Sprint Cup Championship
NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.
Hamlin became the eighth different winner this season with his Sunday victory at Talladega Superspeedway. The victory was the first points win of Hamlin’s career at a restrictor-plate track.
NASCAR has overhauled its championship format to create an elimination, winner-take-all system designed to reward the most battle-tested driver at the end of the season.
Among those jockeying for one of the coveted berths is Martin Truex Jr., who gamely finished third Sunday night at Atlanta while driving with a broken right wrist.