Take a look back at the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 from Martinsville Speedway as tempers reach a boiling point and a former champion captures an historic victory.
Check out the best in-car audio from Martinsville Speedway , from Matt Kenseth wrecking Joey Logano to Jeff Gordon winning his first race of the 2015 season and locking a spot in Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Martinsville Speedway : 1. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . In his final Martinsville run, Gordon kept alive his Drive for Five and earned his ninth grandfather clock. WATCH: Gordon jumps for joy 2. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray managed to avoid the late-race fracas and unsuccessfully tried different lines to catch Gordon in the closing laps. 3. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Two pit road speeding penalties and a spin on-track only momentarily stalled Hamlin, who opted not to pit with 39 laps to go and briefly moved into the lead. 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . "We might as well get an attempt at it (the final restart), but it's pretty dark," Earnhardt told his team as he lined up third for the final restart. RELATED: Hear drivers on RaceView . 5. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kyle Busch rallied after spinning on Lap 171 when he said his left-side tires made contact with water near the curb. 6. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex kept his Chase hopes alive with his 21st top-10 of the year. 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . "Excuse me, coming through," Newman radioed as he nudged Kurt Busch up the track to take sixth on Lap 196. RELATED: Hear drivers on RaceView . 8. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick restarted ninth late in the race and picked up a spot en route to his 25th top-10 of the year (second to Joey Logano 's series-leading 26). 9. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne's team made adjustments throughout Sunday's race trying to find rear grip. 10. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . After starting from the rear of the field in a backup car, Stewart quietly climbed to his 300th career top-10. 11. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger skipped pit road late in the race to move into second and briefly took the lead before fading on old tires. 12. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson made a late-race pit stop and climbed through the field after restarting 18th with 31 laps left. 13. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier held on despite radioing on Lap 216 while running 21st that he had lost all forward drive. 14. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Chase contender was among the walking wounded early and fought to be the beneficiary with 65 laps to go. " WATCH: Edwards gets damage in contact with No. 18 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard slipped by a spinning No. 55 on Lap 466 to hold on and earn his 19th top-15 of the year. 16. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola was dumped onto the apron when the field stacked up on the Lap 113 restart. 17. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears started 19th and used pit strategy to run as high as 13th on Sunday. 18. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon led six laps before being involved in a spin on Lap 171. 19. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson picked up his best Martinsville finish after notching his best start (ninth) at the paperclip oval. 20. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt took advantage of many early caution periods to work on the grille opening and stay on the lead lap. 21. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Forward bite was an initial issue for Cassill, but appeared to improve when a long green-flag stretch followed a spate of cautions. 22. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Brake heat was a key topic on the No. 7 radio as Bowman scored his best Martinsville finish. RELATED: Hear drivers on RaceView . 23. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett worked his way back onto the lead lap after spinning early. 24. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland incurred the wrath of Danica Patrick when he ran her up the track and into the wall on Lap 157. RELATED: Danica retaliates on Gilliland . 25. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan spun with 35 laps to go when he crossed Austin Dillon 's path. 26. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle spun twice on Sunday -- bringing out the caution each time. 27. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton was running 32nd when he came down the track and into the path of Sam Hornish Jr . to bring out the 14th caution flag. 28. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish sustained heavy damage to the nose of his No. 9 Ford and had to pit for repairs during the sixth caution period. 29. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley started 39th and frequently employed the high line to avoid any issues as he picked up a few spots during Sunday's race. 30. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . In his second Martinsville outing, DiBenedetto posted his best start and his best finish at the short track . 31. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne made an unscheduled stop for right-side tires on Lap 79 for a vibration. 32. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski quickly reported to the garage for repairs after getting caught up in the carnage during the Lap 435 restart. " MORE: Keselowski's Chase hopes take a hit 33. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Survival was Kennedy’s mindset during his second Martinsville outing, which included nine caution flags in the first 186 laps. 34. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . A steering box issue was a distant memory for Kurt Busch when he was stalled on the Lap 435 restart and then T-boned by a spinning Matt Kenseth . " MORE: Kurt on the bubble after Martinsville 35. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt's team changed the battery and checked his alternator early in Sunday's race. 36. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Hill made his second Martinsville appearance on Sunday. 37. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano enjoyed the first pit stall and appeared to be running away with the win when Kenseth got into him in Turn 1. Logano later told the media, "It's a chicken you-know-what move to take out the leader when your race is over. " " RELATED: Kenseth wrecks Logano . 38. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Martinsville thundered as Kenseth wrecked leader Joey Logano in Turn 4. NASCAR waved the red flag and then invited key personnel on the No. 20 team to a post-race chat. " POLL: Was Kenseth rigth or wrong? 39. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse slowed in Turn 3 and then reported to the garage after getting into the wall and locking up his right-front tire on Lap 127. 40. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick took her car to the garage before the ninth caution flag for repairs. She later spun to bring out the 13th yellow. " WATCH: Danica retaliates against Gilliland 41. Kyle Fowler , No. 32 Ford, GO FAS Racing. A best Martinsville start was stalled when Fowler hit the wall to bring out the 12th caution. 42. Ryan Preece , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Brake issues impacted the Martinsville newcomer. 43. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer was running 16th when he was tagged by two cars fighting for position beneath him. Bowyer’s spin brought out the ninth caution flag.
Members of the NASCAR.com editorial team make their predictions for the first race of the Eliminator Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Martinsville Speedway ( Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 , 1:15 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra, MRN, SiriusXM). Zack Albert Denny Hamlin : Expect the No. 11 to prevail in his home state for Hamlin's sixth grandfather clock, denying the remaining Chasers an automatic berth in the Homestead championship finale. Kenny Bruce Jimmie Johnson : Johnson shares win record (eight) for active drivers at Martinsville with teammate Jeff Gordon . Bad fast in practice. No Chase pressure. In other words, everything to gain and nothing to lose. Brad Norman Joey Logano : Because why not? He's starting from the pole and has won three consecutive races. Make it four. George Winkler Dale Earnhardt Jr .: Hendrick teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have more history on their side, but Junior will use the disappointment from last weekend as motivation to get his second grandfather clock (first for crew chief Greg Ives). Kathy Sheldon Jeff Gordon : The intensity is there, and so is the confidence at Martinsville , where he has eight career wins and a runner-up finish in this race last year. The four-time champion is serious about chasing down title number five. Jessica Ruffin Dale Earnhardt Jr .: Having just missed the next round of the Chase with a runner-up result at Talladega Sunday, Junior heads to Martinsville with something to prove -- and a fast race car, to boot. He’s also the reigning race winner and calls the paperclip oval one of his favorite tracks on the circuit. Taylor Starer Jeff Gordon : Martinsville's fall race is what Gordon has been waiting for. The four-time Sprint Cup champ doesn't plan on ending his lengthy career with a winless season or without scoring one more win at a track where he's had eight victories. Maggie MacKenzie Carl Edwards : With the recent Joe Gibbs Racing difficulties, Edwards is the team's biggest hope to snag the 2015 championship. He may not have a win at Martinsville , but the driver of the No. 19 Toyota has finished outside the top 10 only once thus far in the Chase. RJ Kraft Denny Hamlin : Yes, Hamlin is out of the Chase, but that doesn't mean he can't go out and get another win. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has one of the best cars this weekend as he eyes a sweep of the Martinsville races for the second time in his career. Pat DeCola Jeff Gordon : A winless final season just doesn't seem to fit the four-time champion's style. With more career victories at "The Paperclip" (eight) than any other track on his resume, you can book Gordon's trip to Victory Lane this weekend -- along with his spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead.
