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RELATED: Junior turns 41; see images through the years MORE: Race results " Updated standings CONCORD, N.C. -- History repeated itself for Dale Earnhardt Jr . in the Contender Round opener of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The opening race of this round may have been at a different track this year, ( Charlotte Motor Speedway as opposed to 2014's Kansas Speedway ) but the end result, a 28th-place finish in the Bank of America 500 , left Earnhardt looking up at 10 drivers in the standings when the afternoon was complete -- the same standings position he was in after a 39th-place finish at Kansas last year in the opening race of this round in 2014. The driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet summed up his day pretty succinctly. "Yeah, I lost count of how many time we hit it (the wall) today," Earnhardt said on pit road after the race. Earnhardt's trouble began on Lap 69 when he made contact with the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Carl Edwards . At the time, Junior was running ninth. "Carl got a great run on us and drove down into 1 and got into the back of us a little bit. I don't know if I cut him off or not. He drove in there pretty hard and ran over the left-rear quarter panel of the car and (I) got in the fence." Edwards, who went on to score a sixth-place finish, explained his end of things. "It stinks he ended up hitting the wall," Edwards said. "I felt like he blocked me real hard the first time and so the second time I got up there when he came down I just held my ground and we got together. He did an amazing job saving it and I have a ton of respect for him so it stinks that it ruined his day. I have to hold my ground when I've got my nose in there. Like I said, it stinks that it ruined their day." Earnhardt, a two-time winner this year, eventually got into the wall again a few laps later on Lap 75 to bring out the fourth caution of the race. His team went to work on the right side of his car and the crush panel. From there, Earnhardt worked hard to get in position for the free pass and had managed to climb to one lap down. However, just after the Lap 190 restart, he found the wall once again due to what Earnhardt said was oil on the track -- something several other drivers echoed during the race. RELATED: Find out who else questioned the clean-up efforts "There was oil down there. It wasn't speedy dry. I've raced this (expletive) for 20 years, I know what oil and speedy dry is. We hit fluid, flew into the freaking wall hard. That's not speedy dry. There was oil up there." He later added, "I hit the (expletive) wall. I know I hit oil. I hit it. I promise." Now, Earnhardt turns his attention to making up ground at Kansas and Talladega Superspeedway , the final two races of the Chase's Contender Round, the same three-race series that eliminated Earnhardt last year. Both of Earnhardt's 2015 wins have come at restrictor-plate tracks, including a May win at Talladega. "It ain't over. Don't worry about that," Earnhardt said. "I mean, we don't have to go to Talladega and be nervous like those guys that are going to have to play it safe. We can just go hard. So, we've got a great car that can win that race. We can go to Kansas and run great. I like that track and don't see why we can't run great there and maybe win the race there. It ain't over." Earnhardt raced his way into this round thanks to a third-place result at Dover International Speedway in the Challenger Round finale, holding off Jamie McMurray for the final transfer spot. So he is familiar with the ground he has to cover. "We were in this situation in the first round. We can be aggressive, go to Kansas, run hard. When we're in the top 10, just inside the bubble, you might not run the high side so hard, so aggressive. You might not drive the whole race as aggressive. "At Kansas, you can run the top and I like running the top there. I think we can be fast up there and I ain't got to worry about skinning the side of it, knocking us out of the Chase. We're out of it. It's our turn to fall back in and we'll try." And while other drivers earlier in the week indicated they were not looking forward to a Talladega race with their Chase position on the line, the six-time winner at the 2.66-mile Alabama track said he feels the exact opposite. "I'm looking forward to Talladega even more now."
