Logano shoves Truex away to move on to Miami

Logano shoves Truex away to move on to Miami

Logano shoves Truex away to move on to Miami

Truex slid sideways across the finish line and promptly declared Logano won't take his title from him this year.

Hamlin won the first stage but didn't have enough to challenge Logano until the final 10 laps of the stage.

In this latest instance, Logano knocked Truex out of the way, slipped past him and straightened out his wiggling vehicle enough to cross the finish line in first. Truex, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch all were expected to make it to Miami to race for the title after dominating the regular season. Logano was booed, Truex joined the jeering from pit road and the crew chiefs exchanged angry words. He qualified 13. The starting positions for other drivers in the playoffs are Truex, sixth, and Logano, 11.

"He may have won the battle, but he's not going to win the damn war", Truex told NBCSN.

The impact sent Truex Jr. sliding down the frontstretch while Logano went on to win the race and automatically advance into the Championship 4 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I don't know. What are you going to do?"

Logano seemed to be aware that the way he won was unpopular, but his eyes were on the bigger prize.

"Just thinking about Miami", Logano said. That's NASCAR racing. That's what the grassroots are, that's what fans come here to see. "Some may not like it". That gave time for Truex, whose Toyota failed inspection prior to the race and started 31st, to close in on the leaders.

Truex raced Logano clean while the two battled for the lead, but Logano used the bumper in a last-ditch effort to get the victory.

Truex - who made slight contact with Logano in preceding laps - moves into the lead, only to fall victim to a bump-and-run by Logano in Turn 3, which inevitably caused the No. 78 to turn sideways, thus handing the victory (and shot at the title) over to Logano.

"I was next to him for six laps. (If) Harvick has a better three races than we do, he's in on points versus us". "We'll race him day after day". "He just knocked me out of the way so yeah, it short track racing, but what comes around goes around".

"It's cheap. But he's got his spot to go to homestead". He finished second at Martinsville, where he is a five-time victor. "I hope he's proud of himself".

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The weekend of action at Martinsville Speedway culminates on Sunday with the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The deal with Ally covers all 38 races a season - a huge financial commitment in present-day NASCAR.

Ally will replace Lowe's, which is leaving NASCAR at the end of the season. Kevin Harvick is the defending race victor and Kyle Busch won there earlier this season.

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