Then there was one.
Five Cup drivers have one race to decide the last spot in the championship four at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Ryan Blaney is close on Hamlin’s heels, trailing him by three points.
It’s a much more dire scenario for the Hendrick Motorsports drivers of Chase Elliot and Jimmie Johnson. Elliott (-49) and Johnson (-51) are in must-win situations after the first two races of the Round of 8.
Of the five remaining drivers, Johnson (four) and Hamlin (one) have victories at the 1-mile track.
Below is the full playoff grid.