In the closing laps of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Tyler Reddick worked his way up to 10th ahead of William Byron and Jimmie Johnson.
That was a major problem the points classification as Reddick battles both Byron and Johnson for the 16th and final spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with six races remaining in the regular season.
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10th place finished Reddick closer to the edge of the NASCAR Cup Series playoff bubble, as he is now 15 points behind Byron in 16th place. Johnson seemed on his way to a top-10 finish in New Hampshire on Sunday, but he slipped to 12th and cost himself a number of playoff points. Now, the seven-time Cup Series champion is 18th in the playoff position, 25 points behind Byron.
Below is a look at the NASCAR playoff photo with six races, including doubleheaders in Michigan and Dover, remaining before the playoffs are scheduled to begin in September.
NASCAR playoff bubble
In total, 10 drivers have won races in 2020 and achieved places in the playoffs of the NASCAR Cup Series 2020. With six more races in the regular season, this means that in 2020 there will be no more than 16 race winners, so all race winners will make it into the postseason.
Below is the list of drivers who have not won any races in 2020 and are currently on what can be considered the NASCAR playoff bubble. Surprisingly, it includes Cup Series defending champion Kyle Busch, who finished in last Sunday due to an early crash to extend his winless streak to 20 races.
|Rank||Driver||+ 17th / -16th|
NASCAR play-off points classification
Brad Keselowski won Sunday’s race in New Hampshire for his third win of the season, putting a bit of strain on leaders of playoff points Denny Hamlin (five wins) and Kevin Harvick (four wins).
Below are the 10 drivers on the bubble, below are the views from the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs through Sunday’s race in New Hampshire.
(* – Race winner 2020)
|1.||Denny Hamlin *||2,037|
|2.||Kevin Harvick *||2,037|
|3.||Brad Keselowski *||2,031|
|4.||Joey Logano *||2,019|
|5.||Pursuit Elliott *||2,016|
|6.||Ryan Blaney *||2,015|
|7.||Martin Truex Jr. *||2,011|
|8.||Alex Bowman *||2,009|
|9.||Austin Dillon *||2,005|
|10.||Cole Custer *||2,005|
|24.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||345|
|25.||John Hunter Nemechek||326|
Below is the explanation of NASCAR how it awards points:
“Each finish in the field earns points for the driver, from a maximum of 40 points for the driver who finishes first, to a point for the driver who finishes 40th.
“Drivers can earn race points for their performance in Stage 1 and Stage 2. Riders who run first through 10th at the end of Stage 1 and / or Stage 2 will receive points starting with 10 points for first place, nine points for second place, up to a point for tenth place, points earned in those two stages are then added to what drivers earn after the final stage, which determines full race results. …
In addition, a driver can earn bonus playoff points for the following:
- Five playoff points for the winning driver
- One Playoff Bonus Point for the driver who wins Stage 1 and / or Stage 2 in each event
“Those points will be added to a driver’s total as soon as the postseason begins. The playoff points collected will be transferred at the start of Round of 16, Round of 12 and Round of 8.”