A quartet of drivers will not move on in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs after Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Alex Bowman and Clint Bowyer failed to advance to the Round of 8 due to their finishes on Sunday.
Keselowski missed advancing by just three points. He struggled on the second overtime restart to fall back in the field allowing Chase Elliott to get by Keselowski in the standings and take the final transfer spot.
"We didn’t make it," said a dejected Keselowski after making contact with the wall. "I pushed as hard as I knew how and didn’t quite do good enough on the last restart and that was it. We clawed as hard as we could and there were times it looked like we were going to be fine and times it didn’t. In the end it didn’t work out."
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Byron and Bowman finished 16 and 20 points, respectively, out of the playoff picture.
Despite an eighth-place finish, Bowyer ended up 21 points from moving on to the next round.
"Obviously we wanted to be in Victory Lane," said the Kansas native. "I like the situations that we could put the car in and it would withstand. We got a little bit of damage there on that last stage. I don’t really think that affected it that much. It was a decent day. It wasn’t a stellar day by any means. I am proud of our effort. I am proud of trying something there and it working out."