NASCAR at Darlington results: Joey Logano edges past William Byron to win dramatic Goodyear 400

With one lap left, Joey Logano was edging to William Byron’s No. 24 car. The two had been on opposite ends of the spectrum throughout the day at the Goodyear 400. Logano entered Sunday’s race with the No. 1 seed, having earned pole position in Saturday’s qualifying round.

Byron, meanwhile, finished in ninth on Saturday. With the race coming down to its last stretch, though, Logano only had one thing on his mind: retribution.

Logano bumped into Byron’s car, sending Byron spinning into the inner wall and securing a victory at Darlington for Logano.

It was an eventful end to an eventful race, one that was dominated by a series of gnarly wrecks which left some of the sport’s biggest stars on the pit road. A nine-car crash on Lap 261 knocked out Bubba Wallace, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. among others, setting the stage for a frantic finish.

When asked about his decision to ram into Byron’s bumper, Logano left no doubt about his intentions. He felt Byron had knocked into him earlier in the race and wanted to return the favor at the most inopportune time for the Hendrick Motorsports driver.

Byron was not amused. He called Logano an “idiot” and “moron” for his choice, indicating that Logano had to resort to below-the-belt tactics to win a race — something he hadn’t done on asphalt since the Hollywood Casino 400 back in 2020.

The Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights for NASCAR’s race at Darlington on Sunday. Below are the complete results from the Goodyear 400.

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NASCAR at Darlington live updates, highlights from Goodyear 400

3:30 p.m. — The race is set to start at 3:30 p.m, although the green flag is expected to be waved at 3:42 p.m.

3:42 p.m. — And we’re off! Joey Logano leads the pack, having earned pole position in Saturday’s qualifying round.

3:45 p.m. — Caution! Brad Keselowski spun out on Lap 3 after Chase Elliott appeared to have clipped him a bit from behind. Keselowki’s No. 6 bumped into the inner wall, forcing the driver to use one of his tire changes. Elliott apologized shortly thereafter.

3:54 p.m. — Kyle Larson holds the pole position after 18 laps, holding a 1.423 second edge over Joey Logano. Lots of reshuffling further down the pack, with Elliott, who started the race in 34th, has moved up 11 spots to No. 23.

4:05 p.m. — We’re in our first competition caution of the day. Larson is the standout so far, pushing his lead against Logano to 2.157 seconds.

4:11 p.m. — Logano takes the lead! Larson and Kyle Busch are jockeying for position between No. 2 and No. 3.

In other news, Kurt Busch owes a great debt of gratitude to his pit crew. The veteran driver’s wheel appeared to be coming off while Busch was in pit stall. Fortunately, Busch’s crew held him up, giving them time to secure his wheel and make sure everything else was copacetic with Busch’s whip.

4:17 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr. veered away from the inner wall on Lap 48. However, he regained his bearings quite quickly, straightening himself out and getting himself back into fifth place.

4:20 p.m. — Larson hit his first real stretch of adversity. He tried holding his second position from an advancing Kyle Busch. However, Busch notched the inside position. Larson’s wheels gave out on him a bit, spinning him away from the inside wall — and losing valuable position in the process.

Still a lot of race left for Larson — we’re still 32 laps away from Stage 2 of the race. But, it’ll be a long way back for Larson, whose team is urging him to make race awkward for the racers in front of him.

4:26 p.m.  Kurt Busch’s No. 18 takes the lead for the first time on Lap 62. Busch and Logano had a decent battle for position. However, Logano’s car seemed a little looser than Busch’s. Busch gave Logano a slight bump to knock him off stride and secure pole position and that vaunted clear air.

4:32 p.m.  One racer to look at for: Denny Hamlin. Hamlin, rocking the same paint job as he had when he won the Cup Series in 2016, has soared past his fellow racers, overcoming a 22nd-place start to edge secure ninth position on Lap 73.

4:35 p.m.  Ross Chastain has slotted into the conversation as we approach the end of Stage 1. Chastain has kept the pace with Logano, sitting less than half a second off Logano’s lead. Logano is doing a good job of securing inside position, wiggling his car back and forth to deter Chastain from advancing.

Perhaps Chastain can make his way to the front on Lap 86.

4:40 p.m.  Wire-to-wire dominance in Stage 1 for Logano, who earned his first stage win of the season. Logano held pole position in most of the 90 laps, outpacing a late Chastain effort to secure first place. Kyle Busch has fallen off slightly, dropping to fourth place — nearly seven seconds behind Logano.

Down the field, Larson appears to be making up ground, rising from bottom position after his earlier pitfall to make his way into the middle of the pack.

4:55 p.m.   Larson’s tough day continues. His No. 5 car had overcame an earlier pitfall to get back into the top ten. However, Larson spun out slightly shortly into Stage 2. He communicated to his pit crew that he felt his car was blowing out.

After a pit stop and further examination, the crew was unable to restart Larson’s car. Seems his crew is trying to take his car behind the wall and try to diagnose the problem. According to Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass, he can still return to the race since Larson’s issue is not under damaged vehicle policy.

5:06 p.m. — As racers approach the halfway point of Stage 2, this is how the standings are looking. Kevin Harvick is in pole position, followed by Cole Custer, Martin Truex Jr. and Tyler Reddick. Logano is currently undergoing a pit change.

5:13 p.m. — Larson’s pit crew was unable to diagnose the problem with Larson’s car in the garage, meaning he is done for the day. A tough blow for Larson, who suffered his fourth DNF of the season. Despite the unfortunate result, Larson was happy with the way his car performed before problems started arising. And, as Fox Sports’ broadcaster Clint Bowyer noted, the first race of the Cup Series playoff will be held at Darlington. Perhaps something for Larson to be optimistic about going forward.

5:30 p.m. — Tyler Reddick has been solid, putting up an inspired display after impressing at Bristol last week en route to a second-place finish. However, Reddick is headed to the pits, according to Bob Pockrass. It seems he had an issue around Lap 160 and is looking to rectify it as quickly as possible in the pits.

Meanwhile, another one bit the dust. Corey LaJoie, who started the day in 30th place, is headed to the garage, according to Pockrass, meaning he, too, is done for the day.

Keselowski is also slammed his right front suspension into the inner wall on Lap 164. Keselowski is done, as is Kyle Busch, who suffered collateral damage from Keselowski’s slam. Busch left his bright yellow No. 18 car in the middle of the pit road, forcing NASCAR to wave a caution flag. Busch stormed off to his crew area in a jiff, departing the track as a tow truck came to carry his car away. Nasty business that completely changes the complexion of the race.

5:47 p.m.  — It was an eventful Stage 2 for racers. However, that didn’t seem to both Ross Chastain too much. Chastain fought through the pack to win Stage 2, the second stage victory of his career.

It was a stage largely defined by its wrecks  — Brad Keselowski, Corey LaJoie and Kyle Busch all had to retire from the race due to various car troubles, most of which was caused during collisions. Still, there’s a lot to play for in the remaining 106 laps.

Here are the current rankings as of Lap 187:

1. Ross Chastain

2. Martin Truex Jr. (+0.819 seconds)

3. Joey Logano (+2.228 seconds)

4. Denny Hamlin (+3.083 seconds)

5. William Byron (+4.063 seconds)

5:58 p.m. — And just like that, Chastain is finished for the day. The Stage 2 winner tried to bump into Hamlin to ward off his advances. But, in the process, Chastain’s car smacked into the inner wall, sending him veering into the center of the track. Chastain’s cockpit became smoky as he opened his window, while a caution flag was waved once more.

6:12 p.m. — Denny Hamlin is leading the pack with 75 laps to go, sitting less than half a second in front of Logan and less than a second in front of Byron. Hamlin has impressed throughout the race, overcoming a less-than-ideal position (32nd) to start the day.

A bit further back, Chase Elliott made a late push toward the top five. Elliot was unable to place in qualifying due to some car issues, starting the race in 34th place. However, Elliott has been calm, slowly but surely inching his way into the top-ten and now, the top-five.

Elliott made a smart play, capitalizing on Christopher Bell and Daniel Suarez’s deceleration to take full control of the No. 5 place and give himself an outside shot at earning the win at Darlington.

6:22 p.m.  — Hamlin and Logano are neck-to-neck with 58 laps to go. Hamlin has a lead of less than a half a second and is trying to fight off Logano’s efforts. Seems many of the racers are headed to the pit road, including Chase Elliott, who just had a slight scare. Flames looked to emerge from underneath Elliott’s car. However, Elliott was able to get to pit road and get his team to attempt to rectify the issue.

