This year's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs is down to eight drivers following Sunday's elimination race at Kansas Speedway. Martin Truex, Jr. won the race and has the points lead over the seven other playoff drivers entering the final four races.
Martin Truex, Jr. has led the most laps in a Cup race at Kansas four times in his career, but not until Saturday night did he finally win one. Truex led 104 of 267 laps, but it came down to a final restart with two laps left before he could claim victory. He edged ahead of pole sitter Ryan Blaney and held on for his second win of the season.
Kevin Harvick entered Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway dead last in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings, but with his victory he nailed down a slot in the Round of 8 following next week's race at Talladega.
Kyle Busch became the Sprint Cup Series first three-time winner this season when he held off Kevin Harvick on a late restart for his first career win at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night. It leaves just Charlotte and Pocono as the only tracks where Kyle has yet to win.
Matt Kenseth dominated at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. He led 153 of 269 laps and appeared to be on his way to victory and an automatic pass into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. But Kenseth was nudged from behind into a spin by Joey Logano with five laps left, then Logano pulled away from the field on a green, white, checkered restart for his second straight win and fi
Chalk up another win for Joey Logano, his fifth of the season. Logano beat Kyle Larson to the finish line at Kansas Speedway by half a second to insure himself a spot in the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. It's his first win at Kansas, eighth of his career and ties with Brad Keselowski for most victories this season.
It was a good weekend for Kevin Harvick at Kansas Speedway. He won the pole, then drove to his third victory of the season and first at Kansas. At the finish line, he had a more-than-two-second lead over second place Kurt Busch, with Jeff Gordon finishing a close third.
For the third straight race the Sprint Cup pole sitter emerged the winner. Matt Kenseth won for the second time this season and for the second consecutive time at Kansas Speedway holding off a challenge from Kasey Kahne on the final lap.
It was a long day at Kansas Speedway. During a season where long, long green lap periods were the norm, Kansas was one caution after another – 14 in all. In the end Matt Kenseth was the winner for the second time in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship run and Brad Keselowski hung on to the points lead.
Both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are at the newly repaved and reconfigured Kansas Speedway this weekend. Nationwide goes tomorrow with Race Six in the Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday.
It’ll be a homecoming for Clint Bowyer. The Kansas native is coming off last Saturday’s win at Charlotte and it moved him up to fourth in the standings