NASCAR Kansas: Elliott claims win from Kyle Busch, Round of 8 sealed

Bethonie Waring
Autosport
Elliott claims Kansas win from Kyle Busch
Elliott claims Kansas win from Kyle Busch

Chase Elliott claimed his third NASCAR Cup win of the season in Kansas, as third place finisher Kyle Larson just missed out on a place in the Round of 8.

After running in the bottom half of the top 10 in the first two stages, Elliott came through to snatch second from Ryan Blaney early in the final stage.

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He was promoted to the net race lead after Kevin Harvick, who had battled at the front of the field throughout the race, was handed a penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Up ahead, play off competitor Brad Keselowski was risking an alternate strategy in an attempt to find a way through to the Round of 8.

The Team Penske driver stayed out late, hoping a caution would gift him a free pit stop, but he eventually had to come in under green flags.

Elliott came through to take the race lead, but he was not assured of victory.

Kyle Busch spent the closing stages of the race all over the back of Elliott's Chevrolet, but had to settle for second, finishing 0.903-seconds behind.

Elliott claims Kansas win from Kyle Busch
Elliott claims Kansas win from Kyle Busch

Larson bounced back from a difficult start to the weekend - the Chip Ganassi Racing driver badly damaged his car in practice and struggled to find pace in qualifying - to finish third.

But, with the 10-point penalty he received at the last race in Talladega for a technical infringement upheld after an appeal, it still was not enough to seal his place in the next stage of the playoffs.

Erik Jones took fourth ahead of Martin Truex Jr and Keselowski, who also failed to score enough points to continue to the third playoff stage.

Polesitter Joey Logano dominated the opening stage, leading 60 of the 80 laps and only briefly losing the race lead after the pit stops.

His team-mate Ryan Blaney inherited the position with a quick two tyre stop, but he could not hold onto the race lead and dropped back to third, behind Harvick, before the end of the stage.

Harvick's second place in stage one was enough to secure his Round of 8 position.

The trio continued to battle at the front of the field in stage two, with Harvick snatching the lead 22 laps before the end of the stage, where Blaney took second ahead of Logano.

Logano's race came undone in the caution period at the end of the second stage, as a hose was caught under his car during the stops, delaying his getaway and dropping him out of the lead fight.

Blaney also could not repeat his stage one and two performances and ended the race seventh, just ahead of Logano.

After making contact with the wall early in the race, Alex Bowman took ninth but will not continue into the third playoff stage.

Aric Almiola finished 10th, but he continues to the next stage due to his win at Talladega last weekend.

Almiola joins Kyle Busch, Harvick, Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Logano, and Elliott in the Round of 8.

Results - 276 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

2h38m02.s

2

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

0.903s

3

Kyle Larson

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

22h21m58.s

4

Erik Jones

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

22h21m58.s

5

Martin Truex Jr.

Furniture Row Racing

Toyota

22h21m58.s

6

Brad Keselowski

Team Penske

Ford

22h21m58.s

7

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

Ford

22h21m58.s

8

Joey Logano

Team Penske

Ford

22h21m58.s

9

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

22h21m58.s

10

Aric Almirola

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

22h21m58.s

11

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

22h21m58.s

12

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

22h21m58.s

13

Clint Bowyer

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

22h21m58.s

14

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

1 Lap

15

Ryan Newman

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

1 Lap

16

Chris Buescher

JTG Daugherty Racing

Chevrolet

1 Lap

17

Jamie McMurray

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1 Lap

18

Kurt Busch

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

1 Lap

19

David Ragan

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

2 Laps

20

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Roush Fenway Racing

Ford

2 Laps

21

A.J. Allmendinger

JTG Daugherty Racing

Chevrolet

2 Laps

22

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

3 Laps

23

Matt DiBenedetto

Go FAS Racing

Ford

3 Laps

24

Daniel Suarez

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

4 Laps

25

Ty Dillon

Germain Racing

Chevrolet

4 Laps

26

Darrell Wallace Jr.

Richard Petty Motorsports

Chevrolet

4 Laps

27

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

5 Laps

28

Regan Smith

Leavine Family Racing

Chevrolet

8 Laps

29

Landon Cassill

StarCom Racing

Chevrolet

9 Laps

30

Trevor Bayne

Roush Fenway Racing

Ford

9 Laps

31

J.J. Yeley

BK Racing

Toyota

11 Laps

32

Paul Menard

Wood Brothers Racing

Ford

11 Laps

33

B.J. McLeod

Rick Ware Racing

Chevrolet

17 Laps

34

Corey LaJoie

TriStar Motorsports

Chevrolet

48 Laps

35

Kyle Weatherman

StarCom Racing

Chevrolet

Transmission

36

Reed Sorenson

Premium Motorsports

Chevrolet

Vibration

37

Jeffrey Earnhardt

Gaunt Brothers Racing

Toyota

Transmission

38

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

Engine

39

Ross Chastain

Premium Motorsports

Chevrolet

Accident

40

Timmy Hill

MBM Motorsports

Toyota

Engine

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