Here are the winners and losers after Sunday’s Cup and Xfinity races at Dover:
Martin Truex Jr. — After scoring five consecutive third-place finishes, he placed second in both Dover races this weekend.
Cliff Daniels — Pivotal call by Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief to go with a two-tire stop instead of four tires before the final restart. Johnson entered the pits sixth and exited first. He finished third, so he gained three positions. That’s three points and Johnson, who trails William Byron by four points going into the regular-season finale this coming weekend at Daytona.
William Byron — After a rotten Saturday race at Dover, the pressure was on. Byron and his team recovered to finish a season-high fourth and move back into a playoff spot.
Chase Briscoe — He won five races early in the season and then saw Austin Cindric collect five wins in the summer. Briscoe responded by winning Sunday’s Xfinity race for his series-high sixth win of the year.
Chase Elliott — Saw his race end just after it started. He rammed into the back of Kyle Busch’s car after Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s crash in the opening laps. The damage to Elliott’s car ended his race. He finished 39th. It marked the second time in his last three Dover races that Elliott has placed 38th or worse.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — He finished 37th after an incident with Joey Logano early in the race. Logano apologized for causing it. The finish marked the fifth time in the last 10 races that Stenhouse has finished 30th or worse.
Matt DiBenedetto — He followed his 20th-place finish in Saturday’s race with a 17th-place finish Sunday. The result is that he is only five points ahead of William Byron, who holds the final playoff spot, and is nine points ahead of Jimmie Johnson, the first driver outside a playoff spot. Said DiBenedetto: “Dover killed us. We were pretty horrendous both days.”