Practice 2 recap " Practice 2 results Timothy Peters led the final Camping World Truck Series practice at Martinsville Speedway on Friday, sweeping the series' practice sessions for the weekend's event. The Red Horse Racing driver closed out the Truck practice sessions with a high speed of 96.083 mph. Cameron Hayley came in as second-fastest at 96.063 mph. Tyler Young (95.453 mph), Daniel Suarez (95.319 mph) and Cole Custer (95.285 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Peters, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are the only previous Martinsville winners in this weekend's field. Sauter was ninth-fastest (95.180 mph) and two-time Truck champ Crafton was 21st-fastest (94.073). Austin Cindric and Ross Kenseth are both attempting to make their Truck Series debuts at Martinsville . Kenseth was 11th-fastest (95.084 mph) and Cindric was 15th-fastest (94.675 mph). The Camping World Truck Series returns to the track for qualifying at 10:15 a.m. ET Saturday on FS1 ahead of the Kroger 200 (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1). Practice 1 recap " Practice 1 results Timothy Peters led the opening Camping World Truck Series practice at Martinsville Speedway on Friday. The Red Horse Racing driver started off the first session with a high speed of 96.020 mph. Peters also won last weekend's event at Talladega Superspeedway . Two-time Truck Series champ Matt Crafton came in as second-fastest at 95.752 mph. Cameron Hayley (95.612 mph), Spencer Gallagher (95.218) and Brandon Jones (94.775 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Defending race winner Darrell Wallace Jr . is not running in this year's race, as he is now a regular in the XFINITY Series. Peters, Crafton and Johnny Sauter are the only previous Martinsville winners in this weekend's field. Sauter was sixth-fastest (94.397 mph). The Camping World Truck Series returns to the track for the final practice session at 2:30 p.m. ET before Saturday's Kroger 200 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).
Jeff Gordon earned a berth in the Championship Round of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , and according to team owner Rick Hendrick, it couldn't have come at a better time or taken place at a better track. Gordon, 44 and closing out one of the most impressive careers in the history of NASCAR, scored his 93rd career victory Sunday at Martinsville Speedway , automatically earning a chance to race for a fifth, and final, title three weeks from now at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "I won my first race (as an owner) there," with driver Geoff Bodine, Hendrick told NASCAR.com on Tuesday. It was a victory that "kept us alive," he said. This most recent win "puts Jeff in the Chase in his final year. … He's been such a big asset to our company and to me personally as a friend. It's pretty darn special." Hendrick said there were several things that made Sunday's victory in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 more meaningful than most. Which is pretty strong when one considers that Hendrick teams have won 238 points races, including the Daytona 500 , Brickyard 400, Southern 500 and Coca-Cola 600 . Legendary races at legendary facilities. "We were so close last year with Jeff," Hendrick said. "We go to Texas leading the points (and) he gets taken out. We go to Phoenix, he runs second. He goes to Homestead and leads the better part of that race and you think what could have been. Because the race was actually over in Texas and they threw that damn caution. That was kind of bitter. "You start this year and we didn't run as good this year as we did a year ago. Then you go to Martinsville , a place that's been so good to us, the 22 or so wins, and it's been a place where we've had tragedy. … "To see him on his 'farewell tour,' his last race, go to Homestead and be one of four cars that have a shot to win the championship, I think that's a storybook (finish) all in itself, no matter how he ends up. That's a great deal. It's going to be special for a lot of his fans and the sport itself. I just think Martinsville was a super, unbelievable win. It's got to go in there, probably ranks as one of the most important and special wins in our career." Gordon won championships for Hendrick in 1995, '97-98 and '01. He has not won a title since the Chase format was adopted in 2004, but has finished as high as second (2007). As of now, he's the only driver guaranteed to be racing for the championship. Stops at Texas, up this weekend, and Phoenix in two weeks, will trim the eight-driver field down to its final four. "I think by winning early for Jeff, he won't be as nervous at Phoenix and he won't be as nervous at Texas and there will be a whole lot of guys around you racing awfully nervous," Hendrick said, "… a mistake's going to cost them. "There are a lot of good guys and it's going