Playoff Contenders Falter As Brad Keselowski Is Handed Third Consecutive Win

Las Vegas race was the wild card race no one predicted. Instead of being a stale 1.5-mile race the triangle in the desert claimed a number of playoff victims as Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag.

Kevin Harvick was the first playoff driver to run into trouble on Sunday as he blew a tire in turn 1 and collected fellow playoff driver Erik Jones in the process. Jones had nowhere to go as he committed to the high line and plowed into the back of the #4. “It’s like playing Russian roulette with these piece of crap tires,” said an agitated Harvick as he looked for someone to blame that wasn’t named Kevin Harvick.

Chase Elliott and his fleshlight emoji clad race car didn’t need to have a bad day on Sunday but me saying that didn’t stop it from happening. Jamie McMurray flattened the rear of his #1 car like a white girl from the suburbs and Chase like Erik Jones had nowhere to go. Chase may have also messed his shoulder up in the crash.

NEXT VICTIM! Kyle Busch was the next to get bit by the tricky triangle in Las Vegas. Kyle pushed it a little too hard when he partied on Wednesday night and did the same thing Sunday spinning from the high line. A slide through the grass miraculously didn’t rip the spoiler off. Kyle would rebound for a Top 10 finish.

Denny Hamlin was the next playoff driver to have issues as he did the exact same thing as Kyle Busch. Except for this time the splitter got demolished and Hamlin’s day was done. Good news for Hamlin he slid right in front of his box so the drive back wasn’t hateful. Make lemons out of lemonade or something like that.

The final playoff participant that got up in a wreck was Kurt Busch. The Front Row Motorsports teammates decided to do teammate things and crash together. Unfortunately for Kurt Busch, a once-promising day faded like Dylan Kwasniewski’s career and ultimately ended with a wrecked race car.

While all of this was happening Martin Truex Jr. led 96 laps and had the best car in the race. Late in the race, it was Kyle Larson and unfortunately for both of them, Team Penske brought speed and numbers to Las Vegas on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski nailed the restarts and took away peoples lines to win his third race in a row. He hasn’t had the best car the last three weekends but he’s found a way to victory lane every time. It’s about getting to the finish line first, how you get there is up to you and that #2 crew have figured it out this month.

As for the playoff points standings, Martin Truex Jr. holds a 2 point lead over Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski in 3rd and Harvick in 4th. The first four out are currently Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Erik Jones. Austin Dillon keeping his hopes alive.

POINTS

Points standings after this race:
Rank Driver Points Diff
1   Martin Truex, Jr. 2087
2   Kyle Busch 2085 -2
3   Brad Keselowski 2069 -18
4   Kevin Harvick 2060 -27
5   Joey Logano 2056 -31
6   Kurt Busch 2046 -41
7   Ryan Blaney 2042 -45
8   Kyle Larson 2041 -46
9   Aric Almirola 2034 -53
10   Austin Dillon 2031 -56
11   Clint Bowyer 2029 -58
12   Alex Bowman 2028 -59
13   Jimmie Johnson 2022 -65
14   Chase Elliott 2019 -68
15   Erik Jones 2009 -78
16   Denny Hamlin 2008 -79

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