Nashville Cup Race Goes Five Overtimes

Joey 
Logano with the guitar winner's trophy

(LEBANON, TN – JUNE 30, 2024 – RIS) Joey Logano became the eleventh winner in NASCAR Cup Series races for 2024, taking the Ally 400 on the fifth overtime restart after a rainstorm halted the race for an hour and 21 minutes.

Christopher Bell took the lead from Denny Hamlin after 17 laps when Justtin Haley got loose and caused Hamlin to slow slightly allowing Bell around. Michael McDowell took the lead on lap 46 and led until he pitted after 31 laps in front of the race, with Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin back in the led pair approaching the end of the first stage.

Bell stayed in front of Hamlin to take the first stage, with Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski the rest of the top five. 

Hamlin and Bell traded positions at the restart with Hamlin getting out of the pits first, with Bell, Larson, Reddick and Keselowski the top five starting the second stage.

Saturday’s Xfinity series winner, John Hunter Nemechek, spun off the fourth turn on lap 115 to bring out the first incident caution in the race. With weather seeming to be approaching, many teams elected to pit for new tires. Christopher Bell led Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher, Joey Logano and Ross Chastain to the green flag with Chastain receiving a drive-through penalty for a loose wheel interfering with the gas man on the crew in front of him. This moved Noah Gragson into fifth at the restart. 

Ty Gibbs spun off the fourth turn after sliding up the track and touching Alex Bowman’s car to bring out another quick caution.

With a dark cloud approaching from the norht, Bell, Keselowski and Buescher headed the field at the green with Reddick and Larson quickly moving into second and third. The caution flag flew on lap 135 because of rain on the third and fourth turn end of the track, the cars stopping in their pit stalls after another lap under caution as NASCAR pulled the cars down pit road just moments before a heavy rainfall saturated the track and halted the race until after track drying completed.

The pre-race heat index of over 105 degrees and the Air Tundra trucks dried the track quickly, allowing a restart in under an hour and a half, with Bell and Reddick ahead of Larson and Keselowski. The best battle on the track approaching the end of the second stage was for tenth place, with Ty Gibbs and Noah Gragson side-by-side for the position until Gragson eventually moved ahead slightly before Gibbs repeated the challenge on the final laps of the stage, eventually settling for eleventh place.

Bell swept both stages of the race, the first time in his career he has taken both stage ‘wins’ with Reddick, Larson, Hamlin and Keselowski the top five. 

Larson’s jack got dropped on the right side early, forcing the team to re-lift the car to tighten the right rear wheel and costing several positions exiting the pits.

Bell, Hamlin, Reddick, Keselowski and Chase Elliott ked the field to the restart of the final stage. Michael McDowell slowed, reporting that the gearbox will not go into fifth gear in the sequential transaxle gearbox.

Riley Herbst brought out the yellow flag on lap 202 when he slid into the wall after touching Corey LaJoie’s car and hitting the wall damaged the right-side suspension.

Erik Jones hit the wall with a flat right-front tire, scraping the right side of the car and falling a lap down. 

Chase Elliott spun off the fourth turn, interrupting a side-by-side battle for the lead between Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell with the ninth caution of the race. 

After the caution pit stops, Ryan Blaney led AJ Allmendinger, Corey LaJoie, Bubba Wallace and John Hunter Nemechek to the restart, as they stayed out instead of stopping. 

Christopher Bell spun out of the middle of a three-wide in the second turn, coasting to a stop on the apron with the car refusing to restart and out of the race. Ryan Blaney led and then on lap 242, Brad Keselowski spun and hit the wall, with Harrison Burton reporting that he got wrecked under the caution, with replays showing that Carson Hocevar drove into the rear of Burton’s car after the tenth yellow flew.

Ross Chastain gained the lead from Ryan Blaney on the restart, with Bubba Wallace third and AJ Allmendinger fourth. After earlier problems in the race, Kyle Busch moved to fifth and eventually passed Allmendinger for fourth position. 

Blaney was forced to pit for fuel and tires with 32 laps left, with Chastain, Hamlin, Busch, Wallace and Larson the top five at 30 laps remaining. Hamlin’s lap times show him catching Chastain by the end of the race, gaining a tenth of a second or two each lap. As the race closed on fifteen laps left, Hamlin ran within less than a second of the leader, moving to within to car lengths with fourteen laps to run. Chastain took on two tires at the last stop and Hamlin is on four fresh tires. Chastain’s car had an instant of instability at eight laps left, allowing Hamlin to sweep around him and into a five-length lead.

