Jimmie Johnson scored his second consecutive win of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season when he took the checkered flag in Monday's rain-delayed Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Johnson followed up his win at Texas Motor Speedway with his 82nd career series win, which was only his second at Bristol.
“This track has been really difficult for me over the years,” said Johnson, who led 81 of 500 laps. “Huge credit to Mr. Hendrick and the place he lets us work. My guys nailed their pit stops all day long. This track has always been very racy. Now that we can run two or three-wide, we can put on a heckuva show."
Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. (Read More), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Denny Hamlin completed the first 10 finishers.
Larson and Truex Jr. won the day’s opening two stages.
The race was slowed by nine cautions. There were seven race leaders and 14 changes for the lead.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Richmond International Raceway for next Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400.
It's been a long time coming for Ray Perrotta to finally get that 8th career win. Ray's last victory came July 2013 at New Hampshire. After nearly 4 years and 132 races later, Ray finally breaks the league's longest winless streak and gets back to victory lane. Ray scored a total of 212 races to win the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Food City 500 Top 5 Finishers
1. Ray Perrotta
2. Nate Bishop
3. Kevin Sullivan
4. Harry Jeffery
5. Charquillia Addison
Erik Jones came back from an early race penalty to win Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Jones outraced Ryan Blaney in a race to the checkered flag after a late restart to score his second straight series win after his Texas triumph two weeks ago. He’s the first driver to score a repeat win this season and Jones made it two straight spring race wins at Bristol.
He was penalized for speeding on pit road on lap 230 but was able to get back to the front, which included making contact with race leader Blaney in the late going.
"That's part of racing. I knew I pushed the issue," Jones explained of the contact.
From that point he stayed at the front and outraced Suarez in a three-lap shootout to the checkered flag.
"I didn't think we had the car to do it, especially after the speeding penalty but the cards fell our way,” Jones said.
Blaney was forced to settle for third, but his car was found to be too low in post race inspection. The team will face penalties announced later this week. Joe Gibbs Racing suffered a similar infraction earlier the season, which resulted in a 10 point penalty, $10,000 fine and a crew chief suspension of one race.
After seven races into the season, we already have two rookie winners. At Phoenix, Rodger Pitts went to victory lane for the first time and now at Bristol Bobby Ericson gets his first career win. Bobby scored a total of 221 points to win the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300. Bobby was the lowest rookie in the standings but now he gains a lot of ground in the rookie of the year race. He also gained 6 spots in the standings to climb up to 41st place. Bobby may have a chance to make the Chase in his first season but he'll have some more work to do to get inside the top 25.
Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 Finishers
1. Bobby Ericson
2. Joseph Cardwell
3. Greg Eichele
4. Joe Tenpenny
5. Ray Perrotta
Chase Elliott won Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
Elliott scored his second career series win as he drove his GMS Racing Chevrolet to Victory Lane. Elliott’s first win came in 2013 when he took the checkered flag at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
“It’s so great to win at Martinsville,” Elliott said. “That was a fun short track race and I hope it leads to more tomorrow (in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500).”
Elliott took advantage of contact between Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric to speed by for the top spot on lap 234 and was able stay in front the rest of the way.
“Obviously, we had a little help with (Bell’s) misfortune, but once we got by him, I thought our truck was a little better than his,” Elliott said. “That last restart was wild. It was just a matter of getting by (Sauter) quickly and doing it decently, in a quick manner. Luckily, we only had to do it once with it staying green until the end.”
Elliott led twice for 92 laps including the final 17.
Johnny Sauter finished second to give GMS a 1-2 finish, but the veteran driver was disappointed with the finish.
The Truck series returned for the third race of the season at Martinsville. It is a track that Marianne Anderson has found success at before, she won her first race there in the 2013 season. Marianne found some of that luck again this year after going back to victory lane there again. Marianne scored a total of 253 points, the most points scored by anyone this year and just one point shy of tying the record. Her second Martinsville win is her fifth career win. It also gains her 10 spots in the standings to climb all the way up to 3rd place.
Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Top 5 Finishers
1. Marianne Anderson
2. Randy Cook
3. Brian Blair
4. Matt Minnich
5. Nate Bishop
Lucky Dog Racing finished in second place for 2 years in a row to P10 Select. For the 2017 season they are looking to finally get their 5th championship. This year they have another strong team. Randy Cook is the defending LROC champion and he will be leading the charge for the team again.
Joining Randy will be Jose Rodriguez who is no stranger to championships. Jose won the Cup series championship last season and now has titles in all three series. He'd love to add a LROC Championship as well. Lou Demian keeps his LROC streak appearance going to 10 straight years after he won the Xfinity series.
Greg Miller won the Truck series championship but is ineligible to run for Lucky Dog Racing since he is the team owner of Fantasy Sport Site. Nate Bishop represents Lucky Dog Racing for the first time after winning the Yahoo group championship. Ray Perrotta returns for the 2nd time after winning the Streak to the finish title. Jessy Turgeon also returns for a 2nd time after a long 7 year absence. Jessy won the Chaser Eraser last year.
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