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August 21, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bristol Night Race schedule, TV times

Jeff Gordon is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leader heading into Bristol Motor Speedway. ... Who’s Hot/Who’s Not includes drivers Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick and Jeff Burton.

This week’s race

Irwin Night Race

What: 500 laps (266.5 miles)

Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, a .533-mile high-banked, concrete oval in Bristol, Tenn.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: ABC (WAXN, Ch. 64 in Charlotte)

Radio: Performance Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Matt Kenseth

Also this week: Food City 250, Nationwide Series, Bristol Motor Speedway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN.

Worth mentioning: With his win at Michigan, Jeff Gordon reclaimed the lead in the Sprint Cup Series points standings and holds a two-point advantage over Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brad Keselowski is third, Joey Logano fourth and Matt Kenseth is fifth. Of the five, Kenseth is the only one without a win so far this season.

Who’s Hot/

Who’s Not

HOT

Jeff Gordon: Three wins this season. Is it 2001 again?

Jimmie Johnson: Finally turned one of his bad days into a good one.

Chris Buescher: Welcome NASCAR’s newest winner.

Johnny Sauter: Right now, the Truck series championship looks to be a battle between ThorSport Racing teammates.

Jeff Burton: Could not have a better substitute for Tony Stewart.

Greg Biffle: His 10th-place finish ensured Roush Fenway Racing teams wouldn’t be locked out the Top 10 for the second time this season.

NOT

Kyle Busch: Has finished 39th or worse in three consecutive races.

Brad Keselowski Racing: Need some stronger glue to keep the splitters on the noses of their trucks.

Danica Patrick: She’s 28th in points. One year ago, she was 27th. Improvement?

Jim Utter

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