RACE RECAP- Bristol Motor Speedway
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol Tennessee
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Race Winner: Kurt Busch
Team: No. 41 – Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford
Owner: Stewart-Haas Racing
Crew Chief: Billy Scott
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “Winning is great, any time, no matter how long there was in between. The motivation is always there. To have a group of guys like Billy, so many first-time winners on this crew of the 41 car. I remember winning my first race here at Bristol. We all got special rings. I'm going to get all the guys rings on their first win. It's big. It's a moment. I've been pushing hard to get those guys to Victory Lane. I'm glad I can deliver.”
-- Kurt Busch
- Kurt Busch won the 58th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night. For Busch, it was his 30th career victory in 636 MENCS starts, and his first win of the 2018 season.
- The victory was Busch’s sixth win in 36 career MENCS starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, moving him into sixth place for the most career wins at Bristol.
- With 30 career wins, Busch now joins his brother Kyle (49 wins) as the first set of brothers with 30 or more MENCS wins.
- Kyle Larson was second while Chase Elliott was third. It was Larson’s 13th top-10 and seventh top-5 finish of the year. It also marked his fifth runner-up finish this season. For Elliott, it was his seventh top-5 showing this year and his fifth straight top-5 finish.
- William Byron (24th) was the highest finishing rookie.
- With wins to their credit this year, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Erik Jones and Kurt Busch have clinched spots in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With only two races remaining before the MENCS playoffs commence, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson have also clinched spots in the MENCS playoffs based on points.
- In 17 career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kurt Busch has scored one win and finished in the top-5 four times, including in 2004 when he won the Cup series championship.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
- Kyle Larson won the 37th annual Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was his 12th victory in 108 career NXS starts and his fourth win in six XFINITY races this year.
- Larson also won stages one and two, marking the second time this year he has won an NXS race and both of its stages.
- Christopher Bell placed second while Justin Allgaier finished third. It was Bell’s 14th top-10 and 13th top-5 in 22 NXS starts this year. It also marked his seventh top-10 in the last nine races. For Allgaier, it was his 12th top-5 showing this year and his 10th consecutive top-10.
- With wins to their credit this season, rookie Tyler Reddick, rookie Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier have clinched spots in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
- Johnny Sauter won the 21st Annual UNOH NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday. Thursday’s race was the final race of the NCWTS regular season before the playoffs commence on August 26 at Canadian Tire Motorsport park.
- aIt was Sauter’s 22nd win in 236 career NCWTS starts and his series-high fifth victory this season. Sauter, the 2016 NCWTS champion, finished first in the regular season points standings.
- Stewart Friesen was second while John Hunter Nemechek finished third. It was Friesen’s seventh top-5 showing this year and his fifth consecutive top-10. For Nemechek, it was his eighth top-10 and fifth top-5 in 12 NCWTS starts this season. Nemechek also won stages one and two.
- The following are the eight drivers who qualified for the 2017 Camping World Truck Series playoffs, which start next week at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.The field consists of three rookies.The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
- Johnny Sauter 2042
- Brett Moffitt 2027
- Noah Gragson 2022
- Ben Rhodes 2014
- Stewart Friesen 2012
- Grant Enfinger 2011
- Justin Haley 2009
- Matt Crafton 2003