Who’s in, who’s out following Charlotte road course race

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs field was whittled from 16 drivers to 12 on Sunday following the playoff race at the Charlotte road course, with Ryan Blaney winning.

The Roval was the site of the third and final race in the Round of 16. The four drivers lowest in the standings were eliminated from the postseason and the ability to compete for a championship in Miami.

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The following drivers advanced to the Round of 12, and the below list reflects the new point totals. Remember, points reset to 3,000 for the below drivers, and then the drivers’ accrued playoff points are added.

1. Kyle Busch: 3,055 points
2. Kevin Harvick: 3,050 points
3. Martin Truex Jr.: 3,038 points
4. Brad Keselowski: 3,025 points
5. Clint Bowyer: 3,015 points
6. Joey Logano: 3,014 points
7. Kurt Busch: 3,014 points
8.  Ryan Blaney: 3,013 points
9. Chase Elliott: 3,008 points
10. Kyle Larson: 3,006 points
11. Aric Almirola: 3,001 points
12. Alex Bowman: 3,000 points

ELIMINATED: The four drivers eliminated from the postseason after Charlotte, the final of three races to comprise the Round of 16, were: Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones.

THREE-WAY TIE: A wreck with six laps to go in the race put Kyle Larson in a precarious spot. Then Jimmie Johnson spun going for the win on the last lap. The end result? A three-way tie in the standings between Kyle Larson, Aric Almirola and Jimmie Johnson for the final two spots. The tiebreaking procedures state the driver with the best finish in the current round of the playoffs will advance. Larson finished runner-up at Las Vegas, so he was the first driver through. Almirola’s fifth-place finish at Richmond was better than Johnson’s best finish of eighth (Richmond and Charlotte), so he got the nod for the last spot.

FALLING FLAT: William Byron slowed on the track with six laps remaining in Stage 2, feeling a tire problem. Moments later, his right front let go, shooting sparks and sending his No. 24 Chevrolet out of alignment. Playoffs driver Aric Almirola smacked the outside wall on the oval portion of the track while avoiding Byron’s No. 24. His No. 10 team called for a pit to straighten the fenders, but they were penalized for a tire violation and forced to serve a pass-through penalty. Later, the No. 10 took a spin courtesy of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and incurred more damage. Somehow, Almirola held on to advance.

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BAD HIT: Austin Dillon had done just about everything right this round, but an incident on Lap 58 put him in peril. Trying to avoid the checked-up No. 37 of Chris Buescher, Dillon went into the fence hard, drawing a caution and needing to pit to fix the damage. The impact? Dillon went 13 points below the cutoff line late, and then he got into the wall again less than 10 laps later and was forced to the garage, ending his playoff hopes.

BREATHING EASY: Beyond being an elimination race, Sunday’s contest was the first ever Monster Energy Series race at the Charlotte Roval, a combination road course and oval. Three drivers — Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. — had already clinched a spot in the Round of 12, allowing them a measure of comfort not afforded to their competitors. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick clinched a spot simply by taking the green flag