NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Picture: Chicago

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NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Picture: Chicago

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NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Picture: Chicago

Just marginal change occurred in the playoff picture after 400 miles at Chicagoland Speedway.

Two drivers saw a change to their position on the 16-driver playoff grid, while those who are not locked into a postseason slot via a win increased their advantage on the cutoff line.

With his fifth win of the season, Kyle Busch jumped back atop the grid with 30 playoff points. He leapfrogged Kevin Harvick, who did gain a playoff point through a stage win to bring his total to 27.

Further down, Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola swapped positions. Blaney finished 18th in the Overton’s 400 and Almirola 25th.

Here’s what the playoff grid looks like now with nine races remaining in the regular season:

Kyle Busch: 5 race wins, 30 playoff points
Kevin Harvick: 5 race wins, 27 playoff points
Martin Truex Jr.: 3 race wins, 18 playoff points
Clint Bowyer: 2 race wins, 10 playoff points
Joey Logano: 1 race win, 7 playoff points
Austin Dillon: 1 race win, 5 playoff points
Brad Keselowski: +225 on cutoff, 4 playoff points
Kurt Busch: +193 on cutoff, 2 playoff points
Denny Hamlin: +170 on cutoff, 2 playoff points
Kyle Larson: +157 on cutoff, 0 playoff points
Ryan Blaney: +128 on cutoff, 4 playoff points
Aric Almirola: +126 on cutoff, 1 playoff point
Jimmie Johnson: +75 on the cutoff, 0 playoff points
Chase Elliott: +68 on the cutoff, 0 playoff points
Erik Jones: +41 on the cutoff, 0 playoff points
Alex Bowman: +23 on the cutoff, 0 playoff points

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is still the first driver on the outside looking in followed by Paul Menard (-28), Daniel Suarez (-74) and Jamie McMurray (-81).

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