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One teammate is in, one is out of NASCAR Cup playoff standings after Talladega

One teammate is in, one is out of NASCAR Cup playoff standings after Talladega

Brad Keselowski bumped RFK Racing teammate Chris Buescher out of a playoff spot Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Ten of 26 Cup regular-season races have been run.

Keselowski's second consecutive runner-up finish last weekend moved him into a playoff spot, while Buescher fell out of a playoff spot after his 25th-place finish.

Tyler Reddick became the seventh different winner this season to secure a playoff spot. That leaves nine playoff spots via points.

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  • Dustin Long,

  • Dustin Long,

Two-time Cup champion Joey Logano holds the final playoff position for the second week in a row. He's tied with Buescher with 245 points but owns the tiebreaker based on a better finish.

Both have a runner-up finish for their best result of the season. Logano was second at Richmond, Buescher was second at Phoenix. Logano owns the tiebreaker because his second-best finish this year is better than Buescher's second-best finish. Logano was sixth at Martinsville. