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NASCAR Cup: standings after Martinsville Speedway

Kyle Busch celebrates in victory lane at Martinsville Speedway after winning the First Data 500 on Oct. 29, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Kyle Busch celebrates in victory lane at Martinsville Speedway after winning the First Data 500 on Oct. 29, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

With his win of the First Data 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 29, Kyle Busch became the first driver to clinch his spot in the Championship Four for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, scheduled for Nov. 19. Two races remain in the Round of Eight to determine the other three championship slots.

Martin Truex Jr. finished second to further pad his significant points lead to 27 points over second-place Busch. After a fourth-place race finish and two stage wins at Martinsville, Brad Keselowski is third in points.

Kevin Harvick is on the provisional bubble, heading into the middle race of the third round, coming up Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth, but he’s only three points ahead of the first driver provisionally out — Jimmie Johnson.

Chase Elliott is eighth among the remaining eight playoff drivers after his 27th-place finish at Martinsville, resulting from the controversial contact from Denny Hamlin. Elliott trails bubble driver Harvick by 26 points. Hamlin just happens to be the driver just ahead of Elliott in the standings, 28 points off the bubble.

Here’s a look at the playoff standings after the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway:
1. Kyle Busch — 1 round win
2. Martin Truex Jr. — 4117 points
3. Brad Keselowski 4079
4. Kevin Harvick — 4053
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5. Jimmie Johnson — 4050
6. Ryan Blaney — 4047
7. Denny Hamlin — 4045
8. Chase Elliott — 4027

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