NASCAR at Bristol: Results, highlights from the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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The Monster Energy Cup Series continues Saturday from Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., with the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race as Kurt Busch took the checkered flag for his first victory of the season.

Originally scheduled for 7:28 p.m. ET, NASCAR moved the start of the race up an hour because of rain in the weather forecast. Kyle Larson, who earned pole position for the third time in 2018, finished second. Chase Elliott started alongside Larson and finished third. Brad Keselowski, the winner of last week’s Consumers Energy 400, finished 16th. Points leader Kyle Busch finished 20th after wrecking twice during the race. 

The last 75 laps of the race were plagued with multiple cautions, including a wreck involving Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and J.J. Yeley. Busch bumped the rear of Truex Jr.’s car, causing him to spin out and slam into the wall hitting Yeley in the process. Busch ended up wrecking with 18 laps to go after a flat tire caused him to spin out.  

Kurt Busch was able to ride out the cautions and hold off  Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott over the final ten laps for the victory. 

Sporting News has live updates and highlights throughout the race.

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Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race: Live updates, highlights

(All times Eastern)

9:48 — Kurt Busch takes the checkered flag at Bristol! Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Erik Jones follow Busch across the finish line. 

9:46 — Five laps to go. Kurt Busch is your leader. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Erik Jones round out the top five. 

9:44 — At the restart it’s Kurt Busch out in front followed by Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney. Ten laps to go. 

9:40 — Kyle Busch spins out due to a flat tire bringing out the caution with 18 laps to go. 

9:38 — Green flag’s back out signaling the restart. Kurt Busch takes the lead followed by Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Chris Buescher and Kyle Busch. 20 laps to go. 

9:34 — Caution’s out with 30 laps to go as Brad Keselowski hits the wall. Clint Bowyer is still your leader. Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Jimmie Johnson follow close behind. Keselowski’s okay stays out on the track.

9:33 — More from Martin Truex Jr.:

9:29 — The green flag’s back out and it’s Clint Bowyer in front followed by Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson and Austin Dillon. 

9:28 — “Sometimes you’re the nice guy and you get knocked out of the way. We’ll just have to race them a little harder next time,” said Martin Truex Jr. after he was released from infield care. 

9:25 — Martin Truex Jr.’s girlfriend weighs in:

9:24 — Martin Truex Jr. is not happy to say the least.

9:16 — Martin Truex Jr. is involved in a wreck with J.J. Yeley after Kyle Busch bumps the corner of his car. That brings out the caution with 69 laps to go. 

9:14 — Clint Bowyer is still your leader with 75 laps to go; Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and Chase Elliott round out the top five. 

9:07 — 100 laps to to. Your leader is Clint Bowyer followed by Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.

8:55 — At the restart, it’s Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon in front. 

8:51 — Reed Sorenson crashes on Turn Four and brings out the caution.

8:49 — Just 150 laps left at Bristol. Chase Elliott’s still your leader. He’s  followed by Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr.

8:42 — With 325 laps down, leader Chase Elliott’s pulled away from Kurt Busch who’s in second place.

8:40 — Several drivers starting to encounter issues with their cars.

8:34 — 200 laps to go and Chase Elliott is your new leader. Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer are right behind him. 

8:26 — The green flag’s out and the final stage is underway. The leader is Joey Logano followed by Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Aric Almirola. 

8:15  — Joey Logano takes Stage 2 as Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Aric Almirola and Ryan Blaney follow close behind. With 250 laps down, we’re halfway home.

8:03 — Green flag is back out signaling the restart and it’s Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Chase Eilliott and Aric Almirola at the front.  

7:59 — David Ragan wrecks on Turn 3 and that brings out the caution. Just under 200 laps down. Ryan Blaney is your leader. 

7:52 — At the 175-lap mark, it’s Chase Elliott in first, followed by Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola. 

7:45 — One hundred fifty laps in and it’s Chase Elliott out in front. Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Loey Logano and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

7:42 — Kevin Harvick jumps out front on the restart, followed by Chase Elliott. 

7:33 — With 125 laps in, that means Stage 1 is done. Ryan Blaney picks up the stage victory. He’s followed by Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola.

7:26 — One hundred laps in and it’s Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola in the top five. 

7:23 — Paul Menard is done for the night as he heads to the garage.

7:15 — Competiton caution is out. We’re 60 laps in. Kyle Larson is your new leader. 

7:10 — Fifty laps in and Ryan Blaney is your leader, followed by Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick.

7:08 — Paul Menard hits the wall hard, nearly dislodging a tire.

7:00 — Green flag is back out after a 10-minute caution; looks like some drivers are going to end up with DNFs tonight: 

6:53 — Looks like Kyle Busch is one of the drivers involved in the pileup. Bubba Wallace, Gray Gaulding and A.J. Allmendinger are among the others involved.

6:51 — Caution’s out on Lap 2. A lot of cars involved in this one.

6:49 — The green flag is out and we’re a go in Bristol!

6:41 — Quick weather update:

6:10 — Intros are underway and it looks like the weather is in our favor at the moment.

5:37 — Looks like Austin Dillon’s already having some trouble:

5:33 — Just under an hour until race time!