After a morning dominated by the news of Kyle Larson missing the race after a fainting spell Joey Logano led the field from the pole as second placed starter Ryan Newman fell in behind, Truex was third, Jeff Gordon was fourth, Tony Stewart fifth.
Caution number one came out on lap 11 when Trevor Bayne spun in turn 1 shortly after contact from Alex Bowman. The green came back out on lap 16; Newman held the lead on the outside for two laps before Logano was able to move back to the point. Caution number 2 came out on lap 22 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun entering turn 3.
Several cars outside the leaders, including Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson pitted. The green flew on lap 26. Logano went to the lead as Newman slid down into second. By lap 39, Earnhardt had moved to fourth as Truex began dropping back with a possible gear issue; on lap 41 Denny Hamlin powered by Newman for second. On 48 Harvick moved into fifth.
JJ Yeley slammed into the turn 1 after contact from Hamlin who was fighting Logano for the lead and brought out caution three on lap 54. The leaders all pitted for the first time. Logano got out first, Newman was second, Edwards third, Hamlin and Earnhardt rounded out the top five.
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