Chase Elliott overall had a very good weekend at Martinsville. Winning Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series and on Sunday he finished third in the STP 500. Not bad considering he himself said “Martinsville wasn’t one of his better tracks”.
Joey Logano was fourth. That’s really good considering he was penalized for a crew member over the wall too soon and having a unscheduled stop for a tire issue did not help.
Austin Dillon said. "We didn't have the speed the first couple practices, which for some reason I never do here, It's just a trend. I can't go fast enough to start, and then we consistently get better throughout practice and the race. It's nice to do that, but I wish I could not give the field half a race before we get up through there. Starting 20th was big for us because our last practice was good. Our car had takeoff speed the whole day. It's the first race car we've had that can actually restart and go for the first five laps, and that's a lot of fun, and we've got to focus on that. I think the way the new racing is with the stages and stuff, short-run speed is key, and if you have long run speed, falloff, it really doesn't matter because you're going to get a caution at some point."