Kyle Larson — It wasn’t the victory he was seeking but his runner-up finish was his best result of the season and his first top five since Dover in May. The result was that he climbed from 15th to 13th in the points.
Clint Bowyer — Can it get any worse for him lately? Maybe it’s better to not ask. He finished 37th in the 38-car field Sunday, marking the second time in the last three races he’s finished 35th or worse. After his fifth-place finish at Pocono, Bowyer was 10th in the standings. Now, he’s 16th, in the final transfer spot to the playoffs, with nine races left.
Ryan Newman — He entered the race in the 16th and final playoff spot but a 17th-place finish and lack of stage points dropped him 20 points out of a playoff spot.
Kevin Harvick — He led a race-high 132 laps, marking the fourth time this year he’s led 45 or more laps, but still remains winless this year. He overcame a cut tire to get back into the lead but got into the wall on Lap 172 and fought the car’s handling the rest of the way to finish 14th. Another fast car without the results to show for it.
Christopher Bell — His third-finish was wiped out after the race when his car failed inspection and was disqualified.