What Cup Series playoff field has accomplished this season


After 26 races, the 2020 Cup Series playoff field is set.

Sixteen drivers start a 10-race battle for the championship that begins Sunday at Darlington Raceway (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Over those 10 races the 16 drivers will be whittled down to four ahead of the championship race at Phoenix on November 8.

Here’s a breakdown of the 16 drivers who will race for the title.

Kevin Harvick (2,057 points) — Regular-season champion enters the postseason with 57 playoff points … Made playoffs for 11th consecutive year … Series-leading seven wins … 21 top 10s through 26 races … Won Brickyard 400 for second straight year … Earned first Cup win at Pocono … Swept doubleheader weekend at Michigan … Made championship four the last three seasons … Won title in 2014 … Won at Texas in the playoffs last year.

Denny Hamlin (2,047) — Six Cup wins through 26 races, tying his 2019 total … Seventh consecutive playoffs … Won the Daytona 500 for the third time and the second straight year … Seeking first championship … Has 43 career Cup wins … Earned first Cup win at Dover … Won at Kansas and Phoenix in the playoffs last year. Phoenix is the site of the championship race this season.

Brad Keselowski (2,029) — Earned three wins this season … Earned three wins in each of the previous three seasons … Won Coke 600 for first time … Seventh consecutive playoff appearance … Made championship four twice … Seeking second title … At one point had 14 top 10s in a 16-race stretch … Winless in playoffs last year.

Joey Logano (2,022) — Two wins this year. Both came in the first four races (Las Vegas and Phoenix) … Third straight year in playoffs … Has made championship four three times … Seeking second title.

Chase Elliott (2,020) — Two wins this season, at Charlotte and Daytona road course … Made playoffs in all five Cup seasons … Won All-Star Race at Bristol … Won on the Charlotte Roval in the playoffs last year.

Martin Truex Jr. (2,014) — One win this year (Martinsville) … Seeking second title … Enters playoffs with eight finishes of fourth or better in a row … Made championship four in the last three seasons and four times overall … Won at Las Vegas, Richmond and Martinsville in the playoffs last year.

Ryan Blaney (2013) — One win this year (Talladega) … Fourth straight year in playoffs … Won at Talladega in the playoffs last year.

Alex Bowman (2,009) —  One win this year (Auto Clubs Speedway) … Third straight year in playoffs … Three top fives and eight top 10s this season.

William Byron (2,007) — Earned first career Cup win Saturday at Daytona in his 98th start … His two top-five finishes this year have come in the last two races … Second straight year in playoffs.

Austin Dillon (2,005) — One win this year (Texas) … Fourth year in playoffs … Missed Daytona road course race after testing positive for COVID-19.

Cole Custer (2,005) — One win this year (Kentucky) … Only rookie to make the playoffs … Earned two top fives and six top 10s this season.

Aric Almirola (2,005) — No wins this year … Hasn’t won since Talladega playoff race in 2018 … Career best five top fives this year … Had career-best streak of nine top 10s in a row … Third consecutive playoff appearance.

Clint Bowyer (2,004) — No wins this year … Winless since 2018 at Michigan … Last win on a playoff track was at Martinsville in 2018 … Two top fives and seven top 10s this season.

Kyle Busch (2,003) — Defending series champion … Seeking third title … Eight consecutive playoff appearance … No wins through 26 races. Deepest into season he’s gone without winning in his Cup career … Won at Miami last year to claim title. Was only win in playoffs last year.

Kurt Busch (2,001) — No wins this year … Last win was at Kentucky last year … Seventh consecutive playoff appearance … Last win in playoff race was Bristol 2018 … Four top fives and 14 top 10s

Matt DiBenedetto (2,000) — First career playoff appearance … No wins this year … Two top fives this season. Seven top 10s, matching his total from last year … First year Wood Brothers Racing has made playoffs since 2017 with Ryan Blaney.

Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.