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NASCAR Cup: standings after Chicagoland Speedway

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his win of the Nickelodeon Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 17, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his win of the Nickelodeon Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 17, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

With his win of the Nickelodeon Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sunday, Martin Truex Jr. continued padding his playoff points tally, bringing it to 58 points, while also growing his overall lead in the points standings. That overall standings tally, though, is irrelevant at this point, because Truex’s win Sunday automatically advances him to the second round of the playoffs.

With stage wins, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott each added a playoff point to their totals. Elliott also grew his overall points total with a runner-up finish to Truex, while Busch struggled on pit road and finished outside the top-10 at Chicagoland.

The standings are tight among several playoff drivers, one race into the opening round, with Brad Keselowski and Busch tied for fourth and Austin Dillon and Kurt Busch tied for 12th. Also, Elliott and Denny Hamlin are separated by only a single point in sixth and seventh. Also worth noting — the bottom three drivers are separated by a scant three points.

Here’s a look at the standings after the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway:
1. Martin Truex Jr. — round win, 58 playoff points
2. Kyle Larson — 2075 points, 33 playoff points
3. Kevin Harvick — 2067 points, 15 playoff points
4. Brad Keselowski — 2061 points, 19 playoff points
4. Kyle Busch — 2061 points, 30 playoff points
6. Chase Elliott — 2059 points, 7 playoff points
7. Denny Hamlin — 2058 points, 13 playoff points
8. Jimmie Johnson — 2046 points, 17 playoff points
9. Matt Kenseth — 2039 points, 5 playoff points
10. Ryan Blaney — 2034 points, 8 playoff points
11. Jamie McMurray — 2031 points, 3 playoff points
12. Austin Dillon — 2026 points, 5 playoff points
12. Kurt Busch — 2026 points, 5 playoff points
14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — 2022 points, 10 playoff points
15. Kasey Kahne — 2021 points, 5 playoff points
16. Ryan Newman — 2019 points, 5 playoff points

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