Five drivers clinch playoff spots at Darlington


DARLINGTON, S.C. – Kyle Busch clinched the regular-season title, five drivers clinched playoff spots and two drivers have the same number of points for the final playoff spot after the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Erik Jones clinched a playoff spot with the win early Monday morning.

Runner-up Kyle Larson, 13th-place finisher Ryan Blaney, 17th-place finisher Aric Almirola and 21st-place finisher William Byron each clinched playoff spots via points.

Two playoff spots remain heading into this weekend’s regular-season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Clint Bowyer holds the 15th spot in the points with 625 points. Daniel Suarez holds the 16th and final playoff spot with 617 points. Ryan Newman also had 617 points but Suarez has the tiebreaker. Jimmie Johnson, who has never missed NASCAR’s postseason since it debuted in 2004, is 18 points behind Suarez.

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