NASCAR Sets the Round of Eight with Hollywood Casino 400

It’s another elimination weekend for the Monster Energy Cup Series when the teams travel to Kansas for the Hollywood Casino 400.

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With a qualifying speed of 28.719 seconds, Martin Truex Jr won the pole position and will bring the field down to the green flag to start the race. This is Truex’s third pole of the season.

Kevin Harvick will start alongside Truex on the front row.

Ryan Blaney originally qualified in third but after post qualifying inspection, NASCAR found that the package tray on the Wood Brothers number 21 car did not maintain its original shape. As a result, Blaney will have to start the race at the back of the field in last place.

The starting lineup for the Hollywood Casino 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Matt Kenseth
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Jamie McMurray
Clint Bowyer
Brad Keselowski
AustinDillon
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Michael McDowell
Joey Logano
Ryan Newman
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Chris Buescher
Kasey Kahne
Danica Patrick
Paul Menard
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Aric Almirola
AJ Allmendinger
David Ragan
Trevor Bayne
Ty Dillon
Matt Dibenedetto
Landon Cassill
Brett offitt
Gray Gaulding
Corey LaJoie
Cole Whitt
BJ McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Derrike Cope
Ryan Blaney

Stages one and two of the race are 80 each with stage three leastig 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 30 after a rain storm moved through the area on Saturday night.

Martin Truex Jr takes the inside lane to lead the field down for the green flag start of the race andjumps out in front for the lead.

After starting in last place, Ryan Blaney has begun his move to the front. On lap four he has already moved up to 28th place.

Lap six Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a one second lead on Kevin Harvick with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 10, there are 38 cars on the lead lap with Martin Truex Jr still out in front.

Lap 12, Ryan Blaney has moved up to 22nd place.

On lap 17 Kurt Busch had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire and is now one lap down in 38th place.

Lap 21 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kevin Harvick. Ryan Blaney is in 16th place.

Lap 23 there are 32 cars on the lad lap with Derrike Cope off the track.

Martin Truex Jr has led 2,000 laps this season and the most dominant car this season.

Lap 27 Kyle Busch has passed Kevin Harvick to take over second place nearly four seconds behind Martn Truex Jr.

The first caution flag of the race comes out when NASCAR puts out the competition caution. The teams bring their cars down pit road.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Austin Dillon had to make an extra stop on pit road for a loose tire.

Choosing the inside lane, Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 and jumps out in front of the field.

NASCAR has posted Martin Truex Jr’s 78 car for a restart violation – changing lanes prior to the official restart. He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race.

In the video, it shows that Kevin Harvick followed Truex below the white line, but was not penalized since he was following the leader.

Lap 42 Kyle Busch has a quarter second lead on Kevin Harvick. There are 31 cars on the lead lap including Martin Truex Jr after serving his pass through penalty.

Brett Moffitt brings out the second caution flag of the race after brushing against the wall.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service, including the leaders.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Choosing the outside lane, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 52. The drivers get four wide across the track.

Ryan Blaney takes over the lead of the race with Brad Keselowski in second and yle Busch in third.

Lap 54 Kyle Busch takes over second place and challenges Ryan Blaney for the lead .

Lap 55 Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race.

Kyle Busch needed only two laps to move from seventh to the lead after taking four tires during the pit stop.

Lap 59 Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harick with Kyle Larson in third. There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 68, Kyle Larson makes an unscheduled pit stop for possible engine issues. The crew has the hood up and Larson has shut down the engine. Larson’s crew chief has told Larson to run the car as long as possible.

Lap 70 Kyle Busch leads the race by over half a second with Kevin Harvick in second.

Lap 73 Kyle Busch is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in Second and Denny Hamlin in third. There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

With four laps remaining in the stage Kyle Busch leads the race.

Kyle Larson brings out the caution flag on lap 77 with a smoking car as his engine blows. This is the first DNF – did not finish – due to a blown engine for Kyle Larson.

Kyle Busch wins stage one under caution.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Jamie Mcmurray
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Matt Kenseth
Erik Jones

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Ryan Blaney comes out in third.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with Kyle Busch getting out in front to hold on to the lead.

Lap 90, Martin Truex Jr is in ninth place after having to server a pass through penalty earlier in the race.

Lap 91 Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly half a second on Kevin Harvick with Ryan Blaney in third.

Reporting a bad vibration, Martin Truex Jr makes an unscheduled trip down pit road on lap 93 for fresh tires. Truex has already won a race in the round of 12 and will move on to the round of eight.

Lap 98 Kyle Bush has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick with Ryan Blaney in third.

Lap 100 Kyle Busch is in the lead, followed by Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth, and Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 104 Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second and a half on Kevin Harvick with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Jamie McMurray is reporting possible water temperature issues.

