Hamlin Wins at Kansas, Elliott Transfers to Round of 8

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Denny Hamlin won the Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon in the finale for the Round of 12 of the Playoffs.

Hamlin had a dominant car during the second half of Sunday’s race, and led a race-high 153 laps.  Hamlin held off challenges from Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch in the closing laps after multiple cautions sent the race into overtime.

Hamlin was already locked into the next round of the Playoffs on points, but he said he was glad to pick up another win on the year.

“That car was awesome…to dominate that whole second half was great,” Hamlin said.  “We’ve been running really good, just cannot wait to get to Martinsville.”

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Hamlin now heads to Martinsville Speedway next weekend, where he has had strong runs in the past.  A win next weekend would send Hamlin to the Championship Four at Homestead to battle for his first career Cup Series Championship.

Hamlin said he is taking everything one week at a time.

“It’s step-by-step, week-by-week,” Hamlin said.  “I’m not getting too far ahead of ourselves.  We concentrate every week as if it’s the most important one, and this win kind of shows that.”

Elliott came into the race in a must-win scenario to keep his Playoff hopes alive, and he was able to finish second and make it into the next round.

Elliott said the strong finish was a testament to his team’s attitude as they struggled early in the race.

“We were really struggling there at one point in the race, and you have to stay fighting in these things,” Elliott said.  “Excited that we’ll get to fight another race.”

Brad Keselowski was on the losing end of the Playoff race, and missed the next round of the Playoffs by three points after struggling on the final restart.

Keselowski said he wasn’t able to make the moves he needed to in the closing laps.

“Couldn’t get nothing to go for me on the restart,” Keselowski said.  “I got sandwiched and somebody went three-wide…just all bad and I didn’t do a good enough job.”

Keselowski was joined by William Byron, Alex Bowman and Clint Bowyer as the four drivers eliminated from the Playoffs.

Unofficial results:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. William Byron
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Erik Jones
  8. Clint Bowyer
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Jimmie Johnson
  11. Alex Bowman
  12. Ryan Preece
  13. Chris Buescher
  14. Kyle Larson
  15. Matt DiBenedetto
  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  17. Joey Logano
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Austin Dillon
  21. Ryan Blaney
  22. Ty Dillon
  23. Aric Almirola
  24. Michael McDowell
  25. Matt Tifft
  26. David Ragan
  27. Ross Chastain
  28. Corey LaJoie
  29. Parker Kligerman
  30. JJ Yeley
  31. Daniel Hemric
  32. Daniel Suarez
  33. Reed Sorenson
  34. Garrett Smithley
  35. Bubba Wallace
  36. Josh Bilicki
  37. Landon Cassill
  38. Joey Gase
  39. Timmy Hill
  40. Ryan Newman