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MENCS: Who’s In, Who’s Out of the 2017 Cup Playoffs?

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DOVER, Del. –  Four people were locked into the Round of 12 for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs before the green flag dropped in the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch each won in the first two races of the Playoffs while Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski moved on due to points.

When the checkers flew Sunday at Dover, Busch won his second race in the Round of 16, and four drivers titles hopes were gone.

Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman had heart ache as they were the four drivers that didn’t move on in the playoffs.

Twelve drivers will now onto the Round of 12 with races at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 8), Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 15) and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 22).

The points will now be reset with the original playoff points from the regular season added as well as playoff points earned in the Round of 16.

Here is the standing heading into Charlotte with all points added:
1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Larson
3. Kyle Busch
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Jimmie Johnson
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Chase Elliott
11. Matt Kenseth
12. Jamie McMurray

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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