NASCAR Talladega: Joey Logano wins to progress in 2016 Chase

Joey Logano secured himself a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase's 'Round of 8' with victory at Talladega where he held off competition from Brian Scott and Denny Hamlin

NASCAR Talladega: Joey Logano wins to progress in 2016 Chase

The unusually uneventful race picked up in the closing laps when two cautions came out for minor incidents, causing Team Penkse driver Logano to vigorously defend his lead at the restarts and into overtime.

Logano took the spoils despite a penalty for driving an entire lap with a front jack attached to his car after the first set of stops.

Hamlin spent the majority of the race battling with Austin Dillon over the final Chase elimination spot.

His third place finish secured him a place in the next round, eliminating Dillon along with Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr and Brad Keselowski.

Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing team-mates - Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch - dropped back early in a strategic move to stay out the way of any potential wrecks, and held those positions all race, ensuring they progressed to the next round of the Chase.

Polesitter Truex, who entered the race with a 13-point buffer to the cut-off, continued a run of bad luck when his engine blew on lap 41 of the planned 188.

Logano's team-mate Keselowski struggled with debris stuck in his car for a significant portion of the race, with his engine temperature rising by 20 degrees before he was able to shake it by sacrificing positions early on.

Later on Ryan Blaney assisted in removing debris again, but it came too late and Keselowski parked his smoking car on lap 145.

Elliott wasn't able to pull off the win he needed to take his Hendrick Chevrolet into the next round of the Chase, despite following an eight car train into the closing stages.

Drivers progressing into the Round of 8 are: Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin.

RESULTS - 192 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 3h11m38.s
2 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 0.124s
3 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.258s
4 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.264s
5 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 0.423s
6 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.427s
7 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.467s
8 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 0.495s
9 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0.524s
10 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 0.529s
11 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 0.614s
12 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.630s
13 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0.659s
14 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0.682s
15 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 0.805s
16 Michael McDowell Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 0.823s
17 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 0.828s
18 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 0.837s
19 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.897s
20 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.924s
21 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 0.926s
22 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 0.986s
23 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1.020s
24 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 1.033s
25 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 1.072s
26 Ryan Reed Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1.119s
27 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 1.331s
28 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.356s
29 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.360s
30 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.431s
31 Bobby Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 1.666s
32 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2.634s
33 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 2.679s
34 Jeffrey Earnhardt BK Racing Toyota 2.977s
35 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
36 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
37 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Toyota 13 Laps
38 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford Engine
39 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet Accident
40 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota Engine

CHASE STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Kyle Busch 4000
2 Kevin Harvick 4000
3 Denny Hamlin 4000
4 Jimmie Johnson 4000
5 Joey Logano 4000
6 Carl Edwards 4000
7 Matt Kenseth 4000
8 Kurt Busch 4000


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