Keselowski grabs race at Bristol, 2nd win in a week

Tanya Simon
June 5, 2020

He had just one trip around the.533-mile concrete bullring to close the victory.

Noah Gragson claimed his second Xfinity Series win of the year after late-race contact between him and teammate Justin Allgaier resulted in an Allgaier wreck. It marked the third consecutive Bristol race that Allgaier has led at least 100 laps and didn't celebrate in Victory Lane.

Sure, Elliott understands he can't win them all, but he has flirted with victory in four of the five Cup races since NASCAR resumed competition May 17 after a 10-week shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic.

"My plan was to move him when I got to him", Bowyer said about Keselowski.

After the race, Logano and Elliott could be seen in the pits and they were not social distancing. The Ford driver shot under the two cars and into the lead while Elliott and Logano were against the outside wall. After Logano had retrieved his mandatory face mask, he approached Elliott for a brief conversation.

Asked his take on the incident, Logano said, "He wrecked me". The part that's frustrating is that afterwards a simple apology - like be a man and come up to someone and say, 'Hey, my bad'.

"I think you have to be a little bit hard-headed to do this job, and you have to find a way to improve and just you have to kind of shake it off", Gustafson said after Elliott won at Charlotte.

Where most participants just seemed happy to be able to compete when NASCAR first started back, Bowyer said something seems to be missing racing just in front of a TV audience.

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"That deal with the 9 (Elliott) and the 22 (Logano), you get out of the auto right there and this place would have been standing on end", Bowyer said. "I just got loose and got into him".

Rounding out the top five were Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch and Erik Jones, respectively. If Stenhouse can be reined in, he could easily challenge for a top-10. Blaney would keep it off the wall, but get collected hard by Ty Dillon's No. 13 Chevy.

The year started off looking like it would be strong from the get-go for Stenhouse and company, as he rocketed to the pole for the Daytona 500 back in February and followed that up with a third-place finish at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway the next week. Blaney would get hung with his second DNF of the season.

It was another rough race for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who rebounded from three poor finishes with a fourth-place Thursday night at Charlotte. Races have been held without fans and with condensed one-day schedules.

Keselowski, hoping to get an extension with Team Penske, won the 600 when a caution with two laps to go snatched the win from Elliott. "It was a bummer".

Brad Keselowski (2) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn.

The victory dropped into Keselowski's lap when Chase Elliott and Joey Logano collided as they raced for the win.

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