However, his fourth-place finish earlier this year was his first top-10 finish since 2014, so he needs to drive like he did in June to lock himself into the next playoff round.
Things aren’t looking good for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver after he plowed into teammate Kevin Harvick on Sunday, effectively ending both of their races.
He’s at the bottom of the playoff standings and is 21 points behind the cutoff point. 5 Chevrolet driver has finished in the top-10 in three of his last five races, including coming in fourth in 20.
Earlier this year, he was 17th in the AAA 400 Drive For Autism.
Their victories guarantee them spots in the Round of 12, although they would have qualified anyway based on points with Truex in first and Busch in third.
The other two drivers rounding out the top four in the standings, Kyle Larson in second and Brad Keselowski in fourth, are mathematically locked into the next round because of their point totals.
With 2044 playoff points, Stenhouse is actually tied with Austin Dillon, but he has the advantage because he has the highest finish of the pair in the first two playoff races – 15th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Another newcomer is the red oak ( Both male and female flowers appear on the same tree: the male flowers are like catkins, while the tiny female flowers form at the junction between the leaf stalk and twig.His best finish through the first two playoff races was 16th in the Tales of the Turtles 400 – the first of 10 playoff races.But he’s also in Stenhouse’s boat when it comes to experience at the Delaware track.Since then, his lone top-10 finish was when he came in fifth in a 2016 race, and he crashed and did not finish the Dover race in June.The Hendrick Motorsports driver is in a similar situation to Busch.
If they don’t take the checkered flag, winning one or both of the first two stages could offer a needed boost as well.