NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture: Bristol

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NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture: Bristol

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NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture: Bristol

Leave it to an exciting night at Bristol Motor Speedway for the playoff grid to see some movement.

Kurt Busch’s consistency had given him a healthy enough point gap that he was likely going to have a spot in the playoffs. But a win Saturday night now assures the Stewart-Haas Racing driver that he will compete for the championship.

Team Penske drivers Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano each added a playoff point by winning the first and second stages, respectively.

Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson officially clinched their postseason spots on points with two races remaining. They have enough of a point gap on the cutoff, and none of these three can fall out of the playoff even if there is a new winner at both Darlington and Indianapolis.

Here is the playoff grid as it currently stands, with a reminder the grid will be reseeded at the end of the regular season when additional points are awarded to the top 10. Kyle Busch is the overall championship point leader.

Kevin Harvick: 7 race wins, 40 playoff points (clinched)
Kyle Busch: 6 race wins, 35 playoff points (clinched)
Martin Truex Jr.: 4 race wins, 27 playoff points (clinched)
Clint Bowyer: 2 race wins, 10 playoff points (clinched)
Kurt Busch: 1 race win, 7 playoff points (clinched)
Joey Logano: 1 race win, 8 playoff points (clinched)
Chase Elliott: 1 race win, 8 playoff points (clinched)
Erik Jones: 1 race win, 5 playoff points (clinched)
Austin Dillon: 1 race win, 5 playoff points (clinched)
Ryan Blaney: +240 on cutoff, 5 playoff points (clinched)
Brad Keselowski: +237 on cutoff, 4 playoff points (clinched)
Kyle Larson: +236 on cutoff, 0 playoff points (clinched)
Denny Hamlin: +214 on cutoff, 2 playoff points
Aric Almirola: +165 on cutoff, 1 playoff point
Jimmie Johnson: +111 on cutoff, 0 playoff points
Alex Bowman: +79 on cutoff, 0 playoff points

Below the cutoff line are Stenhouse (-79), Ryan Newman (-91), Daniel Suarez (-93) and Paul Menard (-99).

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