6:33 p.m. — Tyler Reddick is holding pole position with 38 laps to go. Reddick got the vaunted No. 1 position at a perfect moment — Alex Bowman spun out, meaning the caution flag was waved and racers returned to the pit road. We seem headed for a barnstorming finish at Darlington.

6:44 p.m. — Huge wreck in Lap 261. Austin Cindric bumped into Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 47 before getting cracked by Kurt Busch’s No. 45 car. Erik Jones, sporting Richard Petty’s iconic No. 43, spun out as well. Carnage galore on the track as yet another caution flag is waved.

Nine cars were involved in the wreck, including Bubba Wallace’s No. 23. Most of the cars involved in the wreck are out of the race. Wallace was perplexed when asked about what happened after the race.

“I don’t know what I’ve done to piss off the racing gods,” Wallace said.

6:56 p.m. — William Byron has less-than-a-one-second lead over Logano with 10 laps to go. Byron was fairly consistent over the first two stages, but didn’t set the world alight. However, after the massive wreck on Lap 261, Byron has pushed through and looks poised for a good finish.

7:02 p.m. — Logano is just a quarter of a second behind Byron with three laps to go. This is headed for a photo finish! Tyler Reddick is just behind Logano and within a second of Byron.

7:04 p.m. — Joey Logano is the 2022 Darlington winner! Logano bumped into Byron in the final stretch, sending Byron’s No. 24 car wobbling and giving Logano an easy victory. Tyler Reddick finished in second place, while Justin Haley finished in third.

NASCAR start time

  • Race: Goodyear 400
  • Date: Sunday, May 8
  • Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Sunday’s race will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, though the green flag will be expected to be waved closer to 3:45 p.m. ET.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • TV channel: FS1 (U.S.) | TSN5 (Canada)
  • Live stream: Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
  • Radio: MRN | SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Sunday’s race will be carried by FS1 in the U.S., and TSN5 in Canada.

Mike Joy will be providing lap-by-lap action with Clint Bowyer providing analysis. The Fox broadcast teams have had rotating analysts to replace Jeff Gordon, who left to join Hendrick Motorsports as an executive, and this Sunday, there will be three different guest analysts in the booth. Richard Petty will be in for the first stage, Bobby Labonte will be in for the second stage and Bill Elliott will be in the booth for the third stage.

There will be options to stream the race, as fans can find coverage on Fox Sports Go or via fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

NASCAR lineup at Darlington

Start pos.

Driver

Car No.

Team

1

Joey Logano

22

Team Penske

2

Kyle Larson

5

Hendrick Motorsports

3

Christopher Bell

20

Joe Gibbs Racing

4

Martin Truex Jr.

19

Joe Gibbs Racing

5

Kyle Busch

18

Joe Gibbs Racing

6

Kurt Busch

45

23XI Racing

7

Ryan Blaney

12

Team Penske

8

Ross Chastain

1

TrackHouse Racing

9

William Byron

24

Hendrick Motorsports

10

Tyler Reddick

8

Richard Childress Racing

11

Erik Jones

43

Petty GMS Motorsports

12

Aric Almirola

10

Stewart-Haas Racing

13

Chase Briscoe

14

Stewart-Haas Racing

14

Austin Dillon

3

Richard Childress Racing

15

Alex Bowman

48

Hendrick Motorsports

16

Michael McDowell

34

Front Row Motorsports

17

Bubba Wallace

23

23XI Racing

18

Chris Buescher

17

Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing

19

Austin Cindric

2

Team Penske

20

Daniel Suarez

99

TrackHouse Racing

21

Ty Dillon

42

Petty GMS Motorsports

22

Denny Hamlin

11

Joe Gibbs Racing

23

Brad Keselowski

6

Roush Fenway Keselowski

24

Daniel Hemric

16

Kaulig Racing

25

Harrison Burton

21

Wood Brothers Racing

26

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

47

JTG Daugherty Racing

27

Todd Gilliand

38

Front Row Motorsport

28

Cole Custer

41

Stewart-Haas Racing

29

Justin Haley

31

Kaulig Racing

30

Corey LaJoie

7

Spire Motorsports

31

Cody Ware

51

Rick Ware Racing

32

JJ Yeley

55

Motorsports Business Management

33

Landon Cassill

77

Spire Motorsports

34

Chase Elliott

9

Hendrick Motorsports

35

Kevin Harvick

4

Stewart-Haas Racing

36

BJ McLeod

78

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