NASCAR visited Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, and a driver in danger of Chase elimination locked himself into the Eliminator round while four of the bigger names in the sport did not make it to the next round.
The championship runs of two of the eliminated drivers were effectively ended during the race due to accidents. On lap 103, Kyle Busch was involved in an accident that also caught up Tony Stewart, AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, and Austin Dillon, among others. And on the first green-white-checkered restart following a debris caution, Dale Earnhardt Jr was involved in an accident that also caught up Paul Menard, David Gilliland, Greg Biffle, and Michael Annett.
The other two drivers to not advance were Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson. Kahne was unable to make up a points gap between himself and the cut-off position. Due to an even larger points gap, Johnson needed to earn a win to advance but was unable to do so.
Instead, it was Brad Keselowski who came through with the much-needed win, advancing him to the Eliminator round. Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Landon Cassill, and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.
Keselowski joins Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon in the next round of the Chase.