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NASCAR Playoffs Bottom Four After Texas

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With Phoenix looming, there is one final chance for the bottom four to make the Championship 4 at Homestead so this will be the final list of the season. Kevin Harvick earned his spot winning at Texas while Martin Truex Jr earned enough points to earn his way in. With that being said, there is one more spot left to earn. Since three have already been filled you may as well call it the bottom five, so it would be best to run down the remaining field who automatically face elimination.

  • (4) Brad Keselowski (4,111 points): In 16 career starts, Keselowski has eight top tens with a best career finish of third in the 2014 Spring race. He has had fair success in five of the last seven Phoenix races including a fifth place finish in the Spring. Keselowski has led a total of 119 laps at Phoenix, but has not led since the 2015 Spring race where he led 52.
  • (5) Denny Hamlin (4,092, -19): Only win came in the 2012 Spring race in 24 career starts while leading 61 laps during that time, along with a total of 14 top tens. Hamlin finished in the top ten in five of the last six including a tenth place finish in the Spring. The most laps he has led in one race at Phoenix is 190 in this same events seven years ago.
  • (6) Ryan Blaney (4,089, -22): In only three career starts, Blaney has two top ten finishes along with a best place finish of eighth in last season’s race. Blaney has started in the top ten the last two races and started up front in second in the Spring race. With an average finish of 13.7, Blaney has completed all 951 laps that was run in Phoenix.
  • (7) Chase Elliott (4,062, -106): Among the two former rookies, Elliott has the advantage and the better average finish. Finished in two of his first three, including a best place finish of eighth in his first Phoenix race. He too has run all 951 laps and even led 106 laps in the Spring race and ended up 12th. Elliott’s best start so far is third.
  • (8) Jimmie Johnson (4,060, -108): With the most wins even at the bottom with four, it could be a long climb up overall. All four wins came in his early years and has had fair success, but recently has slumped in the last six. In those six Johnson has started in the top five only twice and led 57 laps during that time. He is 10 laps away from leading 1,000.

News and notes: Aric Almirola has been named the driver for the number 10 car next season replacing Danica Patrick. All that is left is who will drive the number 41 if Kurt Busch is not re-signed by Stewart-Haas Racing. Tony Stewart also hinted at the possibilty or racing in road course races in the Xfinity Series. Tab Boyd who is Joey Logano’s spotter will serve the same roll for William Byron in his rookie season.

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