Rowdy Going for the Bristol Sweep

The Monster Energy Cup Series returns to Bristol for some Saturday night racing with the Bass Pro Shop Night Race.

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Running the triple this weekend, Kyle Busch has already won two of the three races from the pole and is looking for the weekend sweep.

This week it took Kyle Larson’s team four attempts to make it through inspection. If a team fails one part of the inspection process, then they have to go through the entire process again.

After three rounds of qualifying Erik Jones won the pole and will bring the field down for the green flag.

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The starting lineup for the Bass Pro Shop Night Race:
Erik Jones
Kyle Larson
Kasey Kahne – moved to the back of the field for an unapporoved tire change
Chase Elliott
Matt Kenseth
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
Jamie McMurray
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
David Ragan
Trevor Bayne
Jimmie Johnson
Ty Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Danica Patrick
Kurt Busch
Michael McDowell
Paul Menard
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
J.J. Yeley
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Cole Whitt
Landon Cassill
Matt DiBenedetto
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
Gray Gaulding
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase

Stages one and two of the race are 125 laps in length with stage three lasting 250 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track.

In his first career pole, Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front of Kyle Larson for the lead.

Lap four Chase Elliott passes Erik Jones for the lead.

Brad Keselowski has a flat tire and needs to get to pit road. He missed pit road on his first attempt.

Lap seven Erik ones passes Chase Elliott to retake the lead.

Lap 10 the top three are Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, and Matt Kenseth. Jones has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson.

Lap 18 Kyle Larson battles Erik Jones for the lead of the race but Jones holds on to the lead with 36 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 22 Dale Earnhardt Jr has moved up to 19th place after starting in 31st.

Lap 40 Erik Jones has a half second lead on Matt Kenseth with Chase Elliott in third place. After starting in 18th place, Kyle Busch has moved up to seventh place.

Lap 50 Kyle Larson passes Erik Jones to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 55 Kyle Larson has pulled out ot a lead of over half a second on Erik Jones.

Lap 59 Joey Gase gets the black flag because his window net is down.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 61 when Aric Almirola has a flat tire.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola was caught speeding on pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 68 with Kyle Larson getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 70 Kyle Busch has moved into third place. Busch is going for the sweep after winning the CWTS on Wednesday and the Xfinity Series on Friday.

Lap 76 Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 89 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 94 Kyle Bush passes Chase Elliott to take over second place.

Lap 104 Kyle Busch has cut the distance behind leader Kyle Larson to less than two seconds.

Lap 109 Kyle Larson’s lead is down to under a second on Kyle Busch with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 111 Kyle Larson’s lead is now down to less than half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 113 Kyle Busch has caught Kyle Larson and is challenging for the lead as the leads encounter lapped traffic.

From the outside lane Kyle Busch passes Kyle Larson on lap 115 to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 117 Kyle Larson has passed Kyle Busch to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 121 Kyle Busch challenges Kyle Larson for the lead and on lap 125 Busch finally gets around Kyle Larson for the lead.

Kyle Busch wins stage one for his tenth stage win of the season.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Erik ones
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Matt Kenseth
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson

Erik Jones wins the race off of pit road. Kyle Busch comes out in sixth. With speeding issues on pit road a problem, Busch was more conservative coming down pit road.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 136.

Lap 137 Kyle Busch has already moved up to third place.

Lap 140 Kyle Busch has moved up to second place just under a half second behind leader Erik Jones.

Lap 148 Erik Jones continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch a half second behind.

Lap 155 Erik Jones continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch in second a half a second behind.

Lap 167 Kyle Busch passes Erik Jones to take the lead of the race.

Lap 170 Kyle Busch as pulled out to a half second lead on Erik Jones.

Lap 176 Kyle Busch continues to hold a half second lead on Erik Jones with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 179 Erik Jones has cuaght up with Kyle Busch and is challenging Kyle Busch for the lead and on lap 180 Erik Jones retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 188 Erik Jones has a quarter of a second lead on Kyle Busch. Busch reports that his car is tight.

Kyle Bush passes Erik Jones to retake the lead of the race.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings out the caution flag after cutting a tire and brushing the wall.

Paul Menard is the “lucky dog”.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 207. Martin Truex Jr had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a loose tire. While on pit road, Truex was charged with a tire violation and had to make a pass through penalty.

Matt Kenseth challenges Kyle Busch for the lead on lap 216 but Busch holds on to the lead and pulls a way.

AJ Allmendinger’s car is smoking and he has to bring his car down pit road.

