The NASCAR Cup Series completes the tripleheader weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway with the Bass Pro Shops Night Race. 

This is also the final race in round one of the playoffs.  By the end of the race, four drivers will be eliminated from the playoff competition.  William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ryan Blaney are currently below the cut line and are in danger of being eliminated.

Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are guaranteed a spot in the next round of the playoffs after winning a race.

After winning last week’s race at Richmond, Brad Keselowski will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with Joey Logano alongside on the front row.

After the pre-race inspection process, three of the Joe Gibbs Racing cars failed inspection…twice.  As a result, the number eleven car driven by Denny Hamlin, the number 18 car driven by Kyle Busch, and the number 20 car driven by Erik Jones will all have to start the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race are:
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Cole Custer
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Tyler Reddick
Christopher Bell
Matt Kenseth
Erik Jones – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Newman
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Corey LaJoie
John Hunter Nemechek
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Reed Sorenson
James Davison
Joey Gase
Gray Gaulding
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley

While the stands are not packed with fans like in races past, there are fans at the race to cheer on their favourite drivers.

Kyle Busch has won eight Cup races at Bristol – the most of any active driver – and has a total of 22 wins across all three NASCAR racing series – also a record.  But at only 18 points above the cut line, Busch will have to come from the back of the field at a track known for quick laps, short tempers, and fast runs to lap tail end cars.

Adding to the unusual events surrounding the night race at Bristol, the drivers have something else to deal with when they take to the track…cooler temperatures.

Stages one and tow of the race are 125 laps in length with stage three lasting 250 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 30.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and Joey Logano in third.

Lap three, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap six, after starting the race from the back of the field, Kyle Busch has moved up to 32nd place.  Forty cars started the race.

Lap eight, Brad Keselowski has a third of a second lead on Kevin Harvick; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr.  Joey Gase is the only car not on the lead lap.

Lap 14, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick on his bumper and challenging for the lead.  Kyle Busch is in 25th place.  There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 18, Kevin Harvick passes Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 21, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings out the caution flag on lap 29 when he spins out and hits the wall after making contact with Jimmie Johnson.  He is dropping flued on the track.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the first driver out of the race.

NASCAR has announced that this will be the competition caution.

The teams have 10 sets of tires for tonight’s race.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Taking only two tires, Matt DiBenedetto wins the race off of pit road.  Tyler Reddick also took only tow tires.

Matt DiBenedetto brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 41 and jumps out in front for the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Joey Logano in third.

Brad Keselowski passes Matt DiBenedetto for the lead on lap 43; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 47, with 34 cars on the lead lap, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Matt DibEnedetto.  After a pit road issues that cost him six spots on the track, Kyle Busch is in 24th place.

Lap 53, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly two seconds on Matt DiBenedetto; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 60, Brad Keselowski has a two second lead on Matt DiBenedetto with 33 cars on the lead lap.  Kyle Busch is in 21st place.

Lap 63, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over two seconds on Matt DiBenedetto; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. 

Lap 66, 31 cars on the lead lap; Kyle Busch is in 19th place.

Lap 75, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Matt DiBenedetto with Joey Logano right behind DiBenedetto.  Kyle Busch is moving through the field and is in 13th place.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 83, Chase Elliott passes Joey Logano for third place with Brad Keselowski over two and a half seconds in front of Matt DiBenedetto.  Kyle Busch is now in the top 10 in ninth place.

Lap 89, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney.

Kyle Busch is running the fastest laps on the track.

Lap 91, Brad Keselowski holds on to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 94, Chase Elliott passes Matt DiBenedetto for second place.

Lap 97, Kyle Busch passes Ryan Blaney for fifth place.

Lap 100, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race, but Chase Elliott has closed the gap to under a second and a half; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Mat DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 106, there are 29 cars on the lead lap with Brad Keselowski leading the way with a lead of only a tenth of a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 108, Chase Elliott passes Brad Keselowski for the lead; Kyle Busch is in third place.

Lap 114, Chase Elliott is in the lead with Kyle Busch just under a second and a half back in second place.

Lap 115, Chase Elliott has a lead of just over a second on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski in third. Keselowski reports that his tires are worn out.

Lap 119, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race but, Kyle Busch is coming on and is now less than a second back; Kevin Harvick is in third palce.

Four laps remain in stage one with Chase Elliott leading the way; Kyle Busch is just over half a second back.

