A total of three drivers clinched berths in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs after Sunday’s Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway.
The following drivers secured playoff eligibility on the basis of their rank in the Cup Series standings after Sunday’s race:
- Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
- Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
- Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 1 chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
One event remains in the 26-race regular season before the 10-race playoff stretch begins. The full 16-driver postseason field will be set after Saturday’s regular-season finale, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM) at Daytona International Speedway.
Drivers who have already clinched playoff spots based on winning a regular-season race are (in chronological order of their first win): Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Cole Custer and Austin Dillon.
That leaves a total of three playoff spots left to be decided in Saturday’s 400-miler at Daytona. Jimmie Johnson is four points outside the playoff picture with William Byron holding the final provisional spot and Matt DiBenedetto just nine points ahead of cut line.