Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Matt Kenseth breaks down in rare emotional interview after NASCAR win

Matt Kenseth breaks down in rare emotional interview after NASCAR win

This left only one spot remaining for five drivers, but it was the No. 2 vehicle driver who punched his ticket with some help. Elliott could have advanced to the final round for a victory but ended in second place.

Elliott, meanwhile, led late before Matt Kenseth made the race-winning pass with 10 laps to go. Keselowski entered the race 19 points ahead of Hamlin and 22 points ahead of Blaney. He will join the three drivers who already had clinched - Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick - in a first-to-the-line championship battle on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). But a bump from Elliott - possible retribution for an incident two weeks ago - put Hamlin into the wall and caused a tire rub. Hamlin dropped to seventh, just ahead of Keselowski, before the tire blew. Which will be hard to do, particularly in the case of Blaney who will at least start the day P1 since he is on the pole.

Stage 2: Hamlin dominated the second stage and cruised to a stage win without any fuss. Blaney finished the stage in 13th.


In total, Toyotas held the top five spots at the end of Stage 2. Keselowski will start 12th.

Stage 1: Kyle Larson hung around the front of the pack for most of the first stage, but he finally passed Hamlin with a couple to go to win Stage 1.

Elliott finished second while Truex was third. He ran down Elliott and passed him easily to cruise to the 39th win of his career.

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