Wild-Finish Results in Tested Tempers at Martinsville; Joey Logano Punches Ticket to Homestead

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Joey Logano became the first driver to punch his ticket to Homestead on Sunday after winning Sunday's (Oct. 28th) First Data 500 at Martinsville. Logano and Martin Truex Jr. battled back and forth during the final laps with Logano coming out with the victory. Logano and Truex were headed toward the checkered flag side-by-side but as the two made contact, Truex almost lost control of his car before recollecting it but by then it was too late and Logano had taken the checkers.

Denny Hamlin threatened to steal the victory but was able to pass Truex Jr. coming to the line earning a second place finish. Truex Jr. finished the race in third while Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five.

The top-five finishers led 499 of 500 laps with Clint Bowyer (21st) the only driver to lead a lap during Sunday's race that didn't finish inside the top-five. Bowyer was the worst finishing playoff driver during Sunday's race while Aric Almirola (11th), Kevin Harvick (10th), and Chase Elliott (4th) were the worst of the playoff drivers.

Results from Martinsville

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Chase Elliott
  8. Ryan Newman
  9. Daniel Suarez
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Aric Almirola
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. Chris Buescher
  14. AJ Allmendinger
  15. Ty Dillon
  16. Jamie McMurray
  17. Alex Bowman
  18. David Ragan
  19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  20. Ryan Blaney
  21. Clint Bowyer
  22. Paul Menard
  23. Matt Kenseth
  24. Cole Whitt
  25. Michael McDowell
  26. Erik Jones
  27. DJ Kennington
  28. Regan Smith
  29. Ross Chastain
  30. Austin Dillon
  31. JJ Yeley
  32. Landon Cassill
  33. Jeb Burton
  34. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  35. Joey Gase
  36. Matt DiBenedetto
  37. Kyle Larson
  38. Timmy Hill
  39. William Byron
  40. Hermie Sadler
As the series heads to the Texas Motor Speedway, Logano is the only driver to have his ticket punched and the weight lifted off his shoulders. Currently, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Kevin Harvick would join Logano at Homestead. Kurt Busch (-25) sits fifth, Chase Elliott (-31) sixth, Clint Bowyer (-42) seventh, and Aric Almirola (-50) rounds out the eight.

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