Three spots were up for grabs in the Round of 8 finale and it was this season’s “Big 3” that clinched them in the penultimate race of the season.
Logano advances to Miami with his win in the opening race of the Round of 8 at Martinsville Speedway, when he moved Truex Jr. up the track in Turn 3 on the final lap to pull out the win. And it turns out, it was a move that saved his season considering Logano cut a tire on Lap 95 at ISM Raceway and exited the race thereafter.
Truex Jr. recovered from that disappointing Martinsville finish, though, to clinch his third Championship 4 appearance in the past four years. For “Rowdy,” he got there by winning Sunday at ISM for his eighth victory of 2018.
Harvick rallied for his fourth Championship 4 appearance in five years in the playoff elimination format. His run to Miami hit an unexpected bump due to a penalty following his win at Texas. The infraction cost him 40 points in the driver standings, the result of which sent him from “clinched” to just three points above the cutoff line entering Phoenix.
Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer were eliminated from contention.
The drivers will duke it out at Homestead-Miami, coverage starts at 3:00 pm on Sunday, 11/18 and will air on NBC.