The Monster Energy Cup Series takes to the track one more time before a champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami.

The final race in a triple header weekend, Monster Cup takes to the track at ISM Raceway for the Bluegreen Vacations 500 (312 kilometers) and 312 laps around the one mile track.

Eight drivers go into the race still a playoff contender but only four will come out to be a part of the Final Four and a run for the championship. Martin Truex Jr and Kevin Harvick have cemented their spots in the playoffs with a race win in this round; only two spot remain open.

Inspection prior to qualifying on Saturday proved to be a big issue, especially for four teams who had crew members ejected from the track. The Hendricks Motorsports number nine driven by Chase Elliott and the number 24 car driven by William Bryon, the Premium Motorsports number 15 driven by Ross Chastain, and the Leavine Family Racing number 95 driven by Matt DiBenedetto all took three tries to make it through the inspection process. As a result each team had their car chief ejected and will be docked 15 minutes of practice time next week for the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami.

Last week during the race at Texas Motor Speedway, Bubba Wallace incurred a flat tire and spun out. He later admitted that he spun his car out on purpose. As a result NASCAR has issued a massive behavioural penalty for Wallace. Along with a $50,000 fine, Wallace has been docked FIFTY driver points. Wallace is not one of the eight remaining playoff drivers.

After single car qualifying with a time of 25.693, Kyle Busch put his number 18 M&M’s car on the pole for his first pole of the 2019 season. Joey Logano will be starting alongside Busch on the front row. All eight of the playoff drivers will start the race in the top 10.

The starting line up for the Bluegreen Vacations 500:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Matt DiBenedetto
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Michael McDowell
Jimmie Johnson
Bubba Wallace
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Preece
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Hemric
Austin Dillon
Ty Dillon
David Ragan
Corey Lajoie
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
Bayley Currey
Garrett Smithley
Joe Nemechek
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
JJ Yeley

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 162 laps.

After a rousing command to start the engines, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside land and jumps out in front for the lead. The drivers are already spread out across the track.

Lap three Kyle Busch has the lead with Joey Logano on his bumper; Denny Hamlin is in third.

Lap four, Kyle Busch leads the race; Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap seven, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Joey Logano in third;Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 12, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Joey Logano over a second back. Kurt Busch is the only driver in the top nine not in the playoffs.

Lap 21, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Denny Hamlin over a second back; Joey Logano is in third with 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 23, the top five are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 26, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with Joey Logano in third; Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Kyle Busch has begun lapping cars; there are 30 cars on the lead lap with all 39 cars still on the track.

Lap 33, Kyle Busch has a near one second lead on Denny Hamlin with Joey Logano over two seconds back.

Lap 39, the top five remains Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 45, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with Joey Logano over three seconds back. There are 22 cars on the lead lap with all 39 cars still on the track.

Lap 55, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race and pass slower traffic; there are only 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 58, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with Joey Logano in third over four seconds back.

Lap 63, Kyle Busch has led every lap so far with Denny Hamlin in second and Joey Logano in third.

Lap 66, the top five are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott.

The caution flag comes out on lap 67 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr has an issue with his car.

With only 18 cars on the lead lap, several drivers are likely to take the wave around to get their laps back.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano following.

Staying out on the track, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the restart of the race on lap 71 and jumps out in front of William Byron for the lead as the drivers get four wide.

Lap 72, Denny Hamlin passes Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 83 with Joey Logano getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 84, The top five are Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 88, Joey Logano has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott with Kyle Busch in third over two seconds back.

Lap 90, Joey Logano has a two second lead on Chase Elliott; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Chase Elliott is reporting some issues with his power steering, telling his team that it isn’t smooth.

Lap 94, Joey Logano has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin in third; Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 105, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin nearly four seconds back in third. Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

With all 39 cars still on the track, there are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 109, Joey Logano has a two and a half second lead on Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Ryan Blaney in fifth.

Lap 114, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with a lead of over two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 120, Joey Logano holds on to a two second lead on Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap 127, The top three hold on th their positions with Joey Logano in the lead; followed by Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 129, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on lead Joey Logano to just over half a second; Denny Hamlin is in third one second back.

There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 133, Joey Logano has just a half second lead on Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

Lap 142, Joey Logano leads the way with Chase Elliott a half second behind; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Rya nBlaney round out the top five.

Lap 145, Kenny Hamlin challenges Chase Elliott for second. The two battle back and forth for the spot with Denny Hamlin finally taking second on the final lap of the stage.

Joey Logano wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch

Joey Logano wins the lead off of pit road with Denny Hamlin out second and Kyle Busch out third.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 160 with Joey Logano getting out in fron after Denny Hamlin spins his tires.

