The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend with the Hollywood Casino 400 form Kansas Speedway. 

Only eight of the original playoff drivers remain as they begin the final round of the playoffs before the championship race in Phoenix.

After his win last week on The Roval, Chase Elliott will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with Joey Logano alongside on the front row.

Playoff driver Martin Truex Jr will have to start his Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car from the back of the field after failing the pre-race inspection process twice.

Australian driver James Davison’s Rick Ware Racing number 53 car also failed the inspection process twice and will have to move to the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Hollywood Casino 400:
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Cole Custer
Jimmie Johnson
Tyler Reddick
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
Kyle Busch
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Matt Kenseth
Quin Houff
John Hunter Nemechek
James Davison – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase
Josh Bilicki
Chad Finchum

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 mile and a half track.

There are some fans in the stands for today’s race.  A few Clint Bowyer fans have formed themselves into the number 14 in honour of the retiring driver who is trading his steering wheel in for a microphone next season as he enters the broadcast booth.  Bowyer moves to the front of the field for a thank you lap.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on around lap 25.

With a fuel load of around 60 laps, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

With temperatures in the 40’s and wind chills in the 30’s, the drivers will have to deal with some cold tires – they are not allowed to heat the tires in any way other than running them on the cars.

On a chilly Sunday afternoon, Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead as drivers quickly get three wide across the track.

Lap two, Chase Elliott leads the race with Joey Logano in second and Kurt Busch in third; Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin round out the top five battling for position.

Lap four, Kurt Busch battles Joey Logano for second with Chase Elliott out in front.

Lap five, after starting from the back of the field, Martin Truex Jr has moved up 18 spots.

Lap six, Chase Elliott has a third of a second lead on Joey Logano with Kevin Harvick in third and Kurt Busch in fourth battling for position.

Drivers are getting three wide in a battle for second place.

Lap eight, Kevin Harvick moves into second and begins to challenge leader Chase Elliott.  Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin battle for third.

Lap nine, Chase Elliott leads the race; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Kevin Harvick has caught up to the bumper of leader Chase Elliott in a challenge to take the lead.

At race start, the track temperature was only 50 degrees.

Lap 20, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick in second, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 22, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a second and a half lead on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 25, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second and a half on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin is in third over three seconds back.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Martin Truex Jr has moved up 25 spots since the race start and is in twelfth place.

Drivers come down pit road for service with William Byron winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.

Kurt Busch was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 with Chase Elliott alongside.  William Byron edges out for the lead with Chase Elliott surges ahead for the lead.  Kevin Harvick comes up to challenge for the lead as the two battle back and forth with Harvick taking the lead.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Chase Elliott in second: Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 36, Kevin Harvick has a third of a second lead on Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin in third just over half a second back.

Lap 40, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over half  a second on Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin in third over a second back.

Lap 48, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott with Ryan Blaney in third; Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski rounds out the top five.

Lap 54, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott with Ryan Blaney in third.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 56, Brad Keselowski takes third from Ryan Blaney.

Lap 57, Kevin Harvick has a lead of just over half a second on Chase Elliott.

Chase Elliott is reporting some radio issues.  He cannot hear the crew but they can hear him.

Lap 60, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Kevin Harvick to under half a second.

Joey Logano is falling through the field.

Lap 68, Chase Elliott is the new leader after getting around Kevin Harvick.

Lap 69, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick with Brad Keselowski in third.

Brad Keselowski is reporting a small vibration.  The team reports that that is a common occurrence at Kansas.

Lap 72, the top five are Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney ,and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 73, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski battle for  second; Harvick holds him off.

Five laps remain in stage one; Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Brad Keselowski Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin pass Kevin Harvick with just four laps remaining in stage one.

Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead with slower traffic around them.  Elliott holds on to the lead.

Chase Elliott wins stage one for his ninth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch

During his pit stop, Chase Elliott’s team plans to give him a new set of new ear plugs.  The trick will be for Elliott to get the ear plugs hooked up.  Normally a driver puts in his ear plugs for the radio before he puts on his helmet.

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with Chase Elliott alongside.

After a push from Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin edges out for the lead.  Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Chase Elliott battles with Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Denny Hamlin takes the lead with Chase Elliott in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

Chase Elliott did not replace his ear plugs but instead unplugged and plugged back in the old ones.  For now he can hear the team.  The crew chief believes there is a short in the ear plugs.

The vibration that Brad Keselowski felt was the result of a missing wheel weight.

Tyler Reddick had to make a second trip down pit road for loose lug nuts.

Lap 95, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second and Chase Elliott in third.

Kevin Harvick is having some issues with his car in traffic.

Lap 97, Ryan Blaney has caught up to leader Denny Hamlin and is challenging for the lead; Chase Elliott is in third over half a second back.

Lap 100, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski.  There are 30 cars on the lead lap.


Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick battle for third with Kevin Harvick taking the spot.

Lap 108, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second and Chase Elliott in third with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick is reporting some handling issues in his car.

Lap 111, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney.

Chase Elliott’s radio issues are still unresolved.

