© Jamie Squire Getty ImagesJoey Logano holds off Harvick for Kansas victory, seals Championship 4 berth
Joey Logano landed a Championship 4 berth, scoring his third victory of the season in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway.
Logano led 47 of 267 laps in the Hollywood Casino 400, the first of three races in the Round of 8 elimination round. The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford netted his third win at the 1.5-mile Kansas City track and the 26th of his Cup Series career.
"Hell, yeah," Logano told his crew over the No. 22 radio. "Racing for a championship!"
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Kevin Harvick led the most laps (85) and claimed second place in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, crossing the start-finish line .312 seconds off the lead at the checkered flag. Alex Bowman corraled third place with Brad Keselowski fourth and Kyle Busch finishing out the top five.
The event was the first of three races in the Round of 8, the final elimination bracket that will determine the final four drivers who will contend for the Cup Series crown in the Nov. 8 finale at Phoenix Raceway. Logano automatically advanced to the championship race with Sunday's victory.
A handful of the eight remaining title-eligible drivers encountered trouble in Sunday's 400-miler. Faring worst was Kurt Busch, who was sidelined after 197 laps after the engine in his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet expired. He entered the Round of 8 in eighth place and will exit Kansas with a major points deficit after a 38th-place finish.
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Chase Elliott (Stage 1) and Denny Hamlin (Stage 2) divided the stage wins to add one playoff point each to their season-long totals, but each ran into their own pitfalls. Elliott started from the Busch Pole and led 48 laps but battled radio communications issues through most of the event. Hamlin pitted on Lap 180 after a scrape of the Turn 4 retaining wall, losing one lap and falling to 29th place before a final-stage rally. Elliott finished sixth with Hamlin 15th.
The Cup Series' next race is the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, scheduled next Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) at Texas Motor Speedway.
This story will be updated.