Keselowski wins Brickyard 400; Johnson, Bowman last-minute entries to the Playoffs
Brad Keselowski (Team Penske) finished the regular season of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with two consecutive victories. First, he won Southern 500 and then triumphed in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in the race that was prolonged from Sunday to Monday due to bad weather.
The race at Indianapolis was 26th and the last in the regular season which finished with Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) on the top of the standings. He and other fifteen drivers will now compete in the 10-race Playoffs for the Cup Series title. For the first time in series, history, the post-season would be opened at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (on September 16).
Before the Brickyard 400, two spots were up for grabs, with 10 drivers having locked in their spots already via wins and four clinched via points. After the Brickyard 400, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman (both Hendrick Motorsports) secured last-minute spots in the Playoffs.
1. Kyle Busch: 2,050 points
2. Kevin Harvick: 2,050 points
3. Martin Truex Jr.: 2,035 points
4. Brad Keselowski: 2,019 points
5. Clint Bowyer: 2,015 points
6. Joey Logano: 2014 points
7. Kurt Busch: 2,014 points
8. Chase Elliott: 2,008 points
9. Ryan Blaney: 2,007 points
10. Erik Jones: 2,005 points
11. Austin Dillon: 2,005 points
12. Kyle Larson: 2,005 points
13. Denny Hamlin: 2,003 points
14. Aric Almirola: 2,001 points
15. Jimmie Johnson: 2,000 points
16. Alex Bowman: 2,000 points.