NASCAR At Bristol: Denny Hamlin Wins Wreckfest Irwin Tools Night Race

Denny Hamlin passed Carl Edwards late and pulled away to claim the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his third win of 2012, the 20th of his career, and the 200th win ever for cars numbered 11.

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NASCAR Point Standings: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Clinches Chase Berth

Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all have clinched spots in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup.

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NASCAR Bristol Results: Denny Hamlin Beats Out Jimmie Johnson For Checkered Flag

Denny Hamlin took the lead from Carl Edwards on Lap 462 of 500 in the Irwin Tools Night Race on Saturday at Bristol and held off Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon the rest of the way to earn his third Sprint Cup win this season in 24 tries.

Race leaders Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart collided coming around Turn 4 on Lap 332, and both cars lost control before slamming into the inside wall near the finish line. Stewart emerged from his car and slammed his helmet into the front of Kenseth's wrecked vehicle. Kenseth was able to continue after the wreck, but Stewart had to return to the garage for repairs and fell 25 laps behind on the .533-mile race track.

Kenseth finished 25th and Stewart crossed the line in 27th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle clinched their berths in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Here are the full results from Saturday night in Bristol:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Brian Vickers
  5. Marcos Ambrose
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Paul Menard
  11. Martin Truex Jr.
  12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  13. Juan Pablo Montoya
  14. Bobby Labonte
  15. Kevin Harvick
  16. Regan Smith
  17. Jamie McMurray
  18. Travis Kvapil
  19. Greg Biffle
  20. David Gilliland
  21. Casey Mears
  22. Carl Edwards
  23. Michael McDowell
  24. Landon Cassill
  25. Matt Kenseth
  26. Dave Blaney
  27. Tony Stewart
  28. Kurt Busch
  29. Danica Patrick
  30. Brad Keselowski
  31. Jason Leffler
  32. David Ragan
  33. Jeff Burton
  34. Sam Hornish Jr.
  35. Aric Almirola
  36. Ryan Newman
  37. David Stremme
  38. Josh Wise
  39. Joe Nemechek
  40. Stephen Leicht
  41. Scott Riggs
  42. Ken Schrader
  43. Mike Bliss

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NASCAR At Bristol Results: Denny Hamlin Wins Irwin Tools Night Race

Denny Hamlin passed Carl Edwards with fewer than 40 laps remaining and pulled away from Jimmie Johnson over the final laps to win Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. It is Hamlin's third win of the 2012 season, the 20th of his career, and his first-career win at the .533-mile concrete oval. It is also the 200th-ever victory for a car with No. 11 on its doors.

Johnson held off teammate Jeff Gordon for second, while Brian Vickers and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top-five. Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, and Paul Menard rounded out the top-10.

Edwards, who led at the last restart, fell just inside the top-20 before running out of gas. He wound up a miserable 22nd.

Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Johnson all clinched spots in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Biffle had a tough night, winding up 19th, while Earnhardt overcame a penalty for pitting before the pit lane was open to finish 12th.

With his win, Hamlin is now tied with Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Tony Stewart for most triumphs on the season. If things stay as they are over the final two weeks, the quartet would begin the Chase with nine bonus points apiece thanks to those three wins.

Visit NASCAR.com for the full results of Saturday's wild race, which included 13 caution flags.

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NASCAR At Bristol: Danica Patrick Crashes With 65 Laps Remaining

Danica Patrick had had a solid, clean effort in her first Sprint Cup visit to Bristol Motor Speedway, but that is now over just 65 laps from the conclusion. Patrick was nudged by Regan Smith - who has hit everything but the lottery thus far in the Irwin Tools Night Race - and slammed the inside wall on the frontstretch to demolish her No. 10 Chevy.

Patrick joins owner Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman with a torn up race car in what has been a miserable evening for Stewart-Haas Racing. Newman was crashed in an incident with perennial archnemesis Juan Pablo Montoya, then Stewart crashed while battling for the lead with Matt Kenseth. Stewart subsequently fired his helmet at Kenseth's Ford during the caution period and threatened to wreck the Roush-Fenway driver at any opportunity the rest of the year.

Patrick, who will make her first-ever trip to the Atlanta Motor Speedway next week for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events, had been on the lead lap for most of the night and had enjoyed a quiet night that seemed destined to net her a career-best result in her handful of Sprint Cup races thus far in 2012. Instead, her demolished Chevrolet will now be loaded on the truck.

Carl Edwards leads but might not have enough fuel to make it to the checkered flag. He previously won at Bristol in 2007 and 2008.

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GIF: Tony Stewart Fires Helmet At Matt Kenseth's Car

SB Nation's Brian Floyd posted this GIF of the moment for which the 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol will likely be remembered.

