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Top 3 Midfield to Top budget NASCAR Cup Series drivers at the 2020 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Tyler Reddick fired off well from 17th, having made progress in the opening stage.

When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crashed on Lap 30, Reddick experimented with a different tactic upfront via the wave around.

It wasn’t unsuccessful during the next restart that returned to around 13-15th, where he stayed there between the second half of Stage 1 and the entirety of Stage 2.

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Overall, his long-run speeds, especially during a productive final stage in the No.8 Chevy race car for Richard Childress Racing, looked decent to cap out a Top 5 finish in P4.

Reddick remained patient throughout the night with the mistakes and technical problems from a few drivers ahead.

Randall Barnett and Derek Kneeland alerted these messages to Reddick to ensure that he has to stay focused within the lead lap and go for it, which is a job well done.

Chris Buescher

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He started slow and steady from P23 with not much happening during Stage 1.

But the 2nd half of Stage 2 began to lift off his couch thanks to the William Byron incident.

Buescher and his No.17 Roush Fenway crew made the right adjustments to find the feel he’s after in his next run with a great base by the halfway mark in P14.

And with more mistakes and technical problems from the guys ahead of Buescher, he held on well to gain another few spots during a mostly green-flag Stage 3 that backed up his P8 finish.

He’s enjoyed a great night at the Bristol Motor Speedway short track with the long-run speed matching up the green-flag runs productively shows that Buescher is an essential asset with RFR.

Now he’s closer to the Top 20 mark in the drivers’ standings going into Las Vegas next Sunday.

His next target will be consistent Top 10-15 runs with Christopher Bell, Erik Jones, Tyler Reddick, and Jimmie Johnson on Buescher’s radar.

Matt Kenseth

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He may have fired off to a slow start from P20 with little progress to climb throughout Stage 1 in P22.

The William Byron caution began to wipe off the faults he received earlier tonight that allowed Kenseth to move a few spots to P16 by the end of Stage 2.

Kenseth may not have the fastest equipment in the No.42 Chevy.

But he remained patient with the credit from the mechanical faults & human-made errors ahead of him.

It allowed Kenseth to hold off defensively for most of the time under the green flag in making up lost time that saw him finish P14.

He built some consistency over the last three races:

  • 14th, Darlington & Bristol II
  • 16th, Richmond

It backed up a spot to 25th in the drivers’ standings as he’s happy to accept this result to round out the Top 15.

Next up, Kenseth will knock on the door at the big teams running into the Top 10 mark next Sunday in Las Vegas.

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