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NASCAR Cup: standings after Talladega Superspeedway

Brad Keselowski celebrates his win of the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 15, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Brad Keselowski celebrates his win of the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 15, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

With his win of the Alabama 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Sunday, Brad Keselowski secured a berth in the third round, or round of eight, in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, joining Martin Truex Jr., the winner a week earlier at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Keselowski also claimed a stage point by winning the first stage of the race. Ryan Blaney won the other stage.

Denny Hamlin was the only other remaining playoff driver to finish in the top-10 of the attrition-filled race at Talladega. Most playoff drivers were involved in at least one of several late-race, multi-car wrecks. Another playoff driver, Jamie McMurray, wrecked earlier in the race and retired on lap 26.

As a result, McMurray is last in the standings among the 12 remaining playoff drivers, heading into the Oct. 22 race at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City, the cutoff race of the round. Kyle Busch is the first driver out of advancement territory, in ninth, and he’s only one point behind 10th-place driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Jimmie Johnson, meanwhile, is the driver on the bubble in eighth, two points behind seventh-place driver Ryan Blaney and seven points ahead of Busch.

Here’s a look at the playoff standings after the Alabama 500, the second of three races that make up the second stage, or round of 12, of the 2017 playoffs:
1. Martin Truex Jr. — 1 round win, 64 playoff points
2. Brad Keselowski — 1 stage win, 26 playoff points
3. Kyle Larson — 3096 points, 34 stage points
4. Kevin Harvick — 3089 points, 17 playoff points
5. Denny Hamlin — 3088 points, 13 playoff points
6. Chase Elliott — 3087 points, 6 playoff points
7. Ryan Blaney — 3076 points, 9 playoff points
8. Jimmie Johnson — 3074 points, 17 playoff points
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9. Kyle Busch — 3067 points, 41 playoff points
10. Matt Kenseth — 3066 points, 5 playoff points
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — 3052 points, 10 playoff points
12. Jamie McMurray — 3045 points, 3 playoff points

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