The winner of Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series gravel race at Bristol Motor Speedway had to survive a two-lap sprint in overtime to the checkered flag.
Joey Logano left in search of victory in the latest restart of the rain-delayed Food City Dirt Race. Logano first took out Denny Hamlin, who lost a lot of ground while trying to pass Logano from the high lane, and then stopped a late challenge with a Ricky Stenhouse Jr. shutdown.
The extra laps capped a chaotic race that was marked by tire wear, poor visibility and multiple accidents on restarts. The crashes caused NASCAR to switch to single-file restarts in Stage 2.
Despite all that, NASCAR announced before the end of the race that it would run another gravel race at Bristol in the spring of 2022. Before this year, NASCAR’s last national series ran on gravel in 1970.
Below is more information on Logano’s victory, plus full results from Monday’s race.
Who won the NASCAR race yesterday?
Joey Logano became the seventh winner in the first seven races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup season. He joins Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell, William Byron, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney in that group. All seven automatically qualify for the NASCAR playoffs.
“There’s nothing like winning at Bristol, but putting down and being the first to do it is really special,” Logano told Fox Sports’ Jamie Little in his post-race interview.
Logano was preparing to take Hamlin for the win when Mike Marlar cut a tire with four laps remaining, forcing overtime. Due to the switch to single row restarts, Hamlin restarted behind Logano rather than alongside him. Instead of trying to crash and run, Hamlin climbed high while Logano stayed low, and that cost him.
Hamlin said in his pn-track interview that he “cut the 22 (Logano) too many breaks” while Logano “cut us” on the final stage.
“He’s doing what he has to do to protect the lead and I’m trying to take it from him,” Hamlin said later in his post-trace Zoom call with the media (by Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports). “I just wasn’t aggressive enough. I should have pushed him out of … when he had the position at the bottom, I should have moved up, put him in the dust and got rid of him. But I wanted to pass him clean, and I didn’t. , so I didn’t win. “
Truex dominated the first half of the 250-lap race after winning the Truck Series race in the early afternoon. He won Stage 1, but lost the lead in Stage 2 and never got it back. Logano went on to win Stage 2.
Bristol NASCAR Results
Logano, Stenhouse and Hamlin finished 1-2-3. The third was Hamlin’s sixth top-five finish in seven races. The rest of the top 10: Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman, Byron, Tyler Reddick, Blaney, Erik Jones and Chase Elliott.
Truex finished 19th after cutting a tire on the last restart.
The Cup Series will now take a week off for Easter and then return on April 10 for more short-track races at Martinsville (7:30 pm; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
NASCAR results in Bristol
|two||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|4||Daniel Suarez placeholder image|
|19||Martin Truex Jr.|
|2. 3||Stewart friesen|
|3. 4||Christopher bell|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.