to be really interesting to see who the final four are going to be, when you've got some guys at the bottom that are on the outside looking in. Somebody's going to be disappointed in the next two weeks." Gordon has driven for no other team owner in the Sprint Cup Series since making his debut with HMS at the end of the 1992 season. Hendrick has seen the driver thoroughly dominate the competition – he won 47 races in a five-year span between '95 and '99 – and he's seen him struggle, going winless in '08 and '10. Although Sunday's victory was Gordon's first of the season, Hendrick says he knows the No. 24 team has the talent and ability to win the title. "Just knowing Jeff Gordon and how he can step it up when it's time," he said. "He's not going to go back there and turn over people to run 15th or 11th. "You haven't seen him in a situation where it's all the marbles for a championship. Usually you work all year long and it's every single week. Now it's a one-race championship really, that's what it's come down to. At a place where he won the race the year before last, led a lot of laps last year. Different rules, but he likes the track, just like Martinsville ." Hendrick would like nothing better than to see his driver go out on top, a fitting end to an amazing career. The stakes won't be any higher but the owner says he has no trouble keeping things in perspective. "It ain't life-threatening, that's what I always say," Hendrick said. "I've learned if you let it eat you alive, you never get better. When we lose, it motivates us to go back and work harder. "We're just going to do the best we can; we'll go down there with the best stuff we have and try to beat the rest of them. "We made it this far; we made it to the final round and right now we're the only ones that can say that."
RELATED: See photos of the wreck, from the garage " Full race results MARTINSVILLE , Va. -- The simmering issues between NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano reached a boiling point Sunday at Martinsville Speedway . And the result found Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota parked by NASCAR officials while Logano, winner of the last three races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , suddenly was last in points among the eight Chase contenders. "It was just a complete coward move, especially for a championship race car driver and race team," Logano said after exiting the infield care center. "Just a complete coward. I don't have anything else to say." Kenseth, eliminated from Chase contention a week after contact with Logano at Kansas Speedway as the two battled for the lead, was already laps down and nursing a banged-up race car in Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 when he got into Logano on Lap 454 of the 500-lap race, leaving both cars crashed against the wall. RELATED: Logano bumps Kenseth " Kenseth, Logano at Kansas Logano, looking poised for a fourth straight win, was leading at the time of the incident. "It's a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over," Logano said. "We'll move on. We're going to work hard and we're going to get our car back out there hopefully. We've just got to go win." Kenseth said Sunday's incident was "definitely my fault. "I got into him," the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said. "The right front was dragging down there ... and man (I) couldn't get it to turn and collected him. "I know it's got to be disappointing for him. It's a tough sport; some days you're the bat and some days you're the ball. I was the ball a few weeks ago and I was the ball again today, so that part of it is never fun." Kenseth had suffered damage to his car before the incident on a previous restart when Logano's Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski , slid up and into the JGR entry. Kenseth's car turned hard to the left as a result, clipping fellow Chase driver Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ). NASCAR officials met with members of the No. 20 team, including crew chief Jason Ratcliff and team owner Joe Gibbs, at the conclusion of the race. WATCH: NASCAR VP discusses boundaries of 'Boys have at it' Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, wouldn't speculate on impending punishment for Kenseth's actions on the track. "We were certainly disappointed with what took place tonight on the race track," he said. "... Like we always do, there's still a lot to digest from what happened tonight. We'll do that. We'll have some additional conversations and probably come out with something, if there is anything to discuss, on Tuesday." That disappointment, he said, stemmed from the fact that the incident involved a driver not in contention for the win, one that "in fact, was many laps down," he said. "In our minds, that's a little bit different than two drivers really going after it coming out of