NASCAR At Bristol 2012 Results: A.J. Allmendinger Finishes 17th, Bred Keselowski Takes Checkered Flag

The fourth NASCAR race of the year was held on Sunday, as the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway became the first short-track race of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series. Bay Area native A.J. Allmendinger looked poised for a top-10 finish at the very least, before problems with his car forced him to make an unscheduled stop in pit road and lost valuable time and laps. Allmendinger manager to finish 17th, but the result was a disappointment following his strong start before the car troubles. The finish is still the highest placing of the year for the driver, who is currently 26th in the overall Sprint Cup standings.

Fellow Bay Area native Jeff Gordon did not fare quite so well, finishing in 35th place after he was inadvertently wrecked by Hendrick Motorsports teammate on lap 363. Gordon is now 23rd in the Sprint Cup standings.

Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag in his second straight win at Bristol. Greg Biffle, Keven Harvick and Matt Kenseth are still the top three leaders, respectively, in the Sprint Cup standings.

Here are the full results from Sunday's race:

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Matt Kenseth
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Clint Bowyer
  5. Brian Vickers
  6. Jeff Burton
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Juan Pablo Montoya
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Paul Menard
  11. Kevin Harvick
  12. Ryan Newman
  13. Greg Biffle
  14. Tony Stewart
  15. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  16. Joey Logano
  17. AJ Allmendinger
  18. Kurt Busch
  19. Aric Almirola
  20. Denny Hamlin
  21. David Reutimann
  22. Brendan Gaughan
  23. David Ragan
  24. Regan Smith
  25. Casey Mears
  26. David Gilliland
  27. Travis Kvapil
  28. Bobby Labonte
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. JJ Yeley
  31. Michael McDowell
  32. Kyle Busch
  33. Ken Schrader
  34. Dave Blaney
  35. Jeff Gordon
  36. Marcos Ambrose
  37. Kasey Kahne
  38. David Stremme
  39. Carl Edwards
  40. Joe Nemechek
  41. Scott Riggs
  42. Reed Sorenson
  43. Josh Wise

For all news and information regarding the 2012 Sprint Cup Series, please visit NASCAR Ranting & Raving or check out SB Nation's dedicated NASCAR hub.

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