It’s the end of the line for four more drivers when the Monster Energy Cup Series travels to Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 and the second elimination race of the 2019 playoffs.

After having to go through the inspection process three times, Martin Truex Jr will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Kevin Harvick’s team will not be making a qualifying run after finding an issue with the car and having to make multiple trips through the inspection process and will have to start the race from the back of the field.

On a cool windy day in Kansas, with a time of 30.329 seconds around the mile and a half track, Daniel Hemric puts his number eight car on the pole for his first career pole.

The starting line up for the Hollywood Casino 400:
Daniel Hemric
David Ragan
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Matt Tifft
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Paul Menard
Denny Hamlin
Ty Dillon
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
Joey Logano
Landon Cassill
Corey LaJoie
Parker Kligerman
Ross Chastain
Reed Sorenson
Garrett Smithley
JJ Yeley
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase
Kevin Harvick

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the one and a half mile track. With a fuel load of 60 to 63 laps the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load and will have to make a pit stop during the stage.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the gren flag start of the race and the drivers waste no time in getting three wide across the track battling for position.

Daniel Hemric leads the first lap with Ryan Blaney in second; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap five Ryan Blaney battles Daniel Hemric for the lead with Hemric holding on but Kyle Larson comes from the outside lane to take the lead.

Lap six Kyle Larson has the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Daniel Hemric in third.

Lap seven Brad Keselowski battle Kyle Larson for the lead and takes the top spot.

Lap nine Kyle Larson retakes the lead from the high line.

Lap nine Ryan Newman makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 13, Kyle Larson leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

After starting the race in 18th place, candy man Kyle Busch is in the top 10 at sixth place. Kevin Harvick has moved up to 22nd after starting last dure to an inspection/repair issue.

Lap 16 the top five are Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones.

After getting into the wall, David Ragan also had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 22, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski with Daniel Suarez nearly three seconds back in third.

Lap 24, there are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Joey Logano is reporting a vibration in his car.

Lap 26, several cars are already showing signs of damage due to aggressive and close racing.

Lap 29, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Brad Keselowski with 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 33, leader Kyle Larson isn’t letting some sore ribs slow him down, he has a lead of over five seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 34, there are 24 cars on the lead lap with no drive down just one lap.

Daniel Suarez has passed Brad Keselowski to take second place over seven seconds behind leader Kyle Larson. Kyle Busch is in fifth place nine seconds back.

Joey Logano finally brought his car down pit road and he did have a loose wheel. Now two laps down, Logano is 12 points below the cut line. The defending champion faces elimination from the playoffs, loosing the chance to defend his championship.

Lap 41, Brad Keselowski comes down pit road to start the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 43, Kyle Larson is running away with the race, he now has a lead of over 10 seconds on Erik Jones; Kyle Busch is in third. There are currently only 10 cars on the lead lap as drivers make their green flag pit stops.

The windy conditions are proving to be a challenge for the drivers.

Lap 46, leader Kyle Larson makes his pit stop. William Byron is the new leader. Kyle Larson’s car stalls briefly on pit road.

Lap 51, William Byron makes his pit stop, Denny Hamlin is the new leader as green flag pit stops continue to cycle through.

Parker Kligerman was charged with a loose tire penalty on pit road.

Lap 61, Kyle Larson is back in the lead with Daniel Suarez in second and Kyle Busch in third.

With pit stops completed, there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 67, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race with Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch battleing for the second spot.

Lap 73, Kyle Busch has a near two second lead on new second place driver Kyle Busch.

Ryan Newman brings out the first caution flag of the race after making contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr and the wall.

Several drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road but there are a number of drivers who stayed out on the track.

It will be a two lap shootout until the end of stage one with Ryan Blaney leading the way.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart with the drivers getting four and five wide. Joey Logano takes the lead with Chase Eliott in second and Daniel Suarez in third.

Joey Logano wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Daniel Suarez
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

There are a number of drivers on pit road getting some damage repaired after contact on the track.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with Daniel Suarez getting out in front for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 92, Daniel Suarez leads the race with Ryan Newman as the only driver out of the race. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 93, Martin Truex Jr passes Daniel Suarez for the lead. Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 98, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 104, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of half a second on Daniel Suarez.

Lap 108, Chase Elliott has gotten around Daniel Suarez to take second place; over half a second behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Jimmie Johnson has to bring his car down pit road after brushing the wall.

Lap 113, Denny Hamlin gets around Daniel Suarez to take third. Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of tow seconds on Chase Elliott.

The caution flag comes out on lap 115 when Joey Gase gets pushed from behind by Kyle Larson and sends Gase into the grass.

In need of a pit stop, the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson was charged with having an uncontrolled tire and Kyle Busch will was charged with having too many crew members over the wall. Both drivers will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Busch is reporting issues with his throttle.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with Chase Elliott alongside on the front row. Truex gets out in front for the lead as the drivers are getting four and five wide acorss the track.

