Richmond, Va. — The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wrapped up its regular season with a bang even if the final playoff berths went as expected.
And by the end of Saturday night’s showdown at Richmond Raceway, it was Elliott, Kenseth and McMurray officially booking their spots, even as Joey Logano, who faced a must-win scenario, came close to pulling off a miracle in overtime.
Kyle Larson won the Federated Auto Parts 400 in overtime after overtaking the dominant car of Martin Truex Jr. on the final restart after winning the race off pit road.
But the real head-scratcher was what occurred following an earlier caution in the final stage when Danica Patrick spun after Austin Dillon made contact with her rear tire.
Matt Kenseth couldn’t slow down fast enough and plowed into the back of Clint Bowyer, destroying the front of Kenseth’s car and forcing him to retire from the race.
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