Brad Keselowski Wins Calm Race at Bristol

Keselowski in Victory Lane at Bristol
Photo – John Harrelson/Getty Images

“It’s Bristol Baby”, the phrase many fans describe the annual races at Bristol didn’t live up to its name today. 


Brad Keselowski has now won the last two Sprint Cup Races at Bristol. Keselowski won the night race last August 2011. 


Only a few events highlighted the race at Bristol today. The first caution of the day on lap 24 was the big one. When Kasey Kahne came off of turn four he was cleared by his spotter but Regan Smith snuck up next to him and got into him which turned Kahne into the wall. Then Kahne came back across the track just barely missing Brad Keselowski. Carl Edwards came spinning into Kahne and as did Kyle Busch, Marcos Ambrose, and Kevin Harvick. KyBusch, Ambrose, Edwards and Kahne went behind the wall for repairs and all but Edwards eventually came back out on the track to pick up some points. 


Kasey Kahne commented after the wreck “Fastest car every week and something always happens.” Kahne has failed to finish without some sort of incident this season, his first with Hendrick Motorsports. Regan Smith commented on the radio “I was out there he just didn’t give me no damn room!” Smith came up aside Kahne as he came out of Turn four and turned him.

Video from YouTube

On lap #97 Brian Vickers, driving Michael Waltrip Racing’s No.55 car on a six-race deal, took the lead. After Red Bull Racing closed its operations after last season, Vickers was left without a ride. Vickers knew not to take a ride in cup that would not let him be successful and compete. So Vickers was called upon by MWR to driver for six races that Mark Martin or Michael Waltrip would not be competing in this season. Vickers performance Sunday opened a lot of eyes and Vickers showed he still has talent. 


After a very long green flag run, the caution came out on lap 115 when Ken Schrader made contact with the wall. 


Brad Keselowski took the lead on lap 217 and never looked back. 


After a 100 lap green flag run, a caution occurred when the No.30 of David Stremme got into the wall. Keselowski continued to lead the field. 


On lap 360 Jeff Gordon spun making significant damage to his car in turn three. Gordon’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports Dale Earnhardt Jr. had been racing hard with Gordon and eventually got into Gordon’s tire, cut it down and Gordon wrecked into the wall. 


The final caution of the day came out when the No.14 of Tony Stewart made contact with another car and spun up into the wall.  Stewart continued on with little damage and with 24 laps to go. Also during the caution Dale Earnhardt Jr. was caught for speeding on pit road. 


The final restart of the day setup the defending Bristol winner Brad Keselowski and Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth on the front row. Keselowski soon took the lead and never looked back. Brad Keselowski is now a household name at Bristol after winning for the second time. 


In this writer’s opinion, the “New” Bristol likely caused many empty seats in the grandstands at Bristol. A few years back Bristol was laid down with a new surface and changed the racing there by eliminating only one racing lane and opening up the track. This “New” Bristol features less cautions and bumping which turns some fans off. 


Brad Keselowski will try to defend today’s win in the August Bristol night race which is one of the best of the season.
#2 car driven by Brad Keselowski
crosses the Bristol Finish Line first
Photo – Justin Edmunds/Getty Images

Results

SPONSOR
STATUS
1
5
2
Dodge
Miller Lite
48/2
500
Running
2
21
17
Ford
Best Buy
43/1
500
Running
3
15
56
Toyota
NAPA Auto Parts
41/0
500
Running
4
16
15
Toyota
5-hour Energy
40/0
500
Running
5
25
55
Toyota
Aaron’s Dream Machine
40/1
500
Running
6
33
31
Chevrolet
BB&T
38/0
500
Running
7
17
1
Chevrolet
McDonald’s
37/0
500
Running
8
30
42
Chevrolet
Target
36/0
500
Running
9
22
48
Chevrolet
Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools
35/0
500
Running
10
11
27
Chevrolet
Moen / Menards
34/0
500
Running
11
14
29
Chevrolet
Budweiser
33/0
500
Running
12
3
39
Chevrolet
Quicken Loans
32/0
500
Running
13
1
16
Ford
3M / 811
32/1
500
Running
14
23
14
Chevrolet
Office Depot / Mobil 1
30/0
500
Running
15
18
88
Chevrolet
National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew
30/1
500
Running
16
9
20
Toyota
The Home Depot
28/0
498
Running
17
2
22
Dodge
Shell / Pennzoil
28/1
498
Running
18
27
51
Chevrolet
HendrickCars.com
26/0
498
Running
19
7
43
Ford
Charter Comm.
25/0
498
Running
20
20
11
Toyota
FedEx Ground
24/0
498
Running
21
19
10
Chevrolet
Tradebank
23/0
497
Running
22
32
33
Chevrolet
South Point Hotel & Casino
22/0
496
Running
23
31
34
Ford
Front Row Motorsports
21/0
496
Running
24
6
78
Chevrolet
Furniture Row / CSX “Play it Safe”
20/0
496
Running
25
24
13
Ford
GEICO
19/0
496
Running
26
26
38
Ford
Taco Bell
18/0
496
Running
27
34
93
Toyota
Burger King / Dr Pepper
17/0
496
Running
28
36
47
Toyota
Clorox / Scott Products
16/0
495
Running
29
29
83
Toyota
Burger King / Dr Pepper
15/0
495
Running
30
40
249
Toyota
JPO Absorbents
14/0
493
Running
31
39
98
Ford
K-Love “Let it start with me”
13/0
492
Running
32
13
18
Toyota
Wrigley
12/0
423
Running
33
42
32
Ford
TMone “We Drive Sales”
11/0
420
Running
34
35
36
Chevrolet
SealWrap / Widow Wax
10/0
417
Running
35
4
24
Chevrolet
Drive to End Hunger
10/1
395
Running
36
12
9
Ford
Mac Tools
8/0
389
Running
37
10
5
Chevrolet
Farmers Insurance
7/0
366
Running
38
28
30
Toyota
Food Country USA / Inception Motorsports
6/0
334
Accident
39
8
99
Ford
Cheez-It
5/0
245
Running
40
41
87
Toyota
AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves
0
57
Brakes
41
43
23
Chevrolet
North Texas Pipe
3/0
26
Vibration
42
38
74
Chevrolet
Turn One Racing / Carnegie Hotel
0
17
Vibration
43
37
26
Ford
Morristown Driver’s Service
1/0
16
Spindle
From Timing & Scoring at NASCAR .com

One thought on “Brad Keselowski Wins Calm Race at Bristol

  1. Nice Job Jason! Always appreciate your post race reports, so please do not take my commentary personally, as you are not alone in your perspective. However, I adamantly disagree with your "opinions" given within your report. Personally, I disagree with your assessment of why the seats were not sold out at Bristol. The seats will not be filled in Fontana next week either. And we will see this again throughout the season. The economy is having an effect on the number of people spending the money to attend races this year. Where I used to attend five races every year, this year I'm going to one. Many families are making the same choices and not attending as many races as they have in previous years. This opinion was echoed by others when the same point was made on twitter earlier today. I'll let others post their own comments on this point…But I know I'm not alone in this perspective or my next point of view. I also agree with Kyle Petty's post race comments on Victory Lane. Paraphrasing his comments he in essence said…. If you didn't enjoy the "Racing" today at Bristol, you just don't enjoy "Racing." We had plenty of "Racing" on the track today, throughout the entire race. It was not "Beating and Banging," it was not "Wrecking." It was good hard "Racing!"

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