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The 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on August 22, 2015, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Contested over 500 laps on the .533 mile (.858 km) concrete short track, it was the 24th race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Joey Logano won the race, making this his second consecutive and overall at the track and his third of the season. Kevin Harvick finished second for the tenth time in the season while Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.

2015 Irwin Tools Night Race
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 24 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2015 Irwin Tools Night Race logo.jpg
Date August 22, 2015 (2015-08-22)
Location Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
.533 mi (.858 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (429 km)
Weather Clear evening skies with a temperature of 78 °F (26 °C)
Average speed 96.890 mph (155.929 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 14.602
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 192
Winner
No. 22 Joey Logano Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 1.9/3 (Overnight)[10]
2.1/4 (Final)[11]
3.6 Million viewers[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (Backstretch)

Hamlin won the pole for the race and led 54 laps on his way to a third-place finish. Kyle Busch led a race high of 192 laps on his way to an eighth-place finish. The race had 14 lead changes among five different drivers, as well as eight caution flag periods for 52 laps.

This was the 11th career victory for Joey Logano, third of the season, second at Bristol Motor Speedway and 12th at the track for Team Penske. Despite winning the race, he left Bristol trailing Kevin Harvick by 43-points in the drivers points standings. Ford left Bristol trailing Toyota by one-point for second in the manufacturer standings and Chevrolet by 71 for the points lead.

The Irwin Tools Nights Race was carried by NBC Sports on the cable/satellite NBCSN network for the American television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Bristol Motor Speedway, the track where the race will be held.

Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway, is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks.

Kevin Harvick entered Bristol with a 48–point lead over Joey Logano. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered 82 back. Martin Truex, Jr. entered 111 back. Brad Keselowski entered 112 back.

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the Irwin Tools Night Race was released on Monday, August 17 at 11:17 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-six cars were entered for the race. All but two cars were entered in the previous week's race at Michigan. The only driver change for this race was the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet which was driven by Mike Bliss.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart (PC4) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth (PC6) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Travis Kvapil (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Josh Wise Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Mike Bliss (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
62 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford
98 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Ford
Official initial entry list
Official final entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

 
Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session.

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 14.779 and a speed of 129.833 mph (208.946 km/h).[12] Towards the tail-end of the session, Martin Truex, Jr. blew a right-front tire and slammed the wall exiting turn 2.[13] The damage done to the left-front control arm forced him to switch to his backup car.[13] Because this change took place prior to qualifying, he won't start the race from the rear of the field.[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 14.779 129.833
2 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.921 128.597
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.923 128.580
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

 
Kyle Busch was the fastest in the final practice session.

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 14.631 and a speed of 131.146 mph (211.059 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.631 131.146
2 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 14.687 130.646
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 14.758 130.018
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Denny Hamlin (pictured during qualifying) won the pole for the race.

Denny Hamlin won the pole with a new track record time of 14.602 and a speed of 131.407 mph (211.479 km/h).[15] "Our FedEx Ground Camry obviously was very fast that last round and Dave (Rogers, crew chief) made the great adjustments to it to pick up the speed and I think that hopefully we’ll have something that we can race with them tomorrow night,” Hamlin said.[15] “The first round just got loose and that kind of put us behind the whole time," Kevin Harvick said after qualifying seventh. "Other than that the car drove pretty good, really throughout every round. Had a little bit of trouble with all the engine stuff shutting off at the end of the straightaway so that was definitely hurting us."[15] “All of our cars have had good speed today, we just missed the setup there a little bit for qualifying and couldn’t really fix it from the pit box," said Matt Kenseth after qualifying 13th. "We got the best lap we could out of it – wish we could have made it to the last round there. Just didn’t quite have enough in it.”[15] "We didn’t qualify very good here the last time we were here and heck, I think this time we were worse than we were the last time," Jeff Gordon said after qualifying 24th for his final start at Bristol. "But we raced really good. I thought our race runs looked decent today. It’s hard to pass. The groove is up top there, so I was hoping we were going to qualify better than this, especially with this pretty awesome Rainbow paint scheme that Axalta has this weekend for us. But, it just wasn’t meant to be. I don’t know. We were just really struggling when we put it into qualifying trim.”[15] Jeb Burton, Travis Kvapil and Reed Sorenson failed to qualify for the race.[15]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.760 14.764 14.602
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.679 14.682 14.618
3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.849 14.742 14.686
4 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 14.682 14.788 14.708
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 14.897 14.780 14.721
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 14.773 14.781 14.723
7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 14.864 14.770 14.726
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 14.831 14.781 14.746
9 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 14.806 14.778 14.754
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14.759 14.724 14.766
11 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 14.745 14.641 14.823
12 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 14.880 14.770 14.892
13 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.859 14.797
14 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 14.885 14.834
15 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 14.870 14.850
16 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 14.877 14.857
17 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 14.919 14.895
18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 14.865 14.909
19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14.899 14.920
20 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14.899 14.928
21 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 14.897 14.960
22 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 14.921 14.968
23 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 14.902 14.972
24 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14.910 14.992
25 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 14.925
26 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 14.961
27 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 14.970
28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 15.000
29 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.014
30 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 15.037
31 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 15.042
32 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 15.045
33 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.054
34 32 Josh Wise Go FAS Racing Ford 15.065
35 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 15.080
36 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 15.084
37 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.113
38 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 15.130
39 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 15.151
40 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 15.161
41 98 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Ford 15.221
42 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 15.278
43 33 Mike Bliss (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 15.293
Failed to qualify
44 30 Travis Kvapil (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 15.163
45 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 15.240
46 62 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 15.332
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

StartEdit

 
Denny Hamlin led the field to the green flag.
 
Kyle Busch exited pit road with the race lead under the first caution.

Under a clear East Tennessee evening sky, Denny Hamlin led the field to the green flag at 7:52 p.m. Starting on the bottom line, which isn't the norm at Bristol, he shot ahead of teammate Kyle Busch to lead the first lap. By lap 15, Hamlin caught the tail-end of the field and completed the short track conveyor belt. By lap 18, Busch ran down his teammate and pressured him for the lead. Eventually, the No. 18 Toyota used the lap traffic to pass the No. 11 and take the lead on lap 28. The lapped traffic allowed Kyle to pull away from Denny in the ensuing laps. A. J. Allmendinger bumped Paul Menard in turn 3 and about sent the No. 27 car spinning in front of the race leader, but he saved his car and the race continued. Debris in turn 3 brought out the first caution of the race on lap 52. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin swapped the lead on pit road with the former pitting on the backstretch. It was ultimately Busch whom exited pit road with the lead. Ryan Blaney and Danica Patrick were tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the rear of the field.[16]

 
Matt Kenseth's day came to an end after losing an engine on lap 111.
 
Kyle Larson slammed the wall in turn 3 on lap 126 after cutting down his left-front tire.

The race restarted on lap 58. He shot ahead of Kyle Larson on the outside line and drove away from the field followed closely by teammate Denny Hamlin. He too was caught off by lapped traffic and Busch drove away. Matt Kenseth was running fourth when he blew his engine on lap 111.[17] “It broke in the middle of the straightaway – it had that hop and that noise that it makes when you know you dropped a valve,” Kenseth explained. “Unfortunate, but man these guys at TRD (Toyota Racing Development) have been doing such an awesome job, we’ve had so much power and everything has been really reliable here the last year and a half. Things like this happen every once in a while. It’s a short night. Felt like we were really competitive – we were one or two adjustments away from where we needed to be, but I thought our Dollar General Camry had good speed.”[17] The second caution of the race flew on lap 126 for a single-car wreck in turn 4. Exiting turn 2, Kyle Larson – who changed just right-side tires under the first caution – cut down his left-front tire and slammed the wall in turn 3. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin swapped the lead on pit road pitting on opposite pit roads. This time, it was Hamlin who beat his teammate off pit road. Kevin Harvick was tagged for his crew being over the wall too soon and restarted the race from the rear of the field.[16]

Second quarterEdit

 
A. J. Allmendinger crashed out of the race on lap 146.

The race restarted on lap 133. Again deviating from recent Bristol norm, Denny Hamlin restarted on the bottom line and shot ahead of his teammate. The third caution of the race flew on lap 146 for a single-car wreck on the front stretch. Exiting turn 2, A. J. Allmendinger came down across the nose of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., slid down the track and slammed the inside wall.[16]

The race restarted on lap 152. Teammate Kyle Busch drove by Denny Hamlin on the top side to take back the lead on lap 156. Hamlin pulled back up to him in the next eight laps, but was unable to get by him. Eventually, Busch began to pull away from the rest of the lead cars. Being caught being the lapped car of Josh Wise allowed Joey Logano to drive up to his outside, but pulled out in front and continued leading. Logano powered underneath Busch after he made slight contact with the wall to take the lead on lap 226.[18] Debris in turn 3 brought out the fourth caution of the race on lap 250. Carl Edwards exited pit road with the lead. Justin Allgaier was tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the rear of the field.[16]

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

 
Carl Edwards made an unscheduled stop from the lead on lap 352 for a flat tire.

