After plenty of thrills, spills, and rain at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR travels to Thunder Valley for the Supermarket Heroes 500 on the half mile track of Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR continues to run their races with no fans in the stands.  Noting that the fans are a big part of the sport, drivers frequently lament the absence of fans at the track during pre and post race interviews.

As NASCAR continues to run the races with no practice or qualifying laps, NASCAR has set the field by random draw with Brad Keselowski sitting on the pole.

During pre race inspections, the number 37 JTG Daugherty Racing car driven by Ryan Preece and the number 27 Rick Ware Racing car driven by Gray Gaulding failed inspection twice and will have to start the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Supermarket Heroes 500:
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Matt DiBenedetto
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Matt Kenseth
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman
John Hunter Nemechek
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Michael McDowell
Bayley Currey
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
Ty Dillon
Gray Gaulding – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Garrett Smithley
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Preece – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Brennan Poole
Christopher Bell
Bubba Wallace
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
JJ Yeley

Stages one and two of the race are 125 laps each with stage three lasting 250 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile high banked track that has been described racing at the track being like trying to fly a jet  inside a gymnasium.

After several races with rain delays, it is a perfect day for racing at Bristol with clear blue skies and 74 degrees.

Kyle Busch leads the field of active drivers who have won a race at Bristol with eight wins.  Darrell Waltrip leads the list of all drivers with 12 wins – seven of them in a row.

NASCAR brings the cars down pit road during the pace laps to set pit road speeds of 30mph.  With pit road covering both straighaways, pit road is a tricky place for the drivers.

NASCAR is calling for two competition cautions for this race; one at lap 20 and one at lap 60.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front of Aric Almirola for the lead.

In the first short track race of the season, the drivers are running laps at 15 seconds; it won’t take long before the leaders will start lapping cars.

Lap seven, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly half a second on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap eight for Ryan Newman when he gets loose and spins out.

Drivers may come down pit road for adjustments but cannot put fuel in the cars until the competition caution.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 and gets out in front to hold on to his lead with Martin Truex Jr in second.

In just eight laps, rookie drivers Christopher Bell had moved up 10 positions.

Lap 17 Martin Truex Jr is on leader Brad Keselowski’s bumper and challenging for the lead; Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

At the end of lap 20, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the first of two competition caution flags.

Not required to make a pit stop, several of the drivers stayed out on the track.

After starting the race in 24th place, seven time champion Jimmie Johnson has moved up to the top 10 in ninth place.

Corey LaJoie was caught speeding on pit road.

Chris Buescher had to change his scoring transponder.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 and once again jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 32, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 40, Brad Keselowski has pulled out toa lead of nearly a second and a half on Aric Almirola; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  The top 15 drivers are single file.

Lap 43, leader Brad Keselowski has begin lapping cars with Joey Gase the first car a lap down.

Lap 45, Brad Keselowski holds on to his one second lead on Aric Almirola; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Ryan Blaney make contact on the track but the track stays green.

Lap 55, Brad Keselowski has a second and a half lead on Aric Almirola; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

When NASCAR displays the competition caution at the end of lap 60, Brad Keselowski had a lead of over two seconds on Aric Almirola.

This time around, all of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road with Aric Almirola coming out second.

Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez were caught speeding on pit road and have to restart the race from the back of the field.

After staying out on the track, Matt DiBenedetto brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 68.

Lap 69, Brad Keselowski retakes the lead on fresh tires.

Lap 73, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Matt Dibenedetto , and Aric Almirola.

With Brad Keselowski continuing to lead the race, drivers are shuffling back and forth as they vie for position.

Lap 77, Brad Keselowski has a narrow lead on team mate Ryan Blaney; Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano round out the top five.  After restarting the race from the back of the field, Kyle Busch has moved up to 29th place.

Denny Hamlin is reporting that the temperatures are rising in his engine.

Lap 86, Ryan Blaney gets around Brad Keselowski for the lead; Chasee Elliott, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano round out the top five.  There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 95, Ryan Blaney has a lead of less than half a second on Chase Elliott; Brad Keslowski, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano round out the top five with 31 cars on the lead lap.    Kyle Busch is up to 22nd place.

Lap 104, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney battle for the lead with Chase Elliott getting out in front with 20 laps remaining in stage one.

Lap 109, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano round out the top five with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Leader Chase Elliott has encountered heavy lapped traffic. With 13 laps remaining in stage one.

