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How every playoff driver fared in NASCAR’s Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Twelve drivers advanced out of Sunday’s Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and into the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Here’s a driver-by-driver rundown of how the playoff field fared:


1. Chase Elliott: Race winner also won the second stage, which clinched his spot in the second round. Plowed head-first into the barrier in Turn 1 leading the field into the final stage restart, rallied and won.

2. Alex Bowman: Was in dire straits heading into the final stage, but found some speed to finish second. That also clinched him a spot in the next round (he was two points out entering the race).

3. Kevin Harvick: Surrendered the lead to Elliott late in the race and finished third. Only the winner led more laps (35 to 34).

4. Clint Bowyer: Needed a strong finish to advance, and that’s what he had. Started the day four points outside the top 12, but finished fourth and made the cut.

5. Brad Keselowski: Another strong playoff race finish for the No. 2 Ford. Stayed out of trouble all day and finished fifth. Was third at Las Vegas, fourth at Richmond.

6. William Byron: Pole winner missed a chance at winning Stage 1 (leading by as many as 7.5 seconds at one point), before Kyle Larson passed him on a late restart. Finished sixth.

7. Martin Truex Jr.: Started at the rear of the field and made two early chicane-related mistakes. Rallied for a seventh-place finish.

8. Ryan Blaney: Started ninth, finished eighth, his second top 10 of the three-race first round.

10. Joey Logano: Hit the wall in Stage 2 and never really was a factor on his way to a 10th-place finish.

13. Kyle Larson: He won the first stage, passing pole-winner William Byron on a late restart, picking up 10 playoffs points in the process.

37. Kyle Busch: Had a flat tire on the first lap of the third stage. He took a pass-through penalty on pit road after going through too many stalls. He went behind the wall on Lap 99 and didn’t return to the race.


14. Aric Almirola: Had a chance to sneak into the 12th spot late in the race, but ultimately couldn’t do it, finishing 14th.

20. Kurt Busch: A disappointing playoff run for the No. 1 Ford, with a 20th-place finish at Charlotte. Was 39th at Las Vegas, 18th at Richmond.

32. Ryan Newman: Was in and out of the playoff chase for most of the day, then he missed the chicane on Lap 107 and took a stop-and-go penalty. That ended his chances and he finished 32nd.

40. Erik Jones: Was the lone driver in the playoff field who had to win to advance. But a punctured radiator ended his day early. He didn’t last past the first stage.

David Scott: @davidscott14