The NASCAR STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway as it happened

Melissa Joan Hart gets ready to drive the pace car prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia.
 Melissa Joan Hart gets ready  to drive the pace car prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia.
Melissa Joan Hart gets ready to drive the pace car prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Kyle Busch scored his first NASCAR Sprint Cup series win at Martinsville Speedway Sunday. He led the most laps and held off AJ Allmendinger in the final 11 laps to win his second clock of the weekend and the 35th win of his NASCAR career.  Here’s how it all went down Sunday at NASCAR’s shortest track, Martinsville Speedway.

From his third consecutive Martinsville pole Joey Logano led the field to the green under clear blue skies; Kasey Kahne in second was on the outside.  Logano shot out of turn 2 and Kahne slid in behind, Brian Vickers was third, followed by Paul Menard and Ryan Newman as the top 10 were single file.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and David Regan got together while fighting for 20th; Earnhardt spun exiting turn 2 on lap 5 and caution number 1 came out. He was able to continue but was forced to pit with a flat left rear tire and went down a lap.

Green came back out on lap 10.  Logano again went to the lead followed by Vickers, Menard and Newman in single file.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.