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AAA 400
Dover International Speedway
Sun, Sep 28, 2014
2:15pm EDT - ESPN

Race Data

Chase #: 3 of 10
Race #: 29 of 36 Events
Event: AAA 400
Location: Dover, De.
Track Size: 1.0 Miles
Track Type: Oval
Total Laps: 400
Total Miles: 400
2013-2 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
2013-1 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
Pit Speed: 35 mph

Previous Winners

9- Jimmie Johnson 02/02/05/09/09/10/12/13/14
4- Bill Elliott 85/88/88/90
4- Jeff Gordon 95/96/96/01
4- Mark Martin 97/98/99/04
3- Ryan Newman 03/03/04
3- Tony Stewart 00/00/13
2- Greg Biffle 05/08
2- Kyle Busch 08/10
2- Matt Kenseth 06/11
1- Bobby Labonte 91
1- Dale Earnhardt Jr 01
1- Jeff Burton 06
1- Martin Truex Jr 07
1- Carl Edwards 07
1- Kurt Busch 11
1- Brad Keselowski 12

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NASCAR Revises National Series Qualifying Format At Talladega

Daytona Beach, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2014) - NASCAR revised its national series qualifying format for Talladega Superspeedway which, in turn, should elevate the on-track competition for fans at the high speed 2.66-mile track.

For the Oct. 17-19 events at Talladega featuring both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, national series qualifying will take on a more rapid pace that should bring out the best in the competitors and provide fans with an extra element of excitement.

Keystone Light Pole Qualifying for the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will take place Friday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. ET and will air live on FOX Sports 1. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPNEWS, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

National series qualifying at Talladega will now consist of the following:

* Three rounds with the first round divided into two groups amongst the competitors. The first qualifying round is five minutes in length for each group.

* Competitors will be assigned to a first qualifying round group based on the random draw held earlier in the event.

* The 24 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed from either of the first qualifying round groups will advance to the second round. The remaining competitors will be sorted based on their speed posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.

* There will be a 10-minute break after the completion of the first qualifying round and the 24 remaining competitors that advance to the second round will have their times reset.

* The second qualifying round is five minutes in length and the 12 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed will advance to the third and final round.

* The fastest remaining competitors will earn positions 13-24 based on their fastest single lap speed posted in qualifying in descending order.

* Following a five minute break, the 12 eligible competitors that advance to the final round will have their posted speeds reset.

* The final qualifying round is five minutes in length and the fastest single lap speed will determine positions 1-12 in descending order.

"This revision in national series qualifying at Talladega should be more exciting for our fans," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president of competition and racing development. "It will feature a more accelerated pace, provide greater opportunity for team strategy to come into play and it should more closely resemble actual racing conditions."

The Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Oct. 18 will now begin at 1 p.m. ET, moving up from the original start time of 3:30 p.m. ET. The race will air live on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega on Sunday, Oct. 19, which airs at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, is the cutoff race for the Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and will trim the championship field to eight drivers.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AAA 400

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 22, 2014) - Below is a look at the 16 Challengers at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware going into the AAA 400 on Sept. 28. ESPN's coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m.

DOVER-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Wurth Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.1

2014 Rundown

         Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; five poles

         Average finish of 12.8

         Led 22 races for 1,418 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         One win, three top fives, three top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 14.4 in nine races

         Average Running Position of 13.8, 10th-best

         Driver Rating of 87.9, 11th-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.620 mph, 11th-fastest

 

2 - Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.8

2014 Rundown

         Four wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 12.5

         Led 19 races for 794 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Two top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 14.7 in 11 races

         Average Running Position of 17.0, 17th-best

         Driver Rating of 81.3, 17th-best

 

3 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.4

2014 Rundown

         Two wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; six poles

         Average finish of 14.0

         Led 20 races for 1,369 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Three top fives, 12 top 10s

         Average finish of 15.3 in 27 races

         Average Running Position of 15.8, 14th-best

         Driver Rating of 84.8, 14th-best

         831 Green Flag Passes, second-most

         4,556 Laps in the Top 15 (59.9%), ninth-most

         393 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

4 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.1

2014 Rundown

         Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 13.8

         Led 15 races for 1,035 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Nine wins, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles

         Average finish of 8.4 in 25 races

         Series-best Average Running Position of 6.6

         Series-best Driver Rating of 122.5

         Series-high 1,069 Fastest Laps Run

         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 144.536 mph

         Series-high 6,661 Laps in the Top 15 (87.6%)

