We’re down to seven races left in the regular season and two of them are at Daytona. With that uncertainty that could happen in both races, the bubble in the NASCAR Cup Series is getting wild.
Cole Custer and Austin Dillon took two playoff spots by their recent wins. So, that’s made the fight to get into the postseason as a wildcard even tougher. Then, factor in Jimmie Johnson sliding out of the top 16 of the standings and you have as much attention on the bottom half of the playoff standings than you do on the top.
Currently, we have six drivers holding onto wildcard spots. Half of those six are good to go with Aric Almirola (+134), Kyle Busch (+120) and Kurt Busch (+119) all over 100 points to the good. There’s not much of a chance for anyone behind them to even catch these three.
But, Clint Bowyer (+42), Matt DiBenedetto (+35) and William Byron (+10) are a little more worried. Still, for Bowyer and DiBenedetto, they’re sitting good with the points accumulated.
Byron on back though, well they have some work to do. Its shaping up to be a Byron vs Reddick vs Jones battle for the last spot with Johnson and further back needing to win in order to make it in. With two races at Daytona coming up, anything is still possible.