Chevrolet has been unable to lock down a win in the last six NASCAR Sprint Cup races, but when it does get that coveted ‘W’, it will be the automaker’s 750th NASCAR win. Ideally, that win will come this weekend at the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol, one of the most highly anticipated NASCAR events of the year.
While Chevrolet is busy looking to lock down its 750th win and snap a small mid-season winless drought, their drivers are scrambling to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. There’s only three races left until the cutoff race in Richmond, Virignia, so expect any competitive driver without a win to be racing extra hard in coming weeks.
“With just three races left to go before the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins, the pressure is really on the teams that haven’t won a race yet or very close from the cut off line of the top 16 positions.,” said Chevy NASCAR program manager Alba Colon. “For sure not all the positions will be decided until the last lap at the Richmond race. Every lap, every win, and every position counts more than ever. Team Chevy has nine drivers in the top 16 positions; and several drivers very close to make the grid too. Our main goals the next three weeks are to win races and to continue to work hard to secure as many drivers as we can for the final 10-race run for the championship.”
Team Chevy stands a good chance at winning under the lights at Bristol this weekend, with a couple of its drivers boasting multiple wins on the notorious half-mile circuit. Those two are none other than Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon, who each have five wins there. Additionally, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart all have one win at ‘The Last Great Coliseum’.
The 500-lap, 266.5-mile Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is set to go green shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday August, 22nd. As always, NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage, and live timing and scoring can be viewed on NASCAR.com