Martin Truex Jr Wins NASCAR Playoff Race At Martinsville

Denny Hamlin And Joey Logano Have Post-Race Altercation

Scott Stiller
October 27, 2019 - 11:25 pm
Mqrtin Truex Jr In Victory Lane After Winning NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race At Martinsville Speedway

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MARTINSVILLE, VA (93.7 The Fan) - Martin Truex Jr punched his ticket to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship while Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano were throwing punches on pit road after Sunday's First Data 500 Monster Energy Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Truex picked up his first career win at Martinsville with a dominating performance, leading 464-of-500-laps, to clinch a birth in the NASCAR Championship 4 at Homestead Miami Speedway next month.

“We’ve really wanted to win here for a long time," said Truex.  "To get a Grandfather clock if pretty special.”

While Truex was celebrating his win, NASCAR Playoff contenders Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin were exchanging words on pit road following a on-track incident where Hamlin ran Logano into the wall following a restart.  Logano shoved Hamlin, who chased the Team Penske driver, which led to members from both teams getting involved before NASCAR officials separated everyone on pit road.

"He kind of came off the corner like there wasn’t another car on the outside of him," Logano explained about the on-track incident.  "Once he started hitting me, he didn’t lift and kept finishing me off. Ruined our day. We had a top 5 for sure coming our way.”

"I got close off of turn 4, we got together, and it looks like collateral damage he blew a tire," Hamlin said explaining his side of the on-track incident.

Hamlin finished fourth and Logano rallied for an eighth place finish after a trip to pit road for repairs.

Hendrick Motorsports William Byron finished second and thought he had a shot at his first career win.

“I wouldn’t race him (Truex) dirty but I’m really hungry for my first win but he ran such a good race,” said Byron.

Pittsburgh's Chip Ganassi had both of his cars finish in the top 10.  Kurt Busch brought the No. 1 Global Poker Chevrolet home in sixth place and Kyle Larson, who's still Playoff eligible, finished ninth in the No. 42 Clover Chevrolet.  Larson sits in 7th place in the Playoff standings, 24-points out of the fourth and final playoff spot.

Two races remain in the third round, next week at Texas and then a trip out West to Phoenix, before Championship Weekend at Homestead.  Win, like Truex did at Martinsville, and you're in.  At least one driver will make it in on points.