STP 500 at Martinsville: A recap in GIFs
By Steve Luvender | Monday, March 25, 2019
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NASCAR.com's Steve Luvender recaps the action at Martinsville Speedway exclusively in GIFs.
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If you're into history and hot dogs, Martinsville Speedway's the perfect place. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its first trip to a short track this year on Sunday for the STP 500.
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Glenn Wood's legendary car paced the field -- the first race since the local Hall of Famer and team owner's passing.
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Not long after polesitter Joey Logano led the first five laps of the race, Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski nudged the No. 22 out of the way and went to the point.
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Michael McDowell ran into trouble early, colliding with the outside wall when a tire issue plagued his car.
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In typical Martinsville fashion, lapped traffic proved difficult Sunday -- for instance, during Stage 1 when second-place driver Chase Elliott made contact with Jeb Burton.
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Brad Keselowski claimed his first stage victory of 2019, winning Stage 1 -- almost like he was racing with the flu again.
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Several drivers reported tricky track conditions after an axle fell off Ross Chastain's car, coating a portion of the track in axle grease.
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On the ensuing restart, Alex Bowman and Bubba Wallace collided, but both drivers managed to maintain control of their Chevrolets.
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A surging Ryan Blaney couldn't catch a dominant Brad Keselowski in time, as the No. 2 claimed Stage 2.
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Ty Dillon and William Byron made contact, sending Byron's car around and bringing out the caution. So it goes at "The Paperclip."
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Did Joey Logano hit the wall? You be the judge.
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In the final stage, the first non-Team Penske driver took the top spot when Chase Elliott briefly passed Brad Keselowski for P1.
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Contact with Kyle Larson soured Erik Jones' afternoon.
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Matt Tifft, making his Martinsville debut, kissed the wall when a tire went down on his Ford.
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Clint Bowyer twice sped on pit road, creating a challenge for defending his 2018 Martinsville victory.
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As the lap count dwindled and the Brad Keselowski laps-led counter continued to increase, Ross Chastain ran into more trouble, ending his weekend early.
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Brad Keselowski never looked back and held on for his second win of 2019, sweeping the race's three stages after leading 446 of 500 laps -- the most ever at Martinsville in NASCAR's modern era.
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The dominant performance by the No. 2 was Keselowski's second win at Martinsville. That's what we call March Bradness.
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Celebrate the victory, Brad -- even if you can't open that pesky can.