Turn 4 for a win versus what happened tonight," O'Donnell said. Todd Gordon, Logano's crew chief, said his team would "go to Texas (the next stop on the schedule) and win. "We've done it before," he said. "We'll do it again." Asked if Kenseth crossed the line, Gordon simply said, "I've got an awesome driver in Joey Logano and an awesome team. ... They dug and we got back out, didn't take a DNF. "We did everything and continued to dig all day. We'll do that; we'll continue to dig along. We've got two more races to make this happen." POLL: What's your opinion on Kenseth vs. Logano? The crash was not the first incident of the day involving the two drivers. Earlier in the race, Kenseth tapped Logano from behind shortly after a restart on Lap 242 to move into second. Kenseth, parked by NASCAR officials following the latter crash, was credited with a 38th-place finish. Logano, who returned to the race following repairs to his No. 22 Ford, finished 37th. Keselowski said his contact with Kenseth on the restart wasn't intentional and was a result of getting hit from behind, which "pushed me into the 20." "My right-front wheel hit Kenseth's left rear and it just broke the right-front suspension off the car," he said. "The car wouldn't turn and just kept going straight until I couldn't do anything and I wrecked everybody. I just didn't have any steering wheel left." WATCH: Kenseth, Kes make contact at Martinsville Race winner Jeff Gordon , the first driver to earn a berth in the championship finale later this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway , said he saw the Kenseth/Logano accident unfold but admitted "I wasn't ready for it." "I couldn't quite see what the 22's role (Logano) played in it," he said. "As soon as I went by I thought, 'Wow, did I just see that?' "I also put myself in Matt's shoes. I could relate. I could relate to frustration getting the best of you. ... You might have some regrets later, but I understand why you make that choice at the moment." Kenseth, a five-time winner this season, won the series title in 2003, the final season before the current Chase format was brought into play. Logano has a series' leading six victories this season. "You never like to be in these situations," Kenseth said. "They really stink to be honest with you, but sometimes you get put in these spots and you've got to try to keep respect in the garage area. You can't get yourself ran over. ... "Like I said, I hated the way it ended." Logano, no doubt, did as well. There were no conversations between the two drivers following the incident. "They won't let me get to him," Logano said. MORE: Miss the race? Catch up on the Martinsville madness
RELATED: Race results " Chase bubble watch MARTINSVILLE , Va. -- Yes, Jeff Gordon celebrated his 93rd career victory in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway . Yes, Gordon will compete for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Yes, there were tears of joy in Victory Lane for Gordon, who's at the tail end of his final season in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with just three races remaining. But Sunday's race at Martinsville had so much more -- most notably, " Matt Kenseth 's Revenge." RELATED: Chase contenders involved in big wreck Long before Gordon held off Jamie McMurray in a two-lap run to the finish as darkness consumed the .526-mile short track, Kenseth ended polesitter Joey Logano 's remarkable winning streak in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by pile-driving Logano's No. 22 Team Penske Ford, which was leading the race at the time, into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 454 of 500. Kenseth's car was crippled at that point, the victim of a Lap 434 wreck that also involved the No. 2 Ford of Logano’s teammate, Brad Keselowski . But when Kenseth clipped the left rear quarter panel of Logano's Ford and slammed him into the SAFER barrier, it was retaliation for Kansas two weeks earlier, when Logano knocked Kenseth out of the way -- and effectively out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- in the closing laps of the second race of the Contender Round. Kenseth failed to advance to the Eliminator Round, which started at Martinsville on Sunday. And now Logano likewise is in dire jeopardy of seeing his dream season end before the Championship Round. "I think what happened at Kansas is a completely different deal," Logano said after a visit to the infield care center. "We were racing for the win, and he blocks you a few times, and then we raced hard and he blocked me the last time and we spun out. That's what happened there. "Here it was just a complete coward move, especially for a championship race car driver and race team. Just a complete coward. I don't have anything else to say. It's a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over." Logano, who was bidding for his