Last-lap thriller

Logano passes Gordon in Turn 1 of the final lap and wins the Duck Commander 500.

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At the buzzer, we go to overtime

Joey Logano was yards away from taking the white flag and having a guaranteed win if a caution flew, and the caution came out before he got there. There was debris on the track.
Jeff Gordon took two tires and will be the leader. Logano is third with four fresh tires.

20 to go

I feel a late caution coming on. Logano leads Keselowski by 1.7 seconds.

40 to go

Logano leads by a cool 4.7 seconds. Final pit stops beginning. No pressure, guys. Remember Hamlin.

80 laps to go

Caution out for debris. Top four on the restart will be Logano, Gordon, Keselowski and Larson. Two Fords, two Chevys. Larson gained two spots on his pit stop, passing the top two Toyotas.

Big Hoss in the house

Big Hoss TV looking good as world's largest high-def LED board. Welcome to Denton County. (Matt Crider/DRC)

It’s official!

The Duck Commander 500 has reached the halfway point. Should the weather change and it starts to rain, this race will be over and official.

Mistake costs leader

Denny Hamlin chased down and passed Brad Keselowski for the lead 20 laps ago, but Hamlin was caught speeding on pit road and will serve a pass-through penalty. Jeff Gordon would have been the new leader after Hamlin’s penalty, but Kyle Busch had a better stop and is the leader.
147 of 334 laps complete.

Junior out quickly

On lap 12, Dale Earnhardt Jr. clipped the grass directly in front of my seat, lost his left front tire, hit the wall in Turn 1 and caught fire. The incident also damaged the car of teammate Jimmie Johnson.

All this while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was making a three-wide pass around the outside of Matt Kenseth and Austin Dillon. That move actually worked.

Before the green/yellow flag

Michael Annett's Chevrolet and the nose of Michael McDowell's Texas-based Ford lead this group of cars lined up before the race. (Matt Crider/DRC)