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Bristol night race drama drops four from NASCAR Cup Series playoff field

Alex Andrejev, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

— Brad Keselowski: Had a solid night, with an sixth-place finish and will advance on points.

— Kyle Busch: Pit under green flag conditions with around 40 laps to go. He finished in 21st.

— Alex Bowman: Entered the final stage nine points above the cutoff and was told he was racing his teammate William Byron for the transfer spot. Both Bowman and Byron raced in the top 10 in the final stage.

— William Byron: Entered the final stage down nine points to the cutoff, and raced up to fifth with around 75 laps remaining.

Drivers out of the playoffs

 

— Aric Almirola: Bounced back from a leaking oil line early in the race as he sat close to the cutoff prior to Saturday night. Almirola sat at +16 entering the final stage after overcoming early drama, but fell to running in 17th and just +1 in the last 80 laps with Hendrick Motorsports cars in the top 10.

— Kurt Busch: Said he was hoping for a “nice, smooth night” prior to Saturday's race as he entered tied with Alex Bowman in points at the cutline, but Busch’s night wasn’t nearly as smooth as he needed. He struggled with the balance of his car and raced a lap down for much of the final stage.

— Tyler Reddick: Also needed a stronger run to advance to the next round. Reddick ran in the bottom 20 for much of the race, was able to unlap himself in the final stage, but it wasn’t enough.

— Michael McDowell: Needed a win to advance, but raced at least one lap down for most of the race. This is the end of the postseason run for the Daytona 500 winner.

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