Cup playoff grid: Truex, Harvick tied; Bowyer, Almirola in trouble ahead of Texas


Joey Logano became the first driver to clinch a spot in the championship four with his win Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

Where does that leave the seven remaining playoff drivers with two races left in the Round of 8?

Above the cutline are the usual suspects: Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick.

Busch is the safest with a 46-point advantage over the cutline. Truex and Harvick follow with a tie at 4,083 points, 25 above the cutline.

Ahead of this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch is the first driver below the cutline (-25 points).

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s best Texas finish in the three races since it was repaved was seventh in the spring.

Chase Elliott follows at 31 points behind the cutline. Since the Texas repave, Elliott hasn’t finished better than eighth.

After he spun on Lap 457 from contact with Jimmie Johnson on Sunday, Clint Bowyer placed 21st, the first car a lap down. He’s 42 points behind the cutoff going into Texas. His best finish there since the repave was ninth in the spring.

Aric Almirola is last on the grid. After placing 11th at Martinsville, Almirola is 50 points back from the final transfer spot. He hasn’t finished better than 15th since the Texas repave. He crashed in the spring.