Lap 121, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Denny Hamlin in second and Daniel Suarez in third. Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 125, Denny Hamlin passes Martin Truex Jr for the lead but Truex battle back to retake the lead. The drivers continue to go side by side and swap the lead back and forth. Lap 126, Denny Hamlin finally gets around his team mate to take the lead.

Lap 131, Denny Hamlin holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 138, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and William Byron rounding out the top five.

Lap 139, Ryan Blaney takes second place from Martin Truex Jr.

Clint Bowyer is reporting some sort of vibration; but vibrations are common at the Kansas Speedway.

Lap 144, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second and a half on Ryan Blaney with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 150, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second and a half on Ryan Blaney; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 156, Denny Hamlin has a near two second lead on Ryan Blaney with Martin Truex Jr in third. Kyle Busch has entered the top 10.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Paul Menard
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road; Kyle Busch picked up five spots on pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 and gets out in front for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

Lap 169, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Denny Hamlin out in front. Drivers are battling for position all through the field. Playoff drivers are getting desperate to be a part of the round of eight.

Lap 172, Denny Hamlin leads the way with Ryan Blaney in second.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a vibration in the car but plans to wait it out.

Lap 175, Ryan Blaney is clsing in on leader Denny Hamlin.

Lap 177, Denny Hamlin has a lead of only a tenth of a second on Ryan Blaney with Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

Lap 179, Kyle Busch gets around Martin Truex Jr for third and is closing in on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 182, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney who is getting a challenge from Kyle Busch for second.

Lap 188, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Busch over a second back.

Lap 191, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to a second and a half on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Busch nearly two seconds back.

Lap 192, Kyle Busch challenges Ryan Blaney for second place and gets around Blaney to take the spot.

Lap 196, Denny Hamlin has a two second lead on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron rounding out the top five.

Lap 201, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead over Kyle Busch to two and a half seconds.

There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

With 63 laps remaining in the race, the drivers still have to make one more pit stop.

Lap 215, Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 216, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a three second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 219, Denny Hamlin comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop; Alex Bowman is the new leader.

Aric Almirola was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to serve a penalty.

Lap 225, nearly out of fuel, Alex Bowman brings his car down pit road for service; Denny Hamlin is the new leader and about to put Brad Keselowski a lap down.

Lap 228, Denny Hamlin puts Brad Keselowski and Alex Bowman a lap down. Kyle Busch is less than a second behind Hamlin.

Lap 235, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Kyle Busch with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty-seven laps to go, Denny Hamlin holds on to a one second lead on Kyle Busch.

With 23 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch is slowly closing in on leader Denny Hamlin; Hamlin’s lead is down to just over half a second.

Lap 249, Kenny Hamlin holds on to a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Ryan Blaney slaps the wall and the caution flag comes out for a flat tire with 15 laps remaining in the race.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Taking only two tires, Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road. While a number of drivers took only two tires, Kyle Busch took four tires.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in the race with Kyle Larson alongside on the front row. The two go side by side. Seven to go, Denny Hamlin is in the lead with Kyle Busch right behind.

Six to go, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott are in a points battle for the final round of eight spot. In the case of a tie, Chase Elliott wins with the best position.

Chase Elliott gets around Kyle Busch for second with only four laps to go.

The caution flag comes out for a crash between Bubba Wallace and Matt Tifft. One of the rear wheel tires comes off with the car going 180 miles per hour. The crash sends the race into overtime.

A few drivers come down pit road for service including Brad Keselowski and Alex Bowman who are in a battle to remain in the playoffs.

In a green/white/checker overtime start, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with Chase Elliott alongside on the front row. Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second and Chase Elliott in third.

A big wreck brings out the caution flag. Daniel Suarez, Daniel Hemric, and Joey Logano were all involved. The caution flag came out just before the white flag. There will be another overtime start.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the second overtime attempt with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row. Denny Hamlin gets a good restart and takes the lead and begins to pull away. Chase Elliott is on Denny Hamlin’s bumper but edges out Elliott to win the race. This is Hamlin’s fifth win of the season.

The results of the Hollywood Casino 400:
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott

Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Kyle Larson
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Logano
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
Michael McDowell
Matt Tifft
David Ragan
Ross Chastain
Corey LaJoie
Parker Kligerman
JJ Yeley
Daniel Hemric
Daniel Suarez
Reed Sorenson
Garrett Smithley
Bubba Wallace
Josh Bilicki
Landon Cassill
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
Ryan Newman

The round of eight has been set…
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
and Chase Elliott will all be moving on to the next round of the playoffs; but Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Alex Bowman
and Clint Bowyer have been eliminated from the playoffs.