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2014 Bristol II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 24, 2014 - 06:22 AM
2014 Bristol II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson led the way for Team Chevy in his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS at the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, with a fourth place finish. Johnson overcame two pit road speeding penalties to earn his seventh top five finish of the season. The 500-lap Saturday night short track race netted Team Chevy four places in the top 10 finishing order.

Kurt Busch, scored a fifth place finish in his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS; while Jamie McMurray was eighth in his No. 1 McDonald’s Chevy SS. Paul Menard came home ninth in the No. 27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS.

McMurray, who led the most laps (128) and was hoping for a win and a possible berth in the upcoming Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Sup, fought handling issues near the end of the race.


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"I don't know what happened," McMurray said following the race. "Our car got really tight with about 100 laps to go. We freed it up on the last pit stop and it didn't really help. I thought tonight would be a good night to be able to win. As we were running around there, I thought we had a legitimate chance if we did everything right. It's not like we did anything wrong, it's just that as the track rubbered-up more and more. It just didn't suit our car as much as it did for the other guys. In the middle of the race when I was lapping all these guys, I couldn't figure out why they were slowing down so much. And then I was kind of in the same situation."

Kevin Harvick, who started on the pole in his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS and led for 37 laps, finished 11th overall after being hit with a late-race pit road speeding penalty; while Kyle Larson aboard his No. 42 Target Chevy SS was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender in 12th. Larson rallied after starting in the rear of the field in a back-up car to gain valuable points toward earning one of the final spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Jeff Gordon, who won last week’s Cup race at Michigan, brought his No. 24 Drive to End Hunger home with a disappointing 16th place overall. Despite the Bristol outcome, he maintains the series point lead with a 27-point advantage over teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was sidelined on lap 176 in a multi-car accident and finished 39th in his No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevy SS.

Joey Logano (Ford) was the race winner, Brad Keselowski (Ford) finished second, and Matt Kenseth (Toyota) was third to round out the top five in the finishing order.

The next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes place at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

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