MENCS: And Then There Was 8; Who’s In, Who’s Out


As the smoke cleared from yet another Martin Truex Jr. burnout Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, four drivers failed to move onto the Round of 8 in the 2017 Monster Energy Cup Playoffs.

The following drivers advanced to the Round of 8; they are listed by official seeding and points.

1. Martin Truex Jr., 4,069 points
2. Kyle Busch, 4,042 points
3. Brad Keselowski, 4,026 points
4. Kevin Harvick, 4,017 points
5. Jimmie Johnson, 4,017 points
6. Denny Hamlin, 4,014 points
7. Ryan Blaney, 4,009 points
8. Chase Elliott, 4,006 points

WHO’S OUT: Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jamie McMurray

WHAT’S NEXT: Round of 8 – Martinsville Speedway (Oct. 29), Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 5), Phoenix Speedway (Nov. 12)

The top four drivers in the standings after the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix will race for the 2017 Monster Energy Cup in a one-race highest finisher takes all on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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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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