Hamlin 

Austin Cindric spun in the third turn with two laps left, after a battle with Noah Gragson for position. Hamlin’s car had only enough fuel for a single green-white-checker restart. Hamlin and Larson chose the inside line with Chastain and Busch to the outside. Ross Chastain spun in the first turn, getting clipped by Larson when Larson’s left-front splitter bounced the car off the apron and into Chastain’s left-rear corner. Kyle Busch almost got caught out, but continued but Ty Gibbs could not avoid slamming into Chastain’s spinning car.

With the extra restart, both Hamlin and Larson possibly running out of fuel before two more laps can be run.

A multi-car crash in the middle of the pack forced another overtime restart. Larson’s car stumbled on the restart and Kyle Busch got clipped by Chase Elliott, spinning the No. 8 into the wallbefore the start-finish line in the backup. Truex and Hamlin both stopped for fuel, ceding the lead in the race with Logano at the front of the field, followed by Chase Briscoe, Corey LaJoie, Zane Smith and Chase Elliott.

Logano picked the inside line, with Briscoe outside, then LaJoie and Smith in the second row for the restart.

Logano lost the led briefly to Briscoe, but retook the point, just before Josh Berry spun to force another overtime restart.

Logano, Briscoe, Smith, Ryan Preece and Tyler Reddick held the top five positions at the choose. Logano had a good restart, moving into the lead with Tyler Reddick sweeping around to challenge for the lead but Logano held on for the win as another car spun out of mid-pack and down the front straight grass under the checkered flag.

“My fuel light came on and I stumbled across the line,” said Logano. 

“Trying to keep it cool at the moment” said Reddick after a disappointing finish.

“I got myself tight  - hate that,” said Kyle Larson about the indicent with Chastain. “Just trying to race for the win – ended up getting myself tight.”

”We ran out out there under the caution I was going down pit lane there out  of gaaas,” said Hamlin. “Just part of it. Once it gets to these green-white-checkers, it turns chaos.”

“I felt like I chose the right lane,” said Zane Smith. “It’s been rough, no doubt.”

Unofficial Results: Ally 400, June 30, 2024, Nashville Superspeedway
Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 26, Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 331, , , 1, 9, 5, 40, Running
2) 36, Zane Smith #, No. 71 Jockey Outdoors by Luke Bryan Chevrolet, 331, , , , , , 35, Running
3) 6, Tyler Reddick, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 331, 3, 2, 5, 16, , 51, Running
4) 22, Ryan Preece, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 331, , , , , , 33, Running
5) 9, Chris Buescher, No. 17 BuildSubmarines.com Ford, 331, 8, 9, , , , 37, Running
6) 18, Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Ideal Garage Doors Ford, 331, , 8, 2, 26, , 34, Running
7) 24, Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Columbia Sportswear Company Toyota, 331, 10, , , , , 31, Running
8) 4, Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 331, 4, 3, , , , 44, Running
9) 37, Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Cirkul Chevrolet, 331, , , , , , 28, Running
10) 16, Noah Gragson, No. 10 Bass Pro Shops Winchester Ford, 331, , 10, , , , 28, Running
11) 28, AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Celsius Chevrolet, 331, , , 1, 1, , 0, Running
12) 1, Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Toyota, 331, 2, 4, 3, 70, , 41, Running
13) 33, Justin Haley, No. 51 Pinnacle Home Improvement Ford, 331, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 12, Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 331, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 10, Austin Cindric, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford, 331, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 15, Carson Hocevar #, No. 77 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet, 331, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 32, Todd Gilliland, No. 38 gener8tor Ford, 331, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 13, Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 331, , 6, , , , 24, Running
19) 7, William Byron, No. 24 Valvoline Chevrolet, 331, 7, , , , , 22, Running
20) 21, Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Garner Trucking Chevrolet, 331, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 19, Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford, 331, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 31, Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet, 331, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 8, Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 331, 6, , 1, 2, , 19, Running
24) 17, Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 331, 9, 7, , , , 19, Running
25) 5, Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Consumer Cellular Ford, 330, 5, 5, , , , 24, Running
26) 2, Josh Berry #, No. 4 Overstock.com Ford, 327, , , , , , 11, Accident
27) 27, Kyle Busch, No. 8 zone/Thorntons Chevrolet, 319, , , , , , 10, Accident
28) 25, Harrison Burton, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 312, , , , , , 9, Accident
29) 29, Corey Heim*(i), No. 50 Mobil 1 50th Anniversary Toyota, 312, , , , , , 0, Accident
30) 23, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Artesano Hawaiian/Oscar Mayer Chevrolet, 312, , , , , , 7, Accident
31) 35, John Hunter Nemechek, No. 42 Massey Motor Freight Toyota, 306, , , , , , 6, Accident
32) 11, Austin Dillon, No. 3 BREZTRI Chevrolet, 305, , , , , , 5, Accident
33) 20, Ross Chastain, No. 1 Busch Country Chevrolet, 304, , , 1, 45, , 4, Accident
34) 34, Erik Jones, No. 43 Family Dollar Toyota, 287, , , , , , 3, Suspension
35) 14, Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's/Fleetguard Ford, 239, , , 1, 31, , 2, Transmission
36) 3, Christopher Bell, No. 20 DEWALT Concrete Solutions Toyota, 227, 1, 1, 6, 131, 2, 21, Accident
37) 30, Riley Herbst(i), No. 15 Monster Energy Zero Sugar Ford, 201, , , , , , 0, Accident
38) 38, Chad Finchum*(i), No. 66 Cooper&Hunter Ford, 132, , , , , , 0, Electrical
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (*) Qualified on time, (#) Rookie

