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Joey Logano fin­ished third. He beat El­liott in last June’s race at MIS. Then El­liott was lead­ing the Au­gust race com­fort­ably be­fore a yel­low flag gave Lar­son a boost.

This time, there were three cau­tions to­ward the end. The first was for de­bris, and Lar­son beat Kyle Busch on the in­side for the lead on the restart with 15 laps to go.

Then Clint Bowyer went into the wall, bring­ing out an­other cau­tion flag. Lar­son was first off that restart too, only to be slowed by an­other cau­tion af­ter a mul­ticar in­ci­dent on the back­stretch that in­cluded Dan­ica Pa­trick

be­ing knocked off the track and into the wall.

Fi­nally, with five laps re­main­ing, the race restarted, and Lar­son took the lead on the out­side. He won by 0.993 sec­onds in his No. 42 Chevro­let.

Martin Truex Jr. won the first two stages of the race but fin­ished sixth, ced­ing the points lead to Lar­son. Truex has 10 stage vic­to­ries this year. No­body else has more than four.

Truex and Lar­son were 1-2 in the points stand­ings com­ing into the race, and Truex was sec­ond to Lar­son in qual­i­fy­ing Fri­day. Their dom­i­nance car­ried over to the race Sun­day, at least at the start. They were the only driv­ers to lead dur­ing the first half of the 200-lap, 400-mile race.

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