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Martinsville Speedway

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 Results

April 9th, 2022

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

William Byron

24 |

5

Running

403

212

58

5

2

Joey Logano

22 |

14

Running

403

0

46

0

3

Austin Dillon

3 |

23

Running

403

1

39

0

4

Ryan Blaney

12 |

12

Running

403

5

44

0

5

Ross Chastain

1 |

27

Running

403

0

32

0

6

Kurt Busch

45 |

18

Running

403

0

32

0

7

Kyle Busch

18 |

11

Running

403

0

30

0

8

Aric Almirola

10 |

2

Running

403

0

39

0

9

Chase Briscoe

14 |

19

Running

403

0

28

0

10

Chase Elliott

9 |

1

Running

403

185

47

2

11

Austin Cindric

2 |

13

Running

403

0

31

0

12

Alex Bowman

48 |

15

Running

403

0

25

0

13

Erik Jones

43 |

24

Running

403

0

24

0

14

Kevin Harvick

4 |

6

Running

403

0

29

0

15

Chris Buescher

17 |

4

Running

403

0

22

0

16

Bubba Wallace

23 |

21

Running

403

0

21

0

17

Brad Keselowski

6 |

9

Running

403

0

20

0

18

Tyler Reddick

8 |

22

Running

403

0

19

0

19

Kyle Larson

5 |

8

Running

403

0

18

0

20

Christopher Bell

20 |

7

Running

402

0

26

0

21

Cole Custer

41 |

3

Running

402

0

30

0

22

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

20

Running

401

0

15

0

23

Ty Dillon

42 |

34

Running

401

0

14

0

24

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

36

Running

401

0

0

0

25

Michael McDowell

34 |

16

Running

400

0

12

0

26

Harrison Burton

21 |

29

Running

400

0

11

0

27

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

28

Running

400

0

10

0

28

Denny Hamlin

11 |

25

Running

400

0

9

0

29

Daniel Suárez

99 |

30

Running

399

0

8

0

30

Todd Gilliland

38 |

10

Running

399

0

7

0

31

Justin Haley

31 |

17

Running

398

0

6

0

32

Corey Lajoie

7 |

26

Running

397

0

5

0

33

Cody Ware

51 |

35

Running

394

0

4

0

34

JJ Yeley

15 |

32

Running

392

0

0

0

35

Josh Bilicki

77 |

31

Running

391

0

0

0

36

BJ McLeod

78 |

33

Handling

132

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    William Byron

    POS1

    LEADER

    William Byron

    Driver badge number 24 |

  • POS 2 | 0.303

    Joey Logano

    POS2

    0.303

    Joey Logano

    Driver badge number 22 |

  • POS 3 | 0.524

    Austin Dillon

    POS3

    0.524

    Austin Dillon

    Driver badge number 3 |

Recap: William Byron holds strong run through overtime restart to win Martinsville spring race

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The first night race for the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway was a cakewalk for Hendrick Motorsports—until a late caution sent the race to overtime, that is.

But William Byron survived a final restart and a mistake on the white-flag lap to win Saturday night‘s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 at the 0.526-mile short track.

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Byron led 212 of the 403 laps. Teammate and pole winner Chase Elliott led the first 185 circuits, as Hendrick Motorsports surpassed 10,000 laps led at Martinsville, becoming the first Cup organization to hit that prodigious number at a single track.

At the end of the two-lap overtime, Byron crossed the finish line 0.303 seconds ahead of runner-up Joey Logano, who couldn‘t get close enough to Byron‘s No. 24 Chevrolet in the final corner to make a move for the win.

Byron, who also won Thursday night‘s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, is the first driver to win two events this season. Saturday night‘s Cup victory was his first at Martinsville and the fourth of his career.

With his parents on his pit box for the entire race, Byron dedicated the win to his mother.

“When that last caution came out (for Todd Gilliland‘s brush with the Turn 4 wall on Lap 393), I thought

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA - APRIL 09: William Byron, driver of the #24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, is congratulated by his mother, Dana Byron and father, Bill Byron after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 at Martinsville Speedway on April 09, 2022 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

everyone behind us would pit,” Byron said. “Luckily, we stayed out—we were aggressive. We felt like we could refire on the tires and be OK.

“You‘ve got one of the most aggressive guys behind you with Logano. I chattered the tires in (Turns) 3 and 4 (on the white-flag lap) and left the bottom open, but I was able to kind of block my exit to get a good drive off (the corner).

“This one‘s for my mom. This same weekend last year, she had kind of a mini-stroke and was diagnosed with brain cancer. It means a lot to have her here, and it’s been a crazy year, but she’s doing great, and thanks, everybody, for the support. I kind of felt like she was riding in there with me. It’s cool to have her here, and I’m definitely going to enjoy this one.”

WATCH: Byron emotional after dominant win

Logano had mixed emotions after the race. The strong second-place run was gratifying, but it was second place, not first, and it extended his winless streak to 37 races.

“That final restart there, had a front row,” Logano said. “That’s what you can ask for. Got cleared to second, and Willy kind of messed up off of (Turn) 4 and let me get to him, and he did a really good job of brake-checking… He did what he was supposed to do, and kind of got me all stuffed up behind him, and I couldn’t accelerate off the corner and be as close as I needed to be down into 3 to execute the ol’ bump-and-run.

“Couldn’t get quite to him, but his corner entry was really strong, too, which I think allowed him to get in there pretty strong. Overall, the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang had a solid run. Just hate being that close to winning and not making it happen. But big points today, and it just stings. Second just sucks sometimes, that’s all.”

Austin Dillon ran a strong third behind Logano, with Ryan Blaney and Ross Chastain claiming the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Chase Briscoe and Elliott completed the top 10. Elliott leads the series standings by three points over second-place Blaney. Byron is third, 12 points back.

Elliott won the first two stages, but Byron won the race off pit road under caution at the second stage break and remained out front for 118 laps until he came to pit road during a cycle of green-flag stops midway through the final stage.

Blaney held the top spot for five laps before making his final stop, and Byron regained the lead when Blaney came to pit road on Lap 308.

After completion of the green-flag cycle, NASCAR called the third caution of the race when Denny Hamlin‘s ill-handling car stopped on pit road. Byron retained control of the race after the subsequent Lap 325 restart, with Austin Dillon moving past Joey Logano into the second position.

That was the last yellow flag until the final caution on Lap 393. The four cautions total—with two for stage breaks—were the fewest in a Cup race at Martinsville since 1997. Then again, Saturday night‘s race was shortened from 500 to 400 laps.

Up next for the Cup Series is the sport‘s second-ever dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway next Sunday (7 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Logano won the inaugural event in 2021.

NOTE: NASCAR’s inspection is complete in the Cup Series garage with no issue, confirming William Byron as the race winner. The No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford of Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet of Erik Jones will be taken back to the NASCAR R&D Center for further inspection, which is not abnormal.