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NASCAR Cup: standings after Kansas Speedway

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his seventh win of 2017 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 22, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his seventh win of 2017 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 22, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City was the elimination race of round two of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, so at the checkered flag, the playoff field was whittled from 12 down to eight drivers.

Drivers eliminated include Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray.

Several playoff drivers struggled at Kansas, including some of the drivers. Even race winner Martin Truex Jr. had his problems, courtesy of a restart penalty and an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel.

Kenseth and McMurray were part of a crash on lap 197 that began with an Erik Jones spins and collected more than a dozen cars. Things went from bad to worse for Kenseth when  he was parked by NASCAR for the rest of the race, because his team had one too many people working on the car while it was on the five-minute crash-repair clock.

“I don’t know what any of the rules are,” Kenseth said. “Seems like we got a lot of stuff that kind of gets, you know, changed so often. I honestly can’t keep up with it. My head kind of spins from putting lugnuts out of pit boxes to one too many guys over the wall, you’re not allowed to race anymore. I just don’t get it to be honest with you. I really don’t have a lot good to say right now. I’m more than disappointed. I’m just gonna say thanks to DeWalt. They’ve been a sponsor of mine off and on for 20 years. Awesome guys, there. They deserve better than this. We showed some flashes of brilliance this season, been off and on, been fast at times, had great pit stops at times, just haven’t been able to put it all together like a championship team needs to. Unfortunately, this is an example of that. I hope that I can do a better job, here, the next four weeks and, hopefully, go get a win.”

Stenhouse struggled throughout the race before contact with the wall put an end to his misery with just under 100 laps remaining.

Larson, one of the leading drivers throughout the season, saw his 2017 championship hopes come to and end when he experienced the first blown engine of his Cup Series career on lap 77 Sunday.

“You look at the past playoffs and the No. 78 (Truex) had an engine issue last year, and he was the best car all year, and then us, this year, so it’s disappointing,” Larson said.

Meanwhile, with the latest win, his seventh of the season and third of the playoffs, Truex added another five points to his playoff-points tally to take into the third round that will begin at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 29.

Here’s a look at the adjusted points for the remaining playoff drivers after the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway:
1. Martin Truex Jr. — 4069 points
2. Kyle Busch — 4042
3. Brad Keselowski — 4026
4. Kevin Harvick — 4017
4. Jimmie Johnson — 4017
6. Denny Hamlin — 4014
7. Ryan Blaney — 4009
8. Chase Elliott — 4006

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