Contenders grow as chase hits Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Brad Keselowski has pushed NASCAR's "Big Three" aside at the start of the playoffs and shaken up the championship picture with nine races left in the season.

Keselowski's victory last week at Las Vegas in the opening round of the 10-race playoffs was his third straight and moved him into title talk. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. had dominated all season and were the clear favorites prior to Keselowski's hot streak.

Round 2 of the playoffs is a short-track Saturday night show at Richmond Raceway with its D-shaped oval, just 0.75 miles around. Then the series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a race on a new hybrid road course and oval in next weekend's elimination round.

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RankDriverPointsWins
1 M.Truex Jr. 2087 4
2 K.Busch 2085 6
3 B.Keselowski 2069 3
4 K.Harvick 2060 7
5 J.Logano 2056 1
6 K.Busch 2046 1
7 R.Blaney 2042 0
8 K.Larson 2041 0
9 A.Almirola 2034 0
10 A.Dillon 2031 1
11 C.Bowyer 2029 2
12 A.Bowman 2028 0
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