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Kyle Larson among 4 drivers out of playoffs after Kansas race

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kyle Larson was eliminated from the NASCAR playoffs after an engine failure ended his race Sunday after just 73 laps at Kansas Speedway.

Larson’s misfortune opened the door for past champion Matt Kenseth to battle Jimmie Johnson for the final spot, but Kenseth ended up in the garage with 70 laps remaining after a mistake by his team following a crash that ended his day early.

That meant little drama at the end of the Hollywood Casino 400, the final race of the quarterfinal round as NASCAR cut its playoff field from 12 to eight drivers. Larson, Kenseth, Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were eliminated.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson — who spun twice during the race — was the last driver to advance with his 11th-place finish giving him a nine-point edge on Larson.

“There was one point in the race where it … didn’t look too good,”…

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