Total Race Length: 331 Laps, 440.23 Miles
Time of Race: 4 Hrs, 3 Mins, 54 Secs.
Average Speed: 108.298 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.068 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 20, 11, 45, 5, 6, 54, 24, 17, 19, 23
Stage 2 Top 10: 20, 45, 5, 11, 6, 9, 19, 12, 17, 10

Comments: Joey Logano won the 4th running of the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway, his 33rd victory in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Prior to the start, the following car dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: No. 51 (unapproved adjustments).

Cautions: 15 for 79 laps;
Laps: 92-97 (Stage 1 Conclusion [41]);
117-122 (No. 42 Spin Turn 4 [16]);
127-130 (No. 54, 48 Spin Frontstretch [43]);
137-140 (Weather [Red flag 1:21:20] [8]);
187-192 (Stage 2 Conclusion [42]);
203-208 (No. 15 Incident Turn 2 [42]);
210-213 (No. 43 Incident Turn 2 [42]);
220-225 (No. 9 Incident Frontstetch [43]);
229-234 (No. 20 Incident Turn 2 [43]);
244-248 (No. 6 Incident Turn 2 [None]);
300-304 (No. 2, 10 Incident Backstretch [12]);
306-312 (No. 5, 1, 54, 8, 3, 24 Turn 1 [16]);
314-319 (No. 41, 50, 6, 47, 4, 51 Incident Backstretch [2]);
321-324 (No. 8, 9, 5 Incident Turn 1 [6]);
326-329 (No. 4 Incident Turn 4 [6]).

Lead Changes: 20 among 9 drivers;
D. Hamlin 1-16;
C. Bell 17-38;
T. Gibbs 39-40;
T. Reddick 41-45;
M. McDowell 46-76;
C. Bell 77-92;
D. Hamlin 93-117;
C. Bell 118-187;
T. Reddick 188;
C. Bell 189-208;
T. Reddick 209-213;
C. Bell 214;
T. Reddick 215;
C. Bell 216-217;
T. Reddick 218-221;
R. Blaney 222-233;
A. Allmendinger(i) 234;
R. Blaney 235-248;
R. Chastain 249-293;
D. Hamlin 294-322;
J. Logano 323-331.

