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Breaking It Down: What happened in Bristol, but more importantly, WHY?

Breaking It Down: What happened in Bristol, but more importantly, WHY?

After all the surprises and turmoil of the first two races of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race was set for a high-stakes showdown around the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. As the first elimination race from the playoffs, the event lived up to the hype, but it came at the cost of many drivers’ heartache at the end of the night.

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Chase Briscoe went into the race and looked inside. Ahead of them were first-timers in the playoffs, such as Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric, who needed a clean race to make it to the Round of 12 comfortably.