Truex, Kenseth, Harvick and Blaney all advance in NASCAR playoffs

Matt Kenseth, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick joined Martin Truex Jr. as four of the twelve drivers that advanced to the second round in the NASCAR playoffs.

After the dust settled for the Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil at Dover International Speedway, twelve NASCAR drivers were left standing to advance to the second round of the NASCAR playoffs.

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth needed to finish 24th or better to advance to the second round of the playoffs at Dover. Kenseth finished 11th, which solidly secured him in the second round.

Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney needed to finish seventh or better to advance to the second round. Blaney finished a disappointing 23rd place at Dover on Sunday, three  laps down. Blaney finished the lowest of all playoff drivers who were still running at the end of the race.

Kevin Harvick during the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway.
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Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick finished 17th at Dover, one lap down. Harvick started ninth but never had the speed during the race to finish inside the top ten. Besides Brad Keselowski, Harvick joined the other two Ford playoff drivers to finish below 17th. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 19th and Harvick’s teammate, Kurt Busch, finished 20th.

Martin Truex Jr.

Truex had already clinched his spot with a win at Chicagoland Speedway in the first race of the first round. He followed that up with a fifth place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and finished fourth at Dover International Speedway.

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