How the remaining Chase drivers fared:
There was no win to lock Gordon into the Nov. 16 championship battle, but a second-place finish leaves him as highest in points among the remaining Chase drivers. Gordon’s charge to a possible victory was slowed by a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 191.
“I lost this race today because of my mistake on pit road,” Gordon said. “This one is one me.”
A team which has built its run in the Chase based on consistency is consistently finding themselves closer to the front as the season winds to a close. Newman took two tires on the final pit stop and charged from eighth to third in the final five laps.
“The strategy of two tires there at the end worked out good for us,” Newman said. “Right number of laps with the guys that stayed out, kept the guys behind us that had four tires.”
Logano fifth-place finish continued his strong run during the Chase, which has included two wins and now six top-five finishes in the seven Chase races.
Despite being involved in an early three-car wreck that left Kevin Harvick’s car with serious damage, Kenseth rebounded with a sixth-place finish that continues to keep him in the hunt for championship.
“I don’t blame (Harvick) for feeling that way honestly,” Kenseth said. “It was as mistake – he was an innocent bystander and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Hamlin led 68 laps but on the final restart with five laps remaining, he restarted sixth as three cars elected not to pit. He finished eighth.
“We’re running better than we’re finishing,” Hamlin said. “Other guys like Newman are finishing better than they’re running. That’s part of the deal – you’ve got to do it for all 500 laps.”
Edwards battled much of the race trying to stay on the lead lap but ran into serious trouble when he got caught up in the six-car wreck on Lap 437. He ended up finishing 20th.
A pit road speeding penalty early in the race sent Keselowski to the rear of the field. A broken rear end gear late sent him to the garage for extensive repairs. He finished 31st.
Harvick caught the worst of a three-car wreck on Lap 228 involving Kenseth and Tony Stewart. After repairs, he returned to the track and finished 33rd.
Chase drivers already eliminated:
Five key moments
1. Brad Keselowski was penalized for speeding on pit road on Lap 162 sending him to the rear of the field.
2. Both Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman were caught speeding on pit road on Lap 191 forcing each team to alter their strategy for the race.
3. Clint Bowyer moved into the lead on Lap 421 when he beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. off pit road. Earnhardt took the lead back on Lap 454.
4. Earnhardt appeared on his way to win when a wreck brought out a caution on Lap 490 and sent teams scurrying to come up with the right pit strategy.
5. Tony Stewart elected not to pit and held the lead on a restart with five laps remaining but Earnhardt, on four new tires, passed him with four to go and held on for the win.
Unofficial results and points standings