Mike Hembree, Particular for USA TODAY Sports activities
Printed 7:20 p.m. ET Oct. 29, 2017 | Up to date 7:30 p.m. ET Oct. 29, 2017
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Highlights of Sunday’s First Information 500, the primary race of the third spherical of the Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection playoffs, at Martinsville Speedway:
WINNER: Kyle Busch overtook Denny Hamlin in extra time to win the Spherical of eight opener on the 70-year-old, half-mile observe in southwest Virginia.
Busch badured himself a spot within the ultimate 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the victory and an opportunity to win his second championship. Busch received his first title in 2015.
Factors chief Martin Truex Jr. completed second, adopted by Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowksi and Kevin Harvick. The race ended underneath warning as an enormous wreck broke out earlier than Busch crossed the start-finish line. Hamlin completed seventh.
There’s much more tenssion on eeveryone elsse than there may be us,” a clearly happy Busch stated in victory lane. “Nice win right here at present at Martinsville. We put ourselves in the precise spot ultimately. and there was jusst chaos unfolding and we took benefit. Simply trying ahead to going to Homestead. We will goo out and race for wins and let everyone else have to fret.”
Following the checkered flag, a really annoyed Chase Elliott drove alongside Hamlin and turned him into the wall. Elliott had appeared on the verge of scoring of his first profession Cup Collection win earlier than Hamlin spun him out within the ultimate laps earlier than the extra time restart.
As soon as the drivers climbed out of their vehicles, the drama solely escalated as Elliott, who led 123 laps however completed 27 after the crash, received proper into Hamlin’s face, demonstrably making his level, whereas Hamlin tried to defend himself.
Each drivers taked to TV reporters after the race to offer their aspect of the story.
“My mother all the time stated if you do not have something good to say, do not say something in any respect,” Elliott, stated in regard to Hamlin. “He isn’t value my time, so we’ll transfer onto Texas. It was simply unneccessary and uncalled for. I am unable to management his selections and regardless of the hell that was.”
Hamlin claimed he did not intend to wreck Elliott, he was simply racing for the win.
“I received behind him and he spun,” Hamlin stated. “I am attempting to get a race win. All people wrecked everybody on the finish. It was a large number on the finish. Everybody was doing the very same factor. I hate it for his crew, however this was a ticket to Homestead. I am not saying I wrecked him on goal however I received behind him and he spun out.”
ROUGH RESTART: On the penultimate restart on lap 497, race chief Keselowski selected the skin line with Elliott operating on the within. Elliott ran Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford up the race observe to take the lead till Hamlin raced to his again bumper, made contact and spun Elliott into the wall. Elliott crashed to convey out the warning and an extra time restart.
A LONG CAUTION: A Carl Lengthy crash with 43 laps to go introduced the leaders to the pits for key stops. Elliott’s crew returned his automotive to the observe first. He was main when Lengthy’s wreck occurred. Elliott was adopted out of the pits by Keselowski, Logano and Kyle Busch.
LARSON CRASHES: Kyle Larson, who fell out of the playoffs final week at Kansas Speedway, misplaced management of his Chevrolet on lap 302 and crashed into the within wall on the backstretch, inflicting the fifth warning of the day. Larson completed 37th, his second consecutive end of 35th or worse.
STAGE TWO: The race’s second stage ended with a tense battle for the lead between Keselowski and arch-rival Kyle Busch. They bumped fenders with three laps remaining within the stage, Keselowski finally successful the race to the end line by 1.1 seconds. Following within the prime 10 had been Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson.
STAGE ONE: Keselowski, concentrating on Sunday’s race as a must-win, outran Kyle Busch by 1.1 seconds to win the race’s first stage on lap 130. Finishing the highest 10 had been Logano, Johnson, Truex, Elliott, Blaney, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin.
ALLMENDINGER SPINS: Contact between Danica Patrick and AJ Allmendinger despatched Allmendinger’s automotive sliding on lap 87, bringing out the race’s third warning.
CAUTION ONE: Ty Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrecked in flip two on lap 37 to provide the primary warning of the afternoon. NASCAR had deliberate to have a contest warning at lap 45 however selected to make use of the primary true warning for the competitors interval.
JOHNSON TO THE BACK: Seven-time champion Johnson began the race in the back of the sphere after dropping management of his Chevrolet throughout Sunday qualifying and virtually hitting the wall. By lap 85, he had moved into 16th place.
JUNIOR’S WIFE PACES FIELD: Amy Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s spouse, drove the tempo automotive on the entrance of the sphere earlier than the beginning of the race. Lengthy-time tempo automotive driver Brett Bodine accompanied her for some apply laps Sunday morning. “What an superior present,” she tweeted. “Thanks a lot for letting me drive the tempo automotive at present! The attitude from that rear view compares to nothing!”
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