Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin went from racing for the lead to the bottom of the Round of 8 playoff standings after a wild finish at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
Kyle Busch pulled away from Martin Truex Jr. on the final lap after Hamlin wrecked Elliott from the lead, setting up an overtime finish at the half-mile track.
Brad Keselowski, who appeared in line to win after passing Elliott with 29 laps remaining in Sunday’s First Data 500, is currently third in the playoff standings, well ahead of former NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick.
2017 NASCAR playoffs Round of 8 standings
- Kyle Busch (win)
- Martin Truex Jr. +67 points above cutoff line
- Brad Keselowski +29
- Kevin Harvick +3
- Jimmie Johnson -3
- Ryan Blaney -6
- Denny Hamlin -8
- Chase Elliott -26
2017 NASCAR playoff rules
“Win and you’re in.” Just like regular-season races, winners move on to the next round. The remaining playoff events will feature stage racing, with playoff bonus points up for grabs that drivers can take to the next round.
Points are reset before the Round of 12 and Round of 8. The Championship 4 drivers will race straight up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.
At Phoenix Nov. 12, four drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs based on points, setting the stage for the championship race.
2017 NASCAR playoff schedule
Nov. 5 — Texas (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN)