The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a tripleheader weekend at Martinsville Speedway with the Xfinity 500. This is the final race before the race for the championship where the final four will be determined.

The smallest track on the circuit at just half a mile, Martinsville gives out a big prize – a real grandfather clock.

Brad Keselowski will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag with Martin Truex Jr alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Xfinity 500:
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Matt DiBenedetto
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Cole Custer
Clint Bowyer
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
John Hunter Nemechek
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Matt Kenseth
Bubba Wallace
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
James Davison
JJ Yeley
Joey Gase

Of the eight playoff drivers Joey Logano is the only one guaranteed of a spot in the final four after a win at Kansas; Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski are currently above the cut line but Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch are below the cut line. Truex and Busch are in a must win situation if they want to be a part of the final four.

On pit road, Denny Hamlin’s team found something that they didn’t like in a travel packer. If they remove the packer before race start, they will have to start the race from the back of the field. The team decided to hold off until the first pit stop.

Stages one and two of the race are 130 laps each with stage three lasting 240 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track.
Drivers can run between 145 and 150 laps.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 60.

Martin Truex Jr has won the last two races in Martinsville and they even have the exact same pit stall on pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front of Martin Truex Jr for the lead.

Lap two, Brad Keselowski leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second and Alex Bowman in third.

Lap four Martin Truex Jr passes Brad Keselowski for the lead. Denny Hamlin takes second.

Lap six, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Kurt Busch in third.

Brad Keselowski already has some damage to his car after contact on the track.

Lap 10, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Alex Bowman.

Michael McDowell has a heavily smoking car with a tire rub. On the outside lane, McDowell is having trouble getting down to get on pit road. He makes it to pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 16, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second on Denny Hamlin; Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 24, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race with Denny Hamlin over a second back with Kurt Busch in third place.

After making an unscheduled pit stop, Michael McDowell is five laps down in 39th place.

Running in fifth place, Chase Elliott is running some of the fastest laps on the track. Lap 30, he takes fourth from Brad Keselowski.

Lap 32, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to a second ad a half on Denny Hamlin with Kurt Busch in third.

Lap 34, there are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 35, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski.

Kurt Busch has caught up to Denny Hamlin and is challenging for second. Busch is currently eighth in the playoffs and must win the race if he wants to be a part of the final four.

Lap 47, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race with Denny Hamlin in second. Chase Elliott has gotten around Kurt Busch to take third.

Lap 49, there are 29 cars on the lead lap with all 39 cars on the track.

Lap 51, Chase Elliott has caught up to Denny Hamlin and takes second place.

Lap 58, Martin Truex Jr has encountered lapped traffic with Chase Elliott on his bumper.

At the end of stage one, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution. Ty Dillon is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr winning the race off of pit road with Chase Elliott in second. Denny Hamlin’s team removed the travel packer during his pit stop.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Chase Elliott on the outside. Truex jumps out in front for the lead.

Joey Logano battle Chase Elliott for second; while Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman batt for fifth.

Lap 71, Martin Treux Jr leads the race with Chase Elliott in second and Joey Logano in third; Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 73 for a wreck involving Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer.

Kevin Harvick reports that his car is “bad, bad, bad”. The regular season champion is in danger of being eliminated from the final four just six points above the cut line in third place.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 80 and gets out in front of Chase Elliott to hold on to the lead of the race.

Lap 81, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Chase Elliott in second and Joey Loganao in third.

Lap 84, Martin Truex Jr has a near half second lead on Chase Elliott; Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 87, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to just a tenth of a second and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 89, Chase Elliott is the new leader.

Lap 90, the top five are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

With the change in the race leader, so do the points in the playoffs. Chase Elliott is now in second place with Martin Truex Jr falling below the cut line. Kevin Harvick is in fourth just five point above the cut line.

