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Cup - Bristol - Race results

18 March 2012

Brad Keselowski was triumphant when he last raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in the summer race last August - and he was able to reproduce the same winning form again in this early spring return to the same venue, with victory in the Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It's Keselowski's fifth Cup win in 93 starts.

Keselowski resisted pressure from Matt Kenseth for the last 110 laps, which included a late restart after a spin put Tony Stewart into the wall with just 22 laps remaining in the race.

An early multi-car wreck wiped out the hopes of Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose and Kyle Busch, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. blotted his copybook by cutting team mate Jeff Gordon's tyre while racing hard on lap 359, but otherwise the race was clear of major incidents and saw only six cautions in total.

Race results

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 500 laps 2h 53m 57s (48/2 pts)
2. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 500 laps + 0.714s (43/1 pts)
3. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 500 laps + 1.156s (41/0 pts)
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 500 laps + 2.170s (40/0 pts)
5. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 500 laps + 3.312s (40/1 pts)
6. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 500 laps + 3.590s (38/0 pts)
7. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 500 laps + 3.956s (37/0 pts)
8. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 500 laps + 4.261s (36/0 pts)
9. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 500 laps + 4.513s (35/0 pts)
10. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 500 laps + 5.005s (34/0 pts)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 500 laps + 5.277s (33/0 pts)
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 500 laps + 6.480s (32/0 pts)
13. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 500 laps + 6.759s (32/1 pts)
14. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 500 laps + 9.538s (30/0 pts)
15. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 500 laps + 11.404s (30/1 pts)
16. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 498 laps + 2 laps (28/0 pts)
17. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 498 laps + 2 laps (28/1 pts)
18. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 498 laps + 2 laps (26/0 pts)
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 498 laps + 2 laps (25/0 pts)
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 498 laps + 2 laps (24/0 pts)
21. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 497 laps + 3 laps (23/0 pts)
22. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 496 laps + 4 laps (22/0 pts)
23. #34 David Ragan Ford 496 laps + 4 laps (21/0 pts)
24. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 496 laps + 4 laps (20/0 pts)
25. #13 Casey Mears Ford 496 laps + 4 laps (19/0 pts)
26. #38 David Gilliland Ford 496 laps + 4 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 496 laps + 4 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 495 laps + 5 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 495 laps + 5 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 493 laps + 7 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 492 laps + 8 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 423 laps + 77 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 420 laps + 80 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 417 laps + 83 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 395 laps + 105 laps (10/1 pts)
36. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 389 laps + 111 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 366 laps + 134 laps (7/0 pts)
38. #30 David Stremme Toyota 334 laps In Pit (6/0 pts)
39. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 245 laps + 255 laps (5/0 pts)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 57 laps In Pit (0pts)
41. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 26 laps In Pit (3/0 pts)
42. #74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 17 laps In Pit (0pts)
43. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 16 laps In Pit (1/0 pts)

* Denotes Rookie

Sprint Cup championship standings

1. (--) Greg Biffle 157pts (-Leaderpts)
2. (--) Kevin Harvick 148pts (-9pts)
3. (+2) Matt Kenseth 145pts (-12pts)
4. (+4) Martin Truex Jr. 139pts (-18pts)
5. (-2) Denny Hamlin 137pts (-20pts)
6. (-2) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 137pts (-20pts)
7. (--) Tony Stewart 130pts (-27pts)
8. (+6) Clint Bowyer 126pts (-31pts)
9. (--) Joey Logano 126pts (-31pts)
10. (+1) Paul Menard 123pts (-34pts)
11. (+4) Jeff Burton 120pts (-37pts)
12. (+1) Ryan Newman 118pts (-39pts)
13. (+8) Brad Keselowski 113pts (-44pts)
14. (-8) Carl Edwards 107pts (-50pts)
15. (-3) Kyle Busch 99pts (-58pts)
16. (-6) Mark Martin 97pts (-60pts)
17. (+6) Jimmie Johnson 96pts (-61pts)
18. (+6) Juan Montoya 96pts (-61pts)
19. (+6) Jamie McMurray 94pts (-63pts)
20. (-1) Regan Smith 94pts (-63pts)
21. (-5) Bobby Labonte 92pts (-65pts)
22. (--) Aric Almirola 88pts (-69pts)
23. (-6) Jeff Gordon 85pts (-72pts)
24. (-6) Marcos Ambrose 82pts (-75pts)
25. (-5) Dave Blaney 76pts (-81pts)
26. (+4) AJ Allmendinger 72pts (-85pts)
27. (+2) Kurt Busch 70pts (-87pts)
28. (--) David Ragan 66pts (-91pts)
29. (-2) David Gilliland 66pts (-91pts)
30. (+3) David Reutimann 62pts (-95pts)
31. (--) Casey Mears 60pts (-97pts)
32. (-6) Kasey Kahne 57pts (-100pts)
33. (-1) Landon Cassill 54pts (-103pts)
34. (+3) Brendan Gaughan 49pts (-108pts)
35. (--) Travis Kvapil 47pts (-110pts)
36. (-2) David Stremme 44pts (-113pts)
37. (--) Brian Vickers 40pts (-117pts)
38. (+1) Michael McDowell 34pts (-123pts)
39. (+1) J.J. Yeley 33pts (-124pts)
40. (-4) Terry Labonte 27pts (-130pts)
41. (-3) Tony Raines 25pts (-132pts)
42. (-1) Ken Schrader 25pts (-132pts)
43. (-1) Josh Wise* 11pts (-146pts)
44. (-1) Robby Gordon 6pts (-151pts)
45. (-1) Scott Riggs 5pts (-152pts)
46. (-1) Timmy Hill* 2pts (-155pts)

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