Kenseth passes Elliott late for Phoenix win, Keselowski advances to title race

Kenseth passes Elliott late for Phoenix win, Keselowski advances to title race

Brad Keselowski now holds the fourth spot heading into the race. But a bump from Elliott - possible retribution for an incident two weeks ago - put Hamlin into the wall and caused a tire rub. The 15th-place finish is the lowest in his last five races, but it's not Sunday at Phoenix that matters in the hunt for a title.

Chase Elliott got his revenge on Denny Hamlin by knocking him out of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday.

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 vehicle hard into the wall. Which will be hard to do, particularly in the case of Blaney who will at least start the day P1 since he is on the pole.

After the red flag to extinguish the fire, Elliott started marching to the front and had his run-in with Hamlin.

Johnson crashed on Lap 150 and has been eliminated from contention.

Larson took the lead with a pass of playoff driver Denny Hamlin, who led 40 of the stage's 75 laps. Hamlin also saw his day end early due to a blown tire, which was more unexpected since he led for the majority of the race.

The Team Penske driver came into Sunday's Can-Am 500 race at Phoenix International Speedway leading the remaining NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers in points, and that proved to be enough to get him through to Homestead even without a win. Sunday's victory could easily be the last of his career, and next weekend's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway could be his last altogether.

The Manchester High School graduate finished second to Kyle Larson in the opening stage, earning nine bonus points.

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

"I raced him how raced me".

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