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Chase Elliott won on a road course for the fourth consecutive time at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. It was his second consecutive win on the track and the second to come from adversity, too. A wet track meant the NASCAR Cup Series drivers started a race on wet tires for the first time in series history. Not much more uncertainty could have been on tap as the 12 remaining playoff drivers faced off in the final race before that field was trimmed to eight. However, Elliott started confidently and even overcame a loose wheel and unscheduled stop to work his way back to the front in another impressive road course performance. The win earned him automatic entry into the next round of championship playoffs, giving him a shot at being one of the final four drivers to race for the title.
Sunday's difficult conditions threw a curveball at the entire field, but playoff drivers hoping to come from behind to make it into the final round would have been hoping for something more predictable. Both Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch made valiant efforts to drive toward the front of the field and threaten to win and advance, but both ultimately came up short and watched their playoff hopes evaporate at the finish. Joining the pair in exiting the championship hunt were Austin Dillon and Aric Almirola. The final round of playoff eliminations gets underway this week at Kansas Speedway where the next three races will determine which four