October 19, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has a problem. His No. 78 Toyota team is fading as the NASCAR playoffs tighten. The defending Cup champ is on the playoff bubble going into Kansas. [AP/BUTCH DILL]

1. Swelled bubble

Six drivers will be battling to advance into the Round of 8 at Kansas Speedway. Kurt Busch, who led the most laps at Talladega but finished 14th, is 30 points to the good ahead of ninth-place Brad Keselowski, who is 18 points behind bubble boy Martin Truex Jr., with Clint Bowyer sandwiched in between. Ryan Blaney is 22 points behind Truex, followed by Kyle Larson, 26 points from the cut line.

2. Truex watch

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