Austin Dillon received his approach into the NASCAR Cup Sequence playoffs and Ryan Blaney narrowly claimed the final playoff berth in Sunday’s common season finale at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.
However faraway from the playoff drama, a number of smaller groups scored a outcome they are often happy with.
Right here’s our checklist of winners and losers from Daytona, because the race for the championship looms…
Austin Dillon – In 2015, he survived getting launched into the catch fence. And in 2018, he received the Daytona 500 after making contact with Aric Almirola on the final lap. Now, Austin Dillon has one other memorable Daytona second by coming by means of in a must-win state of affairs. Really, make that two memorable Daytona moments, counting his escape from the rain-assisted melee at Lap 138 that preceded the purple flag.
Ryan Blaney – Perseverance paid off for Blaney and the No. 12 Workforce Penske crew, who soldiered by means of an early wreck to complete fifteenth (six laps down) and snag the ultimate playoff spot by three factors over Martin Truex Jr. Blaney enters the playoffs because the lone winless driver among the many 16 title contenders.
Landon Cassill – In his eighth Cup begin of the season, Cassill took the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet to a fourth-place end. It ties his greatest profession Cup end; Cassill completed fourth at Talladega Superspeedway again in 2014. These are his solely top-10 finishes in 334 profession Cup begins.
Noah Gragson – Gragson – like Cassill, a full-time driver within the NASCAR Xfinity Sequence – completed fifth Sunday within the No. 62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet for his greatest profession Cup end.
B.J. McLeod – A local of Wauchula, Florida (a little bit over two hours southwest of Daytona Worldwide Speedway), McLeod additionally notched his greatest profession Cup end by putting seventh within the No. 78 Dwell Quick Motorsports Ford.
Martin Truex Jr. – Coming into the ultimate restart at Lap 145 (following the purple flag), Truex held the final playoff spot on factors over Blaney. However harm to his automobile from an earlier crash brought about Truex to fade over the ultimate laps and lose his maintain on the playoff spot. Austin Dillon took the checkered flag to complete Truex off. The 2017 Cup champion must wait one other 12 months to problem for a second title.
Austin Cindric – Cindric, this 12 months’s Daytona 500 winner, had an opportunity to comb the season on the “World Middle of Racing.” However he was within the flawed place on the flawed time with three laps to go, when a determined Austin Dillon nudged him out of the way in which to take the lead. Cindric climbed again as much as third by the end.
Justin Haley – Haley was amongst these needing to win Sunday to be able to make the playoffs. With rain approaching, he stayed out to inherit the lead underneath warning at Lap 128. The gamble helped put him amongst these difficult for the purpose when that rain out of the blue hit the monitor at Lap 138. Haley misplaced traction and was collected within the ensuing wreck. He was credited with twenty eighth place.
Erik Jones – Jones, additionally in must-win mode, seemed to be a possible menace in the course of the second stage. However he too obtained concerned within the Lap 138 crash, which dashed his hopes after main 22 laps on the day (second-most of all drivers behind Chase Elliott‘s 31 laps led). Jones was credited with seventeenth place (DVP).