He was helped out of his vehicle immediately after Martin Truex Jr's victory and laid on the infield grass where he received medical treatment for about 10 minutes before being transported to the infield care center for more care. As the green and white checkered flag flew signaling the conclusion of Stage Two, Truex had worked his way up to fourth. We kept digging. The pit crew was flawless. They said it's called "Ride with Martin" for their next race and everybody contributed money to my foundation to have their name on the vehicle and they gave me a check today for $75,000 to our foundation. Every single guy - every guy on this team just did a ideal job today and I can't be more proud of them at this time of the year just when you want it to happen. Essentially, we changed a crew chief because Berrier wanted to move back to North Carolina, and that's all we changed. "We had track position and we were able to keep it". Just a never give-up attitude with these guys. "That was where Martin came on and got his track position and we lost ours, and it was just hard to get all of it back, there, toward the end". Truex's Charlotte win on Sunday locks him into the Round of 8. Now, it would be an upset if Truex isn't in the final four drivers in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fast facts: The Round of 12 starts this weekend in Charlotte, where six playoff drivers have won previously.
Sherry Pollex, who has ovarian cancer and chemotherapy scheduled for Monday.
Her tweet cited that old bromide about selling cars after winning. "But I'm cheering you on from home babe!" As the field came down pit road with just over 100 laps to go, Truex's team performed a blinding fast pit stop.
Busch laid in the grass, packs of ice were placed on his chest, and a stretcher was brought to him. He was eventually released from the care center after receiving fluids and oxygen.
DALE JR.: He finished 12th in his final Cup race at the track, which he told SiriusXM "has been hemorrhaging for a while". If Johnson has an eighth title run left in him, he needs to find what's missing soon. Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to a backup auto after a practice crash Friday.
The race had 10 cautions for 44 laps and 14 lead changes among eight drivers. His team had the vehicle back out before the five-minute clock expired, yet the lost time was too much to overcome.
For those who like old school NASCAR racing, the opening race of the second round of the playoffs at the Charlotte Motor Speedway had plenty of grit.
STAGE ONE: Kevin Harvick outran Chase Elliott by two seconds to win the first stage (90 laps).
Kyle Larson was 10th, Matt Kenseth 11th, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
From a restart on Lap 284 to a caution on Lap 325, Harvick chased Truex relentlessly, closing up to his bumper in Turn 3 roughly midway through the run. He was running 23rd. He almost won for the first time in the Cup series a week ago, but Busch ran him down and passed him for the win with one lap to go. The Playoff field will be cut from 12 drivers to eight after the October 22 race at Kansas Speedway. CMS remains the only active track where Busch has not won.
Larson enters next Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway second in the series standings, but he's 34 points behind points leader and Charlotte race victor Martin Truex Jr.
At that point, Truex's lead was already substantial.
Harvick took the lead on the ensuing Lap 52 restart.
Kyle Larson missed his pit stall under caution and had to pit again.
Hamlin won the pole with a lap of 191.598 miles per hour on the 1.5-mile track during qualifying.
Before fans hopped over the wall and ran down pit road, before there were champagne showers in Victory Lane, before the hugging and the high-fives and congratulatory text messages were sent, there was the waiting.