The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff field will be cut from 12 to 8 after this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, but more than likely there won’t be any surprises happening on Sunday. Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola are both guaranteed spots in the next round with their wins at Dover and Talladega, and heading into Kansas there’s an 18-point gap separating 8th and 9th. Brad Keselowski is currently on the outside looking in, along with Ryan Blaney (-22 points), Kyle Larson (-26 points), and Alex Bowman (-68 points), and with how predictable Kansas (and the other 1.5-mile tracks) can be, it will more than likely take a win by one of those four drivers to advance into the next round. We last raced at this track back in May, with Kevin Harvick winning from the pole as Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 5. Also, “The Big Three” have won each of the last five races at Kansas, and they’ve been the ones to beat at this track type in 2018 as well.