Kenseth nabs first win, Keselowski advances

Kenseth nabs first win, Keselowski advances

Kenseth nabs first win, Keselowski advances

Then there's the four less-enthused drivers, the ones who missed the cut Sunday and were eliminated from championship contention: Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Keselowski, and Elliott.

Kenseth took his final lead of the race with a pass of Chase Elliott with nine laps remaining in his penultimate race with Joe Gibbs Racing and won the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

After dominating the race to that point, Hamlin retired from the race in the final 50 laps after contact with Elliott gave him a tire rub that led to a blown tires, sending his auto hard into the wall. The Manchester High School graduate would advance with a victory Sunday or by finishing in the points standings ahead of Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson.

So the championship four is finally set now - Keselowski joins Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick - and now we have to wait just one more week to have our next NASCAR Cup Series champion. Get the app and get the game.

Stage 3: Elliott had the lead with about 10 laps to go, but Kenseth passed him and was able to hold off the youngster for the win. But a bump from Elliott - possible retribution for an incident two weeks ago - put Hamlin into the wall and caused a tire rub.

After the red flag to extinguish the fire, Elliott started marching to the front and had his run-in with Hamlin. He also led more than half of the opening stage.

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After Lap 235 of 312: A caution from Trevor Bayne's Ford slamming the wall led to Denny Hamlin's first real problem Sunday.

Needing a win to advance to the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, Hamlin took his auto to the garage.

In addition, Hamlin won the race off pit road and began Stage 2 as the leader.

Kenseth will enter the final race of the year in seventh place, coming off a fifth-place finish last season.

"I raced him how raced me".

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