Inspection issues send 8 to the rear at Richmond

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Martin Truex Jr. had about 40 laps to go and Clint Bowyer closing fast.

Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday night's Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.

"I've always enjoyed this track", Truex said. "I was just real tight that last run". I just had to hold him off. I just had to hold them off. Thanks to the pit crew-they had a great night.

The two have history together; Logano moved Truex on the final lap at the Playoff race in Martinsville last fall, and the move helped Logano win his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. "We've kept chipping away at it and hopefully we get better from here on out".

"As you look at this place, this is really one of those places where you kind of have to go off of what happened last time", Harvick said. It's his 20th career victory and 17th in the last four seasons.

"It means a lot to finally break through", Truex said. "I hope it was a helluva show". Local favorite Denny Hamlin was fifth. "I had no front tire and was just real, real tight that last run". This time, however, Logano ran out of time to seal the deal and collect the trophy.

"I was watching them race and thought that if I was just patient and saved my tires, I could get them", he added. All three cars passed on their third attempt.

That left Truex able to escape off the final corner and win, while Logano finished a frustrating second, .178 of a second adrift when the checkered flag waved.

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The leaderboard got shuffled beginning on Lap 318 when the cars running up front began pitting under a green flag.

Truex stayed near the front of the field and on Lap 293 of the 400-lapper, he took a lead he would not surrender. Asked over his team radio if he was OK, Larson said, "Yeah".

"Sometimes in pro sports, you know, you get on a roll, things go well", Gibbs said. "I think you actually kind of lose a little bit of the drama of a auto going back out, and can that vehicle knock the vehicle that is on the bubble out".

The post-race process is part of a new, more timely approach to inspection for all three NASCAR national series. They include local favorite Denny Hamlin, a three-time victor on the 0.75-mile oval, Chase Elliott and Matt Tifft.

As a result, NASCAR disqualified their qualifying speeds, sending them to the rear of the field, disallowed their pit stall selections and ejected one engineer from each team for the race.

Five other teams failed inspection and had their qualifying speeds and pit selections disallowed.

Seven drivers who failed inspection and will go to the end of the pack include Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Suarez, Aric Almirola and Matt Tifft.

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