fourth straight victory, finished 37th and is eighth in the Chase standings, 28 points behind Kevin Harvick in fourth, the last transfer position into the Championship Round. It was clear from Kenseth's post-accident comments that the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota felt it was important to assert himself. "You never like to be in these situations," Kenseth said. "They really stink, to be honest with you, but sometimes you get put in these spots, and you've got to try to keep respect in the garage area. You can't get yourself ran over. "You can't get in the Chase next year and get ran over for the same reason. Like I said, hate the way it ended. Wish we were out there celebrating or having a shot for the win like we did before we got wrecked, so a disappointing day." NASCAR called Kenseth, crew chief Jason Ratcliff and team owner Joe Gibbs to the sanctioning body's transporter after the race. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said the incident will be reviewed and subsequent action, if any, will be announced later this week. None of the Kenseth-Logano drama, however, could mute the elation of Gordon, the first driver to clinch a spot in the Championship Round at Homestead. "Yeah, baby, yeah -- we go to Homestead!" Gordon screamed after crossing the finish line .335 seconds ahead of McMurray. "That was huge! That was huge! Boys, I love you guys. "That's what I was talking about. We just keep digging and fighting..." WATCH: Gordon celebrates 'sweetest, most amazing feeling' A few minutes later, in Victory Lane, Gordon couldn't resist a joke. "It was a joke. I'm coming back next year!" Gordon quipped about his impending retirement. "This is the sweetest, most amazing feeling. I am so proud of this team. You want to talk about holding back emotions; right now man, wow, we're going to Homestead! I can't believe it." Kyle Busch had a fight on his hands, too, after spinning in Turn 2 on Lap 170 and damaging the front suspension of his No. 18 Toyota during contact with the No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon . But Busch rallied to come home fifth and is tied with sixth-place finisher Martin Truex Jr . for second in the Chase standings. Denny Hamlin recovered from two pit road speeding penalties to run third on Sunday, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr . Ryan Newman and Harvick and were seventh and eighth, respectively. Keselowski and Kurt Busch , victims of the same wreck that ended Kenseth's strong run, finished 32nd and 34th, respectively, and are approaching must-win status at the next two races in the Eliminator Round, at Texas and Phoenix. Notes: Before the wrecks that ruined their chances, the Team Penske cars were dominant. Logano led a race-high 207 laps. Keselowski led 143 laps, and at one juncture had built a lead of 8.9 seconds before Kyle Fowler smacked the Turn 3 wall to cause the 12th of 18 cautions. ... The victory was Gordon's first of the season and his ninth at Martinsville , breaking a tie with teammate Jimmie Johnson for most among active drivers.
RELATED: Sunday's full lineup MARTINSVILLE , Va. -- At NASCAR Sprint Cup racing's shortest track, Joey Logano 's torrid run just got longer. The winner of three straight races -- constituting a sweep of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- Logano toured .526-mile Martinsville Speedway in 19.215 seconds (98.548 mph) in the final round of Friday's knockout qualifying session to win the pole for Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 (1:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, Logano edged fellow Chase driver Martin Truex Jr . (98.487 mph) by .012 seconds in the race for the top starting spot for the first race in the Chase's Eliminator Round. The Coors Light Pole Award was Logano's second at the paperclip-shaped speedway , the first one having come in March of this year. It was the 14th pole of his career, six of which have come in 2015, and it earned Logano a significant benefit above and beyond the top spot on the grid. Logano will also get the first pit stall (closest to the exit from pit road at the start of the backstretch). There is no other track on the Sprint Cup tour where pit stall No. 1 is more valuable. "It's an amazing run we're on right now," Logano said. "This Shell-Pennzoil team is unbelievable. I'm just the lucky guy that gets to drive this thing right now. "It's so much fun. We're doing everything right, right now, but all that can end in a blink of an eye, so we've got to keep our focus. Starting first here -- anywhere here at Martinsville pays a lot bigger than most race tracks. Having a great pit stall and staying up towards front -- as well as keeping your fenders on the car is important. I couldn't be more proud of these guys as I am right now." AJ Allmendinger (98.068 mph) led a pair of non-Chasers on the second