Truex on Logano: "I hope he's proud of himself"

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Truex slid sideways across the finish line and promptly declared Logano won't take his title from him this year. While he had a dominant auto, he had to hold off Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. over the final 50 laps. But Logano go to Truex's bumper entering Turn 3 then did a better job of keeping his auto straight on the final dash to the finish line as he and Truex viciously banged doors, Truex almost going sideways.

Eight drivers started the day vying for the four spots in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Now one of the slots is gone, to Logano of Team Penske, and NASCAR's so-called "Big Three" is still without a berth.

Instead, Truex wound up third and joined those jeering Logano during a post-race interview.

Logano said he did what he had to do in trying to clinch a spot in the final round of the Playoffs.

"He may have won the battle but he didn't win the damn war", Truex explained to NBC Sports after the race.

"We've been good here the last few years, which is nice, especially this time of year", Busch said.

With 12 to go in the stage, Hamlin got around Kyle Busch and into the runner-up position behind Logano.

"And I just - there was nothing I could do about it", said Truex. "Some may not like it".

Truex, who cleared Logano off Turn 2 on the final lap after an extended side-by-side battle, vowed that Logano wouldn't win his first title this season. Bowyer believes the tough short track provides him with his best opportunity to claim a victory over the next three weeks. Instead, Logano used his bumper to claw the victory back into his control and earned an enemy while doing so.

"I was next to him for six laps and I never knocked him out of the way", Truex said. We're were going to race hard for it in my book. I cleared him fair and square. "We'll race him day after day".

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"And he just drove into the back of me and knocked me out of the way". Everybody said we were out, said we couldn't run good at Martinsville, said we don't run good at short tracks, said our team shut down so we can't make it to the Championship 4.

"What goes around comes around", Truex told NBCSN.

Denny Hamlin has won the first stage of Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin is a five-time victor at the Virginia paperclip.

As he saw Logano move Truex ahead of him, he had just one thought: "Crash harder".

The weekend of action at Martinsville Speedway culminates on Sunday with the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

The deal with the seven-time champion is for all 38 races in 2019 and 2020.

Lowe's has sponsored Johnson since his 2001 debut but is leaving NASCAR at the end of the season.

And his hopes for the start of Sunday's race because he's starting midpack?

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