Bristol as it happened

BRISTOL, TN - APRIL 19: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, is involved in an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, TN - APRIL 19:  Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, is involved in an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 19: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, is involved in an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Matt Kenseth won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday. It was a 9-hour marathon thanks to persistent rain but in the end, Kenseth went to victory for the first time in 51 races. The race  set a record as late Sunday night Kenseth won after 511 laps, the longest NASCAR race at Bristol ever. Here’s how it all went down on a wild, wet, day and night at Bristol Motor Speedway:

After a 1:15 delay for heavy rain showers and with more rain threatening, Kenseth led from pole and took a half second lead, Kevin Harvick slid into second  a lap later with Keselowski and Logano close behind.  By lap 4 Harvick had caught Kenseth and was fighting for the lead, a lap later he was able to get by for the point. Kenseth and Keselowski were contesting second by lap 15 as Harvick had stretched his lead out to 1.5 seconds.

The first caution came on lap 19 when Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski got together after Keselowski got loose coming off turn 4, Logano had no place to go and was swept up; both cars who had finished 1-2 last August suffered heavy damage.  During the caution the rain began again and the field was red flagged.  MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.