Updated Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoff standings after Talladega

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However, there are still six spots open in the round of 8 that the other 10 round of 12 drivers are set to compete for in this Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, as none of the other round of 12 drivers have clinched round of 8 berths based on their point totals. Currently, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman are in danger of elimination. I'm trying to carry on what my dad, Robert Yates started, and our family tradition of plate racing and just really proud to have my daughter Olivia here with me today and carrying on the family tradition.

Teammate Clint Bowyer finished second, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Roush Fenway Racing was third. I could run hard for two or three laps.

A maximum of 60 points are on the table for each driver in this race, but scoring 60 points would mean that the driver who does so would win the race (10 points for winning stage one, 10 points for winning stage two and 40 points for winning the race).

Stewart-Haas Racing has all four of its cars at the front of the field for the start of Sunday's critical playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kurt Busch ran a 48.906-second lap time during qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway to win the pole for Sunday's 1000Bulbs 500.

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With the second place finish, Bowyer moved up from outside the cutline to sixth in the playoff standings, he has a 21 point advantage on the highest non qualifier. Those four were just getting away.

With nine laps to go, the Team Penske cars attempted to make the outside lane work, then dropped to the inside to try to get momentum gathered to make a charge at the SHR foursome. "You just need to put yourself in a position to where you're good for next week, just glad that one of our cars won, and happy for Aric".

"He was in there and he was kind of banzai, win at all costs, and just kept making moves that killed everybody else and didn't help himself", Keselowski said. Haley finished fourth and was followed by Wendell Chavous, who was listed as the race victor erroneously for nearly 10 minutes on NASCAR's official website.

Fuel was an issue for several drivers especially after a wreck with three laps left forced overtime.

William Byron, with some help from Daniel Suarez, finally did something for the first time all afternoon: Making a pass to the outside of the leader. Busch ran out of gas in the final turn. "It's beyond me. The track was ready to go". At the end, once we crossed the white flag and there is a wreck and an ambulance needs to be dispatched, I've been on the other side of that where I was racing coming back to win the race and they said, 'Well we had to dispatch an ambulance.' There was two cars dead in the water down there.

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"And so, it's a human call".

"It was a very different Talladega for me", said Busch, who rolled across the finish line in 14th place. "There's rules that need to be stricter at the end of these races". Things got a little dicier early on than we saw earlier in the race, with cars four-wide behind the leaders and Jamie McMurray shown the black flag for forcing Paul Menard below the yellow line.

The event was the second in the three-race Round of 12 in the playoffs.

"We knew we were going to have to race when we got to Kansas (next Sunday)".

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