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UPS Game-Changing Moments: Bristol

August 23, 2014, Staff report,

Moments that changed the course of the 24th race of the 2014 season


Joey Logano took the lead from Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining and scooted to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season in Saturday's IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Logano had fresher tires than Kenseth, who elected not to pit under caution in taking the lead from Jamie McMurray during the race's ninth caution which came out on Lap 433 of 500.
Logano's Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski finished second despite a last-lap bid to pass Logano on the inside. Penske won Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race with Ryan Blaney, and Keselowski earned a victory in Thursday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event for a weekend sweep at Bristol.



Denny Hamlin has no problem being wrecked for the lead on the last lap at Bristol Motor Speedway. When the race is 100 laps away from even reaching the halfway point? He has a problem.

That was the case Saturday in the Irwin Tools Night Race, when Kevin Harvick turned Hamlin on the frontstretch during Lap 161, sending Hamlin's race-leading No. 11 Toyota spinning up high into Turn 1 in a wreck that also collected Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Hamlin went from first place to out of the race for good, the anger boiling in his mind before manifesting itself in the form of a toss of his HANS device toward Harvick's No. 4 Chevrolet.
"I'm trying to think of when I've been this mad in the past. Maybe never," Hamlin said after being checked and cleared from the infield care center. "I wish I had some kind of car left so I could show him the favor back. He's a good driver. He knows better.
"Mistakes happen in racing. Obviously, I believe Kevin made a mistake."

Aric Almirola, who started at the rear of the field in a backup car and improved 21 spots, got spun out on the 126th lap of the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway after being collected in a wreck.

Brian Vickers got into the back of Kyle Larson, causing a chain reaction that also did damage to the cars of Kyle Busch, Larson and Clint Bowyer.

"I'm OK, just disappointed," Almirola said. "What an amazing race car these guys brought me -- two of them -- and to go out like that is certainly disappointing, but that's racing at Bristol -- you get caught up in other peoples' wrecks."