Bristol points, results: The first round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs ended with the third straight win by a non-playoff driver. Chris Buescher On Saturday, Bristol Motor Speedway ended its 222-race unbeaten streak.
It was the first points win as team owner for Brad Keselowski, who joined Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing this season. No. 17 victory for Ford was the team’s first since July 1, 2017 at Daytona International Speedway with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Buescher, who won for the first time since his victory on August 1, 2016 at Pocono Raceway, became the 19th winner of the Cup Series this year. setting a modern era record set in 2001.. The No. 17 Ford driver drove a race-record 169 of the 500 laps (including the last 61) and beat him by 0.458 seconds more. Chase Elliott.
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For the first time in the NASCAR playoff era (beginning in 2004), non-playoff drivers had three wins in a row.
This is the first time Bush and Harvick have been eliminated in the first round of the knockout playoff format, which began in 2014.
Regular season champion Chase Elliott will enter the first round of the second round at Texas Motor Speedway leading the seeded table in points ahead of Joey Logano, Ross ChastainKyle Larson, William Byron Denny HamlinChristopher Bell Ryan Blaney, Chase Briscoe, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez as well as Austin Sindrik.
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Take a look at the winners and losers on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway:
Non-Playoff Drivers − Chris Buescher achieved a clean win for the non-playoff riders who won each of the three races in the first round. Eric Jones won at Darlington, Bubba Wallace won at Kansas and Buescher won at Bristol. This is Bucher’s second Cup victory. He led a race-record 169 laps out of 500.
RFK Racing – Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski cumulatively 278 laps lead. Keselowski, who won the stage, finished 13th after the leader’s tire burst. Buescher gave the team their first points win since Keselowski took over at the start of the season.
Christopher Bell — Finished fourth and won the stage to score a playoff point in the second round. In the first round, the average score is 4.0.
William Byron — After placing one in the top 10 in the last 18 races of the regular season, Byron finished in the top 10 in each of the three races in the first round. He was eighth at Darlington, sixth at Kansas and third at Bristol.
Austin Sindrik — There were four laps less than 100 laps in the race, but he kept going. Problems with others helped him secure a final spot to advance to the second round despite finishing 20th, seven laps behind the leaders.
Next generation short track car Some durability issues have created problems for the teams, with drivers stating that the cars go too fast to race well at Bristol. There is work to be done on this car.
Kevin Harvick — His race at Darlington was ended by a fire. His race in Kansas ended in a crash when two cars ahead knocked him out. When he was able to challenge for the lead late at Bristol, his left front wheel came off and he had to go back to the pits to put it back on. It cost him his chance to win and ended his title hopes. A fire, an accident, and a blown tire are some of the main concerns of a new car this year.
Richard Childress Racing – All four playoff drivers associated with this team, whether past, present or future, have failed to advance. RCR drivers Tyler Reddick as well as Austin Dillon failed to advance, as did Kevin Harvick, who played for RCR in the Cup from 2001 to 2013, and Kyle Bushwho will join the team in 2023.
Kyle Bush – Two engine failures in the first round robbed him of his last chance to win a third cup championship with Joe Gibbs Racing.
BRISTOL, Tennessee. The Next Gen car endured a durability nightmare on its debut at the hard concrete Bristol Motor Speedway with power steering failures, blown tires and mechanical gremlins.
On top of that, doing the 500 laps on Saturday night on the 0.533 mile long oval with a high grade was difficult.
There were 12 leader changes (only four under green), the fewest in more than 13 years at Bristol, as the lack of tire wear made it easier for the leader to control the race. Race winner Chris Buescher led the final 61 laps after a two-wheel stop, with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing maintaining a solid lead over runner-up. Chase Elliott (who took four tires at his last stop).
“Just went from being able to lead a parade to participating in a parade,” 10th– place finisher Kevin Harvick said Dillon Welch of NBC Sports. “It’s just hard to get through. The car is turning too fast. Can’t race.”
The lack of off-road capability, combined with reliability issues, has sparked a new round of complaints about the car, which has come under increasing criticism in recent weeks for hard knocks and faulty components. Next Gen marks the first time in NASCAR’s 74-year history that the premier Cup series has used a “special” model in which virtually all parts and chassis are made and sourced from a single source for an entire area.
We need NextGen 2.0. It remains to be seen who will pay for it.
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) September 18, 2022
“The transfer was just not possible,” Hamlin told NBC Sports’ Dave Burns. “It was the kind of day where you had to stay ahead at all costs and we just couldn’t do it and ended up having a blown tire that sent us back and from that point on we were trying to catch up.
“(The next generation) was hard. I would like the racing to improve in general. Slight change in lap times. We just run there and we seem to be running faster in the corners than in the straights. It’s just very hard to get through. We had some steering issues and it looks like our Toyota teammates had some steering issues too.”
All six Toyotas on the field had tire problems (Hamlin, Christopher Bell), steering (Martin Truex Jr., Bubba Wallace, Ty Gibbs) or engine (Kyle Bush), and there were plenty of tire problems all over the field.
Having completed (and won) the first stage of 125 laps without changing tires, Brad Keselowski he mysteriously suffered a flat tire while leading with 87 laps remaining. But the owner of the winning team defended Next Gen’s throughput, acknowledging that it still needs to be improved.
“I restarted third (140 pounds) and was able to get around the front two cars to get ahead,” Keselowski said. “I feel like yes, I can get through. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t supposed to be easy either. Would I like us to keep working on cars? Absolutely. I’ve said it to NASCAR before, and I’ve said it to the media before, and I’ll say it again: if the next generation car looks the same as this year’s car, then we’ve failed. We must continue to grow. We must keep learning. We must continue to make it better.
“There are probably some car owners who don’t want to hear this because it costs money to replace a car, but like anything else, when you create something new, like…