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Chase Elliott gets revenge as Denny Hamlin wrecks out of championship contention

Chase Elliott gets revenge as Denny Hamlin wrecks out of championship contention

Both drivers are looking to fill the final spot for the Championship 4. Elliott took the lead shortly after Hamlin's blown tire and pulled away from Kenseth.

No victory and no championship for the 21-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver, but he's headed in the right direction.

Pole-sitter and playoff driver Ryan Blaney led the first 10 laps before losing the lead to Elliott. According to NBC Sports, Elliott's seven runner-up finishes are tied for the most without a win in NASCAR Cup Series history. And in doing so, he spoiled the title hopes of Chase Elliott.

Matt Kenseth: Kenseth hadn't won in 51 races, and his career won't continue after this season for lack of a ride, even though he has said he would like to.

It's the first win of the 2017 season for Kenseth, who previously had nine Top 5 finishes.

The one hole in his resume: A victory.

Hamlin erased all of Keselowski's points lead following the second stage.

"Yeah, that means a lot to me to have great support and great fans", Elliott said. "That is something I think everybody tries to do and I try to do better and do my job and came up short again and that is frustrating and I get it".

Through Stage 1, Hamlin is on track to punch his ticket to Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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 vehicle hard into the wall.

Kenseth first led when he got off pit road ahead of Denny Hamlin during a lap 228 caution.

Denny Hamlin: He dominated up front for most of the race until he crashed into the wall late after several bumps from Elliott.

Larson led Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Martin Truex Jr.

"It's just very disappointing, and I just hate that - I just hate so bad for my team", Elliott told reporters after the race. "I'm happy to race guys how they choose to race me and that's the way I see it".

Hamlin didn't appreciate the retaliation, particularly the timing of it.

Then there's the four less-enthused drivers, the ones who missed the cut Sunday and were eliminated from championship contention: Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Keselowski, and Elliott. "I got into him and he chose to retaliate".