NASCAR visited Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night, and a freaky fast driver found his way into victory lane, locking himself into the Eliminator round of the Chase. As for what happened after the race? To quote Ron Burgundy from Anchorman, boy, that escalated quickly.
The theme of the weekend was engine loss, as it brought out the caution four separate times throughout the race. The second caution of the day came out on lap 95, when Clint Bowyer’s engine gave out. Then, on lap 135, the caution came out yet again when Paul Menard’s engine died. Josh Wise’s engine was the next to go on lap 221, bringing out the fourth caution of the night. The last caution of the night came with seven laps to go, when Brian Vickers’ engine was lost.
Kevin Harvick was able to take the lead on the lap 143 restart and was able to keep said lead for much of the race – 162 laps, to be exact – giving him the most laps lead for the race. He was able to keep the lead despite the late-race caution and went on to win the race. Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.
Towards the end of the race, there was much contact between Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. There was also contact between Keselowski and Matt Kenseth towards the end of the race, resulting in Keselowski running into Kenseth on pit lane following the race. As Keselowski and Kenseth were making post-race contact, Keselowski inadvertently ran into the back of Tony Stewart as well. As a consequence, Stewart put his car in reverse and backed into the front end of Keselowski. After getting out of the cars, Hamlin attempted to fight with Keselowski but was held back by his crew. As Keselowski was walking back to his hauler, Kenseth went after Keselowski and the two started to fight before the crews stepped in. Needless to say, there was no lack of fireworks after the race.