The round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs has been decided, and the #9 of Chase Elliott has the momentum as NASCAR heads to Martinsville. Chase was able to hold off a hard-charging #18 of Kyle Busch and #42 Kyle Larson to score his third win of the 2018 season at Kansas.
#22 Joey Logano was able to win stage one, after starting on pole, and the #4 of Kevin Harvick captured the stage two win. It looked to be a great year for the #2 of Brad Keselowski after he rattled off three wins to begin the final leg of the season, but he won’t be among the final eight drivers racing for the championship.
Here are the top 10 finishers at Kansas:
1st #9 Chase Elliott
2nd #18 Kyle Busch
3rd #42 Kyle Larson
4th #20 Erik Jones
5th #78 Martin Truex Jr
6th #2 Brad Keselowski
7th #12 Ryan Blaney
8th #22 Joey Logano
9th #88 Alex Bowman
10th #10 Aric Almirola
Other Notables: #3 Austin Dillon P11, #4 Kevin Harvick P12, #14 Clint Bowyer P13, #11 Denny Hamlin P14, #41 Kurt Busch P18, #48 Jimmie Johnson P22, #24 William Byron P38.
Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Alex Bowman championship hopes have been eliminated as these four drivers failed to advance to the round of eight. Blaney like Keselowski looked like contenders for the championship four at Homestead due to him winning the Charlotte Roval race in the round of 16, but he wasn’t able to get enough points to advance.
A glimpse at the playoff grid following Kansas:
1st #18 Kyle Busch 4055 points +40 above the cutoff, has a win in the playoffs at Richmond.
2nd #4 Kevin Harvick 4054 points +39 above the cutoff, has four stage wins in the playoffs.
3rd #78 Martin Truex Jr 4038 points +23 above the cutoff, has three stage wins in the playoffs.
4th #9 Chase Elliott 4018 points +3 above the cutoff, has two wins in the playoffs at Dover and Kansas.
5th #14 Clint Bowyer 4015 points -3 below the cutoff.
6th #22 Joey Logano 4015 points -3 below the cutoff, has one stage win in the playoffs.
7th #41 Kurt Busch 4015 points -3 below the cutoff, has one stage win in the playoffs.
8th #10 Aric Almirola 4006 points -15 below the cutoff, has a win in the playoffs at Talladega.
9th #12 Ryan Blaney 2212 points, has a playoff win at Charlotte (Roval). Eliminated after the round of 12.
10th #2 Brad Keselowski 2194 points, has a playoff win at Las Vegas. Eliminated after the round of 12.
11th #42 Kyle Larson 2178 points, Eliminated after the round of 12.
12th #11 Denny Hamlin 2159 points, Eliminated after the round of 16.
13th #3 Austin Dillon 2150 points, Eliminated after the round of 16.
14th #20 Erik Jones 2148 points, Eliminated after the round of 16.
15th #48 Jimmie Johnson 2148 points, Eliminated after the round of 16.
16th #88 Alex Bowman 2144 points, Eliminated after the round of 12.
The round of eight begins, next Sunday at Martinsville, and is followed by races at Texas Motor Speedway, and ISM Raceway in Phoenix, to decide the Championship Four at Homestead. Check out the action at Martinsville, the round of eight is going to be wild. Chase Elliott might be the hottest driver heading into the round of 8, after winning two of the three races in the round of 12, can he continue the momentum all the way to a championship at Homestead?