Who Won At Bristol Speedway? [Ultimate Guide!]

The 2019 NASCAR Season was one for the history books. The legendary Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennesee, played host to a whopping 12 different storylines – all leading up to one explosive finale that would determine the 2019 NASCAR Champion.

Let’s take a look back at the event that changed NASCAR as we know it.

The Chase For The NASCAR Title Begins At Bristol

The 2019 NASCAR Season got off to a blistering start on Sunday, March 3rd when the champion crowned from the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Kevin Harvick, successfully defended his title against a determined Tony Stewart in the Season Finale of The Championship Countdown. That race also served as the first of three playoff races to determine the 2019 NASCAR Champion. This is the highest number of playoff races in NASCAR history.

The second place finisher, Kurt Busch, took the short vacation from racing to watch his son Christian win the Xfinity Series title. Christian is currently competing in the IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing. On Sunday night, the elder Busch made a brief return to his racing roots when he and Joey Logano squared off in the final race of the playoffs. Unfortunately for Kurt, Joey held on for the win, denying the father of four a third straight championship. However, Kurt did win the most prestigious award in motorsport, the Drivers’ Championship.

The next event on the calendar, the Auto Club 500 was the traditional “warm up” race for the Chase. The 2019 Auto Club 500 was contested by the 16 drivers who placed 17th-33rd on the 2019 season point standings. Those 16 drivers competed in a single race, with the winner earning a spot in next year’s Chase. Arguably, the most competitive race of the week was the Clash Before The Game in between the Monster Energy Series and Xfinity Series. The race featured four NASCAR legends – Darrell Waltrip, Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, and Cale Yarborough – going head to head as the senior citizens of NASCAR raced for the glory and prize money. It came down to a battle between the five-time champion Darrell Waltrip and the one-time champion Richard Petty. With a green flag waving, the battle for the 2019 NASCAR title began. It lasted all race long and produced a photo finish for both drivers. We’ll have to wait for the official results to determine who actually won. Despite his frustrations from the previous year’s playoffs, Kurt Busch was back in the mix to defend his title. He qualified 15th and raced his way to a disappointing 11th-place finish, but he hung in there with the leaders until the final lap when an accident ended his campaign. He was never really a threat to Kevin Harvick, and he certainly deserved the better of the results in the end. The damage done to his reputation from the 2019 season was severe. It started with his outburst following his son’s pit stop at Watkins Glen. Then, after he crashed out of second place at Watkins Glen, he was passed over for a title shot before winning the final race of the season. All this after leading the most laps (311) in a single season in the Cup Series. Many pundits and analysts are comparing Waltrip’s comeback to that of Jimmie Johnson, who returned to NASCAR after recovering from severe injuries suffered in a car accident. Johnson went on to lead the most laps (1137) and win the 2019 Chase, and he did so in his record-breaking 9th season in the top division. The 2019 season was certainly an event to remember for NASCAR, and with 12 different storylines leading up to a thrilling finale, we have every right to be excited for the next season. – By Andrew Frankel

Bristol Motor Speedway: It’s History In The Making

What is now known as the “World’s Most Famous Half-Mile” was first used for automobile racing in 1960. Since then, it has seen some pretty incredible racing moments. Here’s a brief history of the track:

1960:

The 1.526-mile oval opened on April 22nd, 1960, and was initially called the “Nashville Speedway” before being renamed after the city of Bristol in Tennessee where it is located. The first racing event was the Rebel 500. The track hosted NASCAR’s first fan festival, the Bristol Night Race, in 1968. It was also the original home of the NASCAR After The Race Report show. For years, the World’s Most Famous Half-Mile did not have seating, allowing for car enthusiasts to walk around and enjoy the action. The iconic Richard Petty’s Garage was built in 1968 and still stands today. The iconic Richard Petty’s Cafe also opened in 1968 and also still stands today. The iconic Richard Petty’s Clothing Store, featuring race-inspired outfits, was also built in 1968 and still stands today.

1970:

The track was renamed the “Bristol Motor Speedway” after an agreement was made between the city of Bristol and the race track owners. The agreement allowed the racing organization to use the city’s name in association with the track. The track officially became a NASCAR-sanctioned tour stop in 1982, allowing it to award sponsorships and prize money. The track also saw the opening of the Richard Petty Motorsports Museum. The museum opened in 2004 and is the only one of its kind devoted solely to the career of Richard Petty. The museum also houses the Richard Petty Driving Machine, a fully functioning 1967 Chevrolet Corvette that has been retrofitted with the driver’s unique mechanical prowess.

1982:

The first All-Star Race was held at the World’s Most Famous Half-Mile in 1982. It was won by a rather legendary driver named Geoffrey Bodine. Since then, the race has become a regular event in the NASCAR calendar, usually held the week before the Daytona 500. The All-Star Race is also the only race that currently features both NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series competitors. The other races currently feature either the Cup Series or the Xfinity Series, or a mix of both. The 2019 All-Star Race was particularly historic as it was the first time in a while that the event did not feature one of the sport’s biggest names. The last time the All-Star Race did not feature a name comparable to those racing for the title was in 2010 when Austin Dillon, the younger brother of NASCAR Cup Series legend, Dillon, was competing. The 24-year-old went on to finish fifth that year, his best finish to date. The absence of a top-level driver had no negative impact on the race as it was a sold-out crowd that saw Joey Logano win the All-Star Race for the third time in his career. It also marked the first time in a while that the Chase For The NASCAR Title had been decided before the season finale. – By Andrew Frankel

1990:

The track was renamed the “Bristol Motor Speedway” after the city of Bristol, Tennessee, approved a major renovation project. The renovation saw the resurfacing of the track, the addition of additional amenities, and a completely modernized look inside and out. The last renovation project completed was in 2014. The renovation also added a new sound system and improved parking areas. The result was a much-needed face-lift for the iconic speedway. The renovation also allowed for the construction of a new grandstand that is now the centerpiece of the track. The new grandstand opened in 1995, featuring a completely renovated and expanded version of what was originally known as “The Oven”, the original structure built in 1960 that resembled a tractor-trailer.

1995:

The track was renamed the “Bristol Motor Speedway” after the city of Bristol, Tennessee, approved a major renovation project. The renovation saw the resurfacing of the track, the addition of additional amenities, and a completely modernized look inside and out. The last renovation project completed was in 2014. The renovation also added a new sound system and improved parking areas. The result was a much-needed face-lift for the iconic speedway. The renovation also allowed for the construction of a new grandstand that is now the centerpiece of the track. The new grandstand opened in 1995, featuring a completely renovated and expanded version of what was originally known as “The Oven”, the original structure built in 1960 that resembled a tractor-trailer.

1999:

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