February 6, 2023

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The NASCAR Cup Collection opened up the Playoffs final Sunday at Darlington Raceway. Right here’s a take a look at the Energy Rankings after the Cookout Southern 500:

1. Denny Hamlin

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver got here up one place shy of his fifth profession Darlington Cup Collection victory when he adopted race winner Erik Jones to the checkered flag. Hamlin didn’t not make contact with Jones when it appeared like he had an opportunity however fairly raced him cleanly and kicked off his quest for a championship with a second place efficiency.

Playoff Grid: third
Final Week: fifth

2. Chase Elliott

The worst doable strategy to begin the Playoffs occurred to Elliott in Darlington. He got here into the night time on prime of the standings however left ninth on the grid when he was the primary automotive out of the race after an accident on lap 113.

Playoff Grid: ninth
Final Week: 1st

3. Joey Logano

The pole sitter had his Shell Pennzoil Ford within the primary spot for 64 laps on Sunday. Logano fell again some within the later going however added a fourth place end to his 2022 Darlington resume that noticed the Crew Penske win on the monitor again in Might.

Playoff Grid: 1st
Final Week: 4th

4. Tyler Reddick

He was good at Darlington this 12 months following up his Might run with a 3rd place effort on Sunday. Reddick has been second and third the final two weeks and hopes to maintain that momentum alive because the Playoff race strikes to Kansas Speedway this Sunday.

Playoff Grid: fifth
Final Week: eighth

5. Christopher Bell

A stable night time fo Bell who certified exterior the entrance row and stayed within the hunt a lot of the 500 mile Darlington grind. He didn’t lead any laps however Bell’s Playoff run opened up with a High 5 after his fourth place efficiency.

Playoff Grid: 4th
Final Week: seventh

6. Kevin Harvick

A scary night time for Harvick that started off nicely however ended along with his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in flames. He completed thirty third and was not happy in any respect with the state of affairs that turned his automotive into an inferno on lap 274.

Playoff Grid: sixteenth
Final Week: third

7. Kyle Larson

The mysterious engine problems with the season plagues Larson once more Sunday night time in Darlington. He was in a position to get issues again operating after falling three laps down and needed to battle again in a giant approach simply to complete twelfth on Sunday night time.

Playoff Grid: seventh
Final Week: 2nd

8. Ross Chastain

One other Playoff driver that skilled some mechanical gremlins taking Chastain out of the equation to compete for the win. He was credited with a twentieth place end and has some floor to make up after only one race within the opening spherical.

Playoff Grid: eighth
Final Week: sixth

9. Kyle Busch

He had one of the vital dominant automobiles of the night time main a race-high 155 laps. However and engine challenge underneath warning eradicated Busch from the race after 345 laps and he ended up with a disappointing thirtieth place end.

Playoff Grid: eleventh
Final Week: ninth

10. William Byron

He completed second at Darlington within the spring and got here again sturdy for the Southern 500. He led 50 laps however some points later within the race slid Byron again within the operating order and he wound up with an eighth place Darlington end.

Playoff Grid: 2nd
Final Week: NR

Dropped Out: Daniel Suarez

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