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Martin Truex Jr. leaves postseason opener with 58 playoff points after win

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With his win in the NASCAR Cup playoff opener, Martin Truex Jr. grabbed his fifth win of the season and banked five more playoff points to bring his total to 58.

Two races remain in the first round. Among the 16 playoff contenders, the top five in points are Truex, Kyle Larson (-27), Kevin Harvick (-35), Brad Keselowksi (-41) and Kyle Busch (-41).

Only 12 drivers will advance to the second round. The bottom five drivers are Austin Dillon and Kurt Busch (tied at -76), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-80), Ryan Newman (-81) and Kasey Kahne (-83).

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Austin Cindric latest to qualify for Truck playoffs with win

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With his win in Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Austin Cindric became the latest driver to qualify for the Camping World Truck Series playoffs.

He is the sixth driver to qualify for the playoffs through a win this season. Only eight drivers will compete for the title.

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Points leader Elliott Sadler clinches Xfinity playoff spot after finishing third at Bristol

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Even though he hasn’t won this year, Elliott Sadler earned himself a spot in the Xfinity Series playoffs Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Sadler is the fourth driver to qualify for the playoffs. He joins Ryan Reed, William Byron and Justin Allgaier, who clinched spots through race wins.

The JR Motorsports driver and the series points leader finished third in the Food City 300 for his ninth top five of the year.

“Man, we had a great car,” Sadler told NBCSN. “I hit the wall with like 50 to go. Then I threw my water bottle out and it got in the jack man’s way, messed us up. We’re peaking at the right time.”

Sadler has led the Xfinity Series point standings for the last 10 races and following 20 of the 22 races this year.

Following Sadler in the top five is William Byron (-110), Allgaier (-136), Brennan Poole (-186) and Daniel Hemric (-206).

Brendan Gaughan is on the playoff bubble. He is 43 points above the cutoff line. Ross Chastain is 13th on the playoff grid.

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Martin Truex Jr. continues to pad points lead with Watkins Glen win

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With his win Sunday in the I Love New York 355, Martin Truex Jr. extended his points lead over Kyle Busch to 116 points while increasing his playoff point total to 34.

Completing the top five is Kyle Larson (-122), Kevin Harvick (-135) and Denny Hamlin (-194).

There are still three spots left to be filled on the playoff grid with four races left until the regular season finale.

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With Kyle Busch win, Chase Elliott highest driver in Cup points without win

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Kyle Busch finally clinched a spot in the Cup Series playoffs by winning Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway.

That makes 13 drivers who have qualified for the playoffs off wins.

With five races to go in the regular season Martin Truex Jr. leads the standings over Kyle Larson (-85), Kevin Harvick (-97), Busch (-100) and Brad Keselowski (-174).

With Busch’s win, that leaves three spots left for drivers to possibly get into the playoffs on points.

The highest driver in the standings without a win is Chase Elliott, who is seventh and 207 points back from Truex.

He is followed by Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer, who are all winless.

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