Martin Truex Jr Wins at Kansas

Martin Truex Junior continued his mighty march to Miami with his seventh victory of the season Sunday at Kansas Speedway, putting an exclamation mark on the second round of the playoffs with two wins in the last three weeks.  He’s among the eight drivers who advance to the semifinal round that opens next weekend at Martinsville Speedway but the only one with a stat sheet that makes him a near-certainty to qualify for The Championship Four next month at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  With the playoff bonus points Truex has banked this season, he’s already fifty-two above the cutoff that determines the four title contenders who’ll race for a championship – before a single wheel has been turned in the semifinals!  Truex started Sunday’s race from the pole and led twice for ninety-one laps, including the final fifty-seven trips around the mile-and-a-half Kansas City oval.  His margin of victory over runner-up Kyle Busch was two-point-two seconds with Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin completing the top five … Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 was an elimination race with four playoff participants dropped from title contention.  Kyle Larson was sidelined by engine failure and finished thirty-ninth … Matt Kenseth was disqualified for having too many men over the wall working on his car during a pit stop under caution, a rule he said he was unaware of.  Kenseth placed thirty-seventh … Accidents sidelined Ricky Stenhouse Junior and Jamie McMurray – saddling them with finishes of twenty-ninth and thirty-fourth, respectively.

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