Can you believe The Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs are only a week away?
While it’s already been determined that Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Erik Jones all have a guaranteed spot in the playoffs, Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Saurez, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman still looking for a spot.
Speaking of Daniel Saurez and Clint Bowyer, who sit 16th and 17th respectively in points, the two got in a little skirmish Sunday at Darlington, which leaves one to wonder if there will be any retaliation. Beyond that, who will ultimately make the cut?
The trouble between the two drivers started on lap 142 when Saurez got into Newman and sent him into the wall. Newman would eventually go onto finish 21st after the squirmish and Saurez put himself in an excellent points position by finishing 11th.
In fact, Daniel Suarez currently holds the advantage thanks to a tiebreaker, but Newman could easily take the spot if Saurez gets into trouble. Interestingly enough, however, Newman spoke to reporters after the race and pretty much guaranteed that Saurez has payback coming.
“He had me jacked up going into the corner and they said he hit me, but pretty much uncalled for,” Newman told reporters. “You know he was struggling to catch me there for a while and finally got to me and just turned me around. Whether he hit me or not, he turned me around. I guess what goes around comes around.”
Saurez didn’t see things the same way though, telling the media that” “Newman is very well known for racing extremely hard, “He is one of the hardest guys to pass out there and I have a lot of respect for him. It was the second time or third time I think I was trying to pass him getting into (Turn) 1 and he was just blocking me and that time, I got him aero loose but I didn’t touch him. My car is 100% clean, but that’s racing. “
Saurez versus Newman isnt the only drama going on right now, as seven-time Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson is currently 18 points outside the cutoff line. In fact, if he misses the playoff cut next week, it will mark the first time in his Cup Series career that he has done so.
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