Chase Elliott wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harcik
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Joey Logano
Babba Wallace

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service. Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 137 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman,Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano.

La 140, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Alex Bowman with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 143, Kyle Busch now has a one second lead on Chase Elliott; Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano round out the top five

Ree Sorenson and Josh Bilicki are off the track

Josh Bilicki is out of the race.

Lap 152, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a secon on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 157, with 27 cars on the lead lap, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race by over half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 167, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Chase Elliott as Elliott continues to cutinto the lead; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

As they run on the track now Clint Bowyer, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ryan Blaney are below the cut line and would be eliminated from the playoffs.

Lap 176, Kyle Busch holds on to a half second lead on Chase Elliott.

A closed coliseum,noise is a major issue at Bristol making communication very difficult; Brad Keselowski and his team had a miscommunication due to the noise and made the wrong adjustments to the car on the last pit stop.

Lap 188, Kyle Busch holds on to his lead of half a second on Chase Elliott.

Matt DiBenedetto brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a bad tire vibration.

Denny Hamlin has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Matt DiBenedetto’s team reports that he did have a loose wheel. DiBenedetto is now three laps down.

Lap 194, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to under half a second.

Lap 200, the top five are Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin.

Chase Elliott is on Kyle Busch’s bumper and looking to take the lead.

Matt DiBenedetto has gotten one of his laps back.

Kyle Busch puts Cole Custer a lap down; leaving 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 208, Kyle Busch has a lead of less than half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 212, Martin Truex Jr is reporting a vibration; saying it feels like the car is coming apart. He brings his car down pit road to address the issue.

Lap 215, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on second place with Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick battling for the spot.

Denny Hamlin has some major hood damage; speculation is that he ran into Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 220, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Kevin Harvick; Chase Elliott is in third.

Lap 225, there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 227, Kyle Busch holds on to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick.

Video evidence shows that the round lug nut holes on a tire that came from Martin Truex Jr’s car are no longer round but oblong – a sign of a loose wheel.

Lap 231, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to under half a second.

The caution flag comes out on lap 232 for an accident involving William Byron who is now out of the race with significant damage to his car.

Christopher Bell has some damage to his car.

Drivers come down pit road for service with just 14 laps remaining in stage two. Several drivers are reporting issues with their cars.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 242 and jumps out for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle for third.

With five laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch leads the race; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 249 for the six car of Ryan Newman when he gets slideways down the track.

Kyle Busch wins stage two under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon

Matt DiBenedetto is the “lucky dog” and is now back on the lead lap.

Leaders stay out after pitting just a few laps ago but other drivers come down pit road for service.

After getting back on the lead lap, Matt DiBenedetto is caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race form the back of the field.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 261 from the outside lane and jumps out in front of Joey Logano for the lead.

Chase Elliott has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Lap 265, the top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 270, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Clint Bowyer and Cole Custer are tied at the cutoff line for moving on to the next round in the playoffs.

Lap 278, Kyle Busch holds on to his half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Since coming from the back of the field to take the lead at the beginning of stage two, Busch has dominated the race and led every lap.

Lap 281, Kevin Harvick takes the lead from Kyle Busch via the high line.

Lap 284, Kyle Busch closes in on leader Kevin Harvick.

Lap 288, Kevin Harvick has a lead of less than half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 294, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch.

Brad Keselowski reports that he has lost power steering and is beginning to fall through the field.

Lap 299, Kyle Busch challenges Kevin Harvick for the lead with the drivers in traffic.

Alex Bowman reports a vibration and brings his car down pit road for fresh tires.

Lap 304, there are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 306, Kevin Harvick has encountered slower traffic with Kyle Busch short behind.

Matt DiBenedetto is the last car on the lead lap and is in danger of going a lap down.

NASCAR has posted the number two car; Brad Keselowski has to bring his car down pit road.

Lap 311, Matt DiBenedetto is fighting to stay on the lead lap while Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch battle for the lead.

Brad Keselowski is on pit road but the issue cannot be repaired and he is out of the race.

Lap 315, Kevin Harvick puts Matt DiBenedetto a lap down; Harvick has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

The 88 team reports that there were no loose tires on Alex Bowman’s car.

Lap 322, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Kurt Busch is also reporting a vibration and has fallen out of the top 10.

Lap 326, Kurt Busch brings his car down pit road for service after reporting a vibration.

