint Bowyer will make his 241st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 14th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … Has six top-10 finishes in 13 starts at Bristol … The 33-year-old Emporia, Kan., native has six wins and 108 top-10 finishes in 240 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Bowyer’s seventh full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of third in 2007 … Won 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship … Started 12th and finished seventh last week at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn … Ranks seventh in Sprint Cup Series points with one win and 13 top-10 finishes.  

DIRECTV Channel 797:

Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet team of Richard Childress Racing

Kevin Harvick will make his 418th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 24th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … Has one win (April 2005) and 12 top-10 finishes in 23 starts at Bristol … The 36-year-old Bakersfield, Calif., native has 18 wins and 183 top-10 finishes in 417 Sprint Cup starts …Won 2001 and 2006 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships … 2012 marks Harvick’s 12th full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of third in 2010 … Started 20th and finished 16th last week at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn … Ranks eighth in Sprint Cup Series points with nine top-10 finishes.      

DIRECTV Channel 798:

Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports

Dale Earnhardt Jr., will make his 459th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 26th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … Has one win (August 2004) and 12 top-10 finishes in 25 starts at Bristol … The 37-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native has won 19 races and has 178 top-10 finishes in 458 Sprint Cup starts … Won 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships … 2012 marks Earnhardt’s 13th full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of third in 2003… Started 22nd and finished fourth last week at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn … Ranks third in Sprint Cup Series points with one win and 16 top-10 finishes.

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