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NASCAR Cup: standings after Charlotte Motor Speedway

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in victory lane after winning the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 8, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in victory lane after winning the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 8, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

With his win of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Sunday, his sixth win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, Martin Truex secured his berth into the next round of the playoffs and also grew his, overall, points lead and his playoff-point tally, bringing it to 64 points.

Third-place race finisher, Kevin Harvick, also added a couple of playoff points to his bank by winning each of the two 90-lap stages of the race.

Sunday’s race at Charlotte was the first race of the second round, or round of 12, of the 10-race playoffs, and with his second-straight runner-up finish, Chase Elliott moved into the top-four of the points standings. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch slid down the standings a few positions after a troublesome Charlotte race that saw him hit the wall multiple times and be the cause of three cautions.

Jamie McMurray left Charlotte on the provisional bubble, eighth in the standings, as eight drivers will advance to the next round in two more races. Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are the four drivers provisionally out, heading into the next race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedwy on Oct. 15. They’re just barely out, though. Kenseth trails McMurray by only one point, and Keselowski is just one additional point out. The lowest remaining driver in the playoffs, Stenouse, trails McMurray by only 10 10s with two races remaining in the second round.

Here’s a look at the standings after the first race of the second round at Charlotte Motor Speedway and heading into the race at Talladega, the final restrictor-plate race of the season:
1. Martin Truex Jr. — 1 round win, 64 playoff points
2. Kyle Larson — 3072 points, 34 playoff points
3. Kevin Harvick — 3069 points, 17 playoff points
4. Chase Elliott — 3059 points, 6 playoff points
5. Denny Hamlin — 3056 points, 13 playoff points
6. Kyle Busch — 3055 points, 41 playoff points
7. Jimmie Johnson — 3051 points, 17 playoff points
8. Jamie McMurray — 3044 points, 3 playoff points
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9. Matt Kenseth — 3043 points, 5 playoff points
10. Brad Keselowski — 3042 points, 20 playoff points
11. Ryan Blaney — 3039 points, 8 playoff points
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — 3034 points, 10 playoff points

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