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Elliott races into NASCAR championship; Harvick is eliminated

Chase Elliott won the high-stakes final race to earn his first berth in the championship four.
Chase Elliott (9) drives during final laps during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the...
Chase Elliott (9) drives during final laps during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Nov.1, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Luther Jr.)(Lee Luther Jr. | AP)
Published: Nov. 1, 2020 at 6:53 PM EST
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kevin Harvick’s nearly perfect season came to a spinning and sudden halt Sunday when he was bounced from the playoffs in a stunning upset at Martinsville Speedway. Chase Elliott won the high-stakes final race to earn his first berth in the championship four.

It knocked Harvick, a nine-race winner and the regular-season champion, from the title round after a stunning collapse.

Elliott will race next week at Phoenix for the championship against Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin.

Harvick fell one spot short of advancing.