Lap 115, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney battle for the lead but an encounter with a lapped car has given Hamlin the edge and he holds on to the lead.

Lap 123, Erik Jones is the first driver to come down pit road for his pit stop to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch.

Coming into pit road, Kyle Busch reports a tight condition.

Lap 126, leader Denny Hamlin comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Chase Elliott is reporting that he can hear his crew chief but not the spotter.

Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch had a close call on pit road, but there was no damage to the cars.

Lap 131, Brad Keselowski has a three second lead on Kurt Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five as green flag pit stops continue.

Lap 132, Brad Keselowski comes down pit road giving the lead over to Kurt Busch.

Lap 132, Kurt Busch comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Matt DiBenedetto.

Some of the drivers had to make their pit stops sooner than planned due to tire wear.
Lap 141, Matt DiBenedetto continues to lead the race with Michael McDowell in second and Ryan Newman in third.  All three drivers have yet to make their pit stops.

Matt Kenseth brings out the caution flag on lap 144 when he slams into the wall.   Kenseth takes his smoking car down pit road.  This is the first caution flag of the race for an on track incident.  Erik Jones also gets into the wall and has some damage to his car.

Drivers come down pit road for service…including those who have recently made a pit stop.

The caution flag caught some of the drivers who have pitted a lap down. 

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 150 with Ryan Blaney alongside.  Hamlin edges out for the lead from the outside lane.  Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

With 10 laps to go in stage two the top five are, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick.

With seven laps to go in stage two, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney battle for second with Denny Hamlin in the lead.  Harvick takes second.

Five laps to go in stage two, Kevin Harvick looks to take the lead from Denny Hamlin.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two for his tenth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Matt DiBenedetto
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer

Drivers come down pit road for service.  After taking only two tires, Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.  Aric Almirola also took only two tires.

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 168.  Getting a push from Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch takes the lead but Joey Logano pushes through and takes the lead as drivers get four wide across the track.

Joey Logano leads the race with Kevin Harvick in second and Alex Bowman in third.

Lap 171, Kyle Busch takes third from Alex Bowman.

Kevin Harvick gets around Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap 173, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 175, Brad Keselowski takes third from Kyle Busch with Kevin Harvick in the lead and Joey Logano in second.

Lap 180, Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road with a flat tire after hitting the wall.  Hamlin is now one lap down.

Lap 184, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 188, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 192, there are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 193, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over four second on Brad Keselowski.

Kurt Busch reports that he is losing power.  He reports that the engine temperatures are normal.

Kurt Busch’s car is smoking badly with a blown engine and brings out the caution flag on lap 199.

The caution flag is just outside of the pit window for fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for service with the crew chiefs telling the crews to pack the fuel cell and for the drivers to save fuel.  Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch coming out in second.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 62 laps remaining in the race.  Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch battle for the lead as the drivers gets three and four wide.  Kevin Harvick takes the lead with Ryan Blaney in second and Joey Logano in third.

Sixty to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly a half second on Joey Logano with Ryan Blaney in third.

Brad Keselowski takes third from Ryan Blaney as the two battle for position.

Erik Jones brings his car down pit road for service.

With less than 60 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting aggressive; beating and banging for position.

Fifty to go, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Joey Logano in second; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick brings his car down pit road after bringing out the caution flag with 47 laps remaining in the race.  Reddick gets into the wall and scrapes it all through the turn.

With 46 laps remaining in the race, how many of the drivers will come down pit road for fuel and tires?

Pit road is full of drivers getting service.  Joey Logano edges out Kevin Harvick to win the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin is back on the lead lap and has a full tank of fuel.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with 42 laps to go.  Logano battle with Kevin Harvick for the lead but a push from Ryan Blaney helps to push Logano to the lead.

Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Preece get into the wall but the track stays green.

Forty to go, the top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott.

Kevin Harvick continues to challenge Joey Logano for the lead but Logano continues to block Harvick.

With 33 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski has caught up to leader Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick while the two drivers were battling for the lead.

Brad Keselowski challenges Kevin Harvick for second place.

Only 25 laps to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the race and block Kevin Harvick’s attempts at a pass for the lead; Brad Keselowski is in third.

Twenty to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the race and fend off Kevin Harvick.

Seventeen to go, the leaders encounter lapped traffic as Kevin Harvick continues to battle Joey Logano for the lead; Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Ten to go, Joey Logano has pulled out to a half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Six to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled up to Joey Logano’s bumper and continues to challenge for the lead.  Alex Bowman closes in on Kevin Harvick.

Three to go, Joey Logano continues to hold off Kevin Harvick with Alex Bowman right behind them.

Joey Logano takes the white flag.

Joey Logano wins the race and clinches his spot in the final four for a chance at the championship!

The unofficial results of the Hollywood Casino 400:
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Denny Hamlin
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
John Hunter Nemechek
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Tyler Reddick
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Ryan Preece
JJ Yeley
Jimmie Johnson
James Davison
Quin Houff
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Kurt Busch
Chas Finchum
Matt Kenseth