NASCAR Richmond: Larson takes dramatic overtime victory

Kyle Larson took a dramatic overtime win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond for Chip Ganassi Racing, after a late caution denied longtime leader Martin Truex Jr

NASCAR Richmond: Larson takes dramatic overtime victory

Team Penske's Joey Logano finished second while Ryan Newman got third for Richard Childress Racing.

Dale Earnhardt Jr missed out on a place in the playoffs in his final NASCAR season, as he came home 13th.

In what was the last race before the playoffs gets underway, regular season champion and points leader Truex of Furniture Row Racing had dominated much of the night event and looked on course for an easy victory.

But the late caution, brought about when Derrike Cope hit the wall and which added four overtime laps, brought the pack together.

Larson got ahead of Truex on pitroad during the yellow flag period and retained his lead at the restart.

Then on the final lap Truex was nudged into the wall by Denny Hamlin as they fought over second, which allowed Larson to move clear to take his fourth victory of the season.

Larson's win ensured that Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray maintained their places as the final three drivers to enter the playoffs, with the top 16 now going on to fight for the 2017 title at the remaining rounds.

That trio could only have been vaulted by someone who had not yet won in 2017 - such as Logano - taking victory at Richmond. Stewart-Haas Racing's Kurt Busch finished fourth, while Hamlin eventually finished fifth for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Polesitter Kenseth lost his chance of victory in a strange incident with an ambulance that caused him to hit the back of Clint Bowyer's Stewart-Haas-run car, which caused damage to his radiator and put him out.

The incident happed when the ambulance parked at the entry to the pitlane, causing a concertina as the field came in during a caution period with around one third of the race remaining.

Logano's car also was damaged in the incident but he was able to continue.

Hamlin had a frustrating hometown race as he raced with Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Kenseth at the front early on but then lost 11 places under a subsequent caution period, first on pitroad, then at the restart when caught behind other cars.

Earnhardt Jr had a strong run, though fell down the order late on after staying out on old tyres longer than most of his rivals as he had been gambling on a yellow.

Kyle Busch took stage one after vaulting to the lead at a restart eight laps before the stage's conclusion.

The caution was caused by Kenseth locking a tyre - hard enough to cause race officials to bring out the yellow flags - after he had led the entire stage up to that point.

Kyle Busch eventually finished ninth, one spot behind reigning champion Jimmie Johnson, as Chase Elliot rounded out the top 10 ahead of Brad Keselowski.

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 3h02m52.s
2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford s
3 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet s
4 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford s
5 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota s
6 Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing Toyota s
7 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota s
8 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet s
9 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota s
10 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet s
11 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford s
12 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet s
13 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet s
14 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet s
15 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford s
16 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet s
17 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford s
18 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford s
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford s
20 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota Accident
21 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
22 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
23 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1 Lap
24 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1 Lap
25 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2 Laps
26 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
27 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 2 Laps
28 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
29 Corey LaJoie BK Racing Toyota 4 Laps
30 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 4 Laps
31 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford 4 Laps
32 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 4 Laps
33 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 8 Laps
34 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport / TMG Chevrolet 9 Laps
35 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 11 Laps
36 Derrike Cope Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 16 Laps
37 B.J. McLeod Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet Transmission
38 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Accident
39 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford Accident


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