While we're under caution, in a moment of un-abashed bias, I will say that Tony Stewart is my favorite driver - has been since before he joined the Sprint Cup Series in 1999 - and part of that is his passion for the sport. He doesn't suffer fools quite easily, and Kenseth running him up the hill and triggering this accident after Stewart - according to his interview after the wreck - had braked to keep from wrecking the No. 17 is the kind of thing that consistently gets under Stewart's skin.

The defending Sprint Cup champion - likely heading for a fine for the helmet toss - declared in his interview with ESPN that he would wreck Kenseth at any opportunity he had for the remainder of the 2012 campaign.

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NASCAR At Bristol: Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart Crash Racing For The Lead

At lap 333, fans clamoring for the "old Bristol" may have just been granted their wish courtesy of Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart.

The pair were side-by-side for the lead in turns three and four when Kenseth slid up into Stewart. The pair became hooked together, spun off the turn and impacted the inside wall. Kenseth drove away but Stewart's car was left stricken at the bottom of the track. The defending Sprint Cup climbed from his wrecked Chevy, furious, and fired his helmet at Kenseth's car as it passed on pit road.

Helmet tosses are nothing new at Bristol. In 1993, current ESPN analyst and former Sprint Cup champ Dale Jarrett angrily flung his helmet at Bobby Hillin Jr. after being wrecked. Stewart will likely be fined by NASCAR, but it certainly brought some entertainment to a race that has been little more than a wreckfest.

The carnage returned Joey Logano to the lead, where he has been for much of the night, with Marcos Ambrose, Greg BIffle, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson completing the top-five.

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NASCAR At Bristol Update: Pre-Race Favorite Brad Keselowski Crashes

There will be no third-straight win at Bristol for Brad Keselowski, nor will he celebrate the induction of Rusty Wallace into the Hall of Fame by taking one of Wallace's famous paint schemes to victory lane in the Irwin Tools Night Race.

Keselowski and Brian Vickers got tangled up off turn two, with Kurt Busch nudging Keselowski into the wall. Moments later, on lap 271, Keselowski bumped into a spin by Bobby Labonte or had already begun to spin and was bumped by Labonte to send him around. Either way, the nose of the No. 2 Dodge hit the inside wall on the backstretch, and now sits under repair in the garage area.

Keselowski had won the previous two Bristol races and was considered a pre-race favorite. The paint scheme on his Miller Lite entry was a dead-ringer for the livery Wallace used in recording his 50th-career Sprint Cup win in August 2000 at Bristol. It was also Wallace's ninth and final triumph at the half-mile track where he got his first-career win in 1986.

Under the caution, Jimmie Johnson stayed on track while leader Matt Kenseth pitted to assume the lead.

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NASCAR At Bristol: Juan Pablo Montoya Wrecks Ryan Newman On Lap 191, Jeff Burton Involved

During his Sprint Cup career, carnage has seemed to always follow Juan Pablo Montoya. One driver whom the Colombian has consistently raised the ire of is Ryan Newman, the usually laid-back Hoosier.

Montoya and Newman have now had their latest incident , as Montoya got into Newman exiting the fourth turn on lap 191. Newman's spun 270 degrees and slammed the wall with the nose, then slid down the hill and collected Jeff Burton. Burton had been enjoying one of his best performances of the 2012 season.

Newman, meanwhile, was seeking to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup and had remained in contention for the Wild Card thanks to his win at Martinsville this spring. He actually held that spot entering tonight's race, but will probably lose it tonight.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. picked up the lead by not pitting under the caution flag. Denny Hamlin runs second, followed by Montoya, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer.

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NASCAR At Bristol Update: Fiery Accident Ends David Ragan's Night, Involves Leader Kasey Kahne

Unadilla's David Ragan is done in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway after a fiery wreck on lap 148. Ragan was behind a tangle between Jason Leffler - who caused the first accident of the night by wrecking Ken Schrader and is habitually involved in yellows across NASCAR racing - and David Stremme. Stremme checked up and Ragan ran into the back of him, puncturing the oil cooler on his No. 34 Ford.

As expected when one punctures an oil cooler, all the oil being "cooled" at that point found its way onto the searing metal that makes up a stock car racing engine. Ragan's car fireballed briefly as he spun off the second turn and tagged the inside wall and continued to smolder as the Georgian climbed out.

Race leader Kasey Kahne hit the oil and slammed the wall, sending him to pit road for repairs to the right-front suspension area of his Chevrolet. Joey Logano is back out front after leading 80 laps earlier in the race. Brian Vickers, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, and Marcos Ambrose round out the top-five.

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NASCAR At Bristol Update: Kasey Kahne Out Front After 125 Laps

The caution is out in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway for the second time tonight after 120 laps after problems for Sam Hornish Jr. culminated in a blown left front tire and an encounter with the wall. Hornish made contact with Kurt Busch, knocking Busch into the wall and peeling the deck lid - a trunk lid on a passenger car - straight up in the air.

