Last weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway did little to clear up the wild card race for the Chase. With two races left Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards are still in it.
Jimmie Johnson talks to the media after the NASCAR Sprint Cup night race at Bristol
Jeff Gordon talks to the media after Bristol NASCAR Sprint Cup night race
Stewart Vies For Lead Before Tangling with Kenseth in Night Race at Bristol
The revamped Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, where the banking in the upper groove of the racetrack was reduced to the same degree as the middle of the track surface, gave the .533-mile concrete bullring its luster of yesteryear with plenty of bent sheet metal that left plenty of drivers bent with one another.
Count Tony Stewart among them, as the driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) finished 27th in the Irwin Tools Night Race after tangling with Matt Kenseth for the lead on lap 333.
Stewart was none too pleased with Kenseth’s driving tactics, and the 14-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran showed his displeasure to Kenseth when after climbing from his battered racecar, he threw his helmet at Kenseth. Stewart was as precise with his throw as he was with his words afterward, as the helmet struck Kenseth’s Ford square in the nose.
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JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO 48 LOWE’S DOVER WHITE CHEVROLET – FINISHED SECOND
YOU FINISHED SECOND AND ARE LOCKED INTO-THE CHASE.
‘It was a great night. I wish we could have finished one spot better but it was a very solid effort for this Chevrolet Lowe’s team. We messed up in practice and had to start in the back. We had a bad pit stall and no track position. But, we really had a great strategy and fast car and made the most of it today. I’m really proud of this whole race team and am so very proud that we clinched today and am glad that we locked-down the Chase. That’s something that I’m very proud of. We’ve made it each year. And now it’s time to get to work.”
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 FARM VILLE/DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET – FINISHED THIRD
YOU GUYS LOOKED LIKE YOU WERE HAVING SOME FUN RACING JUST SO CLOSE TONIGHT:
“Well I don’t know how many people were here that remember like 1991, 1992, I remember standing up on top of the suites in the spotter stand watching DW (Darrell Waltrip) run a line like we were running tonight. It was a heck of a battle then and I thought it was a heck of a race tonight. Who would have thought grinding that race track would have turned into what it did.”
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BRISTOL, Tenn. — It wasn’t the old Bristol, but it was definitely a better Bristol.
Denny Hamlin saved his best effort for the stretch run in Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and his persistence paid off with the No. 11 team’s third win of the season in 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
“It’s Bristol — I don’t know what to say, man,” Hamlin said as he crossed the finish line. “I’m so damn happy.”
Joey Logano’s post-race news conference after winning the Food City 250 at Bristol
Rain washed out qualifying at Bristol, so Casey Mears was awarded the #1 starting spot based on his practice speed.