Chase Elliott proved on Sunday that he is a strong contender for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Series Championship, beating Kyle Bush to the finish at Kansas Speedway by .903 seconds in the Hollywood Casino 400, his second win in the round( Dover), and third of his career.
Sunday’s race was the Round of 12 elimination race. Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney all finished the race outside the required eighth position in the standings for advancement. Bowman and Larson were both in must-win situations in the Midwest. The Team Penske teammates, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney weren’t required to win to advance, but a sixth and seventh place finish for Keselowski and Blaney, respectively, wasn’t enough for them to advance. Elliott and Aric Almirola were already in the Round of 8 based on Round of 12 victories. Kevin Harvick clinched on points midway through Kansas, as did Kyle Bush. Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Kurt Bush were the other drivers racing Keselowski and Blaney for spots in the next round.
Truex finished fifth Logano finished eighth, Bowyer 13th, while Kurt Bush came home 18th.
Next up, the beginning of the Round of 8 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. If a playoff driver wins a race in the Round of 8, points aren’t necessary to get a driver to the Championship 4 finale in Miami.