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ICYMI: Kevin Harvick Wins Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race At Bristol


Despite several rain delays over a 20+ hour span, Kevin Harvick grinded out a win Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Harvick took easy control of the second half of the race, leading a total 128 laps on his way to the Stewart Haas Racing driver’s second win of the season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 2nd, followed by Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Chris Buescher, and Carl Edwards rounding out the top 5.

Kyle Busch was the stud of the show, and appeared to tame Bristol once more, leading a race high 256 laps. But, he crashed out on lap 358 after being passed by Harvick a short time before. Harvick took the lead for the final time on Lap 430, passing Denny Hamlin before the race was red-flagged at Lap 434 for rain. The red flag lasted six minutes, 57 seconds before the race resumed and stayed green to the checkered flag. He never turned back after the red flag and won his first race at Bristol since 2005.

“We should have won a lot of races this year, and we just had things not go our way, made mistakes or whatever the case may be, but to get back in victory lane here at Bristol feels really good,” Harvick said after the race to NBC Sports “We’ve had some good cars here over the last few years and to have Busch Beer on the car – we’ve had some crap luck with these guys on the car. Just really happy for Busch and Jimmy John’s and really proud of these guys on the 4 team.”

Other storylines from this weekend’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race At Bristol Motor Speedway include:

  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second (matching a career best), driving in honor of his late friend, Bryan Clauson. The No. 17 Fastenal Ford resembled the colors Clauson ran in 2008 when he was an Xfinity Series driver at Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Chris Buescher’s Chase hopes improved thanks to a top 5 showing, and thus busting his way into the top 30 in points. Front Row Motorsports has been getting full Roush Fenway Racing support since his win at Pocono last month in a effort to boost Chris’s chances. The showing this weekend will go a long way in helping that.
  • If this is Jeff Gordon’s last race (which is unknown) in the 88, he went out swinging. Gordon put in his best performance with the No. 88 team and finished 11th.
  • Tony Stewart spent time behind the wall with a right-rear wheel hub failure and finished 30th in his final Bristol start.

Next Race Up: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes it’s 2nd and final trip to Michigan International Speedway next weekend for the Pure Michigan 400.