February 5, 2023

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The NASCAR Cup Collection Playoffs kicked off the second spherical of the Playoffs Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Right here’s a take a look at the Energy Rankings after the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500:

1. Denny Hamlin

By some means he was in a position to survive a day that included extra controversy for Hamlin in his run-in with William Byron. He had some selection phrases for the sanctioning physique and just about everybody else it appeared on Sunday after a protracted day that did finish with Hamlin scoring a top-10 end.

Playoff Grid: sixth
Final Week: 1st

2. Joey Logano

The skin pole sitter led at Texas for 15 laps on Sunday. Nevertheless Logano nonetheless needed to maneuver by a lot of challenges in addition to tire conservation to get to the end of the race and when he did he took the checkered flag in second place.

Playoff Grid: 1st
Final Week: seventh

3. Kyle Larson

The defending race winner had one other considered one of a string of difficult days in Texas. Regardless of main 19 laps, Larson couldn’t make a sustained drive to the entrance of the sphere and finally put up a ninth-place end to open the second spherical.

Playoff Grid: 4th
Final Week: 4th

4. William Byron

A seventh place end wasn’t the entire story for Byron, who had a run-in with Denny Hamlin on observe after which retaliated below warning to the driving force of the FedEx Toyota. He might or might not but be penalized by NASCAR for his actions however Byron got here away from Texas with a good end.

Playoff Grid: third
Final Week: sixth

5. Tyler Reddick

He’s now a three-time Cup Collection race winner after Reddick was in a position to lead 70 laps on his solution to the checkered flag in Texas on Sunday. It was the fourth win of the season for Richard Childress Racing and regardless of his nonetheless murky future, Reddick continues to be hitting on all cylinders.

Playoff Grid: thirteenth
Final Week: NR

6. Christopher Bell

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver did’t qualify effectively and began Sunday’s race deep within the pack. However his cost to the entrance was minimize brief after simply 136 laps when he Toyota had suffered an excessive amount of harm in contacts to complete.

Playoff Grid: eleventh
Final Week: 2nd

7. Chase Elliott

One of many day’s many victims of a tire failure added to the Playoff distress thus far after simply 4 races for Elliott. He nonetheless has the respectable factors quantity build-up however Elliott and firm want to complete out this spherical with two sturdy performances at Talladega and The Roval if only for sanity’s sake.

Playoff Grid: seventh
Final Week: third

8. Chase Briscoe

Even he was shocked by the end he had at Texas when Briscoe took the checkered flag in fifth. However these are the sorts of outings that maintain championship hopes alive and Briscoe continues to be on this factor after one race of the second spherical.

Playoff Grid: ninth
Final Week: eighth

9. Ryan Blaney

The All-Star Race winner at Texas again in Could adopted up that efficiency with a much-needed general stable day on Sunday. Blaney led 29 laps on his solution to a fourth place end.

Playoff Grid: fifth
Final Week: ninth

10. Ross Chastain

It was an okay day for Chastain in Texas that did see him lead a lap however was by no means actually a critical contender for Victory Lane. He did come away with a thirteenth place efficiency within the second spherical Playoff opener.

Playoff Grid: 2nd
Final Week: fifth

Dropped Out: Austin Cindric

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