Since having to restart the race from the back of the field, Kyle Busch has moved up 16 spots and is currently in 18th place.

With seven laps remaining in stage one, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano round out the top five.


With a lead of over a second, Chase Elliott wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Matt DIBenedetto
Denny Hamlin
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr
Jimmie Johnson

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road with Chase Elliott coming out second.

Matt DiBenedetto was caught speeding on pit road.

Alex Bowman had to make a second trip down pit road for loose lug nuts and was caught speeding on pit road.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 137 and takes the lead with team mate Brad Keselwoski in second; Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 145, Ryan Blaney has a third of a second lead on Brad Keselowski with Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five.

After 152 laps, All 40 cars are still on the track with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 154, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 168, Ryan Blaney’s lead on team mate Brad Keselowski is down to under a quarter of a second; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 171, Brad Keselowski passes Ryan Blaney for the lead.

Bayley Currey hits the wall and has to take his car down pit road but the track stays green.
Lap 173, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski battle back and forth for the lead with Brad Keselowski finally getting out in front to hold on to the lead.

Lap 178, Brad Keselowski has a quarter second lead on Ryan Blaney; Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 181, There are 30 cars on the lead lap with all 40 drivers still in the race.

Lap 185, battle around the track heat up with drivers getting three wide across the narrow track.

Brad Keselowski leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 200, Ryan Blaney brings out the caution flag after getting loose and hitting the wall.  Ty Dillon hits Blaney in an attempt to keep from hitting Blaney.

Ryan Blaney is out of his car…and out of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and adjustments.

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road with Brad Keselowski coming out second.

Ty Dillon is out of his car and becomes the second driver out of the race.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap and jumps out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick jumping up to second; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and William Byron round out the top five.

Joey Gase brings out the caution flag on lap 212 after spinning out.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 216 but comes back out for a wreck involving Bayley Currey.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 222 and edges out Kevin Harvick for the lead; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 224, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano battle for the lead, the two make contact and barely avoid a bit crash, but Elliott holds on to the lead.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr spins out and causes a bit crash on lap 230.  Alex Bowman, Cole Custer, and Tyler Reddick were also involved.  All drivers are out of their cars.  Kurt Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Preece, and Jimmie Johnson were also involved but are still in the race.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the track cleaned up after the multi-car crash.

After a red flag event of about 10 minutes, NASCAR pulls the red flag and displays the caution flag as the cars get moving again.

Moving once again, some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 16 laps remaining in stage two.  Elliott gets out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Joey Logano, D=Kevin Harvick and William Byron round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with 12 laps to go for a crash into the wall from Ryan Preece; who was also involved in the previous wreck.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with just seven laps to go in the stage.  Once again Elliott jumps out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and getting a challenge from Denny Hamlin…and in the top five at fourth place is Rowdy Busch in the number 18 Skittles car.

Chase Elliott sweeps the stages with a stage two win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
William Byron
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Chris Buescher

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row.  Kenny Hamlin edges out for the lead on lap 262 to start stage three with Kyle Busch on his bumper as drivers get three wide across the track.

There are 25 cars on the lead lap with seven cars out of the race.

Chris Buescher bounces off the wall but the track stays green.  William Byron also makes some contact with the wall.

The caution flag comes out on lap 269 after Chris Buescher hits the wall again and cuts a tire.

Team mates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 275.  Denny Hamlin edges out for the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 278, Kyle Busch battles Denny Hamlin for the lead and takes the top spot after having an ill handling race car and a speeding penalty on lap 60.

Lap 287, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a one second lead on Denny Hamlin; Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 291, Kyle Busch has gotten out in front of the field and is showing no signs of slowing down; on lap 293 he has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Denny Hamlin who is being challenged by Aric Almirola; Jimmie Johnson and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Matt DiBendetto takes his car to the garage with a broken tie rod.

Lap 300, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Denny Hamlin; Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson and Chirstopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 305, Kyle Busch has pulled his number 18 car out to a two second lead on team mate Denny Hamlin.

Lap 314, with a lead of over two and a half seconds, Kyle Busch puts his big brother Kurt a second lap down.

Lap 318, Kyle Busch has a three second lead on Denny Hamlin with 22 cars on the lead lap; Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 325, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to three and a half seconds on Jimmie Johnson with Denny Hamlin in third; Aric Almirola and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Gray Gaulding scrapes the wall but the track stays green.

