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GALLERY: Finishing Order of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol

While Kyle Busch had a great weekend, the same couldn’t be said for everyone else. See where your favorite driver finished in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.

1. Kyle Busch

His worst finish all week was first.

 

2. Erik Jones

Continues to prove he can race with the top-tier drivers.

 

3. Denny Hamlin

Showed up in the last 50 laps.

 

4. Matt Kenseth

Got a little insurance policy by widening the points gap for the playoff cutline.

 

5. Kurt Busch

Needed a good run while shopping for a ride and accomplished it.

 

6. Ryan Newman

Used his signature blocking all night to ensure a top-10.

 

7. Trevor Bayne

 

Another top-10 for the Roush Fenway driver

 

8. Kevin Harvick

Handling issues didn’t stop him from staying in the game.

 

9. Kyle Larson

Showed promise early running the top and faded mid-race.

 

10. Ryan Blaney

Locked into the playoffs, he had some shining moments and continues to be keep the Wood Bros. in the conversation.

 

11. Jimmie Johnson

Never quite hit the adjustments needed to contend.

 

12. Jamie McMurray

Finished where he ran all night.

 

13. Joey Logano

Battled early, but fell off as the race progressed.

 

14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Sped on pit road, but managed to salvage the night.

 

15. Daniel Suarez

 

Ran in the top-20 all night.

 

16. Paul Menard

Best finish since the July race at Daytona (3rd)

 

17. David Ragan

Led the Front Row Racing charge with a top-20

 

18. Chase Elliott

His car got away from him and subsequently collected Jeffrey Earnhardt.

 

19. Clint Bowyer

Desperately needed a good points day. His only shot at the playoffs is a victory.

 

20. Michael McDowell

The team ran where the were expected to.

 

21. Martin Truex Jr.

Went in with high hopes and came out disappointed.

 

22. A.J. Allmendinger

Tire rub from contact was a major setback.

 

23. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

His final appearance at the track he loves, didn’t pan out well in either race.

 

24. Kasey Kahne

Slapped the wall and ruined his day early.

 

25. Danica Patrick

Just biding her time and getting through the season.

 

26. Matt DiBenedetto

Did a popular dance during driver intros and followed it up with the slow waltz at the green.

 

27. Chris Buescher

Signed an extension with JTG. The highlight of his weekend.

 

28. Corey LaJoie

Another top-30 for BK Racing.

 

29. Brad Keselowski

Never recovered from early tire woes.

 

30. J.J. Yeley

He and his daughter wore Sonny and Cher costumes to driver intros. The highlight of his night.

 

31. Gray Gaulding

Came out on stage with great fanfare, engaged the crowd and hung out in the back.

 

32. B.J. McLeod

Introduced himself over the PA. Never said his name, though.

 

33. Cole Whitt

Solid top-30.

 

34. Joey Gase

That’s right.

 

35. Landon Cassill

Hit the inside wall, hit the outside wall, hit the road.

 

36. Ty Dillon

Found himself in three-wide situations all night.

 

37. Aric Almirola

Brought out two cautions with tire issues.

 

38. Reed Sorenson

Ran as expected.

 

39. Austin Dillon

Took a hard hit in the second stage.

 

40. Jeffrey Earnhardt

Won’t be making the HULU highlight reel this week.

 

All article photos courtesy of Nigel Kinrade Photography © 2017 

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By Mike Calinoff

Over the past twenty-three years, Mike has become a notable figure in the NASCAR community.

As a Spotter, he spent a total of 14 seasons with Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY Series.

All told, at Roush Fenway Racing, he garnered over 40 wins including three Championships and two Daytona 500’s.

At the end of 2013, Mike left Roush Fenway to focus on his companies and stays active in the NASCAR community at many levels.

Mike was a regular guest on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, featured "act" Speed TV's Trackside Live and makes on occasional cameo on soap operas. (Really?)

He has an affinity for starting new things, such as Popular Speed and 140 BUZZ – a PR, Marketing and Social Media company.

Many 140 BUZZ clients are NASCAR teams, drivers and sponsors and represent many of the most visible brands in NASCAR and other business categories.

Mike is also a Driver Development consultant, where he works with families and drivers around the country to set a career path.

As a stand-up comic Mike is, without a doubt, the funniest guy he knows.

Calinoff lives in Lake Norman, NC