The second-year driver scored his first career win at Pocono and locked up a playoff spot. Outside of that, the past two months have seen some poor results. He currently has eight playoff points and plenty of time to add more.
Jones currently leads the Rookie of the Year battle over Daniel Suárez and Ty Dillon. He's had some great runs but hasn't always closed the deal. He'll need consistent top-10 finishes or a win to make the playoffs.
It's full must-win territory for Dale Jr. to make the playoffs as he trails Matt Kenseth for the final spot by over 140 points. Daytona serves as the best chance for Earnhardt to get a win and make that happen.
If Almirola returns before the postseason starts, he'd need a win and some great runs to make the playoffs. He's only 21 points above 31st in the standings, which would remove him completely from playoff contention.