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Martin Truex Jr. takes lead in playoff points with second victory of season

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 13: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 13, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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With his second victory of the 2017 season, Martin Truex Jr. tied Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson for the series lead. But the Furniture Row driver moved into the lead in playoff points with Saturday night’s win at Kansas Speedway.

Through 11 of 26 races, Truex has compiled 15 playoff points, three more than Keselowski and five ahead of Johnson. Truex, Keselowski and Johnson are the only drivers on NASCAR’s premier series with double-digit playoff points. Kyle Larson ranks fourth with seven points.

Larson, who finished sixth at Kansas in a backup car, maintained his lead in the regular-season standings by 44 points over Truex.

Joey Logano, who finished 37th in a crash Saturday, fell three spots to ninth in the standings.

Click here for the points standings after Saturday’s race at Kansas.