The caution flag comes out on lap 232 when Austin Dillon and Jeffrey Earnhardt get into a wreck.

Kasey Kahne also has damage to his car after hitting BJ McLeod from the rear when he couldn’t get the car slowed down.

Once pit road opened some of the drivers came down pit road for service.

Kyle Bush wins the race off of pit road but some drivers stayed out on the track.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 243 and gets out in front of Jimmie Johnson for the lead. Kyle Busch is in ninth place.

Matt Kenseth wins stage two.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Matt Kenseth
Jimmie Johnson
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Newman
Erik Jones
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Clint Bowyer

Drivers who did not stop during the last caution bring their cars down pit road for service.

Matt Kenseth was caught speeding on pit road.

Erik Jones brings the field own for the green flag start of stage three on la 257 with Kyle Busch moving into second place.

Lap 267 Erik Jones has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 275 Kurt Busch went to the top of the track and hit the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 282 Erik Jones has a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 288 Erik Jones’ lead has increased to over half a second with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 293 Erik Jones has a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 307 Erik Jones has a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 317 Erik Jones has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 323 Erik Jones has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 325 Aric Almirola is trying to get down to pit road after making contact with the wall. He makes is to pit road and the trck stays green.

Lap 332 Erik Jones passes Joey Logano to put him a lap down. There are 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 347 Erik Jones has a lead of nearly two seconds over Kyle Busch.

Lap 354 Ty Dillon brings out the sixth caution flag of the race after hitting the wall. Trevor Bayne also hit the wall.

All drivers can make it to the end of the race after this pit stop.

Erik Jones wins the race off of pit road. Kyle Busch comes out in fourth.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag 0restart on lap 360.

Passing Erik Jones on the outside, Kyle Busch takes over the lead on lap 361.

Lap 366 Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Erik Jones with 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 374 Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly half a second on Erik Jones.

Lap 387 Kyle Busch leads Erik Jones.

Chase Elliott brings out the caution flag on lap 396 when he spins out after making contact with Kevin Harvick. Ty Dillon also has some damage to his car.

Kyle Larson has a pit stop of over 16 seconds.

Erik Jones wins the race off of pit road with Matt Kenseth second and Kyle Busch third.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 402 and gets out in front of Matt Kenseth for the lead of the race.

Ninety-five laps remaining in the race, Erik Jones lead the race with Kyle Busch in fourth place.

Lap 410 Erik Jones has a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick with Matt Kenseth in third and Kyle Busch in fourth.

Landon Cassill hits the outside wall hard and brings out the eighth caution flag of the race. Chase Elliott is the “lucky dog”.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr was caught speeding on pit road.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 421 and gets out in front of Matt Kenseth for the lead but Kyle Busch passes Kenseth to take over second place.

Lap 426 Matt Kenseth retakes second place from Kyle Busch.

With 67 laps remaining in the race, Erik Jones has a lead of over half a second on Matt Kenseth.

Lap 443 Kyle Busch takes second place from Matt Kenseth and one lap later gets around Erik Jones for the lead of the race.

Lap 457 Kyle Busch holds on to his lead with a lead of nearly a second over Matt Kenseth. Erik Jones is in third.

Erik Jones and Matt Kenseth get into a bump fest as they battle for second place.

With 32 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 472 Kyle Busch as a lead of a second on Erik Jones with Matt Kenseth over two seconds behind.

With only 25 laps to go, Erik Jones’ team keeps telling him, “don’t push it.” There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

With just 16 laps to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of just over half a second on Erik Jones.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch threads the needle of lapped traffic with Erik Jones on his bumper.

With five laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones have cleared the lapped traffic and have set their sights on the finish line.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Bush wins the race to sweep the weekend – a feat done only once before in 2010 by Kyle Busch. It is also Busch’s 40th Monster Energy Cup win.

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The unofficial results of the Bass Pro Night Race:
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Denny Hamlin
Matt Kenseth
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Trevor Bayne
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
Jamie McMurray
Joey Logano
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Daniel Suarez
Paul Menard
David Ragan
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Michael McDowell
Martin Truex Jr
AJ Allmendinger
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Kasey Kahne
Danica Patrick
Matt DiBenedetto
Chris Buescher
Corey LaJoie
Brad Keselowski
J.. Yeley
Gray Gaulding
BJ McLeod
Cole Whitt
Joey Gase
Landon Cassill
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
Reed Sorenson
Austin Dillon
Jeffrey Earnhardt


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