Buescher Takes Big Step Toward Chase Berth
Mon, 22/08/16 – 11:46 | No Comment
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Chris Buescher will be the first to admit that his 2016 season has fallen into the roller-coaster category.
After all, the season was 12 races old before he recorded a top-20 finish at Dover in May. And he didn’t acquire a top-15 until Indianapolis in July. That’s why when he emerged victorious […]

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Harvick Finally Closes One Out At Bristol Short Track
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Kevin Harvick ended his victory skid at Bristol in Sunday's rain-delayed Sprint Cup race at the Bristol half mile. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

Kevin Harvick ended his victory skid at Bristol in Sunday’s rain-delayed Sprint Cup race at the Bristol half mile. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Every year Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Rodney Childers circles the races at Bristol Motor Speedway on his calendar as the ones he especially wants to win due to his background in short-track racing.

sprint-logo-08Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race driver Kevin Harvick delivered the coveted trophy to his crew chief, taking a 1.933-second victory over Ford’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It was the first Chevrolet victory in the tough track’s night race since 2004 and the first Chevrolet sweep of the Bristol night races since 1999. Austin Dillon won the Xfinity race in his Chevrolet Friday night.

For Harvick, it was his first Bristol victory in slightly more than a decade and it was one that took two days to acquire. The race began an hour late Saturday night due to rain; then had to be halted after 48 laps due to the persistent inclement weather. It was scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. on Sunday, but faced another 3 ½-hour rain delay before finally receiving the green flag.

Once the weather broke, Kyle Busch quickly emerged as the favorite. Busch eventually led six times for 256 laps before a broken part led to a spin on lap 358 and a subsequent hit by Justin Allgaier eliminated him from the event. Read the full story »

Mon, 08/22/16 – 14:17 | No Comment
Harvick Finally Closes One Out At Bristol Short Track
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Every year Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Rodney Childers circles the races at Bristol Motor Speedway on his calendar as the ones he especially wants to win due to his background in short-track racing.
Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race driver Kevin Harvick delivered the coveted […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 14:17 | No Comment
Buescher Takes Big Step Toward Chase Berth
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Chris Buescher will be the first to admit that his 2016 season has fallen into the roller-coaster category.
After all, the season was 12 races old before he recorded a top-20 finish at Dover in May. And he didn’t acquire a top-15 until Indianapolis in July. That’s why when he emerged victorious […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 11:46 | No Comment
Cup Buddies Honor ‘BC’ In Bristol
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Only two weeks have passed since Bryan Clauson succumbed to injuries suffered in a crash during the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas, but for his friends Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Larson the loss is still painfully fresh.
“He was a great person, awesome race car driver,” Larson said Friday at Bristol Motor […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 11:41 | No Comment
Brittany Force Notches Fiery Win In Brainerd
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Brittany Force made the most of her return to the Top Fuel final of the 35th annual NHRA Nationals Sunday. One year after finishing as runner-up to No. 1 qualifier Richie Crampton, Force defeated two-time/reigning world champion Antron Brown during a wild, fireball-spewing lap at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway.
“It’s just awesome to be able to win […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 7:52 | No Comment
IndyCar Notes: Newgarden Still Feeling Under Handed
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If Josef Newgarden greets you with an awkward left-handed shake, don’t take it personally. The rising Verizon IndyCar Series star still is feeling the pain of the broken right hand he suffered during a crash at Texas Motor Speedway last month.
“Everyone thought my (broken) clavicle was going to be a problem. I got plated […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 7:16 | No Comment
Harvick Wins Weather-Plagued Bristol ‘Night Race’
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Kevin Harvick on Sunday won the Bristol “Night Race” that ended in the day because of rainy weather in eastern Tennessee on Saturday.
Aiding Stewart-Haas Racing Harvick’s victory were wrecks and mishaps suffered by several other drivers who had legitimate chance to win at the high-banked, half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway track.
“Yeah, just really from the drop […]

Sun, 08/21/16 – 20:11 | No Comment
Byron Gets Ultimate Treat From Hendrick
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Team owner Rick Hendrick and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson first met William Byron as a youngster when he came trick-or-treating at Johnson’s house and Hendrick’s granddaughter’s home on Halloween. In fact, Byron still has the pillow case Johnson signed that night.
A few years later Byron told Hendrick his dream was […]

Sun, 08/21/16 – 13:49 | No Comment
Russia’s Aleshin Makes IndyCar History
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Mikhail Aleshin made open-wheel history Saturday at Pocono Raceway as the first Russian to win a pole position during qualifying for the ABC Supply 500.
The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver averaged 220.445 mph over two laps in the No. 7 SMP Racing Honda to collect his first pole in his 31st career Verizon IndyCar Series start. […]

Sun, 08/21/16 – 8:08 | No Comment
Hagan Claims Pole in Brainerd
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Two-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan rocketed to pole position Saturday with a record performance at the 35th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway.
Hagan blistered the track in his Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T with a 1,000-foot pass in 3.822-seconds at 333.82 mph to set the elapsed time world record, […]

Sun, 08/21/16 – 7:58 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Bristol Night Race Still Great Spectacle
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – The double duty gate, which also served as a barrier in Turn 2, lumbered open, allowing crew members, NASCAR officials, drivers and assorted others to walk down the steep banking that tested knee strength and into the infield of the Bristol half mile. At the time, 1992, […]

Sun, 08/21/16 – 7:48 | No Comment