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Ganassi's Larson Facing NASCAR Playoff Elimination Today At Kansas

Keselowski, Blaney, Bowman Below 8th Place Cut-off Mark Too

October 21, 2018 - 10:49 am
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Kansas City, KS (93.7 The Fan) - Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson is in a must-win situation heading into Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Larson sits 11th in the Driver’s Championship standings 36-points behind the eighth-place Playoff cut-off to advance to the Round of 8 following today’s elimination race.

Larson’s team was penalized 10-points for last week’s race at Talladega Superspeedway making the task that much harder.

“Obviously, a 10-point penalty doesn’t help, but I felt like with even being 26-points back we were going to probably have to go into this week and get a win to make it to the next round,” said Larson.

Larson qualified 27th but will have to start from the rear of the field.  Larson brushed the wall during Friday’s practice (pictured above) and his team was forced to a backup car.

Three other drivers are on the outside of the next round and are looking in.  Hendrick Motorsports Alex Bowman is 68-points outside of the top-8 drivers.  Bowman’s best finish at Kansas was seventh in 2016 as a fill-in for Dale Earnhardt, who was injured.

Team Penske teammates Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski sit 10th and 9th respectively in points. Keselowski sits 18-points below the 8th place cut-off line, currently held by Martin Truex Jr. Blaney is 22-points behind the cut-off. 

Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer are 6th and 7th in points respectively.  Busch is 30-points ahead of the cut-off and Bowyer is 21-points ahead.

A win by Keselowski, Blaney, Larson or Bowman could knock out the defending series Champion, Truex, if Truex fails to score any Stage points to gain the 4-points needed to leapfrog Bowyer.

Aric Almirola and Chase Elliott are guaranteed to advance into the Round of 8 with their wins at Talladega and Dover respectively.

Kevin Harvick is third in points, 63-points ahead of the cut-off.  Kyle Busch is fourth in points, 46-points above the cut-off.  Joey Logano is fifth in points, 39-points above 8th place.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Hollywood Casino 400 is Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET with the green flag falling at approximately 2:37 p.m. ET.  The race will be televised by NBC beginning at 2 p.m. ET and can be heard on Motor Racing Network affiliates.

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