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Logano Grabs Talladega Win


With the chase cutoff looming large all weekend at Talladega, the focus was rightfully on who would make it in and who wouldn’t. After all was said and done, there was a win for Joey Logano and a tie for the final spot.

Logano held off a spirited effort from Brian Scott to pick up his second straight win in the fall Talladega race. Scott’s runner up finish was his career best in the Sprint Cup Series.

Logano recovered from an early problem where his crew got the jack stuck under the car after a pit stop. After dragging it around the track for a lap, Logano made a pit stop, the jack was removed, and Joey continued on.

Heading into Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, there were two drivers who found themselves securely in the third round of the chase for the 2016 championship. For the other ten drivers looking to advance, the day was more about survival than security.

As it turned out, for good reason.

First off, Martin Truex Jr saw his chance to continue on go up in smoke on lap 42 when his engine began billowing a cloud from the number 78 Toyota. Truex would finish last in the 40 car field.

Then, Brad Keselowski, the driver who had won the last two restrictor plate races and led the most laps Sunday, suffered a similar demise. On lap 144, Brad dropped off the racing surface and headed to the garage, ending his title hopes.

Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon were tied for the final spot after the race. Hamlin was awarded the tie breaker based on having the highest finish in this round, third on Sunday.

Joining Logano, Harvick, and Johnson as part of the final eight drivers will be Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Hamlin. Dillon, Truex, Keselowski, and Chase Elliott were eliminated.

The third round of the chase for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series championship kicks off next week at Martinsville Speedway. Live coverage of the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 starts at 1 pm ET on NBCSN.