Points after Bristol Motor Speedway: Chris Buescher moves into the top 30 in standings


Chris Buescher moved into the top 30 in the Sprint Cup points standings, securing a provisional playoff berth with three races remaining in the regular season.

Buescher, who finished fifth Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, is 13 points ahead of 31st-ranked David Ragan. By virtue of his victory at Pocono Raceway, Buescher will qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup if the Front Row Motorsports driver can maintain his top 30 spot in the points through the upcoming races at Michigan, Darlington and Richmond.

“That’s Chase eligibility in one race out of the four we had to do it,” Buescher said. “Now we have to hold onto it. I’m really proud of this team. Our Love’s Ford Fusion had great speed this weekend. We’re looking forward to the next handful of races. We’ve got some really good tracks for us coming up. We knew Bristol would be a good one for us. It took us a day later to do it, but we got ourselves a top five and had a blast out here. That was an awesome run.”

Buescher’s move into the top 30 eliminated one of the provisional spots for winless drivers. Ryan Newman sits on the cutoff line in 14th, 35 points ahead of Trevor Bayne and 39 ahead of Kyle Larson.

The standings:

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