Lap 113 Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap Lap 124 Kyle Busch continues to hold on to the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

None of the drivers can make it to the end of the stage without pitting and have begin making green flag pit stops.

When Kyle Busch pits, he gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick. Kyle Busch holds on to his lead when he comes back on the track after making his pit stop and green flag pit stops cycle through.

Lap 146 Kyle Busch has retaken the lead with Kevin Harvick in second.

Kevin Harvick is reporting a possible loose wheel.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth, and Jamie McMurray.

Lap 175 Kyle Busch leads the race.

The caution flag comes out when Brett Moffitt who is smoking and takes his car down pit road after hitting the wall for a second time.

In a one lap shootout to end the stage under green, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 179. Kyle Busch restarts in fifth place behind Denny Halin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Matt Kenseth
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Jamie McMurray
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson

Denny Halin wins the race off of pit road. Ricky Stenhouse Jr lost five spots on pit road.

Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski were caught speeding on pit road.

Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth are on the front row and will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 with Kevin Harvick taking the lead. Matt Kenseth is in second with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 172 Kevin Harvick Harvick leads Matt Kenseth by over two seconds with Kyle Busch in third.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings out the caution flag on lap 176 when he gets into the wall after a cut tire.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires; while others stay out on the track.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman were all caught speeding on pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 180 and holds on to the lead of the race with Kyle Busch in second and Matt Kenseth in third.

With less than 100 laps remaining in the race, there are only two cars out of the race – Kyle Larson and Derrike Cope.

Lap 185 Kevin Harvick has a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Busch with Matt Kenseth in third.

Jimmie Johnson spins out and makes an off road excursion into the grass and brings out the caution flag on lap 188 after getting loose.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Jimmie Johnson is on pit road and the five minute clock.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 193 and holds on to the lead of the race.

Jimmie Johnson brings out the caution flag for a second time when he spins out just after the restart. Due to the caution coming out right after the restart, Jimmie Johnson was not able to make minimum speed and is still on the five minute clock.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 199.

The ninth caution flag comes out on lap 199 for a big crash involving some of the playoff drivers. Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Daniel Suarez were all involved in the crash. Erik Jones car hit the wall head on, came off the ground, and nearly went airborne.

Only six crew members are allowed over the wall on pit road including when a driver is on the five minute clock. Matt Kenseth was on pit road for repairs after the crash. The penalty for having too many crew members over the wall while a driver is on the five minute clock is the driver is out of the race. The penalty knocks Matt Kenseth out of the championship race. Matt Kenseth is also searching for a new ride for next season; he is not returning to Joe Gibbs Racing next season.

NASCAR has displayed the red flag.

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 205 with Kyle Busch getting out in front of the field for the lead. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 207 Martin Truex Jr challenges Kyle Busch for the lead of the race but so far Kyle Busch holds him off.

Lap 211 Martin Treux Jr passes Kyle Busch to take the lead.

Lap 217 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 223 Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road for fresh tires after falling back in the field.

Lapp 226 Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead over Kyle Busch to four seconds.

Lap 230 Kyle Busch is nearly five seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 234 Kyle Busch makes his geen flag pit stop for fresh tires and fuel.

AJ Allmendinger brings out the tenth caution flag on lap 236 when he spins out. Any driver who was short of fuel can now make their pit stops without going a lap down.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Brad Keselowski was caught speeding on pit road for the second time.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 25 laps remainng in the race.

With 23 laps to go the top three are Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

With 22 laps to go Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kurt Busch. There are 22 cars on the lead lap and nine cars out of the race.

There are 19 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Kurt Busch in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

Sixteen to go and Martin Truex Jr holds on to a lead of a little over half a second on Kurt Busch. Fifth place driver Chase Elliott is the fastest car on the track.

Thirteen to go and Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead over Kurt Busch to nearly a second.

Ten to go and Martin Truex Jr holds on to the lead with Kurt Busch in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

Eight to go and Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kurt Busch.

Six to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his lead of over a second on Kurt Busch. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Three to go and Martin Truex Jr is looking to continue his dominating ways over the mile and a half tracks.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag.

Martin Truex Jr wins the Hollywood Casino 400.  This was Truex Jr’s seventh win of the season.

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The unofficial results of the Hollywood Casino 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Chris Buescher
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Kasey Kahne
Ty Dillon
David Ragan
Michael McDowell
Clint Bowyer
Trevor Bayne
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Landon Cassill
Cole Whitt
Reed Sorenson
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Corey LaJoie
Gray Gaulding
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
BJ McLeod
Brent Moffitt
AJ Allmendinger
Ryan Newman
Jamie McMurray
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Matt Kenseth
Danica Patrick
Kyle Larson
Derrike Cope

 

Playoff status:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Jimmie Johnson
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
and Chase Elliott
all move on to the round of eight.

Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Matt Kenseth, and Jamie McMurray have all been eliminated from the playoffs.


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