Who Won Bristol Motor Speedway? [Answered!]

Last night (July 4th), the fans, drivers, and teams of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series met at Bristol Motor Speedway for the annual NASCAR race. During the three-hour time period, there were 22 lead changes and 19 cautions. While some racers were able to pull away quickly after the start, leading to a first-place finish, others found themselves in an unexpected struggle. Luckily, there were still several top-five finishes amongst the mayhem to make this a special race for fans of all types. Here is a closer look at the key performances and a prediction for next year’s race.

Jimmie Johnson Leads The Charge At Bristol

Once the third and final practice session was over, fans, drivers, and teams headed to their cars for the traditional drivers’ photo-op. During that time, Jimmie Johnson, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, was having a phenomenal evening. After leading the first practice session, Johnson went on to lead the next two sessions with his team, Hendrick Motorsports, taking the top spot in all three. As the session drew to a close, Johnson had a smile on his face as he waved to the crowd. In total, the team collected eight championship points, the most of any team this evening. With the win, Johnson extends his points lead to 42 over second-place Kyle Busch, who had one race remaining in the regular season. The only other driver to beat Johnson this year in the regular season was Dale Earnhardt, who died last October. As the regular season winds down, the chase is on for the championship. Keep reading for more information on Johnson’s dominating performance at Bristol.

Kyle Busch Finishes Second

After Johnson’s dominating performance, many fans expected Kyle Busch, the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, to match or beat his feat. However, the former NASCAR star struggled a bit during the evening’s first race. Busch was running in the middle of the pack when he got into a wreck involving twenty or so cars during the first half of the race. The accident took out several front-runners, including eventual race winner Johnson. After getting caught up in the carnage, Busch settled into a respectable second place, which he kept for the rest of the evening. As the season winds down, Busch has a bit of a playoff race on his hands to determine who will claim the championship. Although he has the most wins in the standings, he also has the most losses. The losses have been the result of bad luck, but still, he should be very proud of what he accomplished this year.

Martin Truex Jr. Wins The ‘Devil’s Triangle’ In A Photo-op

During the drivers’ walkaround, we were treated to some funny moments as teams swapped stickers, signed autographs, and took selfies. However, the most interesting part of the evening had to be when the teams finally got into their cars to line up for the start of the race. As the cars were being lined up, the fans started singing “Happy Birthday” to veteran driver Martin Truex Jr., who was celebrating his birthday today. Realizing the fans had gone quiet, Truex Jr. looked amused as he waved to the crowd with his wife, Megan, by his side. The fans then broke out into a chant of “Happy Birthday” as Truex, Jr. smiled from ear to ear.

The fans had also sung “Happy Birthday” to Truex’s co-driver, Justin Allgaier, as they were getting their makeup done before the start of the race. To end the night on a high note, Truex, Jr. pulled off a dominant performance in the last race to take the checkered flag and the “Devil’s Triangle”—the intersection of State, Church, and Market Streets—for his team, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

There were a lot of happy faces around Bristol last night. Despite a few setbacks this year, the fans had a lot to be happy about. Many drivers struggled during the regular season, but they were able to put forth one final performance to satisfy the fans. Next year, the drivers will be looking for redemption as they chase a fifth championship. Stay tuned—more on this next week.

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