Logano claims NASCAR Cup win in overtime on Bristol dirt track

Joey Logano held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr during overtime for victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway, in the NASCAR Cup Series' first dirt race in over 50 years.

The race had been delayed to Monday following persistent rain around the Tennessee venue, flooding the parking and camping areas, along with the dirt-paved circuit.

Logano first picked up the lead of the race towards the end of the second stage, as leader Daniel Suarez - who had remained in first throughout a competition caution, a mid-stage pile-up and a Cody Ware spin - was pipped with seven laps remaining before the second interval by the Penske driver.

As Logano was cruising to victory, having largely routed the field in the final stage, a late-race accident brought out a caution and sent the race into a two-lap overtime.

On the restart, Hamlin - running fourth at the time - went to the high line in Turns 1 and 2 hoping to gain momentum for a pass for the lead, but failed to make any progress.

Martin Truex Jr, who was running third and had dominated the Trucks race beforehand, also drifted high but encountered a flat tyre that sent him falling back through the field.

That left JTG Daugherty's Ricky Stenhouse Jr as Logano’s only serious challenger over the final two laps - but Logano had little trouble holding on for the victory, his first of the 2021.

Logano also became the seventh different winner in the season’s first seven races.

Hamlin ended the race third, with Daniel Suarez fourth to secure the new Trackhouse Racing team's best result since joining the Cup Series. Roush Fenway's Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

 

William Byron was the highest-placed Hendrick driver in sixth, ahead of Richard Childress Racing's Tyler Reddick. Ryan Blaney, who had started from the front, was eighth, ahead of Erik Jones and Chase Elliott.

Elliott's contact with 23XI Racing's Bubba Wallace part-way through the second stage triggered a multi-car crash, although all of the cars involved managed to stay in the race.

Truex, buoyed by his surprise race win in Trucks having taken part in the race to gain experience on dirt, claimed the first stage win ahead of Hendrick's William Byron - but only finished 19th after his late puncture.

During that opening stage, a collision between Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson - two dirt specialists, having raced extensively in series such as World of Outlaws - took out two of the pre-race favourites on lap 53. Ganassi's Ross Chastain was also sucked into their crash.

Larson, having set the pole time, was sent to the back after an engine change to his Camaro ZL-1, but quickly made his way through the field to fight with Bell.

The #5 Hendrick driver, who was suspended last season, managed to stay out after his crash with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver - but then got involved in the collision caused by Elliott and Wallace in stage 2.

Hamlin remains on top of the drivers' standings, having only finished outside of the top 5 once all season, as Logano now moves up to second in the points ahead of Truex, Larson and Brad Keselowski - who finished 11th at Bristol.

NASCAR Cup Bristol dirt race results - 253 laps

Cla Driver Manufacturer Time Gap
1 United States Joey Logano Ford 1:55'21.828  
2 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevrolet 1:55'22.382 0.554
3 United States Denny Hamlin Toyota 1:55'23.143 1.315
4 Mexico Daniel Suarez Chevrolet 1:55'23.446 1.618
5 United States Ryan Newman Ford 1:55'23.640 1.812
6 United States William Byron Chevrolet 1:55'24.116 2.288
7 United States Tyler Reddick Chevrolet 1:55'24.144 2.316
8 United States Ryan Blaney Ford 1:55'24.279 2.451
9 United States Erik Jones Chevrolet 1:55'24.612 2.784
10 United States Chase Elliott Chevrolet 1:55'25.455 3.627
11 United States Brad Keselowski Ford 1:55'25.619 3.791
12 United States Michael McDowell Ford 1:55'25.855 4.027
13 United States Matt DiBenedetto Ford 1:55'25.962 4.134
14 United States Chris Buescher Ford 1:55'26.308 4.480
15 United States Kevin Harvick Ford 1:55'26.842 5.014
16 United States Kurt Busch Chevrolet 1:55'27.003 5.175
17 United States Kyle Busch Toyota 1:55'27.553 5.725
18 United States Ryan Preece Chevrolet 1:55'30.035 8.207
19 United States Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 1:55'30.804 8.976
20 United States Chase Briscoe Ford 1:55'27.345 1 Lap
21 United States Austin Dillon Chevrolet 1:55'27.616 1 Lap
22 United States Alex Bowman Chevrolet 1:55'28.047 1 Lap
23 United States Stewart Friesen Chevrolet 1:55'28.265 1 Lap
24 United States Cole Custer Ford 1:55'28.518 1 Lap
25 United States Quin Houff Chevrolet 1:55'29.272 1 Lap
26 United States Ty Dillon Toyota 1:55'29.687 1 Lap
27 United States Bubba Wallace Toyota 1:55'33.006 2 Laps
28 United States J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 1:55'31.571 4 Laps
29 United States Kyle Larson Chevrolet 1:55'29.155 5 Laps
30 United States Josh Bilicki Ford 1:55'33.522 6 Laps
31 Mike Marlar Toyota 1:50'15.203 9 Laps
32 United States Cody Ware Chevrolet 1:55'35.685 11 Laps
33 United States Chris Windom Chevrolet 30'47.596 191 Laps
34 United States Christopher Bell Toyota 25'06.500 199 Laps
35 United States Ross Chastain Chevrolet 23'23.216 201 Laps
36 United States Aric Almirola Ford 13'36.718 214 Laps
37 Shane Golobic Ford 13'38.582 214 Laps
38 United States Corey Lajoie Chevrolet 13'40.230 214 Laps
39 Anthony Alfredo Ford 13'40.243 214 Laps

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