Dale Earnhardt Jr., already eliminated from Sprint Cup Series title contention, held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon to win Sunday’s Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
With the victory, Earnhardt denied any of the eight remaining drivers still in the Chase a chance to clinch a berth in the Nov. 16 championship series finale at Homestead, Fla.
Ryan Newman finished third, Tony Stewart was fourth and Joey Logano was fifth.
Pole-winner Jamie McMurray took control early, leading 76 of the first 77 laps of the race.
Gordon moved into the lead for the first time on Lap 85, passing McMurray shortly after the third caution of the race.
Kasey Kahne spun Brian Vickers on Lap 160 to bring out the fourth caution of the race. During a round of pit stops, Brad Keselowski was penalized for being too fast on pit road. On the restart on Lap 169, Gordon led the way followed by McMurray and Earnhardt.
Reed Sorenson spun on Lap 189 to bring out the fifth caution of the race. During pit stops both Gordon and Newman were penalized for speeding on pit road. Earnhardt took over the race lead on the restart on Lap 206.
Jimmie Johnson suffered extensive damage from an incident on the track and was forced to head to the garage for repairs on Lap 209.
Logano moved into the lead for the first time on Lap 213, getting around Earnhardt on a restart following the sixth caution of the race.
Vickers retaliated against Khane which brought out a caution on Lap 222. On the restart on Lap 229, Logano led the way.
Kenseth got loose and collected Harvick and Stewart as the three raced into Turn 1 on Lap 228. Harvick suffered extensive damage and had to go to the garage for repairs.
Justin Allgaier elected not to pit and took over he race lead on the restart on Lap 261, followed by Stewart and Kenseth.
Stewart moved into the lead for the first time on Lap 262.
Logano made his way around Stewart and back into the top spot on Lap 275.
On Lap 277, Khane spun Vickers once again and brought out the 10th caution of the race. Logano held the lead on the restart on Lap 283 followed by Hamlin and McMurray.
Hamlin passed Logano for the lead on Lap 291.
Martin Truex Jr., who was spun earlier in the race by Danica Patrick, returned the favor on Lap 285 which brought out the 11th caution of the race. Many lead-lap cars remained on the track and Earnhardt inherited the lead on the restart on Lap 300.
Kurt Busch passed Earnhardt for the top spot on Lap 315.
Gordon moved back into the lead on Lap 335 only to see Hamlin get around him for the lead on Lap 359.
Sorenson spun again on Lap 388 which brought out the 12th caution of the race. All of the lead-lap cars pit for tires and fuel with Hamlin remaining in the lead on the restart on Lap 394.
Debris on the frontstretch brought out a caution on Lap 420. All of the lead-lap cars pit again with Clint Bowyer taking over the race lead on the restart on Lap 434. He was followed by Earnhardt and Gordon.
On Lap 428, Keselowski suddenly fell of the pace which triggered an accident that collected Truex, Patrick, Vickers, Kahne and Carl Edwards. NASCAR stopped the race for nearly 12 minutes to clean debris off the track.
Bowyer continued in the lead on the restart on Lap 443.
Earnhardt made his way to the lead on Lap 454.
Marcos Ambrose and Kyle Larson wrecked on Lap 489 to bring out the 15th caution of the race. On the restart on Lap 496, Earnhardt led the way followed by Gordon, Bowyer, Stewart and Logano.