         387 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

5 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.0

2014 Rundown

         One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 17.4

         Led 13 races for 411 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s

         Average finish of 14.4 in 19 races

         Average Running Position of 11.8, fifth-best

         Driver Rating of 105.3, third-best

         413 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 144.166 mph, third-fastest

 

6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.2

2014 Rundown

         Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s

         Average finish of 10.8

         Led 12 races for 220 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 16.2 in 29 races

         Average Running Position of 17.4, 18th-best

         Driver Rating of 82.5, 16th-best

         232 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

         748 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.547 mph, 12th-fastest

 

7 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.5

2014 Rundown

         Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 10.3

         Led 19 races for 571 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Four wins, 17 top fives, 24 top 10s; four poles

         Average finish of 11.7 in 43 races

         Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best

         Driver Rating of 94.5, sixth-best

         289 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

         783 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.994 mph, fourth-fastest

         5,815 Laps in the Top 15 (76.5%), third-most

         Series-high 521 Quality Passes

 

8 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.0

2014 Rundown

         10 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 14.1

         Led 16 races for 465 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Two wins, 14 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 13.0 in 31 races

         Average Running Position of 8.8, second-best

         Driver Rating of 108.3, second-best

         461 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

         726 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 144.261 mph, second-fastest

         6,224 Laps in the Top 15 (81.9%), second-most

 

9 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.4

2014 Rundown

         Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s

         Average finish of 15.0

         Led 9 races for 133 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s

         Average finish of 10.2 in 20 races

         Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best

         Driver Rating of 100.0, fourth-best

         491 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

         786 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.927 mph, sixth-fastest

         5,374 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), sixth-most

         519 Quality Passes, second-most

 

10 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Hungry Jack / ACME Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.4

2014 Rundown

         One win, two top fives, four top 10s

         Average finish of 20.6

         Led 5 races for 68 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Three top 10s

         Average finish of 22.8 in 13 races

         Average Running Position of 21.7, 27th-best

         Driver Rating of 75.4, 21st-best

 

11 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.6

2014 Rundown

         One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s

         Average finish of 16.4

         Led 10 races for 204 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         One top five, five top 10s

         Average finish of 21.0 in 21 races

         Average Running Position of 16.5, 16th-best

         Driver Rating of 80.4, 18th-best

         311 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

         792 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

         4,101 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 12th-most

 

12 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans "Design A Scheme" Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.9

2014 Rundown

         Two top fives, 10 top 10s

         Average finish of 14.3

         Led 4 races for 24 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Three wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s; four poles

         Average finish of 13.6 in 25 races

         Average Running Position of 12.8, eighth-best

         Driver Rating of 88.1, 10th-best

         4,978 Laps in the Top 15 (65.5%), seventh-most

         375 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

13 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.4

2014 Rundown

         One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 15.7

         Led 12 races for 195 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Three top fives, six top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 19.6 in 17 races

         Average Running Position of 15.8, 15th-best

         Driver Rating of 83.3, 15th-best

 

14 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Post-It Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.8

2014 Rundown

         Three top fives, 10 top 10s

         Average finish of 15.6

         Led 6 races for 109 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 13.4 in 24 races

         Average Running Position of 11.8, fourth-best

         Driver Rating of 98.9, fifth-best

         434 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

         786 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.959 mph, fifth-fastest

         5,497 Laps in the Top 15 (72.3%), fifth-most

         505 Quality Passes, third-most

 

15 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.7

2014 Rundown

         One win, six top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 19.4

         Led 11 races for 181 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         One win, six top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 18.2 in 28 races

         Average Running Position of 13.4, ninth-best

         Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best

         292 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

         816 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.741 mph, ninth-fastest

         4,415 Laps in the Top 15 (58.1%), 10th-most

         415 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Nathan's Famous Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 74.1

2014 Rundown

         One win, two top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 20.4

         Led 5 races for 23 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:

         One top 10

         Average finish of 15.4 in five races

         Average Running Position of 17.7, 20th-best

         Driver Rating of 77.2, 20th-best

 

 

The 16 Challengers at Dover International Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Brad Keselowski

9

1

1

3

3

0

14.4

87.9

 

2

Joey Logano

11

0

0

2

7

1

14.7

81.3

 

3

Kevin Harvick

27

0

0

3

12

1

15.3

84.8

 

4

Jimmie Johnson

25

3

9

13

18

2

8.4

122.5

 

5

Kyle Busch

19

0

2

9

12

4

14.4

105.3

 

6

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

29

1

1

6

11

1

16.2

82.5

 