Kasey Kahne has ever won at Bristol in the Sprint Cup Series, but he was out front at the yellow flag. A triumph Saturday would be pivotal, as it would give Kahne a third victory on the season. That wouldn't matter if he needed to rely on the Wild Card to make the Chase, but Kahne has steadily trimmed his margin outside the top-10 since a miserable open to the season. If he gets into the top-10 with those three victories, he would be tied with Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Tony Stewart with nine bonus points - three points for each race win - for the top seed in the Chase.

Joey Logano - winner of Friday's Nationwide Series event and seeking a win of his own that could get him into a Wild Card position - sat second at the yellow, with Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Kevin Harvick completing the top-five.

Burton is having his finest performance thus far in what has been an awful 2012 season for his Richard Childress Racing effort. Teammate Harvick has been in the top-10 for much of the year, but is still winless. He now has his former crew chief Gil Martin back atop his pit box, replacing Shane Wilson.

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NASCAR At Bristol: First Caution Flies At Lap Nine

Beloved Sprint Cup veteran Kenny Schrader's night is over after just nine laps in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Schrader, at the wheel of Frank Stoddard's No. 32 Ford, was bumped on the backstretch by Jason Leffler and sent spinning across the track before going up the hill and nosing into the turn three wall hard.

Polesitter Casey Mears had led every lap thus far, and in doing so had demonstrated the likely theme of the night. After the track grounded the top groove of the race track in an effort to make the racing tighter, the middle lane in the corners is clearly the better lane. Mears managed to hold off Brad Keselowski - likely to contend for the win tonight - and then Joey Logano who won last night's Food City 250 Nationwide Series race by running the higher lane and carrying his momentum off the corner better than his rivals.

Mears led the way after nine laps, ahead of Logano, Aric Almirola, Keselowski, and Sprint Cup point leader Greg Biffle.

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NASCAR At Bristol Start Time, TV, Radio And Streaming Info

Casey Mears is on the pole for Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway in Briston, Tenn. Rain washed out Friday evening's qualifying race, and Mears leads the field based on the results of the practice speeds.

Followed by Mears (Ford) will be Brad Keselowski (Dodge) in position two with Greg Biffle (Ford), Joey Logano (Toyota), Aric Almirola (Ford), Jeff Burton (Chevrolet), Paul Menard (Chevrolet), Denny Hamlin (Toyota), Marcos Ambrose (Ford) and Kyle Busch (Toyota) rounding out the top 10.

Biffle is currently the points leader in the 2012 Sprint Cup Standings with 823 points.

Other notables for Saturday's race are Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet), who will be in the 11th position, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Chevrolet), who will start from the 16th position, and Tony Stewart (Chvrolet), who will begin from the 21st position.

Start time will be at 7:05 p.m ET, and the race will be televised live on ABC. The Irwin Tools Night Race can also be heard on the Performance Racing Network (PRN), which will begin broadcasting at 6:30 p.m. ET.

For more information on the Irwin Tools Night Race, check out SB Nation's NASCAR hub page.

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NASCAR At Bristol: Rain Puts Casey Mears On First Pole Since 2007

Rain washed out Sprint Cup qualifying at the Bristol Motor Speedway Friday evening, and thanks to the rule that the first practice speeds - the same ones that set the qualifying order - set the field in the event of rain, Casey Mears will lead the field to the green flag in Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race.

Mears, who last sat on the pole at Chicagoland in 2007, drives the No. 13 Germain Racing Ford. Non-NASCAR fans have probably still seen him in an ad for primary sponsor Geico ("Hey! SECRET sauce!") that has been airing in 2012. It is the fourth pole - though it doesn't count officially and doesn't get Mears into the Shootout at Daytona in February - nephew of four-time Indy 500 champion and all-time open wheel icon Rick Mears.

Brad Keselowski - in his Rusty Wallace tribute Miller Lite Dodge - will start second as he seeks his third-straight Bristol victory. Point leader Greg Biffle, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola in The King Richard Petty's famous No. 43 complete the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 are Jeff Burton, Paul Menard, Denny Hamlin, Marcos Ambrose, and Kyle Busch.

Without a chance to take their shot at the stopwatch, several teams find themselves deep in the field thanks to the rain. Carl Edwards, a two-time Bristol winner who needs a victory between now and Richmond in order to make the Chase, will start 27th. Ten spots worse is five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

Danica Patrick, who languished at the bottom of the speed chart pretty much all day in her first Sprint Cup trip to Bristol, will roll off 43rd.

Unadilla's David Ragan will start 24th.

Missing the show are Scott Speed - who intended to broadcast his phone number to all of America during driver intros - Kelly Bires, Peachtree City's Reed Sorenson, and J.J. Yeley.

