Monday, August 25, 2014

Bristol Night Race Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Bristol night races. Penske drivers won all three races, though the Truck winner drove his own truck. He's a Penske driver on the other levels.

Wednesday was when the Truck race was supposed to be, but rain delayed it to Thursday. Brad Keselowski won with 119 laps led, followed by Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. Rounding out the top-10 were John Nemechek, Joey Coulter, Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes and Corey Lajoie. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch led the other 81 laps but got some laps down after he led and finished 24th.

Friday was the Nationwide race. Ryan Blaney won with 7 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Busch with 161 laps led, rookie Chase Elliot with 59 laps led, rookie Ty Dillon and Regan Smith. Rounding out the top-10 were Brendan Gaughan, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, James Buescher and  rookie Chris Buescher. Kyle Larson led 46 laps, but was 26th due to an accident late in the race. Elliott Sadler led 27 laps but was relegated to 29th due to an accident. Trevor Bayne, the track's hometown boy, as he's from Knoxville, 1.5 hours away and the nearest metropolitan area to the track, was 13th. He was in the top-20 the whole race to my knowledge, most of the time top-15, even in the top-10 as high as 8th. He got to see the back home people, being so near his hometown.

Saturday was the Cup race. Joey Logano, my favorite Cup driver, won with 76 laps led, followed by his teammate, Brad Keselowski with 46 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 62 laps led, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray with 148 laps led, Paul Menard and Greg Biffle. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick led 75 and finished 11th. Jeff Gordon led 17 laps and was 16th. Kasey Kahne led 40 laps before finishing 35th due to being off the track after an accident. Kyle Busch led 8 laps before an accident relegated him to 36th. Denny Hamlin led 28 laps before an accident relegated him to 40th. This one was on ABC so I could watch it. Joey has 3 wins now this year.

Come back next time to see my take on Atlanta.

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