RELATED: Hear Harvick's in-car audio during the 'Big One' DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- After a relatively calm start to Saturday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway , the "Big One" came just after the race's midpoint when more than half the field was caught up in a chain-reaction accident in Turn 1 involving many race favorites. Jimmie Johnson , Kevin Harvick , Martin Truex Jr ., Dale Earnhardt Jr , Kasey Kahne , Jamie McMurray , Chase Elliott and polesitter Greg Biffle were among those involved in the 22-car accident on Lap 89 of the 160-lap race. Several of the cars were so badly damaged they couldn't return to competition. McMurray's Chip Ganassi Racing crew was among those working feverishly to repair his No. 1 Chevy so it could at least collect points to help him contend for a top-16 position in the Chase postseason scenario. He finished 34th. His car was involved in the incident that triggered the chain-reaction accident. McMurray and Johnson had a private conversation about the incident outside the infield care center once the two were checked out and cleared medically; both said individually that they were trying to assess exactly what happened. "I only saw one replay but it looked like the 48 got into my left rear quarter panel and it shot me down the track and I got into the 42 and I just didn’t have any control of the car," McMurray said from the garage while his team worked on his car. "I got the car straight and thought I was just going to just lose my momentum, but the 48 ended up hooking me again and sending me into the outside wall. "First off, no one really knows what happened. You have to look at the replay because it happens so quick out there. Jimmie just asked me what I thought happened." Johnson said he was still trying to figure out what exactly happened and wanted to see video of the accident. Nonetheless, it was frustrating after he had worked his way into the top 10. "The 1 (McMurray) car was on the outside lane and came across my nose and got to the 42 ( Kyle Larson ) a little bit and we were all straight and fine, but they slowed up more than I could and my momentum carried me back into the back of 1 and around we went," said six-time Cup champ Johnson. "Just hard racing, the cars are slipping and sliding a lot, the race track is aging, the handling is becoming an issue. I'm excited about that and think it's going to put on a good race, but those slips turned into a big crash for everybody. We were in a big wad." It was a rough outcome for so many contending cars -- several like Johnson's and Harvick's were loaded onto the team transporters unable to continue. Others returned to the track to finish the race multiple laps down. "Just a bunch of cars crashing -- pretty much that was it," said Matt Kenseth , whose No. 20 DeWalt Toyota was among the wrecked cars. He returned to the race, however, 34 laps off the pace to finish 28th. "I was just trying to make my way back toward the front a little bit there. We had a bad pit-stop exchange and came out way, way behind everybody. "Carl (Edwards) was up toward the front and we were running with him before the pit stop. I probably should have just hung in the back, hindsight, but who knows when they're going to wreck, you never know if they're going to wreck. Just trying to get back toward the front and there was a wreck somewhere a few rows up in front of me and just nowhere really to go." Championship points leader Harvick suffered a 39th- place finish -- his worst result of the season. He's only finished out of the top 10 four times this season, and his previous worst showing was 17th at Martinsville, Virginia. This is Harvick's first DNF (Did Not Finish) of the year. "You really think it is going to happen from Lap 1," Harvick said of the "Big One." "It is hard to make ground, so you have to be pretty aggressive when you start making ground. "Just kind of riding there just maintaining until that next pit stop so we could get my car off the ground and then really start being aggressive. I really couldn't be aggressive and unfortunately I was in the back of that front pack and ended up getting in the wreck."
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: Race results " SHOP: Logano gear CONCORD, N.C. – At the end of a wild and crazy Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway , Joey Logano got the upper hand in an intense battle with last-chance qualifier Kyle Larson and took home the million-dollar prize as the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Trying to block the stronger car of Logano in the closing 13-lap final segment of the race, Larson buried his car into Turn 1 as Logano edged ahead. Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet got loose and sailed up the track into the outside wall with less than two laps left. "I tell you, Larson is a hard racer," Logano said. "I watched him in the Showdown earlier today, and I knew what I was up against. I knew he was going to run hard. I'm a hard racer, so I knew it was going to be a fun battle for sure. I got underneath him once, and I got to the outside of him once, we went up high, and I got underneath him and I got loose underneath him. "I knew I had position on him going into the corner and had to keep him on my quarter panel and not let him get to my door, so I drove in there hard. He was going to drive in there hard to keep on my door and I was going to drive in there hard to keep him at my quarter. "What a crazy battle for a million dollars at the end. This is the All-Star Race. It's special just to be in the race. Forget winning it--it’s just special. It's neat to be in Victory Lane." RELATED: Logano reflects on all-star win Larson’s contact with the wall on the penultimate lap was an opportunity for Logano's Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski , who finished second, 1.142 seconds behind the race winner. Dale Earnhardt Jr . came home third, followed by Carl Edwards , Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott . Larson brought his damaged car to pit road as Logano sped to the win. "I was able to get to the front pretty quick there and be in the best position for that last restart," Larson said. "I got clear right away and thought I could cruise, but I got looser throughout the race—we were making adjustments, but I guess we weren't making big enough ones. "I just got loose, and Joey caught me, and he did a really good job of side-drafting me. I tried to hang on his quarter, and I just got really loose as soon as I got down in the corner. We were going so fast I couldn't correct it and drilled the wall." RELATED: Larson heartbroken after late lead slips away The victory was Logano's first in the non-points event. Team Penske 's 1-2 finish marked the first time an organization has swept the top two spots in the All-Star Race. After two segments of 50 laps each, which included a six-car Lap 73 wreck that eliminated the cars of Matt Kenseth , Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart (who was competing in his final All-Star Race), Logano restarted fifth on fresh tires under unique rules devised for this year's event. Larson, who restarted third behind two cars required to stay out on old rubber—those of Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch —surged into the lead and held the top spot until Logano tracked him down and made the winning pass on the next-to-last lap. Keselowski was the primary architect of this year's All-Star Race format, and he believed the new rules accomplished their purpose, even though there were unforeseen consequences that confused some of the competitors—as when Kenseth failed to make a mandatory green-flag stop in the first segment and trapped a handful of cars a lap down. "There was a next-to-last-lap pass for the lead," Keselowski said. "There were several passes for the lead. The last four (All-Star) races, there hasn't been a pass for the lead in the last 20 or 30 laps. I think our fans deserve a better format than that, and they got that today. "I don't know how you can get much more compelling racing than what we saw today, so they need to get unconfused and enjoy the racing."