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Larson's bad break changes playoffs

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kyle Larson felt a cylinder drop, and then his engine failed. With a puff of smoke, his season was essentially ended and the playoffs took on a completely different look.

Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite to win NASCAR's championship, but if one driver had shown this season that he can beat Truex, it was Larson. He has been the best of the non-Toyota drivers this season, and if he could have made it to NASCAR's finale, he'd have had a head-to-head shot at stopping Truex.

But making it through NASCAR's elimination rounds is a whole lot harder than it looks on paper, and Larson was the surprise victim Sunday at Kansas Speedway. He was at a loss for words after the engine failure.

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NASCAR Schedule
Monster Energy NASCAR CupFirst Data 500Oct. 2912:00 PT1:00 MT2:00 CT3:00 ET15:00 ET19:00 GMT3:00 北京时间12:00 MST2:00 EST23:00 UAE2:00 CT21:00 CETNaN:� BRT TV: NBCSN
XFINITYO'Reilly Auto Parts 300Nov. 45:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET20:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 北京时间5:30 MST7:30 EST4:30 UAE (+1)7:30 CT2:30 CETNaN:� BRT TV: NBCSN
Camping World TruckTexas Roadhouse 200Oct. 2810:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET13:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST21:00 UAE12:00 CT19:00 CETNaN:� BRT TV: FS1
NASCAR Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 M.Truex Jr. 4069 7
2 K.Busch 4042 4
3 B.Keselowski 4026 3
4 K.Harvick 4017 1
5 J.Johnson 4017 3
6 D.Hamlin 4014 2
7 R.Blaney 4009 1
8 C.Elliott 4006 0
9 K.Larson 2236 4
10 M.Kenseth 2184 0
11 J.McMurray 2138 0
12 K.Kahne 2126 1
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