There was another wild finish in NASCAR at the Food City Presents Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Race winner Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Discount Tire Ford for Team Penske, summed up eventful race as, “So much beating and banging. Oh my goodness. We have all been cooped up in our houses too long, came to Bristol and took out some aggression I guess.” Keselowski went on to say, “Early on in the race everybody was hitting each other. It carried in all the way to the end. Some people ran me over. I probably ran some people over. Everybody is mad at everybody going into Atlanta next week.”
The most notable hit in the race happened in the final laps of the NASCAR Cup Series race when the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Chase Elliott drifted into the side of
Joey Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford at Turn 3. The bump moved both cars up into the wall, allowing Keselowski to take over the lead and take the eventual checkered flag.
Elliott has had a very eventful season since the NASCAR season resumed from the COVID-19 shutdown. He was knocked out of the rain-shortened Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 20th as he was working his way to the front of the pack. He finished second after a late pit stop at the Coca-Cola 600 which needed extra laps to settle on May 24th at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He went on to win the second NASCAR Cup Series race of the week at Charlotte, the Alsco Uniforms 500 just 4 days later.
Elliott took the blame for the crash that caused him to finish 22nd and Legano to finish 21st on Sunday, “Trying to get a run underneath him and got really loose in, and I don’t know if I had a tire going down or just got loose on entry. As soon as I turned off the wall I had zero chance in making it, so I’ll certainly take the blame…I hate we both wrecked, but we can’t go back in time now.”
Going into Atlanta next week for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Kevin Harvick leads the Cup Series so far with Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Alex Bowman all less than 90 points behind the leader.