NASCAR Playoffs: Byron in, Jimmie Johnson Out After the Kansas Cup Race

July 26, 2020 8:48 pm

At Kansas, Jimmie Johnson, who was hanging by a thread in the NASCAR playoffs earlier, had a bad day and dropped out of the last playoffs spot. However, his teammate William Byron did manage to get a ‘Top-10’ finish to creep into the playoffs list.

Currently, Hamlin holds the top spot on the points table. After his 5th win of the season at Kansas, he is just a few points ahead of Kevin Harvick in the second spot.

However, if Harvick would have kept his lead in the final laps at Kansas and won the race, he could have had a dominant lead on Hamlin by now.

After that, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano both have two race wins this season and comfortably sit in the 3rd and 4th spots, respectively.

Additionally, all the race winners of this season are safely in the ‘Top-10’. And the chances of any major change in their position are remarkably low.

Last year’s Cup Series champion Kyle Busch had a stroke of bad luck and was able to grab a stage win only recently. He sits in the 12th spot behind Aric Almirola. Kyle’s brother, Kurt Busch, also had a single-stage win in 2020 and he is in the 13th spot.

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Jimmie Johnson still in the race for a NASCAR playoffs spot

Despite dropping out of the Top-16, Johnson is still in a spot to grab his playoffs seat. The last spot is taken by his teammate Byron.

Reddick, Jones, and Johnson are all within reach of the spot. Reddick is 10 points behind, Jones 12 points behind, and Johnson 18 points behind.

People believe that a series of potential wild card performances can still change the final results. And the road course and the oval races at Daytona are the ones to watch.

Bubba Wallace sits in the twentieth spot, but things don’t look good for him as he’s 100 points behind.


Mrinal Kuniyal

Mrinal Kuniyal has been a contributor to EssentiallSports since early 2020 and has focused on Formula 1, NASCAR, and IndyCar. He's a management graduate and his areas of interest include motorsports, marketing, and music.

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