2023 NASCAR Cup Series Fall Bristol Race Page

Bass Pro Shops Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Time: 6:30pm/et
TV: USA -  Radio: PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

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Race Information

Denny Hamlin dominates Bristol Night Race and advances to the Round of 12: Denny Hamlin landed a knockout punch in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR Cup Series regular-season champion Martin Truex Jr. survived to fight another round. Bubba Wallace rescued himself from the brink of elimination from the series Playoffs and advanced to the Round of 12 by four points.[Read More](9-16-2023)

#11-Denny Hamlin won the Bass Pro Shops Night Race NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The win is his 3rd win of the year, 3rd at Bristol and 51st career win.
#5-Kyle Larson finished 2nd followed by pole sitter #20-Christopher Bell, #17-Chris Buescher, #54-Ty Gibbs, #34-Michael McDowell, #9-Chase Elliott, #6-Brad Keselowski, #24-William Byron, and #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Hamlin had a dominant car late in the race and led a total of 142 laps on the night.
The start of the race was delay by just over 30 minutes due to light rain. There was also a 14 minute red flag for rain just before the start of stage two.
Advancing to the Round of 12: #5-Kyle Larson, #11-Denny Hamlin, #45-Tyler Reddick, #24-William Byron, #20-Christopher Bell, #6-Brad Keselowski, #17-Chris Buscher, #8-Kyle Busch, #12-Ryan Blaney, #1-Ross Chastain, #19-Martin Truex, Jr., and #23-Bubba Wallace.
Eliminated from the Playoffs: #22-Joey Logano, #4-Kevin Harvick, #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and #34-Michael McDowell.
Stages 1 & 2 were both won by #20-Bell.
There were 10 lead changes among 6 drivers and 6 cautions for 54 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 94.99mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Driver Points Standings Before Reset, Owner Points Standings, Owner Points Standings Before Reset, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Where the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers finished at Bristol:
#11-Denny Hamlin, 1st
#5-Kyle Larson, 2nd
#20-Christopher Bell, 3rd
#17-Chris Buescher,  4th
#34-Michael McDowell, 6th
#6-Brad Keselowski, 8th
#24-William Byron, 9th
#47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 10th
#23-Bubba Wallace, 14th
#45-Tyler Reddick, 15th
#19-Martin Truex, Jr, 19th
#8-Kyle Busch, 20th
#12-Ryan Blaney, 21st
#1-Ross Chastain, 23rd
#4-Kevin Harvick, 29th
#22-Joey Logano, 34th

Race Fast Facts – Bristol:
Denny Hamlin (P) won the Bass Pro Shops Night Race, his 51st victory in 643 Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2023.
This is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 33 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson (P) (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 15 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2023.
Christopher Bell (P) (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ty Gibbs (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Larson (P) leads the point standings by 11 points over Denny Hamlin (P).
(NASCAR)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Bristol:
Beginning of Round of 12
1) #24-William Byron [5 wins], 3036, +25 ahead of 9th
2) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [3 wins], 3036, +25
3) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 3032, +21
4) #5-Kyle Larson [3 wins], 3023, +12
5) #17-Chris Buescher [3 wins], 3021, +10
6) #8-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 3019, +8
7) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 3016, +5
8) #45-Tyler Reddick [2 wins], 3014, +3
Currently behind the cutoff for the Round of 8:
9) #1-Ross Chastain [1 win], 3011, -3 behind 8th
10) #6-Brad Keselowski, 3011, -3
11) #12-Ryan Blaney [1 win], 3008, -6
12) #23-Bubba Wallace, 3000, -14
See the Driver Points Standings and Owner Points Standings.

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Bristol (Before Points Reset):
End of Round of 16
1) #5-Kyle Larson [3 wins, 1 in Round of 16], 2163
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins, 1 in Round of 16], 2152
3) #45-Tyler Reddick [2 wins, 1 in Round of 16], 2139
4) #24-William Byron [5 wins], 2135
5) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 2123
6) #6-Brad Keselowski, 2122
7) #17-Chris Buescher [3 wins], 2106
8) #8-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 2097
9) #12-Ryan Blaney [1 win], 2096
10) #1-Ross Chastain [1 win], 2093
11) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [3 wins], 2076
12) #23-Bubba Wallace, 2075
Eliminated from the playoffs:
13) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2071
14) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2071
15) #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. [1 win], 2068
16) #34-Michael McDowell [1 win], 2059
See the Driver Points Standings Before Reset and Owner Points Standings Before Reset.

Paint Schemes

Cars to the rear: none

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #20-Christoper Bell chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #11-Denny Hamlin took the 23rd stall, the final one on the backstretch.
See all pit choices on the Bristol Pit Stall page.

#20-Christopher Bell won the Busch pole for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with speed of 126.997mph for his 5th pole of the year, 1st at Bristol and 9th of his career.
#11- Denny Hamlin will start second followed by #24-William Byron, #34-Michael McDowell, #19-Martin Truex, Jr., #6-Brad Keselowski, #9-Chase Elliott, #54-Ty Gibbs, #23-Bubba Wallace, and #7-Corey LaJoie.
See the complete qualifying results and the Bass Pro Shops Night Race Starting Lineup.

Bristol Motor Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Christopher Bell (P) won the Pole Award for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race with a lap of 15.109 seconds, 126.997 mph.
This is his ninth pole in 137 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his fifth pole and 19th top-10 start in 2023.
This is his first pole in five races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (P) (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2023 and his 19th in 33 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
William Byron (P) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 19th in 29 races this season.
Ty Gibbs (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR)

Where the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers start at Bristol:
#20-Christopher Bell, 1st
#11-Denny Hamlin, 2nd
#24-William Byron, 3rd
#34-Michael McDowell, 4th
#19-Martin Truex, Jr, 5th
#6-Brad Keselowski, 6th
#23-Bubba Wallace, 9th
#12-Ryan Blaney, 11th
#45-Tyler Reddick, 12th
#8-Kyle Busch, 15th
#17-Chris Buescher, 20th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 21st
#1-Ross Chastain, 23rd
#47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 25th
#22-Joey Logano, 28th
#5-Kyle Larson, 36th

Qualifying Order

Practice for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is complete:
#5-Kyle Larson 126.353
#17-Chris Buescher 125.724
#23-Bubba Wallace 125.141
#54-Ty Gibbs 124.873
#20-Christopher Bell 124.864
Slowest: #51-Ryan Newman 121.882
Most laps run: #54-Tyler Reddick, 61 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 33 drivers): #54-Ty Gibbs, 124.291mph
Notes: The top 5 drivers were all in group A.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run, and more on the Bass Pro Shops Night Race Practice speeds page.

Crew Rosters

The entry list for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 36 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-J.J. Yeley, #42-Carson Hocevar, #51-Cole Custer, #78-B.J. McLeod.
See the full entry list on the Bass Pro Shops Night Race Entry List page.

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