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NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs: What to know about Kansas and the Round of 8
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NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs: What to know about Kansas and the Round of 8

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The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs continue this week at Kansas Speedway, the first of three races in the round of eight.

It’s an all new playoffs.

Well, that’s not necessarily true. The third round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin this week at Kansas Speedway, and while there aren’t any drivers locked into the championship four as of right now, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin have a big enough lead in the points to feel O.K. about their chances.

But, no one should feel too confident. It’s impossible to know what will happen over the next three weeks with eight drivers vying for four spots in the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 8.

A win in any of the next three races by one of the eight playoff drivers would automatically qualify them for the championship. Here’s a look at how each driver has done at Kansas Speedway in their careers.

What drivers are saying

about Kansas

Kevin Harvick: It’s a racetrack where I’ve won a couple races and, for whatever reason, it just kind of fits my style and what we do with the cars. We’ve had a lot of good racecars there to capitalize on the good characteristics that fall into my driving style and we’ve been able to have some good results with it.”

Chase Elliott: “We’ve been working tirelessly to try to improve. Kansas has historically been a decent track for us. We struggled there the first race this year. We know we got to be better. Looking forward to the challenge.

Alex Bowman: “Making the Round of 8 was one of our team’s goals for the 2020 season. We are focused and ready to get through the Round of 8 and go for a championship in Phoenix next month. Going to Kansas this weekend is something I am looking forward to. We have had some strong results there in the past and Hendrick Motorsports’ intermediate program is one of our best. This No. 88 team is capable of putting together a race winning Chevrolet and we believe we will have a strong car this weekend.”

Kurt Busch: “This was our goal at the beginning of the year, right underneath winning the championship, was to be in this position. Here we are, we’re in the elite eight. I like to reference it as the ‘who’s who’. We are a little bit behind in points and it’s tough to gain points on a group of drivers like this towards the end of the year. Everybody is on their game, every position counts. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers at Kansas Speedway

Kevin Harvick: 3 wins, 9 top-5s in 29 starts; Average finish of 9.6; 864 laps led

Denny Hamlin: 3 wins, 8 top-5s in 24 starts; Average finish of 14.5; 284 laps led

Brad Keselowski: 2 wins, 5 top-5s in 21 starts; Average finish of 12; 247 laps led

Chase Elliott: 1 win, 4 top-5s in 9 starts; Average finish of 11.6; 97 laps led

Joey Logano: 2 wins, 7 top-5s in 22 starts; Average finish of 18.2; 431 laps led

Martin Truex Jr.: 2 wins, 9 top-5s in 24 starts; Average finish of 13.4; 803 laps led

Alex Bowman: 0 wins, 4 top-5 in 10 starts; Average finish of 19.6; 76 laps led

Kurt Busch: 0 wins, 4 top-5s in 29 starts; Average finish of 15.1; 270 laps led

Cara Cooper is the sports editor of the Martinsville Bulletin. You can reach her at (276)638-8801 ext. 241.

Cara Cooper is the sports editor of the Martinsville Bulletin. You can reach her at (276)638-8801 ext. 241.

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