Brad Keselowski Wins Calm Race at Bristol

It’s Bristol Baby, the name many fans describe the annual race’s at Bristol didn’t live up to its name today. Brad Keselowski has now won the last two Sprint Cup Races at Bristol. Keselowski won the night race last August. Only a few events highlighted the race at Bristol today. The first caution of the day on lap 24 was the big one.

When Kasey Kahne came off of turn 4 he was cleared by his spotter but Regan Smith snuck up next to him and got into him which turned Kahne into the wall. Then Kahne came back across the track just barely missing Brad Keselowski. Carl Edwards came spinning into Kahne and as did Kyle Busch, Marcos Ambrose, and Kevin Harvick. KyBusch, Ambrose, Edwards and Kahne went behind the wall for repairs and all but Edwards eventually came back out on the track to pick up some points.

Kasey Kahne commented after the wreck “Fastest car every week and something always happens” Kahne has failed to finish without some sort of incident this season, his first with Hendrick Motorsports. Regan Smith commented on the radio “I was out there he just didn’t give me no damn room!” Smith came up aside Kahne as he came out of Turn four and turned him.

On lap 97 Brian Vickers driving Michael Waltrip Racing’s No.55 car on a 6-race deal took the lead. After Red Bull Racing closed its operations after last season, Vickers was left without a ride. Vickers knew not to take a ride in cup that would not let him be successful and compete. So Vickers was called upon by MWR to driver for 6 races that Mark Martin or Michael Waltrip would not be competing in this season. Vickers performance Sunday opened a lot of eyes and Vickers showed his still has talent.

After a very long green flag run caution came out on lap 115 when Ken Schrader made contact with the wall. Brad Keselowski took the lead on lap 217 and never looked back. After a 100 lap green flag run we had a caution when the No.30 of David Stremme got into the wall. Keselowski continued to lead the field.

On lap 360 Jeff Gordon spun and made significant damage to his car in turn three. Gordon’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports Dale Earnhardt Jr. had been racing hard with Gordon and eventually got into Gordon’s tire, cut it down and Gordon wrecked into the wall.

The final caution of the day came out when the No.14 of Tony Stewart made contact with another car and spun up into the wall, continued on with little damage with 24 laps to go. Also during the caution Dale Earnhardt Jr. was caught for speeding on pit road.

The final restart of the day setup with defending Bristol winner Brad Keselowski and Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth on the front row. Keselowski soon took the lead and never looked back. Brad Keselowski is now a household name at Bristol after winning for the second time. The “New” Bristol likely caused many empty seats in the grandstands at Bristol.

A few years back Bristol was laid down with a new surface and changed the racing there by eliminating only one racing lane and opening up the track. This “New” Bristol features less cautions and bumping which turns most fans off. Brad Keselowski will try to defend today’s win in Augusts Bristol race which is one of the best of the season.

Results

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1 5 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 48/2 500 Running
2 21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 43/1 500 Running
3 15 56 Martin Truex Jr.   Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 41/0 500 Running
4 16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 40/0 500 Running
5 25 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 40/1 500 Running
6 33 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet BB&T 38/0 500 Running
7 17 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 37/0 500 Running
8 30 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 36/0 500 Running
9 22 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 35/0 500 Running
10 11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Moen / Menards 34/0 500 Running
11 14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 33/0 500 Running
12 3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 32/0 500 Running
13 1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / 811 32/1 500 Running
14 23 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 30/0 500 Running
15 18 88 Dale Earnhardt   Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 30/1 500 Running
16 9 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 28/0 498 Running
17 2 22 A.J.   Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 28/1 498 Running
18 27 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 26/0 498 Running
19 7 43 Aric Almirola Ford Charter Comm. 25/0 498 Running
20 20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 24/0 498 Running
21 19 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tradebank 23/0 497 Running
22 32 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 22/0 496 Running
23 31 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 21/0 496 Running
24 6 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / CSX “Play it Safe” 20/0 496 Running
25 24 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 19/0 496 Running
26 26 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 18/0 496 Running
27 34 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 17/0 496 Running
28 36 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox / Scott Products 16/0 495 Running
29 29 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 15/0 495 Running
30 40 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota JPO Absorbents 14/0 493 Running
31 39 98 Michael McDowell   Ford K-Love “Let it start with me” 13/0 492 Running
32 13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley 12/0 423 Running
33 42 32 Ken Schrader Ford TMone “We Drive Sales” 11/0 420 Running
34 35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap / Widow Wax 10/0 417 Running
35 4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 10/1 395 Running
36 12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 8/0 389 Running
37 10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 7/0 366 Running
38 28 30 David Stremme Toyota Food Country USA / Inception Motorsports 6/0 334 Accident
39 8 99 Carl Edwards Ford Cheez-It 5/0 245 Running
40 41 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 57 Brakes
41 43 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 3/0 26 Vibration
42 38 74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Turn One Racing / Carnegie Hotel 0 17 Vibration
43 37 26 Josh Wise * Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 1/0 16 Spindle

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