February 2, 2023

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The NASCAR Cup Sequence Playoffs Spherical of 8 got here to a conclusion Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Right here’s a have a look at the Energy Rankings after the Xfinity 500:

1. Ross Chastain

An insane transfer to run extensive open in opposition to the wall via turns three and 4 will put Chastain on the NASCAR spotlight reel for so long as there’s a NASCAR. The spectacular transfer additionally was instrumental in getting Chastain into the Championship 4 because the storybook season for Trackhouse Racing rolls on.

Playoff Grid: third
Final Week: 1st

2. Christopher Bell

For the second time on this 12 months’s Playoffs Bell discovered himself in a should win scenario to remain alive. He pulled it off at The Roval to get to the Spherical of 8 after which did it once more Sunday in Martinsville. His third win of the 12 months places him into the Championship 4 with a possibility to earn his first profession Cup Sequence crown.

Playoff Grid: 2nd
Final Week: ninth

3. Joey Logano

No worries for Logano going into Martinsville together with his Championship 4 berth already locked up because of his Las Vegas win to open the spherical. Logano didn’t lead any laps however got here out of the race with a good sixth place end.

Playoff Grid: 1st
Final Week: 4th

4. Kyle Larson

Admittedly Martinsville shouldn’t be one among Larson’s finest tracks however he put that to relaxation over the weekend profitable the pole, main 68 laps and ending second within the Xfinity 500. Larson has a win and a runner-up end within the final two weeks as he ends the season robust.

Playoff Grid: seventh
Final Week: third

5. Chase Elliott

A really common Spherical of 8 for Elliott ended with a top-10 Martinsville end on a day when Elliott did tempo the sector for 54 laps and for probably the most half was within the entrance of the working order through the day. It wasn’t spectacular however adequate for Elliott to have a shot at Cup Sequence championship quantity two in Phoenix.

Playoff Grid: 4th
Final Week: fifth

6. Denny Hamlin

For a fourth straight 12 months Hamlin will miss the Championship 4. He led a race-high 203 laps at Martinsville on Sunday and added a pair of stage wins to his resume. Nonetheless it got here all the way down to execution and Hamlin’s group got here up simply in need of incomes a berth to run for the title Sunday at Phoenix.

Playoff Grid: fifth
Final Week: 2nd

7. Ryan Blaney

Time lastly ran out for Blaney in his quest to run for a championship. There was pace within the No. 12 Group Penske Ford however even a 3rd place end wasn’t sufficient to maintain Blaney’s title hopes alive and he was eradicated from the Playoffs when the checkered flag flew.

Playoff Grid: eighth
Final Week: eighth

8. Chase Briscoe

A daring pit technique to not pit for tires gave Briscoe the lead late as he tried to maintain his Cinderella story going within the Playoffs. Nonetheless it wasn’t to be as a warning flag late derailed that technique and the Stewart-Haas Racing driver finally got here residence ninth at Martinsville.

Playoff Grid: tenth
Final Week: tenth

9. William Byron

Some pace early saved Byron within the hunt for a Championship 4 Playoff berth. However regardless of his seventh place end a top-10 Martinsville efficiency wasn’t sufficient to maneuver the Hendrick Motorsports driver to the title race.

Playoff Grid: sixth
Final Week: seventh

10. Tyler Reddick

He left the race early complaining he simply didn’t really feel nicely contained in the race automobile. Hopefully it’s nothing critical however Reddick’s day ended after simply 188 laps with injury to the nostril of his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and a thirty fifth place end.

Playoff Grid: thirteenth
Final Week: sixth

Dropped Out: None


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