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Cup playoff grid after New Hampshire

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William Byron holds a 15-point lead on rookie Tyler Reddick for the final playoff spot in the Cup playoff grid after last weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Six races remain in the regular season.

Byron finished 11th at New Hampshire, one spot behind Reddick, but Byron extended his advantage on Reddick by five points. Byron scored six stage points, while Reddick scored none.

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Jimmie Johnson fell to 25 points behind Byron for the final spot in the Cup playoff grid. Johnson overcame a spin after contact with Clint Bowyer to run in the top 10 but lost four spots in the final 20 laps to finish 12th.

“Good fight today guys,” Johnson told his team on the radio after the race. “Overcome a lot of (stuff) again.”

The series heads this weekend to Michigan International Speedway for two races. The Cup Series races there at 4 p.m. ET Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Both races will be on NBCSN.

Ten of the 16 playoff spots have been secured by drivers who have won at least one race this year: Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon and rookie Cole Custer.

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.

Cup playoff grid New Hampshire

Xfinity Series playoff grid after Kansas

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The Xfinity Series heads into its first off weekend since May following Brandon Jones’ overtime win Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

The victory was Jones’ second of the season and kept any new drivers from locking themselves into the 12-driver playoff field.

Six playoff spots remain up for grabs on the Xfinity Series playoff grid with nine races left in the regular season. Brandon Brown is 12th on the playoff grid after his 11th-place finish at Kansas. Brown is 32 points above the cutline and Jeremy Clements. Clements finished 12th at Kansas.

In the graphic below, drivers in green have won at least a race to earn a playoff spot, those drivers in yellow don’t have a win but have enough points to be in a playoff spot at the moment, those drivers in the red are currently outside a playoff spot.

Xfinity Series playoff grid

Xfinity Series playoff grid

Cup Series playoff grid after Kansas Speedway

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After two consecutive Cup races with surprise winners, Denny Hamlin won at Kansas Speedway for his fifth win of the year.

Meanwhile, there was a big shakeup around the cutline to get into the 16-driver playoff field

After being involved in a mid-race wreck, Jimmie Johnson finished 32nd and dropped from 16th on the grid to 19th. He is 18 points back from the cutline now.

His teammate, William Byron is now 16th. He is 10 points above the cutline. Rookie Tyler Reddick is the first driver outside the top 16. Behind him are Erik Jones (-12 points), Johnson and Bubba Wallace (-100).

In the graphic below, drivers in green have won at least a race to earn a playoff spot, those drivers in yellow don’t have a win but have enough points to be in a playoff spot at the moment, those drivers in the red are currently outside a playoff spot.

Cup playoff grid Kansas

Xfinity Series playoff grid after Texas

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For the third straight race the Xfinity Series saw Austin Cindric claim a victory, this time after Kyle Busch’s car failed post-race inspection Saturday in Texas.

Cindric’s win meant no other driver locked themselves into the 12-driver playoff grid with eight races left in the regular season.

Going into Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the last driver among the top 12 on the playoff grid is Brandon Brown.

The independent driver is 31 points above the cutline after his 10th-place finish in Texas. That’s an increase of 17 points from last week after the Kentucky doubleheader.

The first four drivers outside the top 12 are Jeremy Clements (-31 points from cutline), Myatt Snider (-38), Jesse Little (-51) and Alex Labbe (-63 points).

Cup Series playoff grid after Texas

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While Austin Dillon became the 10th driver to clinch a spot in the 16-driver Cup playoff field with his win Sunday at Texas, the playoff hopes for seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson are dimming.

Johnson, who was involved in an incident early in Stage 2, finished the race in 26th. He remains 16th on the playoff grid, but holds a two-point advantage over the cutline.

Going into Thursday’s race at Kansas Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), Johnson’s teammate, William Byron, is the first driver outside the top 16.

Behind Byron on the grid are Tyler Reddick (-14 points), Erik Jones (-24) and Bubba Wallace (-76).

With eight races left in the regular season, here’s how the playoff standings look.

NASCAR Cup playoff grid