Stenhouse, Buescher and DiBenedetto straddle cutoff line Heading to Kansas Speedway

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Just 12 points separate three drivers – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (+12), Chris Buescher (+12) and Matt DiBenedetto (-12) along the Playoff cutline through 10 races of NASCAR Cup Series competition in 2021. Each week the Playoff bubble bounces shaking up the standings near the cutoff for this season’s Playoffs.

Nine drivers have secured their spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on wins this season – Martin Truex Jr. (two wins), Joey Logano, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman and Michael McDowell (each have one win) – leaving just seven spots still up for grabs with 16 races left in the regular season.

RankDriverPointsWinsStagesPlayoff PtsPts From Cutoff
10Denny Hamlin446055229
11Kevin Harvick30800091
12Chase Elliott30601189
13Kyle Busch27100054
14Austin Dillon26800051
15Ricky Stenhouse Jr.22900012
16Chris Buescher22901112
17Matt DiBenedetto217011-12
18Kurt Busch216000-13
19Ryan Newman198000-31
20Bubba Wallace196011-33
21* Ryan Preece192000-37
22Tyler Reddick191000-38
23Cole Custer178000-51
24Daniel Suarez174000-55
25Ross Chastain173000-56
26Aric Almirola159000-70
27Erik Jones157000-72
28Chase Briscoe #155000-74
29Anthony Alfredo #100000-129
30Corey LaJoie91000-138

Of the four drivers within 15 points (+/-) of the cutline, Kurt Busch (-13 points from cutline) has the best average finish at Kansas Speedway with a 15.9; followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (19.1), Chris Buescher (19.6) and Matt DiBenedetto (25.5)

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