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NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire: What you need to know about Sunday’s playoffs race

Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne finished 21st at Chicagoland, and he’s now in danger of being eliminated at Dover.
Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne finished 21st at Chicagoland, and he’s now in danger of being eliminated at Dover. AP

Race: ISM Connect 300

Distance: 300 laps, or 317.4 miles.

Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a 1.058-mile, asphalt oval in Loudon, New Hampshire.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

TV: NBCSN.

Radio: PRN.

Last year’s winner: Kevin Harvick.

Also this week: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, Xfinity Series, Kentucky Speedway, 8 p.m., Saturday, NBCSN; UNOH 175, Truck Series, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1 p.m., Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: Starting in 2018, Speedway Motorsports will move its fall Cup weekend from New Hampshire to Las Vegas.

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Martin Truex Jr. entered the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with a sizable advantage, and his win at Chicagoland only extended that lead. Nam Y. Huh AP

Who’s Hot/ Who’s Not

HOT

Martin Truex Jr.: Truex entered the playoffs with a sizable advantage, and his win at Chicagoland only extended that lead.

Chase Elliott: Though he lost his playoff point after NASCAR penalized him for a modication to his car, Elliott finished second and won a stage at Chicagoland.

NOT

Kasey Kahne: Kahne finished 21st at Chicago, and he’s now in danger of being eliminated at Dover.

Kurt Busch: Busch had been racing well going into the playoffs, but he finished 19th at Chicago after a penalty for speeding on pit road.

Brendan Marks

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