Coming into Sunday with one last opportunity in which to qualify himself into the Championship Four and 26 points below cutoff, Chase Elliott was not prepared to leave anything to chance, as he was pretty much going to have to win in order to punch his ticket to Phoenix. In the end, there would be no doubt who was the dominant driver.
Due to Kyle Busch winning at Texas, it still leaves three slots open for next weekends finale at Phoenix. Now, it is onto Martinsville, VA, to wrap up the round of eight. Known for being the shortest track in the Cup Series, Martinsville Speedway is bound to offer plenty of suspense as those final seven drivers scratch and claw for those three remaining spots.
Kevin Harvick appeared to be sitting pretty Sunday at Kansas, having led 85 of the 219 laps run. However, a pit stop with 48 laps remaining would wind up costing him in the end. After beating Harvick out of the pit stalls, Joey Logano would manage to get the jump he needed on the final restart.
Chase Elliott survived miserable conditions last Sunday in Charlotte to come away with back-to-back wins on the relatively new road course. Joey Logano tried to keep things close with Elliott but was unable to make those most of a final restart with 10 laps remaining. By race’s end, Logano had faded behind by three seconds. Erik Jones, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney would round out the top five.
It’s time to put that wild finish at Talladega behind us and head out to Charlotte, NC, to finish out the round of 16. Charlotte Roval is still a relative new event on the Cup Series schedule, having moved on from the 500 mile regular oval. It’s expected that there will be a capacity crowd showing up for this event due to a state-mandated requirement.
After more than 16 years, Kurt Busch’s dream of winning at his home track of Las Vegas came to fruition on Sunday. Fittingly came with a bit of lady luck considering the circumstances. It all stemmed from a late-race caution for track debris during a green flag pit stop, which would leave Busch as the lone playoff competitor still on the lead lap.
NASCAR Cup Series DFS: Richmond Federated Auto Parts 400
The NASCAR Playoffs have officially begun. Last week Kevin Harvick was able to pick up the victory and lock himself into the round of 12. The next two races of the first round will be at short tracks. This weekend at Richmond followed by Bristol. Richmond will be a pivotal race for all the playoff drivers.
The tug-of-war between drivers Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin did not let up over the two race double-header this past weekend at Dover. It was Hamlin that struck first blood on Saturday, working himself around race leader Martin Truex Jr. with eight laps left remaining. Hamlin put himself into a jam after a bad restart on lap 193 but would systematically pass through the cars in front.