Martinsville NASCAR: Bowman wins after spinning Hamlin, Championship 4 set –

Inside the closing 25 of 501 laps, Bowman’s Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet and title contender Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) battled facet-by-facet a quantity of events for the lead till Bowman acquired unfastened and knocked Hamlin Prope…….

Inside the closing 25 of 501 laps, Bowman’s Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet and title contender Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) battled facet-by-facet a quantity of events for the lead till Bowman acquired unfastened and knocked Hamlin Proper into a spin on lap 494.

As Hamlin dropped to an eventual Twenty fourth place, Bowman – who had dropped out of playoff rivalry after the Charlotte roval – escaped after The final restart To understand a fourth win of 2021.

Hamlin nonetheless progressed to the Championship 4 race at Phoenix subsequent week on factors, Collectively with fourth-placeed Martin Truex Jr (JGR), Sixteenth placeed defending champion Chase Elliott (Hendrick) and Kyle Larson (Hendrick) – who accomplished a lowly 14th having already booked his place with again-to-again wins at Texas and Kansas.

Busch – who had started Stage 3 from the rear after a dashing penalty – was wrecked by Brad Keselowski (Group Penske Ford) As a Outcome of the race ended, second and third not enough for both of them to progress as Busch misplaced out to Truex by three factors. Fellow Penske drivers Joey Logano (Tenth) and Ryan Blaney (Eleventh) furtherly missed out.

After the race, Bowman started a victory burnout celebration on the entrance-stretch solely to be conentranceed by Hamlin, The two automotives dealing with off nostril-to-nostril. Hamlin afterwards labelled Bowman “an absolute hack”.

Explaining the incident, Bowman said: “I simply acquired unfastened in. I acquired in too deep, knocked him out of The biggest method and actually let him have the lead again.

“For anyone That wishes To imagine I used to be making an try to crash him, clearly wasn’t the case confacetring I actually gave up the lead at Martinsville To current it again to him.

“He’s been on The completely different facet of that, he’s crashed guys right here for wins.

“I hate doing it. Obviously, I don’t Want to crash somebody. I simply acquired in, acquired beneath him, spun him out.

“Regardless, we get a free grandfather clock, which is pretty particular. I struggled right here For A very Very prolonged time.”

Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally celebrates worthwhile the Xfinity 500.

Photograph by: Ben Earp / NKP / Motorsport Pictures

Elliott had started the day strongly, passing polesitter Larson on lap 56 After which retaking the lead following A contest warning that handed the initiative again to Larson on lap 85, holding off his team-mate to take the Stage 1 win forward of Truex, William Byron and Keselowski.

Hamlin, whose automotive had twice failed pre-race inspection and been pressured To start out from the rear, was penalised for dashing in the pits By way of The primary rivals warning in Stage 1 and was demoted to the rear of The sector as quickly as as quickly as extra.

The identical destiny befell Larson when Stage 2 acquired beneathmethod, easing The path for Elliott to clinch his Championship 4 spot by worthwhile Stage 2.

He led till a warning for Austin Dillon’s puncture allowed Truex to leap to the entrance in the pits, Only for Elliott to repass on lap 205.

Bowman adopted him to the flag in second, as Hamlin recovered to fifth behind Byron and Truex.

Inside the third Stage, Logano had gambled on staying out beneath a warning Launched on by contact between Ross Chastain and Ryan Newman, However the 2018 champion’s stint out entrance didn’t final prolonged as Elliott quickly powered previous on lap 351.

Following the Tenth warning of the race when Daniel Suarez spun on lap 379, when Larson was as quickly as extra despatched to the rear of the pack for pitlane dashing, Hamlin took the lead for The primary time by passing Truex – the latter involved that his automotive was pushing water and In peril of overheating.

Hamlin continued To steer following a crash for Dillon on lap 436, with Bowman rising as his closest challenger, and Elliott properly-placeed in third.

However the 2020 champion’s race was closely compromised when he was spun out by Keselowski shortly afterwards – resuming Twenty first after he had pitted beneath the ensuing warning.

Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts, Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Auto-House owners Insurance coverage, Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M’s Halloween, Brad Keselowski, Group Penske, Ford Mustang Dent Wizard

Photograph by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Pictures

Two extra warning durations involving incidents for Ricky Stenhouse Jr gave Keselowski a shot On the win he needed to progress, as he moved into second behind Hamlin for a lap 478 restart.

It was Bowman although who powered to the lead, solely to see Hamlin reclaim it on lap 479. The destinyful incident which decided the race occurred on lap 494, which led to further time By which Bowman clinched the win.

Behind Truex, who rallied impressively to safe his Championship 4 place late on, Byron beat Aric Almirola to fifth spot, as Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Chris Buescher and Logano accomplished The very biggest 10.

Martinsville NASCAR end outcomes (501 laps):


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