Larson started on the pole and seemed destined for another big day. Pit strategy shuffled him back and he couldn’t recover. He still gained points on Truex and holds over 100 point lead over everyone else.
Bowyer’s second-place finish moved him back to the good side of the playoff cutline, but he’s still only four points ahead of Kenseth and another surprise winner would knock him out.
Matt Kenseth, 423
Kenseth’s 20th-place finish leaves him on the outside of the playoffs looking in right now. There are a couple upcoming tracks where he could grab a win but it’s getting harder and harder to race his way in through points.
The news is that Almirola will likely test a car in a few weeks and might be able to return shortly after that if everything goes well with doctors. He’ll be out of the top 30 and would take strong performances and a win to make the playoffs.