Ben Kennedy‘s victory Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway changed the dynamic of the Camping World Truck Series championship battle.
With his first career truck win, Kennedy effectively clinched a berth in the inaugural eight-driver playoff for the series championship. Kennedy moved up two spots to seventh in the standings.
Cameron Hayley, who entered Bristol in a points tie with Kennedy and clinging to the final provisional playoff spot, fell three spots to 11th in the standings with a 24th-place finish Wednesday at the 0.533-mile oval.
There are three races left in the regular season before the truck series playoffs begin Sept. 24 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.