Visit Jayski.com for the full starting grid to see where your favorite - and least favorite - drivers are.

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NASCAR At Bristol Qualifying, Time, TV Info

Friday is a busy day at Bristol Motor Speedway. After the Nationwide Series qualifying is completed, the Sprint Cup series qualifying follows right after, which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET. The Sprint Cup Series qualifying will then be followed by the Nationwide series' Food City 250.

The Sprint Cup qualifying will be broadcast on ESPN2 starting at 5 p.m. The qualifying record for Bristol Motor Speedway is held by Ryan Newman, who clocked a lap of 128.709 miles per hour (14.908 seconds) in March 2003. Newman also won the pole in last year's night race.

The track has been reconfigured to have 36-degree banking in the turns and 16-degree banking on the straights. The turns had previously been configured to be a little flatter than in years past, but fans demanded that the track be given the high banking again.

For more information on the Irwin Tools Night Race, check out SB Nation's NASCAR hub page.

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NASCAR Hall Of Famer Rusty Wallace To Be Honored Saturday By Penske Racing, Brad Keselowski

In the 1990s and on into the new century, any time the Sprint Cup Series visited the Bristol Motor Speedway - and most other tracks, for that matter - Rusty Wallace was considered one of if not the driver to beat. Driving Roger Penske's No. 2 Miller Brewing-sponsored machine - as a Pontiac Grand Prix from '91-93, a Ford Thunderbird and then Taurus from '94-02, and a Dodge Intrepid and Charger from '03 through his retirement in 2005 - the NASCAR Hall of Famer won 37 times. Seven of his nine Bristol triumphs came at the wheel of the No. 2 car - his other wins came in drag racing legend Raymond Beadle's No. 27 car - including his 50th-career Sprint Cup win in August 2000.

Saturday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway, Penske and Brad Keselowski, the current driver of the No. 2 Miller car, will pay tribute to Wallace's induction into the Hall of Fame, his illustrious career, and in particular that 50th triumph.

Keselowski's Dodge Charger will carry the same white and blue paint scheme Wallace used in that race, down to the old-style Miller Lite logos. SB Nation's Jeff Gluck filmed this video of the car's unveiling at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

For longtime NASCAR fans, especially those of us who remember Wallace's glory days when he was one of the top contenders week in and week out, it is a touching tribute for one of the greatest short track racers the sport has ever known.

Don't be surprised if Keselowski pays further tribute to his predecessor in the Blue Deuce by winning the Irwin Tools Night Race. He is the event's defending champion and claimed the Food City 500 in March.

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NASCAR Lowers Hammer On Paul Menard, No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Team

In the most severe penalty of the 2012 Sprint Cup season to-date - with the possible exception of the ultimately over-turned Jimmie Johnson penalties from Daytona - NASCAR has lowered the boom on Paul Menard and his No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team.

Menard's car was one of the vehicles taken for random inspection at NASCAR's R&D Center. It was there that irregularities with the frame rails in Menard's ninth-place finishing car were discovered. Not surprisingly, the sanctioning body came down hard with their penalties on the team.

Crew chief Slugger Labbe, car chief Craig Smokstad, and crew member Grant Hutchens have all been suspended until October 3. The trio have also been placed on probation through the end of the calendar year. Menard and Childress were penalized 25 driver and owner points, respectively. In addition, Labbe recieved a $100,000 fine.

Childress has already confirmed that he will appeal the penalties against his team

Should the appeal fail, the penalty ends Menard's shot at making the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He had been 15th in the standings, 15 points behind Ryan Newman for the second wild card spot. A victory over the three races remaining between now and the end of the regular season could have netted a playoff spot for the team, but they will now be 40 points back of Newman.

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NASCAR At Bristol: Race Week Schedule For Bristol Motor Speedway

This week, Bristol, Tenn., will be the capital of the racing world as Bristol Motor Speedway takes center stage by hosting three series races.

The UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series race will take place on Wednesday. Kevin Harvick who rarely makes appearances in truck series races, won the event in in 2011 while points leader at the time, Johnny Sauter, took second.

The second race will be the Nationwide Series' Food City 250, which takes place on Thursday. Last year, Kyle Busch won the race and made history in the process with the smallest margin of victory ever, a 0.019 second lead over teammate Joey Logano.

The grand finale at Bristol Motor Speedway will be the IRWIN Tools Night Race in the Sprint Cup Series. That race takes place on Friday. The race was won in 2011 by Brad Keselowski.

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NASCAR At Bristol: Fans Eagerly Await, Drivers Dread Return Of "Old Bristol"

NASCAR heads to the Bristol Motor Speedway, which has been reconfigured since March in hopes of bringing back the old beating-and-banging of the track's "glory days" in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Point Standings: Greg Biffle In 1st Place

Greg Biffle stands atop the point standings.

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