NASCAR at Bristol 2014: Live Results and Analysis from Irwin Tools Night Race

Michael Guadalupe@The_GuadaFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2014

USA Today

Joey Logano wins at Bristol!

A handful of drivers stood out early at Bristol, as several lead changes saw drivers like Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick all lead the race at some point early on.

But the Bristol night race saw plenty of excitement before the race was even halfway through.

Early wrecks took out drivers like Aric Almirola and Kyle Busch, and tempers flared as Kevin Harvick got into Denny Hamlin as he was trying to pass Hamlin for the lead.

Harvick spun Hamlin out as a result, and the 11 was sent spinning into the 88 of Dale Jr. Denny showed his frustration by throwing his HANS device at the 4 car as it drove by.

"He's a good driver. He knows better. He just made a mistake," @dennyhamlin says of @KevinHarvick

— NASCAR on ESPN (@ESPNNASCAR) August 24, 2014

Kevin Harvick continued to be aggressive as the race went on, running into the back of Joey Logano several times. He almost hit the wall as he got too aggressive and slid up the track. The Closer was fast when he was out in front, but seemed to struggle in traffic.

By the time Bristol was half over, Brad Keselowski found himself in first place. Keselowski had been one of the only drivers all night to race not only the top line, but the bottom line of the track too.

Lapped traffic played a big role in the lead changes at Bristol, and as Keselowski ran into more cars, Jamie McMurray, who ran strong all day, was able to catch up and eventually pass him.

McMurray continued to lead the longest stretch of green flag racing until the caution came out for the 7th time at Lap 359. Even on restarts though, McMurray was able to get out in front and continued to lead the race.

With 100 laps to go, the two top cars were winless for the regular season.

McMurray won the All-Star race this year, but it's not an official race to get a driver into the Chase.

Matt Kenseth was behind him, and was looking to win his first race of 2014 after having a dominate season last year.

These two drivers wouldn't get away from the rest of the pack alone, as Joey Logano quickly entered the fray too. The top three drivers battled hard for the lead as Bristol started to come to an end, but McMurray was able to hold them off.

As a late race caution came out though, McMurray would head to pit road and give up the lead to Kenseth.

He was able to hold the lead for several laps, but eventually Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were able to catch up.

Logano eventually passed Kenseth for the lead with 50 laps to go.

As the laps ticked down, Logano was held up by lapped traffic and it let Keselowski catch up.

With one lap left, Keselowski made a last ditch effort to try and pass the 22, but Logano held him back and won his third race of the season.

Logano continues to have the best year of his career and is emerging as a real contender to win the championship this year.