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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|19||7||43||Aric Almirola||Ford||Charter Comm.||25/0||498||Running|
|20||20||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Ground||24/0||498||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|