Monday, October 24, 2016

Joey Logano wins at Talladega for second straight season

Joey Logano held on to win at Talladega. His teammate, Brad Keselowski, dominiated the race before an engine failure.

Talladega Results

Talladega Fast Facts

* Joey Logano won the 48th Annual Hellmann's 500, his 16th victory in 287 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
* This is his second victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 2016.
* This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 16 races at Talladega Superspeedway. This is his second consecutive win in the Talladega Chase race.
* Brian Scott (second) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2016.
* Denny Hamlin (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 22 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
* The following drivers advance tot he Chase's Round of 8 (ordered by seed): Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch.

* Martin Truex Jr., the pole winner, had an engine expire on lap 41, and finished 40th/last. Truex is the first pole winner to finish last since Denny Hamlin won the pole at Atlanta in September 2010 and finished 43rd/last. The finish also knocked Truex Jr. out of the Chase.
* Brad Keselowski led th most laps at 90 but had an engine expire on lap 144, ending his day and knocking him out of the Chase.
* Eliminated from the Chase: Austin Dillon, Truex Jr., Chase Elliott and Keselowski. Dillon and Hamlin were tied for 8th but Hamlin finished 3rd and Dillon 9th. Tie goes to the driver who had the best finish in that round. Hamlin had the 3rd and Dillon had a 6th from Kansas, so Hamlin advances.
* There were 31 lead changes among 14 drivers and 6 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps.
* Average race speed: 159.905mph

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