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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief It was an eventful afternoon in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards took home the trophy, but with so many storylines coming out of the half-mile oval, our weekly segment can’t cover them all, but we’ll try to get the more notable ones. So, without any further delay here are my biggest takeaways from Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. 1) Hit or miss For Joe Gibbs Racing, Sunday really was a tale of hit or miss. Edwards did take home theRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer Things may finally be looking up for Clint Bowyer in 2016. For the first time this season, Bowyer, driver of the 5-hour ENGERY Chevrolet, earned a top 10 finish after finishing in eighth in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is his first top 10 since the Talladega Chase race last year, 13 races ago. The weekend did not start out as bright as it ended for Bowyer as he qualified 36th. In the three practices for the Sprint Cup Series, BowyerRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Writer With two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning in attendance on behalf of his sponsor Nationwide Insurance, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. looked to find his way back to Bristol’s victory lane for the first time in 12 years, but had his work cut out for him from the very start of the race. After qualifying 20th, the start of the Food City 500 had Earnhardt and his team wondering just what went wrong when Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet stumbled when the green flag flew, forcing him downRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service BRISTOL, Tenn. – The record will show that polesitter Carl Edwards won Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in dominating fashion, leading 276 of 500 laps and beating runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the finish line by .766 seconds. But while Edwards cruised to victory with the fastest car in the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season, drivers behind him suffered a litany of troubles, populating the top 10 with the most unlikely array of competitors this season. ConsiderRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor Matt DiBenedetto’s day at Bristol Motor Speedway started comically as the driver of the No. 83 Toyota Camry was dressed as a member of ZZ Top with full beard, guitar and all during driver introductions. As the race concluded a few hours later, nobody was laughing as DiBenedetto drove to a career-best sixth place finish in the Food City 500. DiBenedetto rolled off the grid from the 30th position, but by lap 77, he was already inside the top-20, where he would remain virtually the rest ofRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Writer After scoring his best career finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last weekend at Texas, Chase Elliott and the other Cup Series rookies headed into Bristol ready to get a crash course in racing on the half-mile bullring. All five rookies started outside of the top-15 and although Bristol seemed to have their number early on, most of them found a way to turn things around by the time the checkered flag flew. Leading the way once again was Elliott, who fell two lapsRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor Landon Cassill may not have ended up with a career-best finish in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he had arguably his best race of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. The 26-year old driver started the day from the 28th-position, but his car wasn’t handling to his liking as he didn’t make up much ground on the first run of the day. After the team’s first pit stop, Cassill radioed to crew chief Donnie Wingo, “You definitely helped me, but just a little bit. NeedRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Matt Kenseth’s season of consistent struggles continued Sunday in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. After looking a sure contender for the race win, Kenseth crashed just 187 laps into the 500 lap event. Kenseth confirmed that it was a tire failure that plagued his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, forcing hard contact with the wall and damaging the right side of his car. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver managed to work his way up to third after restarting 26th, but not long afterRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor Kyle Busch came into Bristol Motor Speedway on a two-race winning streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and considering he’s a five-time winner at ‘The World’s Fastest Half-Mile,’ many expected another good day from Busch. However, Busch suffered a melted bead on his right front tire early in the race, and he endured cut tires all day long, which finally resulted in a hard accident on lap 257. Busch would wind up finishing 38th after retiring on lap 258 because of unrepairable damage to hisRead More