Chase Elliott gets revenge as Denny Hamlin wrecks out of championship contention

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Kenseth - who had been passed over by Hendrick Motorsports when two Cup vacancies for next season were filled by younger drivers William Byron and Alex Bowman - cost Elliott and Hendrick a spot in the championship race when he made the pass in the Can-Am 500.

Elliott battered Hamlin's bumper with 43 laps to go, likely causing a tire rub to Hamlin's left-front. Elliott could have advanced to the final round for a victory but ended in second place.

Denny Hamlin's playoff hopes went up in smoke in Sunday's Can-Am 500 on Lap 274 after Elliott made contact with Hamlin's vehicle just under seven laps earlier. Scalding hot brake rotors from Chris Buescher's auto flew in between the SAFER barriers on the outside wall as Buescher had a mechanical failure that caused an accident.

Too expensive to land a competitive ride for next season, Kenseth has chose to take time away rather than drive a auto that can't win races. Elliott would hang on to finish runner-up for his seventh runner-up finish of the season.

Matt Kenseth: Kenseth hadn't won in 51 races, and his career won't continue after this season for lack of a ride, even though he has said he would like to.

Keselowski is running in 14th and must pass Hamlin on the track to get the final spot in the championship race. He led for 193 of 312 laps. That pass meant Brad Keselowski was able to advance with a shot for the title to the November 19 championship race at Homestead along with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. Blaney finished the stage in 13th.


In total, Toyotas held the top five spots at the end of Stage 2.

Jimmie Johnson also wrecked early in the race, ending his bid to make the championship.

The final race of the season comes next Sunday with the Ford Ecoboost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Manchester High School graduate finished second to Kyle Larson in the opening stage, earning nine bonus points.

"I raced him how raced me".

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