Race Weekend Wrap Up
- Harvick wins Bristol:#4-Kevin Harvick won the rain delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Bristol and 33rd career win. Harvick came from the 24th starting spot to win, the deepest in the field a Bristol winner has started since Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag from 30th in the 2004 Night Race. The race was suspended because of rain after 48 laps on Saturday night and resumed on Sunday after showers blew through the area by late afternoon.
- Harvick had his team owner, #14-Tony Stewart, join him in doing donuts and celebrating the victory on the frontstretch.
- #17-Stenhouse Jr. (ties his career best finish) finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #3-Dillon, #34-Buescher, #19-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #47-Allmendinger and #22-Logano.
- #18-Busch led the most laps, 256 of 500, before crashing out on lap 357 finishing 39th.
- #34-Buescher's 5th place finish moves him into the top 30 of drivers points and eligible for the Chase.
- There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers and 9 cautions for 106 yellow flag laps and 3 red flags for rain.
- #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 27 points over #2-Brad Keselowski.
Gordon will not race at Michigan: NBC Sports Dustin Long tweeted that Jeff Gordon says he will NOT race the #88 car next week at Michigan because of a prior commitment.
UPDATE: Jeff Gordon says he will not drive the #88 Chevy for Dale Earnhardt Jr. next weekend at Michigan because of a prior commitment. "I didn't know I was going to be doing all of this," Gordon said. Gordon would not say what the commitment was but said he would only be at Michigan on race day. Hendrick Motorsports confirmed that Alex Bowman will drive the #88 at Michigan if Earnhardt is unable to race. Bowman drove for Earnhardt last month at New Hampshire and finished 26th. Earnhardt has not said what his status for Michigan is. Thursday, Earnhardt posted a series of pictures and videos on his Instagram account showing some of the physical and mental exercises he is doing to aid his recovery. Gordon said it's simple why he's not driving at Michigan. "I can't be there all weekend," he said. Gordon said he would be available to run in the Southern 500 at Darlington if Earnhardt was still unable to be back in the car by the Sept. 4 race.(NBC Sports)(8-19-2016)
Earnhardt Jr. shares detail on concussion treatment: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss his fifth consecutive race this week as he recovers from a concussion, and he gave his Instagram followers a peek into his rehab Thursday. Earnhardt posted a series of videos that he said are to help with his balance and gaze stability -- the ability to focus on an object in the distance while moving his head. One of the videos shows him doing steps as well as having someone throw a ball at a wall behind him, and then he turns and catches the ball on the rebound. In the post showing some of the physical exercises, Earnhardt wrote: "Simple stuff but it's really helping." Other posts included eye charts he is supposed to read while shaking his head -- "Bout got them memorized," he wrote in a post -- and in another, he talks about a computerized three-dimensional program, which crosses his eyes and trains his eyes to work together. The results are sent to his doctors online. Earnhardt is expected to see doctors next week, which could determine when he returns to racing. See full article atESPN.com.(8-19-2016)
NEXT RACE: This Sunday at Michigan International Speedway; TV on NBCSN at 11 a.m. PT
FORCE, WORSHAM, SKILLMAN AND HINES RACE TO WINNER'S CIRCLE AT LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS
Brittany Force raced to victory in Top Fuel Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Del Worsham (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 17th event of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. This is the penultimate event of the regular season.
NEXT RACE: Indianapolis, Aug. 31-Sept.5, with the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway for the final race of the regular season.
ABC Supply 500 postponed until Monday by rain
About the only thing to slow Mikhail Aleshin this weekend at Pocono Raceway is Mother Nature. Heavy rain on Sunday forced postponement of the ABC Supply 500 at the "Tricky Triangle" until noon ET Monday (NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network). The green flag for the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile oval is scheduled to wave at 12:09 p.m. The forecast for Monday calls for sunny skies and a high temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
The delay forces Aleshin, who Saturday became the first Russian driver in Indy car annals to win a pole position, to wait an extra day to lead the 22-car field to the green flag.
The IndyCar race is currently underway!
NEXT RACE: This Saturday, Aug. 27, to complete the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway; TV on NBCSN at 6:15 p.m. PT
AT SONOMA RACEWAY
- Wednesday Night Drags and Sonoma Drift this Wednesday!