NASCAR at Martinsville: Race results, highlights from Joey Logano's narrow win

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Joey Logano (Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr. nearly pulled off a come-from-behind win at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, but Joey Logano nudged him out of the way to claim the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 8.

Though Logano led 309 of the 500 laps, Truex Jr. made things interesting, climbing from fourth to second place in the final 20 laps. It appeared for a moment that Truex Jr. would beat Logano, but Logano did what he needed to do in order to claim a must-have victory — much to the displeasure of Truex Jr., who displayed his emotions after the race with two thumbs down as Logano celebrated.

Behind Logano, Truex Jr. finished third (Denny Hamlin passed him at the last moment) and Kyle Busch finished fourth. A Stage 3 crash caused Clint Bowyer to have the worst showing among playoff drivers at 21st.

Updated playoff standings:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Kevin Harvick​
4. Joey Logano (clinched)
5. Kurt Busch -25
6: Chase Elliott -31
7. Clint Bowyer -42
8. Aric Almirola -50

Sporting News provided live updates and race highlights throughout the afternoon. Here’s how Logano won:

NASCAR at Martinsville: Race results, highlights

Caution flags: 8
Lead changes: 11 among six drivers
Lap leaders: Joey Logano (309), Kyle Busch (100), Brad Keselowski (41), Denny Hamlin (31), Martin Truex Jr. (18), Clint Bowyer (1)

(All times ET)

6:23 p.m. — Truex Jr. is NOT HAPPY about the physical ending. He tells NBCSN that Logano won’t win the championship.

6:15 p.m. — Those final last laps were remarkable. Wow.

6:14 p.m. — Logano wins! What a great job from him to hold off Truex Jr. He nudged the 78 car off his path to cross the finish line.

6:12 p.m. — What a finish we have here.

6:11 p.m. — Truex Jr. moves into second place with 10 laps remaining! Can he pass Logano for first?

6:07 p.m. — Twenty more laps. Logano, Keselowski and Kyle Busch lead the field.

6:06 p.m. — Harvick has been off the pace for much of the day, but he’s climbed to eighth place with 28 laps remaining.

5:57 p.m. — Bowyer spins after a crash with Jimmie Johnson.

5:51 p.m. — It’s been a pretty clean run for the playoff drivers.

5:49 p.m. — Brad Keselowski is in the lead, but there are several cars close behind him.

5:43 p.m. — Right after the restart Chase Elliott has a car problem.

5:33 p.m. — Kyle Larson is done.

5:25 p.m. — Logano being in contention shouldn’t come as a surprise.

5:17 p.m. — Another caution flag comes out. Timmy Hill’s car is on fire.

5:14 p.m. — It’s about that time…

5:09 p.m. — Caution for William Byron.

5:07 p.m. — Truex Jr. passes Logano for the lead.

4:54 p.m. — Make that second place for Truex Jr. There are 170 laps to go.

4:51 p.m. — Truex Jr. is up to third place.

4:47 p.m. — Kevin Harvick is in 14th — lowest among playoff drivers.

4:31 p.m. — Ryan Newman receives a penalty.

4:27 p.m. — Logano takes Stage 2. Here’s the top 10 as it stands right now:

4:22 p.m. — Halfway done with the race. Logano is in the lead.

4:19 p.m. — It hasn’t been a good day for Kyle Larson.

4:14 p.m. — For the second time in Stage 2, Truex Jr. makes contact with another car.

4:10 p.m. — Weather could be an issue. We’re keeping our fingers crossed it’s not.

4:03 p.m. — Bowyer and Truex Jr. clash.

3:59 p.m. — We’re 185 laps in.

3:49 p.m. — Joey Logano has the lead. The Busch brothers are in second and third.

3:45 p.m. — Time to end the drought?

3:37 p.m. — Denny Hamlin wins Stage 1. Here’s how the others did:

3:30 p.m. — There are 17 more laps left in Stage 1. Truex Jr. is up to 10th.

3:23 p.m. — Playoff drivers are holding steady, occupying much of the top 10.

3:18 p.m. — Another caution is out, this time for Jimmie Johnson.

3:09 p.m. — Truex Jr. hasn’t been sharp so far, but there’s still plenty of time.

3:06 p.m. — Kyle Busch remains in the lead through 50 laps.

3:03 p.m. — Caution. Jeb Burton hits a wall.

2:56 p.m. — A little teammate drama going on here. Elliott is in 17th right now.

2:49 p.m. — Through the first 15 laps, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer are in front.

2:43 p.m. — Truex Jr. is among the drivers starting from the rear this afternoon.

2:34 p.m. — We’re just about underway.

1:38 p.m. — Johnson officially has a new sponsor after Lowe’s ended its partnership with him.

1:31 p.m. — Big news upcoming for Jimmie Johnson.