Legendary driver Mario Andretti gives sad Matt Kenseth the highest compliment possible

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Keselowski entered the race 19 points ahead of Hamlin and 22 points ahead of Blaney. As a result, Hamlin, like Elliott, was eliminated from the playoffs. This left only one spot remaining for five drivers, but it was the No. 2 vehicle driver who punched his ticket with some help.

After Lap 212 of 312: Denny Hamlin continues to dominate the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy Cup race at Phoenix Raceway.

After dominating the race to that point, Hamlin retired from the race in the final 50 laps after contact with Elliott gave him a tire rub that led to a blown tires, sending his auto hard into the wall.

Hamlin starts second, Elliott fourth, Johnson 12th and Keselwoski 15th.

Kyle Larson and Hamlin were stage winners in the first 150 laps of the race, with Larson taking the first 75-lap stage and Hamlin the second.

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The group's other teams Zambia, on seven points, and Cameroon, on six points, will meet in another dead rubber encounter in Ndola on Saturday.

"Our mindset coming into this weekend was really trying to win the race and sitting on the pole my mindset doesn't change", said Blaney.

In total, Toyotas held the top five spots at the end of Stage 2. Johnson's day ended early thanks to a blown tire just before the end of Stage 2. He also led more than half of the opening stage. Keselowski will start 12th.

Kenseth won the Cup Series' Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, and while congratulating the 45-year-old driver - who wants to race next season but doesn't have anything lined up - Andretti said he'd give Kenseth a job in NASCAR if he had a team.

Needing a win to advance to the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, Hamlin took his vehicle to the garage.

Stage 1: Kyle Larson hung around the front of the pack for most of the first stage, but he finally passed Hamlin with a couple to go to win Stage 1. Keselowski ran outside the top 15 the entire stage and did not earn any points. A win would lock him into the championship race automatically.

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