Food City 500 Race Rewind: Our Top 10
Putting the lid on the Food City 500 weekend, let's take a quick look back at the race, and the top 10 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.
1) Brad Keselowski: Entered the Food City 500 one point and one position behind leader Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Involved in a chain-reaction, accordion accident with less than 50 to go, running in to the back of Jamie McMurray when something let go on Kevin Harvick's machine and dropped fluid on the track. The Penske team cut off the rumpled hood and sent the 2012 series champ on his way. He finished 14th, on the lead lap and grabbed the point lead by 11 over Earnhardt.
2) Dale Earnhardt, Jr: After running well early, completely fell out of contention as the day grew longer and track conditions changed. Trying to become only the second driver - joining Richard Petty - to start the season with four consecutive top-two finishes, Earnhardt finished 24th, four laps down and 10 points out of the season standings.
3) Jeff Gordon: The winner of four straight Food City 500s in the early '90s, Gordon entered the weekend having finished 14th, 14th, 35th and 34th respectively in the last four. His seventh-place finish in the race came after working his way through the field and sitting one point behind Earnhardt in the standings.
4) Carl Edwards: A two-time winner at The Last Great Colosseum, in the last four races at BMS, Edwards had not finished better than 18th and twice wound up 39th. But a strategic call in the pits gave him his first Food City 500 win and a two-spot jump in the points. [View This Great Video With Carl And His New Sword]
5) Jimmie Johnson: Since earning his first win in his 17th try at Bristol, the six-time champ has struggled on the high banks. His average finish in the last three races is 25.66, including 29th Sunday.
6) Joey Logano: Has one pole and nine top-10 qualifying runs in 11 starts but his runs have not translated to finishes. Despite leading laps in three of the last four races, the best finish for the Penske Ford driver in that stretch is fifth.
7) Denny Hamlin: Rebounding from the year-to-forget in 2013, Hamlin is the Charles Dickens of BMS - A Tale of Two Cities. After recording six top-10 finishes in his first eight races at Bristol, including a second and a third, Hamlin has finished lower than 20th five times in the last eight races. But, he does have a win in that stretch. A strong sixth Sunday was his best finish since a second in the season opener.
8) Matt Kenseth: Nine top-10s in the last 13 races at Bristol, but only one in the last four - a win last August. Has led laps in the last six consecutive races at BMS and more than 100 three times, including 165, the most of any driver, Sunday. But a freak accident getting slammed from behind under caution, turned a long day's journey into night and he finished 13th.
9) Ryan Newman: The driver who held the qualifying record for a decade has 13 top-10s finishes at Bristol but only two in the last five. Strong at times Sunday but finished 16th.
10) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr: Finished 16th and 18th in two previous races at Bristol. Second-place run Sunday not only was his best Cup finish at Bristol but the best run of his young career.