Lap 239, leader Kevin Harvick continues to lap cars; there are now just 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 334, Kevin Harvick has a lead of a second and half on Kyle Busch.

Kurt Busch has a loose wheel.

Lap 339, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, and Joey Logano.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a tight condition in his car.

Lap 345, there are only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a half on Kyle Busch; Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 354, Kevin Harvick continues to pul away from the field, he has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Ryan Blaney makes a green flag pit stop with a tight condition. With a stage of 250 laps, the drivers cannot complete the stage on fuel or tires.

Lap 361, there are now just eleven crs on the lead lap.

Since taking the lead Kevin Harvick has run away from the field with a lead of two and a half seconds on Kyle Busch and lapping several cars; there are only 10 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 372, Joey Logano makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 373, Kevin Harvick has a lead of three seconds on Kyle Busch.

The tires were down to the fabric on Ryan Blaney’s tires.

Lap 380, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead on Kyle Busch to over three seconds; Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. There are only nine cars on the lead lap.

Drivers are making laps around Bristol in 16 seconds.

Lap 388, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now nearly four seconds on Kyle Busch with just eight cars on the lead lap.

Lap 393, drivers are currently spread out around the track but if there is a caution flag, the field will be bunched up and increases the risk of more caution flags.

One hundred laps to go, Kevin Harvick has run away from the field with a lead of six seconds on Kyle Busch. There are eight cars on the lead lap.

Lap 405, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson make their green flag pit stops as more drivers begin coming down pit road for service.

Lap 407, the caution flag comes out when James Davison gets into the wall. Leader Kevin Harvick was preparing to come down pit road when the caution flag came out.

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 418 and jumps out in front of Clint Bowyer for the lead with Kyle Busch right behind. There are only six cars on the lead lap.

Eighty to go, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Kyle Busch in second and Erik Jones in third.

Lap 425, Kevin Harvick has a lead of just under half a second on Kyle Busch with Erik Jones in third.

With 71 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch is beginning to challenge leader Kevin Harvick.

Kyle Busch is searching for grip while leader Kevin Harvick runs steadily on the bottom lane.

Lap 436, Kevin Harvick has a third of a second lead on Kyle Busch; Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. Aric Almirola is the only other driver on the lead lap.

Lap 439, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch battle for the lead with Harvick holding on so far.

With 59 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled away a little on Kyle Busch.

Lap 445, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 449, leaders have encountered heavy traffic.

Lap 453, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 457, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch continue their battle for the lead; so far Harvick has held him off.

Lap 459, Kyle Busch passes Kevin Harvick for the lead in heavy traffic,.

Thirty four to go, Kyle Busch gets caught behind Loey Logano and Kevin Harvick retakes the lead and begins to pull away.

Kyle Busch , Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, and Martin Truex Jr have clinched their spots in the next round of the playoffs.

Lap 476, Kevin Harvick has a quarter second lead on Kyle Bush.

Christopher Bell gets into the wall with a flat tire but the he gets down pit road and the track stays green.

The leaders have again encountered slower traffic.

Twenty to go, Kevin Harvick gets slideways but he recovers and the track stays green.

Lap 483, Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead with Kyle Busch a quarter of a second back.

Kyle Bush has won at least one race in each of the past 15 seasons; he is eager to make it 16 wins.

Ten to go, Kevin Harvick has two tenths of a second lead on Kyle Busch.

Each lap Kyle Busch gets close to Kevin Harvick but can’t quite get around him to take the lead.

Six to go leaders are in heavy traffic with Kevin Harvick out in front.

Three to go, no traffic in front; Kevin Harvick continues to hold on to the lead.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

Kevin Harvick holds off Kyle Busch for his ninth win of the season.

The unofficial results of the Bass Pro Shops Night Race:
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Michael McDowell
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Matt Kenseth
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
John Hunter Nemechek
Denny Hamlin
Bubba Wallace
Cole Custer
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Newman
Daniel Suarez
Gray Gaulding
Christopher Bell
Quin Houff
JJ Yeley
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
Corey LaJoie
Brad Keselowski
James Davison
Reed Sorenson
Timmy HIll
William Byron
Josh Bilicki
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

After the first round of the playoffs…
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Ausitn Dillon
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
and Kurt Busch
will all be moving on to the next round of the playoffs.

Cole Custer, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Matt DiBenedetto have all been eliminated from the playoffs.