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NASCAR Chase Grid after Kansas: Dillon, Blaney gain; Bayne falls

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice - Go Bowling 400

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 06: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Red Nose Toyota, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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With the NASCAR Sprint Cup season almost at the one-third point – we’ve completed 11 of the season’s 36 races – movement on the Chase Grid starts to slow down somewhat.

In addition, we’re almost halfway to the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup – 11 of the 26-race regular season.

For this week’s Chase Grid, there was no movement among the six drivers who have won races thus far in 2016. Kyle Busch remains atop the Grid with a series-high three wins.

As for drivers on the Grid who are numerically in Chase contention based on points, the biggest movers from last week to this week were Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney, who each gained two positions, including Blaney moving into 16th after being outside Chase contention based on points: 18th after Talladega.

Trevor Bayne suffered the biggest loss of the top-20 drivers, dropping from 16th (in points contention) after Talladega to 20th (outside of contention) after Kansas.

Drivers who are outside of Chase contention by points include Ryan Newman (who climbed two spots to 17th position), Kasey Kahne dropped from 17th to 18th, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. climbed from 20th to 19th, and Trevor Bayne suffered the biggest from Talladega to Kansas, losing four spots from 16th to 20th.

Here’s how this week’s Chase Grid looks after Kansas:

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