With seven rounds to go in 2023’s NASCAR Cup Series season, William Byron has won five races to Martin Truex Jr‘s three and has taken two more poles than the solitary one his rival has yet they are tied on points in the NASCAR playoff standings.
Trailing closely is Denny Hamlin, who is just four points behind the pair and nine points ahead of Kyle Larson in fourth.
Byron has 3,036 points and Bubba Wallace has 3,000 down in 12th in the NASCAR playoff standings, meaning there are a dozen candidates are in the playoff picture.
Which NASCAR drivers are in the playoffs?
Eight NASCAR drivers have already sealed their places in the NASCAR playoffs, with those eight being: Byron, Truex Jr, Hamlin, Larson, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick.
Four drivers risk being eliminated after the race upcoming race on September 24, namely Ross Chastain, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Wallace, but they do still have a chance to rescue their seasons in Texas.
Wallace needs to outscore four drivers ahead of him by 14 points in order to make his first playoff appearance, whilst Blaney needs to do so by six and Keselowski and Chastain need to outscore those ahead of them by three points.
Defending champion, Joey Logano, has had a difficult year. He is 13th in the standings and has only taken one win. He’s out of playoff contention after being eliminated, after only scoring three points in the previous race at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
Some stats from NASCAR 2023
NASCAR has had 13 different winners in the 2023 season, with Michael McDowell in 16th being the lowest in the NASCAR playoff standings to take a win.
It has also had 14 different pole sitters, with Bell being the most prolific by taking five poles. Chase Briscoe in 30th is the lowest ranked driver to have started a race from pole.
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