Unofficial Points: Ally 400, Nashville Superspeedway
Pos), Driver, Car, Starts, GL, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
1) Kyle Larson, 5, 18, 0, 664, 0, 0, 3, 8, 23
2) Chase Elliott, 9, 19, 0, 644, -20, 20, 1, 1, 6
3) Denny Hamlin, 11, 19, 0, 621, -43, 23, 3, 4, 19
4) Tyler Reddick, 45, 19, 1, 611, -53, 10, 1, 3, 8
5) Martin Truex Jr, 19, 19, -1, 591, -73, 20, 0, 2, 2
6) Christopher Bell, 20, 19, 0, 576, -88, 15, 3, 9, 24
7) William Byron, 24, 19, 0, 570, -94, 6, 3, 1, 16
8) Ryan Blaney, 12, 19, 0, 560, -104, 10, 1, 2, 7
9) Brad Keselowski, 6, 19, 1, 531, -133, 29, 1, 0, 5
10) Ty Gibbs, 54, 19, 1, 518, -146, 13, 0, 2, 2
11) Ross Chastain, 1, 19, -2, 514, -150, 4, 0, 1, 1
12) Chris Buescher, 17, 19, 1, 504, -160, 10, 0, 2, 2
13) Alex Bowman, 48, 19, -1, 499, -165, 5, 0, 0, 0
14) Joey Logano, 22, 19, 0, 470, -194, 29, 1, 1, 6
15) Bubba Wallace, 23, 19, 0, 448, -216, 22, 0, 0, 0
16) Chase Briscoe, 14, 19, 0, 421, -243, 27, 0, 0, 0
17) Kyle Busch, 8, 19, 0, 395, -269, 26, 0, 0, 0
18) Daniel Suarez, 99, 19, 0, 383, -281, 12, 1, 0, 5
19) Josh Berry #, 4, 19, 0, 368, -296, 15, 0, 0, 0
20) Austin Cindric, 2, 19, 1, 367, -297, 1, 1, 2, 7
21) Todd Gilliland, 38, 19, -1, 367, -297, 0, 0, 0, 0
22) Carson Hocevar #, 77, 19, 1, 343, -321, 24, 0, 0, 0
23) Michael McDowell, 34, 19, -1, 333, -331, 10, 0, 1, 1
24) Noah Gragson, 10, 19, 1, 325, -339, 8, 0, 0, 0
25) Ryan Preece, 41, 19, 3, 308, -356, 17, 0, 0, 0
26) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, 47, 19, -2, 305, -359, 3, 0, 0, 0
27) John Hunter Nemechek, 42, 19, 0, 282, -382, 23, 0, 0, 0
28) Erik Jones, 43, 17, -2, 282, -382, 0, 0, 0, 0
29) Corey LaJoie, 7, 19, 0, 273, -391, 9, 0, 0, 0
30) Daniel Hemric, 31, 19, 1, 268, -396, 5, 0, 0, 0
31) Justin Haley, 51, 19, -1, 266, -398, 2, 0, 0, 0
32) Austin Dillon, 3, 19, 0, 238, -426, 28, 0, 0, 0
33) Harrison Burton, 21, 19, 0, 217, -447, 21, 0, 0, 0
34) Zane Smith #, 71, 19, 0, 200, -464, 17, 0, 0, 0
35) Kaz Grala, , 15, 0, 155, -509, 45, 0, 0, 0
36) Jimmie Johnson, , 5, 0, 35, -629, 120, 0, 0, 0
37) Derek Kraus, , 5, 0, 32, -632, 3, 0, 0, 0
38) David Ragan, , 1, 0, 17, -647, 15, 0, 0, 0
39) Cody Ware, , 2, 0, 17, -647, 0, 0, 0, 0
40) Kamui Kobayashi, , 1, 0, 8, -656, 9, 0, 0, 0
41) Will Brown, , 1, 0, 6, -658, 2, 0, 0, 0
42) Cam Waters, , 1, 0, 2, -662, 4, 0, 0, 0
43) AJ Allmendinger(i), 16, 7, 0, 0, -664, 2, 0, 0, 0
44) Anthony Alfredo(i), , 2, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
45) Justin Allgaier(i), , 1, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
46) Ty Dillon(i), , 4, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
47) Shane Van Gisbergen(i), , 3, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
48) Corey Heim*(i), 50, 3, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
49) Bj Mcleod(i), , 3, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
50) Riley Herbst(i), 15, 3, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
51) Josh Williams(i), , 2, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
52) Austin Hill(i), , 2, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
53) Jj Yeley(i), , 2, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
54) Timmy Hill(i), , 1, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
55) David Starr(i), , 1, 0, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0
56) Chad Finchum*(i), 66, 1, -56, 0, -664, 0, 0, 0, 0

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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