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Martin Truex Jr. remains at top of heap as NASCAR Cup playoffs advance to Round of 8

Kyle Busch admits he was lucky to advance to the Round of 8 as he had to rely on the downfall of other racers to secure a spot in the next round.

Martin Truex Jr. won his third race in the first six races of the NASCAR Cup playoffs and his seventh win of the season, taking the checkered flag in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

That race was the final one of the Round of 12, thereby eliminating four drivers as the playoffs now move on to the Round of 8 semifinal round that begins this coming Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, followed by Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks and Phoenix Raceway in three weeks.

With Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. being eliminated following Sunday’s race, Truex remains atop the updated point standings heading to Martinsville.

Kyle Busch is ranked second, 27 points behind Truex, while the rest of the Round of 8 are Brad Keselowski (-43), Kevin Harvick (-52), Jimmie Johnson (-52), Denny Hamlin (-55), Ryan Blaney (-60) and Chase Elliott (-63).

Click here for the updated driver standings heading into the Round of 8.

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