7

Jeff Gordon

43

4

4

17

24

5

11.7

94.5

 

8

Matt Kenseth

31

1

2

14

20

5

13.0

108.3

 

9

Carl Edwards

20

0

1

8

12

0

10.2

100.0

 

10

AJ Allmendinger

13

0

0

0

3

2

22.8

75.4

 

11

Kasey Kahne

21

0

0

1

5

6

21.0

80.4

 

12

Ryan Newman

25

4

3

6

12

2

13.6

88.1

 

13

Denny Hamlin

17

2

0

3

6

3

19.6

83.3

 

14

Greg Biffle

24

1

2

6

11

1

13.4

98.9

 

15

Kurt Busch

28

0

1

6

8

6

18.2

91.6

 

16

Aric Almirola

5

0

0

0

1

0

15.4

77.2

 

* - Based on last 19 races at Dover International Speedway.

 


Dover International Speedway:

History

         The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.

         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 - won by Richard Petty.

         The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.

         The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.

         The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.

         The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

Notebook

         There have been 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.

         381 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 274 in more than one.

         Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 39.

         David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph. 

         38 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in poles with four each.

         Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974.

         Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013).

         Youngest Dover pole winner: Jeff Gordon (06/04/1995 - 23 years, 10 months, 0 days).

         Oldest Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (06/01/2012 - 53 years, 4 months, 23 days).

         34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with nine wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012, fall 2013 and spring 2014). 

         12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep).

         Youngest Dover winner: Kyle Busch (06/01/2008 - 23 years, 0 months, 30 days).

         Oldest Dover winner: Harry Gant (05/31/1992 - 52 years, 4 months, 21 days).

         Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 16: Jimmie Johnson (nine), Jeff Gordon (four), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one). 

         Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 35 victories; followed by Ford with 25.

         13 of the 89 (14.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010.

         The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway.   

         28 of the 89 (31.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place.

         70 of the 89 (78.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.

         Five of the 89 (5.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 - most recently: Tony Stewart, spring 2013 (22nd-place starting position)

         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995.

         Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four.

         Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19.  Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17. 

         Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 24.

         Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.240.

         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.360.

         11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances.     

         Among the 12 active NSCS Dover winners Kurt Busch (22) and Matt Kenseth (14) made 10 or more attempts before their first win.

         Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 39; followed by Kevin Harvick with 27.

         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.08 second.

         There has been one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Dover International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (400/404).

         Not one of the 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.   

         Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway five times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005 and spring of 2011.  

         Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06).

         Two active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (06/02/02) and Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991).     

         One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (06/04/07).

         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,976 laps led in 25 starts.

         If Jimmie Johnson leads 24 laps or more this weekend he will surpass the 3,000 laps led mark at Dover International Speedway, becoming the seventh driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at a single track. Jeff Gordon is the only other active driver to accomplish the feat (Martinsville - 3,593 laps led). 

         Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Janet Guthrie

11

33

9/19/1976

Janet Guthrie

15

11

9/18/1977

Danica Patrick

38

28

9/30/2012

Danica Patrick

39

24

6/2/2013

Danica Patrick

31

29

9/29/2013

Danica Patrick

28

23

6/1/2014

NASCAR in Delaware

         There have been 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware all at Dover International Speedway.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Dover International Speedway

Dover

89

         Eight drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Delaware; none of the eight have recorded a victory in NASCAR national series competition.

 

Contact:

Ray M. Smith

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(386) 310-6058

raysmith@nascar.com








Logano wins at New Hampshire as
chaotic race scrambles Chase standings

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


LOUDON, N.H. - Out of the maelstrom that was New Hampshire Motor Speedway sped Joey Logano, who took control of Sunday's Sylvania 300 on a restart with 27 laps left and held on to win the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

But the crux of Sunday's race wasn't about Logano's fourth victory of the season and the second straight for Team Penske in the Chase. It wasn't about Logano winning for the seventh time in his career and punching his ticket into the second elimination round under NASCAR's new playoff format.

It wasn't about Sunoco rookie Kyle Larson posting his second straight top-three finish. Yes, Larson ran second, passing third-place finisher Kevin Harvick on a green-white-checkered flag restart that took the race three laps past its scheduled distance, but Larson was almost an afterthought amid the chaos that scrambled the Chase standings.

It wasn't about another strong run for Jamie McMurray, who finished fourth, or about a top-five for six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who came home fifth.

It wasn't about the crazy afternoon of polesitter Brad Keselowski, who ran back and forth through the field like a yo-yo, spun on Lap 194 of a scheduled 300 and nevertheless had a chance to win the race at the end before falling back to seventh on the restart that took the race to overtime.

