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NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Resume in Kansas

Erik Jones held off Danny Hamlin in a 20-lap sprint to the finish in the first playoff race to win for the second time at Darlington last weekend - continuing a chaotic NASCAR season.


Jones became the first non-playoff driver to win the first postseason race since the format was established in 2014. 


Pole-winner Joey Logano moved into first in the postseason standings by six over William Byron and eight over Hamlin. Kyle Busch led a race-high 155 laps, but suffered a blown engine as he prepared for the final restart. He wound up 30th.


Kyle Larson won from the pole position last year on his way to the Cup Championship. 


Practice and qualifying for the Cup series is at 11 am Saturday and the green flag waves at 2 pm on Sunday.


Noah Gragson passed Sheldon Creed and Kyle Larson as they battled for the last-lap lead and won at Darlington last week as the XFinity Series enters the final two weeks of the regular season shifting to Kansas Speedway this week.


Points leader A.J. Allmendinger has finished in the top 10 in 21 of 24 races. The next best is Gragson with 17 top 10 finishes. Creed finished second, followed by Justin Allgaier, Allmendinger and Larson. 


The top seven drivers in the series have cemented their playoff status by winning 20 of the 24 races.


Ty Gibbs won after starting 10th last year at Kansas. 


Practice and qualifying is at 4 pm this afternoon and the green flag waves at 2 pm on Saturday afternoon.


After a nearly month layoff, the Camping World Truck Series resumes its playoff run tonight at Kansas Speedway. 


Chandler Smith led the final 175 of 250 laps at Richmond to win for the third time this season and assure himself of a spot in round two of the playoffs.


Smith joined playoff round one winner Grant Enfinger as drivers guaranteed a spot in the second round of the playoffs. Three-time series champion Matt Crafton leads Carson Hocevar by three points in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot moving forward. The other driver behind the cut line is Christian Eckes, and he’s six points behind Crafton.


Kyle Busch won after starting second in May of last year. 


Practice and qualifying is at 2 pm this afternoon and the green flag drops at 6:30 pm tonight.

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