Joey Logano holds off late surge by Kevin Harvick to win Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

2Joey Logano held off the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion and current points leader, Kevin Harvick, by 0.220 seconds to win Saturday night’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Logano, who also won the event last year, received his third series victory and 18th top-10 finish of the 2015 season, his 11th series career victory in 243 races and his second series victory in 14 races at the track in “thunder valley.”

Following Logano and Harvick to the drop of the checkered flag were pole-sitter Denny Hamlin finishing third, Jimmie Johnson fourth and Clint Bowyer finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Brad Keselowski claiming sixth-place, Carl Edwards seventh, Kyle Busch (led the most laps – 192 out of 500) eighth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ninth and Ryan Newman brought home 10th-place.

With his second-place finish, Kevin Harvick leaves Bristol with a 43-point lead over tonight’s winner, Joey Logano.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 96.891 MPH
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 45 Mins, 05 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.220 Seconds
Lead Changes: 14 among 5 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 52 laps

Up Next: The series takes their final “off-weekend” of season this coming weekend, and they return to action on Sunday, September 6th, at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500. The race is scheduled to get started around 7:20 p.m. (ET) on NBC.

IRWIN Tools Night Race Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 22 Joey Logano 500 Running 176 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick 500 Running 0 42 0
3 11 Denny Hamlin 500 Running 54 42 1
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 500 Running 0 40 0
5 15 Clint Bowyer 500 Running 0 39 0
6 2 Brad Keselowski 500 Running 4 39 1
7 19 Carl Edwards 500 Running 74 38 1
8 18 Kyle Busch 500 Running 192 38 2
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 500 Running 0 35 0
10 31 Ryan Newman 500 Running 0 34 0
11 1 Jamie McMurray 500 Running 0 33 0
12 51 Justin Allgaier 500 Running 0 32 0
13 3 Austin Dillon 500 Running 0 31 0
14 41 Kurt Busch 499 Running 0 30 0
15 6 Trevor Bayne 498 Running 0 29 0
16 5 Kasey Kahne 498 Running 0 28 0
17 43 Aric Almirola 497 Running 0 27 0
18 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 497 Running 0 26 0
19 14 Tony Stewart 497 Running 0 25 0
20 24 Jeff Gordon 496 Running 0 24 0
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 496 Running 0 23 0
22 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 496 Running 0 0 0
23 13 Casey Mears 496 Running 0 21 0
24 27 Paul Menard 496 Running 0 20 0
25 16 Greg Biffle 496 Running 0 19 0
26 47 AJ Allmendinger 495 Running 0 18 0
27 10 Danica Patrick 495 Running 0 17 0
28 78 Martin Truex Jr. 495 Running 0 16 0
29 35 Cole Whitt 495 Running 0 15 0
30 34 Brett Moffitt # 495 Running 0 14 0
31 95 Michael McDowell 495 Running 0 13 0
32 7 Alex Bowman 494 Running 0 12 0
33 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 493 Running 0 11 0
34 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 492 Running 0 0 0
35 32 Josh Wise 491 Running 0 9 0
36 38 David Gilliland 488 Running 0 8 0
37 33 Mike Bliss (i) 486 Running 0 0 0
38 40 Landon Cassill (i) 480 Running 0 0 0
39 98 Timmy Hill (i) 476 Running 0 0 0
40 55 David Ragan 443 Accident 0 4 0
41 42 Kyle Larson 356 Accident 0 3 0
42 20 Matt Kenseth 110 Engine 0 2 0
43 46 Michael Annett 0 Engine 0 1 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings
After Race 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 4 Kevin Harvick 908 Leader 24 2 17 21 1
2 22 Joey Logano 865 -43 24 3 14 18 0
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 819 -89 24 2 11 15 1
4 2 Brad Keselowski 793 -115 24 1 5 16 1
5 48 Jimmie Johnson 792 -116 24 4 11 16 0
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. 771 -137 24 1 7 16 2
7 20 Matt Kenseth 753 -155 24 3 9 15 2
8 41 Kurt Busch 713 -195 21 2 8 13 0
9 11 Denny Hamlin 712 -196 24 1 8 11 1
10 1 Jamie McMurray 696 -212 24 0 2 7 1
11 31 Ryan Newman 683 -225 24 0 4 12 1
12 27 Paul Menard 674 -234 24 0 2 4 1
13 24 Jeff Gordon 672 -236 24 0 3 12 1
14 19 Carl Edwards 666 -242 24 1 2 8 2
15 15 Clint Bowyer 655 -253 24 0 2 10 0
16 43 Aric Almirola 620 -288 24 0 1 1 1
Points Outside the Top 16
17 5 Kasey Kahne 618 -2 24 0 2 6 2
18 16 Greg Biffle 572 -48 24 0 2 3 0
19 3 Austin Dillon 564 -56 24 0 1 4 2
20 42 Kyle Larson 551 -69 23 0 1 6 4
21 10 Danica Patrick 525 -95 24 0 0 2 1
22 13 Casey Mears 516 -104 24 0 0 1 3
23 47 AJ Allmendinger 515 -105 24 0 0 3 3
24 55 David Ragan 491 -129 24 0 1 1 3
25 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 476 -144 24 0 0 3 2
26 14 Tony Stewart 466 -154 24 0 0 2 4
27 6 Trevor Bayne 443 -177 24 0 0 2 3
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 434 -186 24 0 1 1 2
29 18 Kyle Busch 433 -187 13 4 5 7 2
30 51 Justin Allgaier 409 -211 24 0 0 1 3
Points Outside the Top 30
31 35 Cole Whitt 387 -22 24 0 0 0 1
32 38 David Gilliland 362 -47 24 0 0 0 2
33 7 Alex Bowman 304 -105 23 0 0 0 3
34 34 Brett Moffitt # 303 -106 20 0 0 1 0
35 46 Michael Annett 271 -138 24 0 0 0 2
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 263 -146 21 0 0 0 1
37 32 Josh Wise 202 -207 19 0 0 1 4
38 95 Michael McDowell 161 -248 11 0 0 0 0
39 26 Jeb Burton # 136 -273 18 0 0 0 3
40 33 Alex Kennedy # 93 -316 10 0 0 0 0
41 44 Reed Sorenson 41 -368 4 0 0 0 0
42 32 Bobby Labonte 39 -370 3 0 0 0 1
43 55 Brian Vickers 32 -377 2 0 0 0 0
44 55 Michael Waltrip 26 -383 2 0 0 0 0
45 66 Mike Wallace 8 -401 1 0 0 0 0
46 Eddie Macdonald 7 -402 1 0 0 0 0
47 Will Kimmel III 6 -403 1 0 0 0 0
48 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -407 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing
After Race 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Tony Stewart 4 2 473 Leader 23
2 Walter Czarnecki 22 3 432 -41 23
3 Rick Hendrick 88 2 410 -63 23
4 Gene Haas 41 2 407 -66 23
5 Roger Penske 2 1 401 -72 23
6 Jeff Gordon 48 4 393 -80 23
7 Barney Visser 78 1 381 -92 23
8 Joe Gibbs 20 3 372 -101 23
9 J D Gibbs 11 1 353 -120 23
10 Felix Sabates 1 0 346 -127 23
11 Richard Childress 31 0 345 -128 23
12 Richard Childress 27 0 343 -130 23
13 Rick Hendrick 24 0 339 -134 23
14 J D Gibbs 19 1 336 -137 23
15 Joe Gibbs 18 4 321 -152 23
16 Rob Kauffman 15 0 312 -161 23
17 Richard Petty 43 0 296 -177 23
18 Linda Hendrick 5 0 292 -181 23
19 Chip Ganassi 42 0 284 -189 23
20 Jack Roush 16 0 284 -189 23
21 Richard Childress 3 0 274 -199 23
22 Tony Stewart 10 0 263 -210 23
23 Bob Germain 13 0 261 -212 23
24 Tad Geschickter 47 0 253 -220 23
25 Richard Petty 9 0 234 -239 23
26 Margaret Haas 14 0 230 -243 23
27 Michael Waltrip 55 0 224 -249 23
28 John Henry 6 0 208 -265 23
29 John Henry 17 0 207 -266 23
30 Harry Scott Jr 51 0 204 -269 23
31 Bob Jenkins 35 0 202 -271 23
32 Brad Jenkins 38 0 193 -280 23
33 Jerry Freeze 34 0 188 -285 23
34 Michael Hillman 40 0 150 -323 23
35 Tommy Baldwin 7 0 144 -329 23
36 Ron Devine 83 0 136 -337 23
37 Joe Falk 33 0 134 -339 23
38 Harry Scott Jr 46 0 131 -342 23
39 Ron Devine 23 0 125 -348 23
40 Mike Curb 98 0 123 -350 23
41 Archie St Hilaire 32 0 106 -367 23
42 Glen Wood 21 0 101 -372 11
43 Bob Leavine 95 0 74 -399 13
44 Anthony Marlowe 26 0 60 -413 23
45 Rick Hendrick 25 0 47 -426 4
46 Jay Robinson 62 0 36 -437 23
47 John Cohen 44 0 12 -461 4
48 Jay Robinson 66 0 8 -465 4
49 Curtis Key 30 0 6 -467 8
50 Robby Benton 129 0 0 -473 4
51 Gordon Smith 139 0 0 -473 2

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 11 1066 Leader
2 Toyota 9 996 -70
3 Ford 4 995 -71

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