The race restarted on lap 258. Kyle Busch drove outside teammate Edwards to retake the lead on lap 282. Unfortunately, he was unable to build a gap as he was caught in heavy lap traffic. Carl reeled in Kyle to drive by him and take the lead on lap 304. He pulled to a one-second lead over Joey Logano. As is normal for Bristol, the lapped traffic slowed him down enough to allow Logano to reel in Edwards. David Ragan made contact with Kurt Busch and sent him into the turn 1 wall. Kyle Busch was running third when he made an unscheduled stop on lap 344. Logano ducked underneath Edwards and used the lapped car of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as a pick to take the lead on lap 347. The lapped traffic allowed Carl to return the favor and retake the lead on lap 352. He cut down a tire, hit pit road from the lead and handed it back to Joey Logano.[19] The fifth caution of the race flew on lap 359 for a single-car wreck on the front stretch. Exiting turn 4, Kyle Larson cut down his right-front tire and slammed the wall hard in turn 4. Kevin Harvick was tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the rear of the field.[16]

The race restarted on lap 368. The sixth caution of the race flew with 130 laps to go for a single-spin on the backstretch.[20] In a classic Bristol accordion effect exiting turn 2, Jimmie Johnson got loose, came down on David Ragan, got turned by Clint Bowyer, sent spinning down the track and slammed the inside wall.[20] "The 48 (Johnson) jumped on my outside and we were really good on the bottom and it kind of surprised me by getting out there and he held me tight coming off of Turn 2 and then I guess the 15 (Bowyer) got a little bit of a run and there just wasn’t enough room for the three of us," Ragan said after the race. "That's the way things happen at Bristol sometimes. It's unfortunate. Our Aaron's Dream Machine was really fast and we had a chance to win. It's uncalled for to get wrecked and to be involved in a wreck like that but all in all just one of those racing things."[20] "You hate to have that good of a car -- have two good cars and the last person you want to get into and have trouble with is your teammate," Bowyer said after the race. "I'm sick to death about that. We had two top-five cars and MWR really needed that run. With that being said we desperately needed a solid run right there. I mean obviously you're hungry for a win with this organization given everything it had and I drove my ass off we just come up short."[20]

Fourth quarterEdit

The race restarted with 121 laps to go. The seventh caution of the race flew with 117 laps to go for a single-car wreck on the front stretch. Exiting turn 4, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. got loose, overcorrected, hit Martin Truex, Jr. and hit the outside wall. Greg Biffle was tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the rear of the field.[16]

 
Jeff Gordon's drive for a sixth career victory at Bristol Motor Speedway came to an end on lap 93 for a loose wheel.

The race restarted with 110 laps to go. Jeff Gordon was running fifth when he made an unscheduled stop for a loose wheel with 93 laps to go.[21] Debris on the backstretch brought out the eighth caution of the race with 71 laps to go. Brad Keselowski opted not to pit under the caution and assumed the lead. Kyle Busch was tagged for speeding on the pit road and restarted the race from the rear of the field.[22] “It’s frustrating,” Adam Stevens said. “We put another car on the track that’s capable of winning and it’s tough to do. We’ve been able to do it I don’t know how many weeks in a row. We had a race-winning car at Watkins Glen and Pocono and just keep coming up short. This one’s on us. We made a mistake at Pocono, we weren’t aggressive enough at Watkins Glen and now just make a mistake on pit road. We had a loose wheel and we battled back from that and then you speed on the last stop – you can’t win if you speed on the last stop. That’s all there is to it. (NASCAR) told us that we were speeding in section five – our pit box is in section five. You can’t speed if you’re stopped on pit road. Maybe they meant to say a different number, I don’t know. But there is no earthly way that you can speed in the segment that your pit stall is in, it’s not possible.”[22]

 
Joey Logano celebrates winning the Irwin Tools Night Race.

