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Talladega will no longer be NASCAR elimination race in 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — NASCAR has decided that unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway won't be an elimination race in next year's championship Chase, instead taking the pivotal stop to Kansas Speedway.

The two tracks swapped dates Thursday in the most significant change to the 2017 schedule .

To the frustration of many drivers, Talladega had been the third race in the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The chaotic finish last year, when a wreck prevented Dale Earnhardt Jr. from having a chance to race Joey Logano for the victory, only underscored those opinions.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: GEICO 500
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kevin Harvick3512
2Kyle Busch3424
3Carl Edwards3371
4Jimmie Johnson3293
5Joey Logano3165
6Kurt Busch3126
7Brad Keselowski3009
8Dale Earnhardt Jr.2797
9Martin Truex Jr.27410
10Austin Dillon27212
11Chase Elliott27111
12Denny Hamlin2698

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