Martin Truex Jr. wins twice at Kansas
Martin Truex Jr. has been the best driver all season, and he showed why again with a win at Kansas. His nearest rival for most of the year, Kyle Larson, showed just how precarious these elimination playoffs are, flaming out with an engine failure.
Truex Jr. wins at Kansas, Johnson advances to next round.
Martin Truex Jr. wins from the pole at Kansas while Jimmie Johnson advances to the Round of 8 despite spinning twice on Sunday.
Truex earns emotional victory at Kansas
Martin Truex Jr., whose Furniture Row Racing team learned hours before the race that crew member Jim Watson had died the previous night of a heart attack, overcame two early mistakes to win a wild playoff elimination race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.
'Somber' Truex team wins after crewman death
A Furniture Row Racing team mourning the death of fabricator Jim Watson the night before went out and helped Martin Truex Jr. to victory in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 as a way to honor the crew member and his family.
Jimmie Johnson spun twice but is still eligible to win the NASCAR Cup championship as he finished 11th Sunday at Kansas. Martin Truex Jr. won the race. Advancing: Truex, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Johnson. Eliminated: Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray.
Matt Kenseth was eliminated from championship contention when he was involved in a crash and his team had too many men over the wall working on the car trying to fix it within the five-minute allotment.
Jimmie Johnson spun through the frontstretch grass with 80 laps remaining at Kansas. He got loose trying to gain spots as where he was running, he was a couple of points behind Matt Kenseth for the final spot to advance to the semifinal round. He is 27th and likely needs to finish within four spots of Kenseth to advance.
Denny Hamlin won the second stage at Kansas but a speeding penalty will put him back in 25th with 103 laps remaining. Kyle Larson, out with an engine issue, likely needs Jimmie Johnson to finish outside the top-20 for any chance of advancing.
Larson's early Kansas exit derails playoff hopes
Kyle Larson was eliminated from the NASCAR playoffs after an engine failure ended his race Sunday after just 73 laps at Kansas Speedway.
Kyle Larson is out of the Kansas race after just 73 laps because of an engine issue. He entered the race 29 points ahead of the current cutoff, and he will need other drivers to have trouble or poor performances if he wants to advance to the semifinal round. Larson: "Things happen. … It's disappointing. There's still a long race left to go. Maybe we can get lucky."
Kyle Larson is in the garage with an engine issue 75 laps into the race at Kansas. He is in danger of elimination from the playoffs as it appears his day is done.
Matt Kenseth, who doesn't have a ride next year, needs to rally to avoid elimination from the playoffs today at Kansas. Kenseth, 10th in the standings and eight points out of the current cutoff as the field will go from 12 drivers to eight, knows this could be his last chance. Kenseth: "If we don't run good Sunday, then we don't deserve to be in the next round."
Kyle Busch has won five poles and four races in the last 12, but after finishes of 29th at Charlotte and 27th at Talladega, he enters the elimination race Sunday at Kansas on the outside looking in. Kansas used to be one of his worst tracks but he has five consecutive top-5 finishes at Kansas.
Four out of the 12 playoff drivers will be eliminated from championship contention after the race today at Kansas. Barring accidents, it appears four drivers are vying for the last two spots. Ryan Blaney enters seventh in the standings with a nine-point cushion and is battling three past Cup champions – Jimmie Johnson is seven points ahead of the cutoff, Kyle Busch is seven behind and Matt Kenseth is eight behind.
Goodyear has conducted two tire tests for 2018 but NASCAR has not announced a contract extension for the tire supplier, whose contract runs out after 2017. Goodyear worldwide racing GM Stu Grant: "We have not finalized the agreement yet, that's true. We're getting very close to a contract extension. … We are testing for 2018, we're getting ready to build tires for the Daytona 500, so we're operating like we're going to be here in 2018."
Paul Menard is at Kansas Speedway and expected to race today. Richard Childress Racing has Daniel Hemric on standby in case Menard has to leave for the birth of his baby.
Jim Watson, a road-crew fabricator for Furniture Row Racing, died Saturday night after suffering a heart attack. He was 55.
Failed inspection puts Blaney at back of field
After qualifying third for Sunday's NASCAR Cup elimination race at Kansas Speedway, Ryan Blaney thought he had the best position among drivers on the playoff bubble. But a failed post-qualifying inspection now has him starting last in the 40-car field.
Christopher Bell grabs first NASCAR Xfinity win
Christopher Bell -- a regular in the Truck Series who is not eligible for the series playoffs -- secured his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win on Saturday at Kansas Speedway.
Dale Jr.'s final ride: Kansas
Dale Earnhardt Jr. likes Kansas Speedway, and not just for the great barbecue nearby. He's run well there at times and sees the potential to do it again Sunday.
U.S. Olympic speedskater Brian Hansen chats with Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet, a Kansas City native, prior to the Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway.
Ryan Blaney, who has to start from the rear Sunday after failing postqualifying tech, was the fastest in final practice Saturday at Kansas.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who announced Monday that his wife Amy is pregnant, said he is trying to soak up all the experiences of being an expectant father.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about hearing the news of his wife being pregnant and the heartbeat. His wife, Amy, is due to give birth to their first child May 2.
Playoff intensity ratchets up for Matt Kenseth, other former champions
For former champion Matt Kenseth, a good season has not been a winning one. He may have to get to Victory Lane at Kansas on Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the playoffs. But he's not alone as the intensity rises with just five races left.
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