Truex, Keselowski, Elliott and Dillon are out of the Chase after Talladega
Joey Logano (Team Penske) wins the Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspedway, the third race in the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Four drivers dropped out from the Chase after Talladega: Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon.
Truex started from pole, led for two laps but retired after 41 laps, because the engine of his Toyota blew up. The last year’s winner Brad Keselowski dominated at 2.66-mile superspeedway, leading for 90 laps, but his luck was same as Truex’s. The engine of the #2 Ford blew up after 144 laps and it was the end for Keselowski. Before that, the grill on his car was covered by some debris, so the probable cause was overheating.
16th Sprint Cup victory for Logano
Joey Logano took the lead at the restart on Lap 148 and led until the fifth caution on Lap 182, caused by Kasey Kahne’s wreck. One more caution followed when Alex Bowman went to the grass on Lap 186, so the race had an overtime. In the green-white-checkered finish Joy Logano holds off Brian Scott to score his 16th Sprint Cup victory.
Denny Hamlin finished third. He was tied in the Chase points with Austin Dillon, who finished ninth at Talladega, but Hamlin wins the tiebreaker and advances to the Round of 8. Except Hamlin, the other seven Chasers are Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards. The next race is Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 30.
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