No, the crux of the race wasn't about the winner. It was about those who survived the crucible of pressure the Chase creates-and those who didn't.

It was about uncharacteristic mistakes on pit road. It was about the aggression and desperation on the track that left the cars of six of 16 Chase drivers in relative states of damage and disrepair.

It was about Aric Almirola's heroic drive to a sixth-place finish after the heartbreak of a late engine failure last week at Chicagoland Speedway. It was about the a 13th-place finish for AJ Allmendinger, who reentered the Chase conversation, as did Almirola, by avoiding the calamities that placed some of their more potent peers on the cusp of elimination.

But first, credit to Logano, who survived a succession of restarts in a race littered with cautions-13 of a total 15 in the last 134 laps-and prevailed on tires that, thanks to crew chief Todd Gordon's astute call with 53 laps left in regulation, were superior to those of the drivers in contention on the final restart.

Logano won Sunday's race at a track that gave him his first victory in NASCAR's premier series-but a win that will always have an asterisk in Logano's mind because it resulted from a fortunate pit call in a rain-shortened race.

The call for four tires on Lap 247 helped Logano on Sunday, but he had to earn the win, and he did so with a bold charge past Harvick and Keselowski on the Lap 274 restart.

"I thought we gave it away at that point," said Logano, who traded track position for the new rubber and restarted 16th on Lap 251. "But four tires were good, and we had some good restarts and were able to get ourselves back up there. We worked hard.

"This is my home race track, the coolest place to win for me. I could never pick a better race track to win. I watched my first Cup race here when I was five, and I won that other Cup race here, but I just felt like I had to win one the right way here, and this means so much.

"I've got to thank all the boys at Team Penske. We're doing what we've got to do to win this thing right now - both teams are - and I'm proud of that. This is my home track, so it means so much to me."

If Logano was elated with the victory, other Chase drivers experienced a gamut of emotions that ranged from relief to abject misery.

Kyle Busch crumpled the hood of his car in a wreck that started when Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth got loose in traffic on the backstretch. Busch's team did yeoman work to keep him on the lead lap, setting up an eighth-place finish.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought his No. 88 Chevrolet to pit road for an unscheduled stop on Lap 123 to tighten a loose wheel-the result of a hurried-but-unsuccessful attempt to tighten the lugs-and lost a lap in the process.

But Earnhardt regained his lap under caution and salvaged a ninth-place finish, so no harm done to his hopes of advancing after next Sunday's race at Dover.

Kenseth survived the melee with Busch on Lap 188 but was gobbled up in a wreck with Paul Menard on Lap 270 and finished 21st.

When Busch slowed after contact with Kenseth, he was rear-ended by the No. 5 Chevy of Kasey Kahne, who obliterated the nose of his car. Kahne finished 23rd. Ryan Newman also got a piece of that same accident and came home 18th.

But the real casualties of the afternoon were Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin, who finished 36th and 37th, respectively and saw their hopes of advancing to the next round take a serious turn for the worse.

Hamlin led early but a problem with the fuel probe in his No. 11 Toyota prevented his crew from filling the fuel cell. All told, Hamlin lost four laps as his team tried to rectify the issue.

But Hamlin's woes were far from over. On Lap 180, he slid into a Turn 2 wreck involving Martin Truex Jr. and David Ragan, knocked his right front wheel out of kilter and took the car to the garage. He lost another 34 laps before returning to the track.

"We couldn't get fuel in it from the get-go," Hamlin lamented. "Don't know where that's coming from, what it's all about-you just can't have any mistakes in this three-race Chase deal.

"We went from looking pretty and probably going to coast our way to the next round to a long shot at best. It's frustrating, but what can you do about it? You just have to suck it up and move on and try to do the best you can next week."

Kurt Busch had to return to pit road on Lap 109 to tighten a loose wheel. Busch fell one lap down after Harvick passed him on Lap 162, but got the lap back as the "lucky dog" under a debris caution called on lap 170.

But that was a brief reprieve. Busch was running 15th when he clobbered the Turn 3 wall on Lap 221. He lost 35 laps in the garage before returning on Lap 255.

After Sunday's race, only 12 points separate Kenseth in eighth from Almirola in 16th, with Carl Edwards, Allmendinger, Kahne, Newman, Hamlin, Biffle and Kurt Busch in-between. The tightness of the standings sets up a free-for-all next Sunday at the Monster Mile for the remaining spots in the Chase's second round.