Lap 95, the top five are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 102, Chase Ellitt has a quarter of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr, with Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

The caution flag comes out when Garrett Smithley gets stopped on the track. Daniel Suarez is the “lucky dog”.

Leaders stay out but several of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and adjustments. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 110 and gets out in front for the lead. Drivers are gettting three and four wide across the track.

Lap 111, Martin Truex Jr challenges Chase Elliott for the lead as Denny Hamlin moves up and takes second place.

Lap 113, on fresh tires, Denny Hamlin passes Chase Elliott for the lead…and shakes up the points once again.

Lap 115, Joey Gase gets turned around on the track and brings out the fourth caution flag. Quin Houff gets into Gase and turns his around.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 121 and gets out in front for the lead with Chase Elliott in second.

With just eight laps remaining in stage one, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr.

Joey Logano and Martin Treux Jr battle for position on the track and make contact but the track stays green.

With Denny Hamlin in the lead, he is in second place in the playoffs; Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick are above the cut line; while Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch are below the cut line.

Three laps to go in stage one, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Alex Bowman; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one for his eleventh stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson

Kevin Harvick was the only playoff driver not to earn points by finishing stage one in the top 10.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane after staying out on the track with brother Kurt alongside on the outside on lap 140. The brothers go door to door in a battle for the lead with big brother Kurt getting around Kyle for the lead on lap 143.

Lap 145, Kurt Busch leads the race with Kyle Busch in second and Chase Elliott in third.

The sixth caution flag of the race comes out after Chris Buescher makes contact with Daniel Suarez which results in throwing liquid all over the place and flames coming out from under the car.

Kevin Harvick reports continues handling issues with his car.

With Kurt Busch leading the race, Kevin Harvick is now below the cut line in the playoffs. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski are currently above the cut line; while Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and Martin Truex Jr are below the cut line.

With a lot of fluid on the track, it is taking a while to get the track cleaned up. NBC Sports broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr noted that there was so much speedy dry on the track that it looked like a beach.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with brother Kyle behind him and Chase Elliott on the outside lane on lap 159. Kurt Busch gets out in front for the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin takes third from Kyle Busch.

Chase Elliott challenges Kurt Busch for the lead and takes the lead on lap 163 with Denny Hamlin taking second.

Lap 165, Chase Elliott has pulled out toa lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin; Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Aric Almirola challenges Kyle Busch for fourth.

Lap 169, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Martin Treux Jr round out the top five.

Lap 174, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logao round out the top five.

Lap 183, Kevin Harvick had to make an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire after contact with Matt Kenseth and is now two laps down. He is currently in fifth place below the cut line.

The caution flag comes out on lap 186 when Brennan Poole gets into the wall.

Leaders come down pit road for service. Kevin Harvick takes the wave around and is now only one lap down. Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

Erik Jones is charged with leaving pit road with equipment and will have to serve a penalty.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 193 with Martin Truex Jr on the outside.

Lap 193, Chase Elliott takes the lead; Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 195, Kenny Hamlin takes second from Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 196, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 200, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race and has pulled out to a one second lead on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick battles John Hunter Nemechek for the “lucky dog” position.

Lap 205, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 210, Kevin Harvick is currently 15 points below the cut line and in danger of being eliminated.

Lap 212, Chase Elliott has a near two second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out when John Hunter Nemechek spins out. Chase Elliott had passed Timmy Hill which made him the driver in the “lucky dog” spot; Kevin Harvick is still one lap down.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service but many stayed out on the track.

After staying out on the track, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with Joey Logano alongside on lap 222. Hamlin takes the lead. With Joey Logano in second and Ryan Blaney in third. There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

With the top four playoff drivers back in the field, Kevin Harvick has edges back above the cut line.

Lap 226, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Brad Keselowski in third.

After restarting in 14th place, Chase Elliott has moved up to fifth place on lap 229.

Lap 231, Denny Hamlin has a near half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Chase Elliott in third place. Kevin Harvick is currently in 31st place; one point below the cut line.

