Posted by Brandon Whitton – follow on twitter @whittonbm
August 22, 2016
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
Kevin Harvick – As hard as it may be to fathom, the victory in yesterday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race was only the second of the year for Harvick and the No. 4 Busch Beer Chevrolet team. Harvick soldiered through the field after a poor 24th place qualifying effort to lead 128 laps en route to his second career win at Bristol and 33rd of his career.
“For me, I was excited that you were able to use the bottom of the racetrack, and the lap cars had an option. You just didn’t get pinned up high. Really just want to applaud the racetrack for the effort that they made this weekend to really get that bottom groove working so that we had multiple grooves of racing, and I think today as a driver you had a lot of options to make your car work and maneuver through traffic and make up positions. We started 24th and pretty much drove through the field because of that.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Another Bristol weekend was successful for the two-time Xfinity Series Champion Stenhouse Jr., who tied his career best finish with a second place effort Sunday afternoon after starting 25th. Stenhouse competed with his late friend Bryan Clauson very close in mind, driving with a replica helmet of Clauson’s, a Fastenal paint scheme that Clauson used in the late 2000’s, and his name above the driver door.
“We really wanted to get this Bryan Clauson tribute car in victory lane. It just wasn’t meant to be today. We made our car a lot faster throughout the race and came from two laps down to get back on the lead lap. We missed some wrecks and gave it all we had. I thought we were matching the 4 car there lap for lap, but he got away from us and we had to restart sixth there on that last restart, but it was an honor to drive this car.”