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RESULTS

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PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Chase Elliott

9 |

8

Running

500

236

57

0

2

Ryan Blaney

12 |

10

Running

500

36

42

0

3

Joey Logano

22 |

7

Running

500

19

43

0

4

Brad Keselowski

2 |

1

Running

500

3

45

0

5

Kurt Busch

1 |

5

Running

500

23

40

0

6

Alex Bowman

88 |

3

Running

500

1

42

0

7

Aric Almirola

10 |

20

Running

500

0

30

0

8

Clint Bowyer

14 |

16

Running

500

0

29

0

9

Kyle Busch

18 |

9

Running

500

5

37

0

10

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

12

Running

500

0

27

0

11

Denny Hamlin

11 |

4

Running

500

42

44

0

12

Erik Jones

20 |

19

Running

500

0

25

0

13

Cole Custer

41 |

15

Running

500

0

24

0

14

Matt Kenseth

42 |

31

Running

500

0

23

0

15

Christopher Bell

95 |

11

Running

500

0

22

0

16

Ty Dillon

13 |

25

Running

500

0

21

0

17

Kevin Harvick

4 |

6

Running

500

0

20

0

18

Ryan Newman

6 |

21

Running

499

0

20

0

19

Ryan Preece

37 |

22

Running

499

0

18

0

20

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

18

Running

499

0

17

0

21

Bubba Wallace

43 |

32

Running

499

0

16

0

22

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

2

Running

499

129

29

0

23

Austin Dillon

3 |

14

Running

498

0

14

0

24

Tyler Reddick

8 |

17

Running

498

0

13

0

25

Corey Lajoie

32 |

26

Running

498

6

12

0

26

John H. Nemechek

38 |

23

Running

498

0

11

0

27

Daniel Suarez

96 |

29

Running

497

0

10

0

28

Michael McDowell

34 |

24

Running

497

0

9

0

29

Timmy Hill

66 |

34

Running

495

0

0

0

30

Jimmie Johnson

48 |

27

Running

495

0

8

0

31

JJ Yeley

27 |

38

Running

494

0

0

0

32

Josh Bilicki

7 |

33

Running

490

0

0

0

33

Quin Houff

00 |

35

Running

489

0

4

0

34

Joey Gase

51 |

39

Electrical

447

0

0

0

35

William Byron

24 |

13

Accident

439

0

5

0

36

James Davison

53 |

37

Electrical

422

0

1

0

37

Brennan Poole

15 |

30

Accident

184

0

1

0

38

Chris Buescher

17 |

28

Accident

146

0

1

0

39

Garrett Smithley

77 |

36

Electrical

100

0

0

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Chase Elliott

    #1

    LEADER

    Chase Elliott

    9|

  • #2 | 6.577

    Ryan Blaney

    #2

    6.577

    Ryan Blaney

    12|

  • #3 | 8.034

    Joey Logano

    #3

    8.034

    Joey Logano

    22|

Chase Elliott secures first Championship 4 appearance with Martinsville win

Chase Elliott cruised to an impressive 6.577-second victory over Ryan Blaney on Sunday in the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway — earning a position in next week‘s NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 season finale.

Equally as dramatic was a failed last-lap pass for position that eliminated the regular-season champion and nine-race winner Kevin Harvick from advancing to that final round. Harvick had to pass 2019 series champ Kyle Busch for one position — one point — to be able to advance to next week‘s title race and instead the cars crashed after making contact. Harvick ended up 17th, eight points shy of a playoff berth.

With his victory, Elliott, 24, of Hendrick Motorsports, joins Team Penske‘s Joey Logano, who advanced to the title race with a victory two weeks ago at Kansas. Joe Gibbs Racing‘s Denny Hamlin, a seven-race winner, raced his way into the Championship 4 with an 11th-place finish at Martinsville, and Logano‘s Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished fourth Sunday, was the final driver to earn a championship opportunity.

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“Just so proud,” said Elliott, who was ranked sixth in the championship, 25 points below the cutoff line entering the race and was in a must-win position to earn his first chance at NASCAR‘s most prestigious championship.

“To be backed into a corner like that and have to win tonight, I feel like that‘s what we‘ve been missing these past four of five years. To perform when we don‘t have a choice. And to do that tonight, I couldn‘t ask for a better night. It‘s just unreal.”

Elliott, who led a race-best 236 of the 500 laps, took the lead for good with 43 laps remaining after passing Martin Truex Jr., who thought he had a loose wheel. Truex, who also needed to win to advance to the Championship 4 for the fourth straight year, nursed his car home in 22nd place instead.

After taking the lead, Elliott was able to drive away from the field and Team Penske teammates Blaney, Logano and Keselowski, who finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Playoff drivers Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman — both needing a victory to advance — finished fifth and sixth, followed by Harvick‘s Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer. Matt DiBenedetto rounded out the top 10.

Ultimately, eight points separated Keselowski from Harvick after the checkered flag, but it was a long, tense day of math and motivation for both former series champs. Had Harvick been able to pull off that last-lap pass on Busch, he would be challenging for a title instead of Keselowski.

Harvick had a tire go down early in the race causing him to make a green flag pit stop and lose two laps putting him in catch-up mode on the half-mile Martinsville track.

“For sure with the way we‘ve run here in the past,” Harvick said, acknowledging he and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford team expected the Martinsville race to be a challenge.

“Everybody kept battling there and I tried to run into the door of the 18 as a last-ditch effort there and spun him out there so sorry to put him in the middle of trying to gain a point. Not a great three weeks. It didn‘t go our way. We fought for everything we had and it just came up short.”

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Hamlin, who will be making his second consecutive Championship 4 appearance, said as excited as he was to make the title round, he still felt badly that after a season like Harvick had, he ultimately would not be championship-eligible. The two won 15 of the 35 races.

“I feel badly for Kevin, they probably deserve a little better than that, it‘s just the format, I guess, it‘s just three races and everything you do for eight innings doesn‘t matter if you don‘t have a great ninth inning,” Hamlin said.

The Season Finale 500 at the one-mile Phoenix Raceway takes place next Sunday at 3 p.m. ET (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Note: Post-race inspection in the NASCAR Cup Series garage is complete. There were no issues in the teardown. The No. 18 had one lug nut not safe and secure.