RCR Post Race Report — Sprint Cup– Bristol

RCR Post Race Report —
NSCS Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Irwin Tools Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway
August 25, 2012
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 10th (Paul Menard), 15th (Kevin Harvick) and 33rd (Jeff Burton).
Harvick ranks ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Greg Biffle by 82 points with three races remaining until the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Menard ranks 17th, 72 markers outside of the final Chase position, while Burton ranks 20th, 169 points out.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Menard made 26 Green Flag Passes and ranked 11th in Quality Passes.
Menard spent 74.8 percent of the contested Laps in the Top 15 (374 of 500), ranking ninth in the respective NASCAR Loop Data Statistics category.
Harvick averaged a Green Flag Speed of 117.087 mph and spent 384 Laps in the Top 15, ranking him seventh in both categories.
Burton ran as high as second position and scored the fastest lap of the race seven times.
The RCR drivers collectively logged 16 of the Fastest Laps Run in the 500-lap race with Burton contributing seven circuits, Menard with six and Harvick with three.
Denny Hamlin earned his third Sprint Cup Series victory of the season and was followed to the finish line by Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Brian Vickers and Marcos Ambrose.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 2. The 25th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.