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The NASCAR Cup Series teams attacked a dirt track in the first race on the surface since 1970. The conditions presented a whole host of new challenges for teams and drivers, and Joey Logano conquered them all, leading the final 61 laps on his way to make it two wins in a row for Penske Racing after Ryan Blaney won the week before. Martin Truex Jr. looked like the early favorite after dominating the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race earlier in the afternoon. He quickly moved into the lead from the fifth starting spot and went on to lead 126 laps, winning the first stage, too. Dirt-track rookie Daniel Suarez took the point from him in the second stage, but Suarez couldn't hold off Logano, who took the lead and led the final 61 laps for an overtime win.
Monday's race was unique in that most of the prerace favorites were not factors in the outcome. Kyle Larson gave up his pole position after an engine change forced him to start from the rear, and an early wreck in traffic left him scrambling to catch up the rest of the distance. Christopher Bell also fell out of the race after an early mistake, and Kyle Busch also suffered early overheating problems that put him out of contention. It was an unpredictable race, and NASCAR announced it will be doing it again next season. This week, the competitors get a break before another short track, Martinsville Speedway, restarts the action