The "Old Bristol" certainly made it's return on Saturday night, with some unexpected results. The high line was ground down near the wall in hopes to bring back the beating, banging, and arguing that Bristol has been known for.
That certainly was the case, but also a more unexpected result.
Who would have expected that the preferred line around the track would not be the groove along the apron, but rather higher up, and yet the need to run into each other was the most necessary need to pass.
This led to a lot of incidents of anger, frustration, and wrecked race cars. Ryan Newman lost his Wild Card spot, Danica Patrick decided to point the finger (not the one you think), and Tony Stewart channeled his inner hurler as he tossed his helmet at Matt Kenseth's car. Yes indeed, some of the "Old Bristol" characteristics have returned.
In the end, it was the aggressive racing that led to victory. The battle between Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards was intense, but Hamlin got the better of him, snatching away a possible win to put Edwards right in a Wild Card spot and earn him yet another win on the season, his first at Bristol.
The win didn't provide a victory for our writers, but with a majority of the participants picking one driver, who also ended up wrecking, things have tightened up.
Here's where the writers stand after the Irwin Tools Night Race:
Sal Sigala Jr. (826) Brad Keselowski finished 30th (3)
Billy Fellin (819) Brad Keselowski finished 30th (4)
Kelly Crandall (781) Brad Keselowski finished 30th (3)
Christopher Leone (778) Brad Keselowski finished 30th (2)
Rob Tiongson (774) Kasey Kahne finished 9th (4)
Misan Akuya (764) Jamie McMurray finished 27th (1)
Ryan O'Hara (763) Jeff Gordon finished 3rd (2)
Kara Martin (759) Kyle Busch finished 6th (2)
Dustin Parks (759) Brad Keselowski finished 30th (1)
Patti Rodisch (752) Jeff Gordon finished 3rd (2)
James Broomhead (750) Brad Keselowski finished 30th (3)
Michael Hirshbein (715) Kyle Busch finished 6th (1)
Next Race: If night racing is the most exciting racing of any season, then doing a prime-time night race means that next weekend is going to be a lot of fun for everyone.
One of the most popular, and fastest, tracks will welcome NASCAR next weekend as rather than a Saturday night event, it will be a pre-Labor Day Sunday night shootout. What track is capable of holding such an event...the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, consistently one of the fastest tracks on the circuit and one of the most fun among drivers.
Since Atlanta took this date from the Auto Club Speedway a few years ago, fans have enjoyed the night action and drivers seem to get more up on the wheel to get the victory.
This will make for a fun race, and an even more difficult time to choose a winner. But writers, the Chase continues to near, so have your picks for the AdvoCare 500 submitted by Thursday, August 30, at 10 p.m. ET.