NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture: Michigan

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NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture: Michigan

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NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture: Michigan

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The last few races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season have become a formality where the playoff field is concerned.

Drivers who are still looking for a spot on the playoff grid simply need to win. With three races to go, the gaps continue to increase to the cutline and any team looking to point its way in is going to need tremendous help making that happen.

After Kevin Harvick won, again, at Michigan, he added to his playoff total and again swapped the top spot with Kyle Busch. Others further back, like Ryan Blaney, also jumped up a few positions. But remember, this is just a provisional grid as seeding will shift things around once the regular season champion is crowned and additional playoff points awarded for those who finish inside the top 10 in points.

But here is where we stand after Michigan and going into the Bristol night race.

Kevin Harvick: 7 race wins, 40 playoff points
Kyle Busch: 6 race wins, 35 playoff points
Martin Truex Jr.: 4 race wins, 27 playoff points
Clint Bowyer: 2 race wins, 10 playoff points
Chase Elliott: 1 race win, 8 playoff points
Joey Logano: 1 race win, 7 playoff points,
Erik Jones: 1 race win, 5 playoff points
Austin Dillon: 1 race win, 5 playoff points
Kurt Busch: +270 on cutoff, 2 playoff points
Brad Keselowski: +229 on cutoff, 4 playoff points
Ryan Blaney: +207 on cutoff, 4 playoff points
Denny Hamlin: +204 on cutoff, 2 playoff points
Kyle Larson: +201 on cutoff, 0 playoff points
Aric Almirola: +159 on cutoff, 1 playoff point
Jimmie Johnson: +92 on cutoff, 0 playoff points (lost)
Alex Bowman: +62 on cutoff, 0 playoff points (stayed same)

Below the cutoff line are Stenhouse (-62), Paul Menard (-70), Daniel Suarez (-82) and Ryan Newman (-86).

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