Logano on pole for elimination race

(AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Joey Logano is on the pole and a bunch of other championship contenders are under pressure when NASCAR drops the green flag for the Cup Series playoff elimination race at Kansas Speedway.

The race Sunday is the last before the field of contenders is trimmed from 12 to eight. Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola have won the past two weeks to assure their spots in the next round.

Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are in good shape on points, while Logano and Kurt Busch could use a good finish at Kansas. Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. are the last two above the cutoff line, and Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney are the first two outside.