Bristol NASCAR: Keselowski wins after late Elliott and Logano clash

Brad Keselowski inherited victory in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol as leaders Joey Logano and Chase Elliott took each other out with two laps to go

Bristol NASCAR: Keselowski wins after late Elliott and Logano clash

After a caution period instigated by long-time leader Denny Hamlin spinning on tyre marbles ended with five laps of a scheduled 500 to run, Elliott's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro led Logano's Penske Ford Mustang.

However 2018 Cup champion Logano nipped ahead of Elliott using the higher line and was holding onto his position when Elliott charged up the inside and got loose, taking both cars into the wall.

The race stayed green to the finish as the combatants limped to the line at the in 21st (Logano) and 22nd (Elliott), at the tail end of the lead lap.

That allowed Logano's Penske team-mate Keselowski to take full advantage and score his second victory of the season, following his Charlotte 600-mile success last Sunday.

By dint of pitting under a caution on lap 459, Keselowski had the freshest tyres of the leading pack in the closing stages, his rivals having not stopped since lap 434.

The 2012 Cup champion's #2 Mustang, which had started on pole in a random draw, eased past Kyle Busch on the final restart to be in position to benefit when Logano and Elliott (pictured below) clashed.

Using a similar strategy, Stewart-Haas Racing's Clint Bowyer kept clear of the trouble late on to finish second, his best result of the season thus far.

Jimmie Johnson's winless run now stands at 104 races, but the seven-time champion also posted his best result of the campaign in third, after being disqualified from second in last week's Coca-Cola 600.

Having started from 24th, Johnson's Hendrick Chevrolet quickly rose to ninth after the first competition caution on lap 20 and was running with the leading gaggle for a majority of the afternoon.

Johnson was involved with Joe Gibbs Racing pair Hamlin and Kyle Busch when the two Toyota Camry's were trading the lead through the 250-lap final stage.

After Hamlin's spin which relegated him to an eventual 17th, Johnson too passed Busch, who was the lead Toyota finisher in fourth.

JGR team-mate Erik Jones was a strong fifth as Austin Dillon followed an eighth place at the second Charlotte race on Thursday with sixth for Richard Childress Racing.

Kurt Busch (Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), William Byron (Hendrick), rookie Christopher Bell (Leavine Family Racing Toyota) and Bubba Wallace Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports Ford) completed the top 10, as contact between Jones and SHR driver Kevin Harvick ended the latter's run of 13 consecutive top 10 finishes.

The 2014 champion's #4 Mustang could only recover to 11th.

In a race of high attrition and 17 caution periods, there was one red flag when Ricky Stenhouse Jr got loose following Matt Kenseth's Ganassi machine and spun into the pit-wall.

As Stenhouse came back onto the track, he collected Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick and Alex Bowman, who were all eliminated in the melee.

Result - 500 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3h19m02.s
2 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 0.471s
3 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.906s
4 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.333s
5 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.585s
6 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1.731s
7 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1.955s
8 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2.104s
9 Christopher Bell Leavine Family Racing Toyota 2.316s
10 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 3.072s
11 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3.106s
12 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 3.571s
13 John Hunter Nemechek Front Row Motorsports Ford 3.657s
14 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 3.718s
15 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 4.009s
16 Matt Kenseth Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 4.056s
17 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4.144s
18 Daniel Suarez Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 4.621s
19 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota 4.835s
20 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6.299s
21 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 16.181s
22 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.262s
23 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford 4 Laps
24 Brennan Poole Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 6 Laps
25 J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 8 Laps
26 Garrett Smithley Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 11 Laps
27 Quin Houff StarCom Racing Chevrolet 17 Laps
28 B.J. McLeod BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet Accident
29 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Accident
30 Gray Gaulding Rick Ware Racing Ford Accident
31 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford 44 Laps
32 Corey LaJoie Go FAS Racing Ford Fuel pressure
33 Joey Gase Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet Too slow
34 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Accident
35 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Accident
36 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Accident
37 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Accident
38 Bayley Currey Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet Accident
39 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet Accident
40 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford Accident


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