Winners and losers at Bristol All-Star Race

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WINNERS

Chase ElliottScores what he considers his first signature win with his first All-Star victory and the sport’s most popular driver did so in front of the largest gathering of fans at a U.S. sporting event since March. “To me tonight felt like an event again. I feel like we’ve been missing that piece for a couple months. It just felt really good to get NASCAR back. I mean, NASCAR is built on the fans.” 

Kyle BuschFinished second. He’s still winless in Cup in points races and non-points races but this was a step in the right direction for a team that normally has won by this point in the season.

Clint Bowyer He won the fan vote and got into the All-Star Race. That would the highlight of his night, as he finished 15th.

LOSERS

Bubba WallaceWrecked after contact from Michael McDowell early in the Open and never got a chance to make the All-Star Race. A frustrated Wallace said after the incident: “Just disrespect.”

Jimmie JohnsonHis final All-Star appearance was forgettable, finishing 17th. Of the three cars he placed ahead of, two were in crashes.

Chip Ganassi Racing — Matt Kenseth finished 18th and Kurt Busch finished 20th in the 20-car field Wednesday night.