Jimmie Johnson‘s fourth-place finish Sunday at Daytona was his best result since late May but it didn’t get him much closer to the final playoff spot held by Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron.
Johnson trails Byron by 25 points, cutting one point from the deficit at Daytona. Byron kept from losing more of his lead on Johnson by placing eighth and outscoring Johnson 11-8 in stage points.
Erik Jones entered the race 26 points behind Byron but lost nine points to Byron after finishing 11th and scoring five stage points to Byron’s 11.
Three races remain in the regular season. Cup runs twice this weekend at Dover, racing at 4 p.m. ET Saturday and 4 p.m. ET Sunday. Both races are on NBCSN. The regular season ends Aug. 29 on the Daytona oval on NBC.
Here is a look at the Cup playoff grid. Drivers shaded in green are locked in the playoffs. Drivers shaded in yellow are in a playoff spot based on their point total. Drivers shaded in red are outside a spot in the Cup playoff grid.