Denny Hamlin won a chaotic NASCAR Cup Series elimination race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, holding off Chase Elliott on the second overtime restart that knocked Brad Keselowski out of the playoffs.
Elliott finished second and advanced to the round of eight on points when Keselowski, whom he'd been dueling with all afternoon, got boxed in on the restart and lost too many spots.
In a bit of irony, it was Keselowski who helped bring out the caution on the first try for the green-white-checkered finish when he got into Daniel Suarez. The field was nearing the start-finish line but the caution light came on before the leader took the white flag, forcing a second overtime.
If Hamlin had crossed a split-second quicker, the race would have been over and Keselowski safe.
"I pushed as hard as I knew how and didn't quite do good enough on the last restart and that was it," Keselowski said. "We clawed as hard as we could and there were times it looked like we were going to be fine and times it didn't. In the end it didn't work out.''
Kyle Busch ultimately finished third, followed by Kurt Busch and William Byron. But the key was Keselowski, who dropped from 13th to 19th on the final restart and out of the next round of the playoffs. He ended up three points — equal to three positions on the track — below the cutoff line.
Byron, Alex Bowman and Clint Bowyer are also out, and it's down to eight drivers with four races to go.
... Billy Torrence won the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals for his second Top Fuel victory of the playoffs. Torrence had a 3.775-second run at 319.67 mph to beat Jordan Vandergriff at Texas Motorplex. Matt Hagan won in Funny Car and Greg Anderson in Pro Stock.
Thomas wins CJ Cup
Justin Thomas pulled away from Danny Lee in the final hour and closed with a 5-under 67 to win the CJ Cup in JeJu Island, South Korea for the second time in two years. Thomas won for the 11th time on the PGA Tour and the second time in his past four starts.
Lee closed with a 69 for his best finish in nearly a year. Thomas finished at 20-under 268 and moves to No. 4 in the world ranking.
... Danielle Kang played bogey-free and closed with a 2-under 70 to win the Buick LPGA Shanghai for the second consecutive year. She had a tournament-record 16-under 272. Jessica Korda shot 72 to finish one shot behind.
... Heavy rain forced the postponement of the third round of the PGA Tour Champions event in Richmond, Va. The tournament will resume Monday morning.
OSU moves to No. 3
Ohio State edged past Clemson to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll and Wisconsin dropped to 13th after being upset ahead of its showdown with the Buckeyes.
Alabama remained No. 1, receiving 24 first-place votes. No. 2 LSU held its place and received 16 first-place votes. The Buckeyes had 13 first-place votes and No. 4 Clemson received nine.
... Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a procedure for a high ankle sprain and will miss Saturday's game against Arkansas.
... ESPN's "GameDay" college football show is coming to South Dakota for the FCS rivalry game between defending national champion North Dakota State and perennial challenger South Dakota State on Saturday.
AROUND THE HORN
Tennis: Andy Murray claimed his first ATP tour title in more than two years at the European Open in only his sixth singles tournament since returning from hip surgery in January, rallying to beat Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Soccer: Fabrice-Jean Picault scored and assisted on Marco Fabian's goal in extra time to help Philadelphia beat New York 4-3 and eliminate the Red Bulls from the MLS playoffs.
MLB: Umpire Eric Cooper, who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago between the Twins and Yankees, died from a blood clot after having knee surgery earlier in the week. He was 52.