Joey Logano picked up his second win of the year and sealed passage to NASCAR’s Round of 8 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a first-place finish in the Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

Logano started slowly, sitting well off the leaders for the first half of the race. Then, beginning on Lap 100, he steadily climbed up the leaderboard. Upon overtaking Kyle Busch for first place on Lap 147, he didn’t lose the lead over the remainder of the day.

Talladega Superspeedway shared his post-race celebration:

REPEAT.@joeylogano takes home the #Hellmanns500 🏁 for back-to-back Fall Talladega victories! #TheChase pic.twitter.com/kTKsci1fjc

— TalladegaSuperspdwy (@TalladegaSuperS) October 23, 2016

Brian Scott, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top five:

Hellmann’s 500 Results—Top 10

Pos. Driver Time Behind (sec.) Laps Led 1 Joey Logano —– 45 2 Brian Scott 0.124 0 3 Denny Hamlin 0.258 11 4 Kurt Busch 0.264 0 5 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0.422 6 6 Kyle Larson 0.427 0 7 Kevin Harvick 0.466 0 8 Aric Almirola 0.495 0 9 Austin Dillon 0.523 1 10 A.J. Allmendinger 0.528 0

Alex Bowman spun into the infield on Lap 186 to set up the overtime period. When the green flag dropped to resume the race, Logano, Scott and Kevin Harvick sat in first, second and third.

Logano had a strong restart and consolidated his lead, settling into a comfortable position ahead of Scott. From there, the No. 22 car displayed excellent defensive driving, reacting to Scott and cutting off each of his attempted passes.

NBCSN provided a replay of the overtime laps leading up to Logano’s win:

The 26-year-old came a long way in the span of a few hours. It looked like he was destined for a rough Sunday when a jack got stuck under his car and was dragged across the track, via NASCAR on NBCSN:

Joey ‘The Jackman’ Logano. Think it will ‘stick’ @joeylogano? #TheChase pic.twitter.com/lKoR8Pw0Cx

— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 23, 2016

Bigger than Logano’s win are the Chase consequences from the Hellmann’s 500. Four drivers are no longer in the hunt for the title:

Chase for the Sprint Cup Grid

Pos. Driver Points Wins 1 Joey Logano 4,000 2 2 Jimmie Johnson 4,000 3 3 Kevin Harvick 4,000 4 4 Matt Kenseth 4,000 2 5 Carl Edwards 4,000 2 6 Denny Hamlin 4,000 3 7 Kurt Busch 4,000 1 8 Kyle Busch 4,000 4 Eliminated Martin Truex Jr. 2,191 4 Eliminated Brad Keselowski 2,168 4 Eliminated Austin Dillon 2,163 0 Eliminated Chase Elliott 2,156 0

With the stakes high Sunday, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr., who each earned four wins in 2016, picked the worst time to have car trouble. Neither driver finished the race, and both saw their hopes of advancing to the Round of 8 evaporate.

ESPN’s Marty Smith thought the remaining field benefited in a big way:

The title contenders have a much easier road now, with Truex and Keselowski gone.

— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) October 23, 2016

Truex finished in last place after making it through 41 laps. Shortly after his exit, he spoke on NBCSN about his disappointment:

"Definitely not the way we wanted today to go. It’s a tough way to go out." https://t.co/nQK4eDk2VP

— NBCSN (@NBCSN) October 23, 2016

Engine trouble also claimed the No. 2 car after 144 laps. NASCAR on NBC shared a look at the car heading back to the garage:

Smoke coming from the No. 2 of @keselowski, who’s already back in the garage. #TheChase #Hellmanns500 pic.twitter.com/QS6xGYUhvY

— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 23, 2016

Like Truex, Keselowski remained circumspect:

Yep.
Just trying to keep in mind how fortunate we are to have great teams to be fast and win. https://t.co/pVED1EtDkJ

— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) October 23, 2016

Sunday will offer more ammunition for the critics of the Chase format. Keselowski and Truex were two of the strongest drivers throughout the season, and engine problems in one race undid all of that work.

The Chase structure creates plenty of drama late in the year, but the Hellmann’s 500 illustrated that luck can be an outsized factor in determining the last driver standing.

Three more races stand between the final eight and the championship race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida, on Nov. 20.

The Round of 8 will kick off next week at the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.

Logano knows Sunday’s checkered flag won’t provide any guarantees. Nearly a year ago to the day, he wrapped up his third straight win in the month of October. The next week, Matt Kenseth wrecked him at the Martinsville Speedway, which irreparably damaged Logano’s chances of staying in title contention.

For Logano and the rest of the Chase field, the smallest mistake can carry significant consequences over the next three races.