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There have been wrecks and cautions everywhere in the monitor Sunday, but it surely was Kyle Busch who emerged from the scrum to go Denny Hamlin within the last moments of additional time at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia, to take the checkered flag on the First Knowledge 500.
With the victory, No. 18 notched his second win at Martinsville and gave him 43 complete wins for his profession. Extra importantly, Busch, who led for a race-high 184 laps, clinched a spot within the championship race in Miami on Nov. 19. That is the third straight 12 months Busch has superior to the Championship four.
The total playoff standings are per NASCAR.com.
1. Kyle Busch (four,100 factors)
2. Martin Truex Jr. (four,117 factors)
three. Brad Keselowski (four,079 factors)
four. Kevin Harvick (four,053 factors)
5. Jimmie Johnson (four,050 factors)
6. Ryan Blaney (four,047 factors)
7. Denny Hamlin (four,045 factors)
eight. Chase Elliott (four,027 factors)
The remaining schedule for the 2017 playoffs will be discovered on NASCAR.com.
The subsequent two races within the Spherical of eight start with the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 5, adopted by the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 12. The playoffs then culminate within the championship on the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19.
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The race’s conclusion was not with out drama, although. Tempers flared underneath the lights on the Paperclip post-race as a result of Chase Elliott was spun into the wall by Hamlin whereas within the lead with simply three laps to go.
The 2 drivers exchanged heated phrases with the capability crowd booing the homegrown Hamlin, who’s initially from Chesterfield, Virginia, incessantly, whereas cheering on Elliott, who’s from Georgia.
There is a championship on the road.
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“I received at the back of him and he spun out,” Hamlin mentioned on the tv broadcast. “Making an attempt to get a race win, however all people wrecked everybody on the finish. It was full chaos and I received at the back of him and he spun out and someone received at the back of me and I wrecked, too. It was a multitude on the finish. I hate it for his crew. I perceive he had a win for a very long time coming, however it is a win for a ticket to Homestead. I am not right here saying I wrecked him on objective.”
For his half, Elliott felt that Hamlin jacked his rear wheels and spun him on objective.
“It is 100% uncalled for.” – @chaseelliott to @dennyhamlin #NASCARPlayoffs https://t.co/VW8RHYShau
“I needed to see the replay. That is what I badumed occurred. … It is undoubtedly 100 p.c pointless and uncalled for,” Elliott mentioned on the printed. “We had an awesome automotive as we speak and we had a chance, had an excellent restart there on the finish and felt like I used to be doing what I wanted to do, and I am unable to management his selections and regardless of the hell that was so, on to Texas.”