Sprint Cup drivers come to avoid big wrecks at the worlds fastest half mile at Bristol Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards who is fresh off his win last week takes the poll for the Sharpie 500.
Kevin Harvick said that track position is going to very important tonight. “Long, exciting night,” said Jimmie Johnson. Jeff Gordon said that qualifying went well.
At the drop of the green flag it went unusually long with a green flag run. Dale Earnhardt Jr. wound up passing cars before the start finish line causing him to serve a pass though pit penalty putting him a lap down real early.
Around lap 28 Jimmie Johnson comes in for a flat tire. He came in multiple times to fix his car problems. Green flag racing continues with Carl Edwards still in the lead and then around lap 45 a battle occurs for the lead of the race with Jeff Gordon.
At this time Carl Edwards was trying to put Juan Pablo Montoya down a lap, but could not do it. This caused Kyle Busch and other cars to catch up. At lap 55 Kyle Busch wound taking the lead of the race. Green flag racing still continues with Kyle in the lead and the first caution of the night finally comes out on lap 97 as Martin Truex Jr. blows a tire and then hits A.J. Allmendinger.
All the lead car pit and Kyle Busch leads the race off pit road. This lead to another long green flag run with Kyle leading all the laps. During this time David Ragan and Tony Stewart were still moving up the field nicely.
We finally wind up with the second caution of the night on lap 196. The caution started out with Sterling Marlin spinning out. Then Jeff Burton and Joe Nemechek get together with Jeff Burton getting the worst of the damage. By this time Kyle left around 20 cars on the lead lap.
Jeff Burton said this was a typical Bristol wreck and was happy with the way this car ran.
Leader pit and Kyle keeps the lead of the race. This time we only get a short green flag run that last only eleven laps. The next caution was a big one that brought out the red flag. Casey Mears spins out taking out Reed Sorenson, Sam Hornish Jr., Robby Gordon, and Kasey Kahne. Also getting some damage in the mess was Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip.
“Clear, clear, clear” said Casey Mears on what his spotter said to him.
“I’m fine,” said Kasey Kahne. “Got hit from behind.” “I don’t know what happened,” said Robby Gordon. “We had a fast race car.” Sam Hornish Jr. said that he did not have a good handle on his racecar.
The red flag condition did not last long and it was back to green flag racing. By this time Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been staying out of trouble and almost in the top 20 even being one lap down.
It was more of the same up front though as Kyle Busch kept on leading more and more laps. Kyle was able to put a few more cars a lap down and then on lap 280 Dave Blaney crashes out. Kyle almost wound up hitting Dave. “Was looking good,” said Dave Blaney.
Cars on the lead lad pit and again it was Kyle Busch leading all cars off pit road with Carl Edwards in second. This was another long green flag run that saw Kyle putting more cars one lap down until the debris caution came out on lap 343 for the rear bumper of David Reutimann.
The leaders come down pit road and it was another Kyle and Carl race off pit road with Kyle winning it again. This time when the green flag dropped Carl was fighting big time to take the lead of the race. Carl tried down low and up high for a few laps, but it did not work.
The next caution though winds up coming out on lap 365 for debris. This time only cars in the back of the lead lap come in for tires and fuel.
The green flag drops and another battle for the leads occurs between Kyle and Carl, but this time it did not last long. Then it was Kyle Busch moving up to a one second plus lead.
With 75 laps to go it was Kyle Busch in the lead, Carl Edwards in second and, Denny Hamlin in third.
With 49 laps to go another debris caution comes out. By the time of the caution came out Dale Jr. was put a second lap down, but he was just inside the top 20. All the cars on the lead lap pit, but again nothing changed at the top of the field after the cars pit. With 42 laps left the green flag drops and Kyle gets another good restart. Green flag racing did not last long and debris from Kurt Busch and his car bring out the caution with 39 laps left.
Kyle this time does not get a good restart and with 31 laps to go Carl Bumps Kyle to take the lead of the race. This helped Denny Hamlin get into second place. With 22 laps left Kyle Busch made the pass on the outside of Denny Hamlin for second place. By the time the pass was fully made Carl had a 1.2 second lead.
Carl Edwards was able to cruise on to his second win in a row, but after the race got over Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards get together. This caused Kyle and Carl a trip to the Oval Office.
Carl Edwards said that he just ran into Kyle Busch. He said that a rivalry must have started between him and Kyle.
Kyle Busch said that he will take his finish and move on.
“This is what we needed,” said Denny Hamlin who finished in third spot.
David Ragan moves into 13th in the points only twelve points out of twelfth. Kasey Kahne moves down to fourteenth around 60 points back of twelfth.