This weekends action at Bristol was probably the most action packed so far this season. Bristol always delivers and this weekend was no exception. Here are the recaps from Thunder Valley:
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300
The Nationwide race in Bristol was very action packed and had an amazing photo finish. Justin Allgaier was the pole sitter for this race but his lead didn’t last very long. Kyle Busch is known as the master of Bristol and he sure proved it on Saturday. He jumped to the lead and led a majority of the race.
One pivotal moment in the race was when #7 Regan Smith went to challenge then race leader #22 Brad Keselowski and got loose underneath him, sending Brad into the wall. Brad had a good car all day but this proved to be the end of Brad’s race. The contact with the wall caused a tire rub that eventually cut down Brad’s tire, and ultimately his chances of winning. It was really a 3 car race from then on out with #54 Kyle Busch, #33 Kevin Harvick, and #32 Kyle Larson. Busch quickly shot out to a lead but the young rookie Kyle Larson was on his tail.
Busch led the way and Larson followed closely behind for a majority of the closing laps. On the final lap, Busch went low around the final turn and Larson went high. Larson had one shot to get his first career Nationwide win. He shot around on the high side and Busch merged up. They made contact heading to the line. Busch barely edged Larson to get his second Nationwide race of the year. It was the 2nd closest finish in Bristol history.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Food City 500
This weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race in Bristol saw it’s fair share of exciting racing, beating and banging, and intense drama. The polesitter for this race was the #18 of Kyle Busch. He had one of the fastest cars all weekend and it was inevitable he would do good as long as he could avoid trouble which isn’t easy to do at Bristol. Kyle led the majority of the opening laps followed by #5 of Kasey Kahne.
Wrecks kept diminishing the field and also lapped cars in the back of the field. Kyle Busch faced a setback when he was caught speeding on pit road, sending him to the back of the pack. Anyone who has ever watched a race at Bristol knows that you can’t count Kyle out at Bristol. He quickly fought and clawed his way back up to the front of the field.
The final laps came down to a battle between #5 Kasey Kahne, #18 Kyle Busch, #2 Brad Keselowski, and the pleasant surprise of the day #78 Kurt Busch. Kurt had pit on the caution to repair minimal damage and took on 4 fresh Goodyear tires. He quickly moved up on the fresh tires since the cars in front of him were all running on old, worn tires.
Kasey Kahne held off 3 hard charging, Bristol masters to win his first race at Bristol. Finishing 2-4 was Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch. Much of the race result was overshadowed when Joey Logano, unhappy about being wrecked by his former teammate Denny Hamlin, went to his car after the race to confront Hamlin. Joey got in the window and said “I’m coming for you” to Hamlin and a slight scuffle between the #11 and #22 crews ensued.
In this week’s opinion I am going to focus solely on the Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin incident. I understand Joey’s frustration towards being wrecked by his former teammate but I in know way believe that Denny intentionally wrecked Joey. It was hard racing that we see so often in Bristol. Joey also never gave Denny a chance to get out of his car to address him. I think that Joey needs to tone it down a bit because he isn’t exactly the biggest guy and his attitude will get him in trouble with the wrong guy one day. Overall I think this race weekend was the best so far this season. Both races this weekend were amazing! Don’t forget, for the latest NASCAR news please go like my Facebook page, Below The Yellow Line: NASCAR News. Thanks for reading! On to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California!