Joey Logano needed a fantastic finish at Talladega Superspeedway to advance in NASCAR's playoffs. He got that and more on Sunday.
Logano - eighth in the Chase standings entering the Sprint Race - held off a tough challenge from upstart Brian Scott in overtime to win the Hellmann's 500, while Denny Hamlin finished third.
Not bad for a driver who earlier in the race left pit road with a jack stuck under his car and drove all the way around the track before returning to pit road for a penalty.
"Everyone stayed focused on their job," Logano told NBCSN after the race. "It feels good to win in a clutch moment like that."
Logano's 16th career victory earned him a spot in the Chase round of eight.
Advancing along with Logano are Jimmie Johnson, who won at Charlotte, and Kevin Harvick (Kansas), along with Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.
How close was it for the Chase drivers fighting to advance? Hamlin and Austin Dillon tied for the eighth and final points spot.
Hamlin will advance by virtue of his third-place finish at Talladega, the best finish by either driver in this round of the Chase.
Dillon was not the only Chase driver who came so close to advancing but went home disappointed.
Brad Keselowski had the dominant car on Sunday, leading a race-high 90 laps. He appeared set to sail into the next round of the Chase. But running second on lap 145, he went out with an overheated engine, while Martin Truex Jr's hopes also went up in smoke.