Lap 235, Brennan Poole, Chris Buescher, and Garrett Smithley are out of the race.

Lap 236, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second; but Chase Elliott with fresh tires is coming on hard.

Lap 238, Denny Hamlin has just a quarter of a second lead on Chase Elliott; Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Bread Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 240, Chase Elliott takes the lead.

Lap 247, Chase Elliott has taken the lead and is pulling away from the field; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 250, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Denny Hamlin with Martin Treux Jr in third place.

Lap 252, Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin battle for second with Truex taking the spotLap 255, five to go in stage two, Chase Elliott has a two and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chase Elliott wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
Martin Treux Jr
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Ryan Newman

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road and Martin Truex Jr coming out second.

Denny Hamlin lost eight spots on the track after a slow pit stop and has to make a second trip down pit road for loose lug nuts.

Chase Ellitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 268 with Martin Truex Jr alongside. Chase Elliott gets out in front for the lead with Truex in second and Kurt Busch in third.

The playoff points as they sit now, Chase Elliott is the leader; Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin are above the cut line; while Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch are below the cut line.

Lap 274, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Kurt Busch in third; Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 280, Chase Elliott has a near one second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Joey Logano in third.

Lap 285, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 300, Chase Elliott holds on to his lead of nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five with 28 cars on the lead lap.

With 200 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are beginning to get more aggressive; beating and banging for position all through the field.

The teams were given only eight sets of tires for today’s race.

Lap 308, leader Chase Elliott has led over half the laps run so far.

Lap 310, Chae Elliott’s lead on Martin Treux Jr is down to just half a second with Ryan Blaney in third; Joey Logano and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 311, in traffic, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to leader Chase Elliott and is challenging for the spot. Elliott and Truex are both in a must win situation in order to make it into the final four.

Lap 315, Chase Elliott has a quarter of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr with 26 cars on the lead lap.

With the change in time, the sun is already low in the sky and the track is cooling down. The race will end under the lights.

Lap 319, Chase Elliott holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

Jimmie Johnson makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 329, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five. Kevin Harvick is in 29th place one lap down and in danger of going a second lap down. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 333, Chase Elliott has pulled ut to a lead of nearly a seocnd on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 338, Chase Ellitt now has a lead of a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Kurt Busch round out the top five in the midst of slower traffic.

Lap 344, Chase Elliott continues to move through the field with a lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr with 21 cars on the lead lap. Kevin Harvick is in 28th place the last car one lap down.

Lap 350, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr.

Timmy Hill brings out the 10th caution flag of the day on lap 352 for a flat tire. Matt Kenseth is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Joey Logano winning the race off of pit road. Chase Elliott had a slow pit stop and lost four spots on the track. His crew was charged with coming over the pit wall too soon. After the team argued the penalty, NASCAR waved the penalty. The jack man jumped too soon but cmae back over the wall.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 359 with Ryan Blaney in second and Martin Truex Jr in third.

Lap 361, Joey Logano has a lead of nearly haof a second on Ryan Blaney with Kurt busch in third. The change in leadership put Kevin Harvick back above the cut line by five points.

Lap 366, Chase Elliott passes Kurt Busch for third while team mates Joey Logano and Rayn Blaney battle for the lead.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

With 133 laps to go, Ryan Blaney takes the lead from Joey Logano with Chase Elliott less than a second back.

Lap 374, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Chse Elliot over a second back in third; Brad Keselowski and Kurt Burch round out the top five.

Martin Truex J takes fifth from Kurt Busch.

Lap 378, Kevin Harvick and Bubba Wallace battle for the “lucky dog” spot.

Lap 380, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Chase Elliott over a second back on third.

Lap 389, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano with Chase Elliott in third over two seconds back. Kevin Harvick is in 22nd place one lap down – he is in the “lucky dog” spot. If the caution flag comes out, Harvick will be back on the lead lap.

