Three drivers are now locked in -- via either race wins (Martin Truex Jr.) or points (Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick) -- to the second round of the playoffs after Saturday's race at Richmond.
Joe Gibbs Racing flexed its muscle as Kyle Busch earned the Stage 2 victory at Richmond and his three teammates followed to sweep the top four positions.
Martin Truex Jr., looking for his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series playoff win, took the Stage 1 win at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing next season and Colton Herta was pulled inside the Andretti Autosport camp as IndyCar drivers are securing their 2020 plans. Rahal said Saturday it had picked up the option for next year on Sato, a former Indianapolis 500 winner who has won twice