Irwin Tools Night Race 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post Race Analysis

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIAugust 26, 2012

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 25:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 25, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Denny Hamlin won his third race of the year at Bristol in the Irwin Tools Night Race. He led for 70 laps after starting in the eighth position for the race. It was Hamlin's first win in Bristol as a Sprint Cup driver.

The No. 34 car driven by David Ragan caught fire and caused a caution on the 148th lap of the race. In the first 271 laps, there were seven caution flags; there were also multiple lead changes.

There were 27 lead changes throughout the race, 14 different leaders and 13 different caution flags in total. It was extremely competitive throughout and it definitely didn't disappoint on excitement.

After Hamlin won the race, Jimmie Johnson took second place after finishing 27th in the Pure Michigan 400. Jeff Gordon took the third-place finish despite never leading the race at any point.

Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle finished 19th after he led for 41 laps and maintained his standing as overall points leader.

Irwin Tools Night Race Leaderboard

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Position Car Driver
1 11 Denny Hamlin
2 48 Jimmie Johnson
3 24 Jeff Gordon
4 55 Brian Vickers
5 9 Marcos Ambrose
6 18 Kyle Busch
7 15 Clint Bowyer
8 20 Joey Logano
9 5 Kasey Kahne
10 27 Paul Menard

Updated Sprint Cup Standings

Jimmie Johnson rose two spots in the standings, giving him a better chance at the Sprint Cup heading into the chase. Denny Hamlin also rose two spots after winning the race to all but secure a spot in the top 10. 

Other notable movers: Matt Kenseth fell from second to fourth in the standings. Kyle Busch moved up one spot and is now the leader for the second wild card heading into the chase.

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Rank Driver Points
1 Greg Biffle 849
2 Jimmie Johnson 838
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 834
4 Matt Kenseth 823
5 Martin Truex Jr. 797
6 Clint Bowyer 794
7 Brad Keselowski 790
8 Denny Hamlin 774
9 Kevin Harvick 767
10 Tony Stewart 746

What's Next?

NASCAR is next in Atlanta for the Advocare 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled for Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM ET with coverage by ESPN.

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.