The race restarted with 63 laps to go. Joey Logano shot ahead of his teammate to retake the lead. For the final 50 laps, he and Kevin Harvick dueled with one another for the top spot. While Logano was running the bottom line to get away, Harvick continued to ride around the top lane of the track to reel in Logano. Joey began to pull away with 25 laps remaining. However, he began dealing with lapped traffic again in the final 20 laps. It was this lapped traffic that allowed Kevin to reel the lead back to him with 12 laps left in the race. He finally pulled to within a car-length of Logano with four laps to go. Kevin Harvick was unable to catch Joey Logano on the final lap as he went on to score the victory at Bristol.[23]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

 
Joey Logano celebrates in victory lane.

“It was kind of interesting to watch it in the mirror,” Logano said of Harvick trying to pass him in the closing laps. “I was watching him drive in and I was like, ‘He’s going to get me eventually,’ so I just wanted to make sure I stayed at least three or four car lengths up on him so he didn't get to me.”[24]

"He was just one step ahead of me in traffic,” Harvick explained after finishing runner-up for the 10th time this season. “I couldn't get my car to rotate across the center like I needed it to, and every time I tried to force it would snap the back out. He was able to go in really high and before the center of the corner drive down the corner and I was just having to wait just a split second to be able to put the throttle back down, and I couldn't do that, that huge diamond all the way to the bottom like he could, and that was really beneficial for him through traffic, and I kind of had to just part throttle it through the center and grind the tires away through the center to the corner and just hope that they were going to lift, but he was able to get those huge runs up off the exit of the corner and just stayed one step ahead of me through traffic I felt like, and in clean air we probably were a little faster, but it didn't really matter. I had to be in front of him to show that. All in all, he was just one step ahead of me in traffic.”[25]

“This was a big night for us,” Bowyer said after finishing fifth. “We needed this. Driver got us behind last weekend after Michigan, but man, when you step up to the plate like this and you’re running at the level that it takes to be a part of the championship caliber elite group like you have in the Chase. You don’t want to just go into that Chase and be a part of it and be the first guy out, you want to go into that Chase with some confidence and momentum and some good runs where you can maybe go a few rounds in there.”[26]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 47
2 7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 42
3 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 42
4 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 40
5 9 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500 39
6 6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 500 39
7 3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 38
8 2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 38
9 20 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 35
10 18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 34
11 21 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 33
12 14 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 500 32
13 16 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 31
14 11 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 499 30
15 22 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 498 29
16 19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 498 28
17 31 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 497 27
18 26 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 497 26
19 40 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 497 25
20 24 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 496 24
21 8 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 496 23
22 15 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 496 0
23 28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 496 21
24 29 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 496 20
25 17 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 496 19
26 25 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 495 18
27 32 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 495 17
28 23 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 495 16
29 33 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 495 15
30 27 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 495 14
31 30 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 495 13
32 36 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 494 12
33 42 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 493 11
34 38 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 492 0
35 34 32 Josh Wise Go FAS Racing Ford 491 9
36 37 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 488 8
37 43 33 Mike Bliss (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 486 0
38 39 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 480 0
39 41 98 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Ford 476 0
40 4 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 443 4
41 12 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 356 3
42 13 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 2
43 35 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 0 1
Official Irwin Tools Night Race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • 14 lead changes among 5 different drivers
  • 8 cautions for 52 laps
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 45 minute, 2 seconds
  • Average speed: 96.890 mph (155.929 km/h)
  • Joey Logano took home $365,198 in winnings
Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1-26 Denny Hamlin
27-52 Kyle Busch
53 Denny Hamlin
54-127 Kyle Busch
128-154 Denny Hamlin
155-224 Kyle Busch
225-252 Joey Logano
253-280 Carl Edwards
281-302 Kyle Busch
303-345 Carl Edwards
346-350 Joey Logano
351-353 Carl Edwards
354-432 Joey Logano
433-436 Brad Keselowski
437-500 Joey Logano
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Kyle Busch 192
Joey Logano 176
Carl Edwards 74
Denny Hamlin 54
Brad Keselowski 4

Race awardsEdit

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, one–time Bristol winner Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast handled pit road on the television side.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Mike Massaro
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

PRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini called the race from the booth when the field was racing down the front stretch. Rob Albright called the race from atop the suites in turn 3 when the field was racing down the backstretch. Brad Gillie, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Steve Richards worked pit road on the radio side.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
Backstretch: Rob Albright Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Steve Richards

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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