Lap 163, Joey Logano has a lead of nearly a second on Denny Hamlin with Chase Elliott in third; Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 22 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Elliott hits the wall hard destroying the rear of his car on lap 167. Elliott reports that he thinks a tire went down. The car is destroyed but Chase Elliott is fine.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 175 with Denny Hamlin alongside but Logano holds Hamlin off to keep the lead; Kyle Busch is in third.

Lap 178, Denny Hamlin gets around Joey Logano for the lead with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 182, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch nearly two seconds back. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 185, Kyle Busch challenges Joey Logano for second place and on lap 187, Busch takes the lead.

Lap 195, Denny Hamlin is the lead with Kyle Busch nearly four seconds back and Joey Logano in third. There are 22 cars on the lead lap with only two drivers off the track.

Lap 203, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of four seconds on KyleBusch with Joey Logano in third over seven seconds back.

Lap 204, Ryan Blaney gets around Joey Logano for third.

Lap 208, Kenny Hamlin has a lead of over four seconds on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in third.

Lap 213, Denny Hamlin leads the way by over six seconds with Kyle Busch in second. Joey Logano is falling through the field. There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

With 93 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over seven seconds on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in third. Joey Logano has fallen to tenth place.

Lap 224, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race by a wide margin with half the field at least one lap down.

Lap 231, Kyle Busch is reporting a possible vibration issue but reports that he thinks he has the issue diagnosed.

In 12th place, Joey Logano is the las car on the lead lap.

Lap 234, Denny Hamlin has pulled away and has a nine second lead on Kyle Busch; Ryan Blaney is over 12 seconds back in third; Martin Truex Jr and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 237, Joe Nemechek has a flat tire and is trying to make it to pit road as Denny Hamlin passes Joey Logano to put him a lap down.

Lap 240, Denny Hamlin’s lead is now over 10 seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 242, green flag pit stops have begun.

Denny Hamlin has driven away with it, his lead is now over 12 seconds – a half a lap – in front of Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr is in third over 18 seconds back. There are only seven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 246, Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road for service. Kurt Busch is the new leader.

Lap 237, back on the track, Denny Hamlin is over four seconds behind leader Kurt Busch who has yet to make his pit stop.

With only 59 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin has retaken the lead and is over eight seconds in front of Kyle Busch.

Fifty-three laps to go, Deny Hamlin has a seven second leado n Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney over nine seconds back in third. There are eight cars on the lead lap. Currently Joey Logano is in the “lucky dog” spot.

Brad Keselowski’s team reports a possible lost cylinder.

Lap 267, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick.

Forty-three laps to go, Denny Hamlin has led 100 laps so far and has a nine second lead on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in third over 10 seconds back. There are only eight cars on the lead lap.

With 36 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin continues to dominate the race with a lead of nearly 10 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch.

Thirty to go, Denny Hamlin has driven away from the field in his bid to be among the Final Four drivers to compete for the championship next week.

Twenty-three to go, Denny Hamlin has a seven second lead on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in third; Martin Truex Jr and Kevin Harvic round out the top five with eight cars on the lead lap.

Only 17 laps to go, Denny Hamlin lead Kyle Busch by seven seconds with seven cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go, David Ragan brings his car down pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek hits the wall hard and brings out the caution flag with nine laps remaining in the race. There are seven cars on the lead lap.

Leaders come down pit road for service. Taking only two tires Denny Hamlin leads the race off of pit road. Ryan Blaney also took only two tires and came out in second place.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with only three laps remaining in the race. Drivers get three wide across the track with Denny Hamlin edging out for the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

In a must win situation, Denny Hamlin wins the race to join team mates Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch in the Final Four. Kevin Harvick is the fourth driver in the championship playoff and the only driver who is not a part of Joe Gibbs Racing.

Joe Gibbs Racing has won 18 of the 35 races run this season.

Results of the Bluegreen Vacations 500:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Paul Menard
Matt DiBenedetto
Jimmie Johnson
Daniel Suarez
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Preece
John Hunter Nemechek
Ross Chastain
JJ Yeley
Michael McDowell
Garrett Smithley
Bayley Currey
Landon Cassill
Joe Nemechek
Corey Lajoie
David Ragan
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Chase Elliott

With the final race in the round of eight, the Final Four playoff drivers has been set; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin all win races to advance to the championship round. Kyle Busch is the only driver to make it to the championship round on points. Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott have all been eliminated from the playoffs.

Next week the 2019 NASCAR racing season comes to an end with the championship race in Homestead-Miami.

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