The driver for
The victory also came after a terrible blunder by four-time series champion and eight-time Martinsville winner
Gordon took the lead for the first time with 58 laps left and then got caught entering pit road too fast when the 16th and final caution came out with about 40 laps to go.
"Wow. I'm sorry guys," he said on the radio. "That's on me. I apologize."
The race also ended
Gordon and his
The race also marked the Cup debut of Chase Elliott, who will replace the retiring Gordon in the Hendrick stable next season, and Elliott got a quick welcome. His car was bounced around early, wound up in the garage and he finished 38th.
The day went better for
Hamlin, unlike Gordon, made his mistake early enough in the race to recover. Before the race was 200 laps old, he was penalized for an uncontrolled tire on pit road and dropped from the lead to 22nd.