Leading 236 laps, including the final 41, Chase Elliott punched his ticket to race for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series title next weekend at Phoenix by virtue of his win in the Xfinity 500 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.
Failing to advance were Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Harvick came up just short, needing a point to get into the Championship 4 and colliding with Kyle Busch coming to the checkered flag. Harvick, who won nine races in 2020, fought back after falling two laps down in the second stage. Truex, who needed a win to advance, gave up the lead to Elliott, later pitting for a loose wheel.
The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series concludes on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway in the season finale at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.