Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. clinch spots in championship race


After the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway there is only one opening left in the four-driver field for the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kevin Harvick and Martin True Jr. will join Kyle Busch in contending for the title in two weeks. Harvick clinched his spot by winning the race at Texas. Truex, who finished second, earned his spot via points.

“We’ve had an amazing run on mile‑and‑a‑half (tracks),” Truex said. “To win (five) in a row was ridiculous.  To think we came up (10) laps short to do (six) is pretty good.  I’m proud of what we did today.

“Homestead is a completely different animal.  Excited to go there.”

Five drivers will compete next week at Phoenix Raceway to for the final spot in the championship four.

Brad Keselowski leaves Texas 19 points to the good after he finished fifth Sunday.

He is followed by Denny Hamlin (-19), Ryan Blaney (-22), Chase Elliott (-49) and Jimmie Johnson (-51).

Click here for the points standings.