Austin Dillon is slowed on the track trying to get down pit road but cannot and brings out the 12th caution flag of the race.

Lap 331, the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Busch is complaining of an aero tight condition.  Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Taking the inside lane, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 335 and gets out in front for the lead with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 338, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly half a second on Denny Hamlin; Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

During the last pit stop; Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, and Bubba Wallace were all caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 345, Kyle Busch now has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Chase Elliott over a second behind in third; Aric Almirola and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five. There are 20 cars on the lead lap with eight cars out of the race.

The caution flag comes out on lap 354 when Ryan Newman spins out but keeps the car off of the wall.

With wins in all three series, Kyle Busch has won a race at Bristol Motor Speedway a total of 22 times.

Even though they have been on pit road recently, some of the drivers come down pit road for service, but the leaders stayed out on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 360 but it is Denny Hamlin who takes the lead over Busch after getting loose; Jimmie Johnson Chase Elliott, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 365, Denny Hamlin has pulled out the a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Corey LaJoie makes an extended green flag stop on pit road.

With 125 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin has the lead but it is now less than half a second on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

There are 110 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch less than half a second behind; Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

With 105 laps to go, Kyle Busch has pulled to withing a quarter of a second on leader Denny Hamlin; Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.  Martin Truex Jr in eighth has said that the handling has gone on his car.

Lap 400, Kyle Busch has caught up to leader and team mate Denny Hamlin as they approach lapped traffic.

Lap 404, Denny Hamlin has increased the lead on Kyle Busch to nearly half a second.

Lap 408, Jimmie Johnson has caught up to Kyle Busch and is challenging for second place.

Kyle Busch is challenging Denny Hamlin for the lead while Jimmie Johnson is challenging Kyle Busch for second.

With 87 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

With the help of some lapped traffic, Kyle Busch gets around Denny Hamlin for the lead with 87 laps to go.

Jimmie Johnson passes Denny Hamlin for second and sets his eye on the leader.  It has been 103 races since Jimmie Johnson has won a race.

Lap 422, Kyle Busch has a third of a second lead on Jimmie Johnson; Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With 75 laps remaining in the race, there are only 18 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch leading the way by half a second over Jimmie Johnson.

With 67 laps to go, the 14th caution flag comes out for a wreck involving Erik Jones and Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick spends an extended amount of time on pit road getting his car repaired.

John Hunter Nemechek’s team is reporting some overheating issues in his car.

Christopher Bell was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to serve a penalty.

Austin Dillon was caught speeding on pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with 60 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 445, Denny Hamlin is battling with Chase Elliott for the lead; Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in sixth place.

Lap 451, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Chase Elliott; Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Gray Gaulding brings out the caution flag after getting into the wall just as Chase Elliott was working to get around Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Leaders stay out, but several of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 463 and edges out Chase Elliott for the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr, and Aric Almirola get into a crash and brings out the 16th caution flag of the race.  Bubba Wallace, Ryan Newman, and Erik Jones were also involved.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 29 laps remaining in the race.    Hamlin jumps out in front of Joey Logano for the lead; Kyle Busch, Elliott Chase, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 474, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano battle for the lead with Hamlin holding on to the lead; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race by nearly half a second; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five,.

Fifteen to go, leaders are about the encounter lapped traffic.
Twelve laps to go and mayhem ensues…Denny Hamlin gets loose, Joey Logano passes him with Chase Elliott on his bumper, Joey Logano gets loose and Chase Elliott takes the lead.  Hamlin makes contact with Joey Logano, spins out and gets T-boned by BJ McLeod.

Currently leading the race, Chase Elliott has yet to win a short track race in the Cup Series.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps to go.  Elliott takes the lead but gets challenged by Joey Logano for the lead with Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch in a battle of their own.

Chase Elliott and Joey Logano get loose and into the wall putting Brad Keselowski in the lead.

Brad Keselowski wins the race with Clint Bowyer coming from nowhere to take second.

The unofficial results of the Supermarket Heroes 500:
Brad Keselwoski
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Bubba Wallace
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Preece
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Newman
Matt Kenseth
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Brennan Poole
JJ Yeley
Garrett Smithley
Quin Houff
BJ McLoed
Aric Almirola
Gray Gaulding
Matt DiBenedetto
Corey LaJoie
Joey Gase
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Bayley Currey
Ty Dillon
Ryan Blaney