Lap 395, Ryan Blaney has a second and a half lead on Joey Logano. Chase Elliot and Brad Keselowski battle for third.

James Davison is slowed on the track and stops with no power bringing out the eleventh caution flag of the race on lap 400. Kevin Harvick is back on the lead lap.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Joey Logano winning the race off of pit road. Chase Elliott was not in the top 10 after having a slow pit stop for itres.

Brad Keselowski was caught speeding on pit road leaving his pit stall.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 409 with Martin Truex Jr on the outside lane. Martin Treux Jr takes the lead.

Kevin Harvick restarts the race in 21st place with Brad Keselowski behind him.

Lap 411, Martin Truex Jr has the lead with Joey Logano in second; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 416, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five. Chase Elliott is in sixth place.

Lap 421, Martin Truex Jr has a lead over nearly a second and a half on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, and Chase Elliott round out the top five. Kevin Harvick has moved up to 19th place.

Lap 425, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second on Ryan Blaney mired in traffic; Joey Logano, Chse Elliott, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 434, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 438, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of a second and a half on Ryan Blaney; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

William Byron brings out the 12th caution of the race with a big crash into the wall. He has fluid running out of the car. William Byron is out of his car unharmed.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Most of the teams have just one set of tires remaining in the pits. Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road; Chase Elliott comes out third.

After staying out on the track, Corey LaJoie brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 51 laps remaining in the race. LaJoie gets out in front but Truex comes from the outside to take the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Corey LaJoie has been black flagged for restarting before the restart box.

With 46 laps remaining in the race, Chase Elliott battle Martin Treux Jr for the lead. With 44 laps to go, Chase Elliott takes the lead.

Lap 460, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr who is reporting a bad vibration.

There are 38 laps remaining in the race, Chase elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Only 35 laps to go, drivers are no longer holding their patience, it’s time to go!

Lap 467, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr reports that he has a loose wheel but is trying to hold on a long as possible.

With 29 laps to go, Chase Elliott has a three second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Twenty six to go, Martin Truex Jr has fallen out of the top 10 and brings his car down pit road.

There are only 25 laps to go, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to over four seconds on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Chase Elliott has a lead of over four seconds on Ryan Blaney with 21 cars on the lead lap.

With 18 laps to go, Chase Elliott has led 217 laps so far; he has a lead of over four and a half seconds on Ryan Blaney.

Fifteen to go, Chase Elliott is “driving it like he stole it” and has a five second lead on Ryan Blaney.

Twelve to go, Chase Elliott continues to increase his lead on Ryan Blaney; he is now five and a half seconds out in front.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott has a five and a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Seven to go, Chase Elliott now has a six second lead on Ryan Blaney!


Six to go, There are 19 cars on the lead lap with Chase Elliott six seconds out in front.

Five to go, while Chase Elliott is running away from the field, there isa three way tie for the final spot in the final four between Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick.

With a lead of over six seconds, Chase Elliott takes the white flag with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Time to ring the sireeeeen! Chase Elliott wins the race and a spot in the final four. Kevin Harvick spins out Kyle Busch on the final lap and spins himself out as well and is out of the final four. This was Elliott’s fourth win of the season.

Chase Elliott does a burtn out that completely buries the car in smoke. This is Elliott’s first trip to the final four…in any series.

Elliott calls it the biggest win ever for them. There are cheers from the crowd and his crew. He called the win unbelievable and was at a loss for words.

With a race win Joey Logano and Chae Elliott make it to the final four with Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin earning their way in on points.

The unofficial results of the Xfinity 500:
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Cole Custer
Matt Kenseth
Christopher Bell
Ty Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Tyler Reddick
Corey LaJoie
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Suarez
Michael McDowell
Timmy Hill
Jimmie Johnson
JJ Yeley
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Joey Gase
William Byron
James Davison
Brennan Poole
Chris Buescher
Garrett Smithley