row. He'll start to the inside of Jamie McMurray (98.007 mph). Eight-time Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon qualified fifth at 97.896 mph, followed by fellow Chase driver Kyle Busch (97.850 mph). "I don't think anybody had a shot at Joey, really," said Gordon, who is retiring from the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at the end of the season. "He's in a league of his own and he has been here, qualifying all year. But we wanted to make a big effort at it and I felt like we did. "The first two rounds went exactly as planned, and it didn't feel too bad there (in round 3), but just lacked a little bit of speed. When you go to three rounds, it really changes things dramatically, trying to save tires and see how hard you can push it and keeping up with the balance. I thought we executed really well and came up a little bit short." Ryan Newman , Aric Almirola , Kyle Larson , Denny Hamlin , Brad Keselowski and reigning champion Kevin Harvick will start from positions seven through 12, respectively. Two Chase drivers failed to crack the top 12 -- Carl Edwards (14th) and Kurt Busch (15th). "I just wasn't fast enough the very first run, so I put a run on the tires and got us a cycle behind everyone," Edwards said. "It's okay -- we're going to be just fine. I think in my history of qualifying here, this is still about 10 spots better than normal. "We have a fast pit crew, the car is a lot better than it was in practice ... and I'm going to have some fun on Sunday." On his fourth lap of the first knockout round, Kasey Kahne wheel-hopped his No. 5 Chevrolet into the Turn 1 wall and was forced to resort to a backup car -- a ticket to the rear of the field for the start of Sunday's race. Keselowski also scraped the outside wall in the first round but managed to squeeze into 12th place in the second and improved to 11th in the money round.
RELATED: Recap the race at Martinsville " Chase bubble watch post- Martinsville Jeff Gordon won Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway , his first victory of the season and his ninth career at the .526-mile oval. Doing so clinched a spot in the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway and ensures, in his final full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Gordon will enter the finale in championship contention. Here's how NASCAR Nation reacted: Seeing @JeffGordonWeb win today was the highlight of the 2015 NASCAR season. #respect — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) November 1, 2015 Congrats @JeffGordonWeb , crew chief Alan Gustafson, and all of @TeamHendrick on a win @MartinsvilleSwy and a shot at the @HomesteadMiami — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) November 2, 2015 That is so freaking cool. Wow. — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) November 1, 2015 What a win for @jeffgordonweb so much fight left in that 24 team. Can't wait to see them battle for the Championship in Homestead #unreal — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) November 1, 2015 This is how we celebrate in our house @ErinEvernham pic.twitter.com/z0Kj9TDx9Z — ray evernham (@RayEvernham) November 1, 2015 Decent day for us at martinsville . Made too many mistakes towards the end of the race. So pumped for @JeffGordonWeb !!! — Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) November 1, 2015 Chants of "thank you jeff" pouring out of this crowd! #Legend #Championship4 -JW — Miss Sprint Cup (@MissSprintCup) November 1, 2015 Congrats to @JeffGordonWeb and HMS on the win! Go get that championship! — Amy Reimann (@Amy_Reimann) November 1, 2015 That is a very cool win! Congrats to @JeffGordonWeb — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) November 1, 2015 Might have been his last few years but it's cool to say I watched a legend growing up. Congrats JG. #HERO — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) November 1, 2015 Cool to see @JeffGordonWeb win and make it to final round in @NASCAR Chase Championship. Great way to close out an incredible career. — Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) November 1, 2015 Why we all love our sport, all the fans staying for victory lane celebration! @MartinsvilleSwy great crowd today pic.twitter.com/VQ9zyj9E0W — Trent Owens (@wtrentowens) November 1, 2015 Tough ending to our good stretch of races but we will go get them in the next 3 starting at Texas. Pretty cool seeing @JeffGordonWeb win — Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (@StenhouseJr) November 1, 2015 It was cool seeing @JeffGordonWeb get a win at Martinsville in his last start there. — Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriault) November 1, 2015 As a long time fan and hero of mine. So badass to see @JeffGordonWeb win Martinsville and have a shot for his 5th at Homestead. Get it. — AJ Allmendinger (@AJDinger) November 2, 2015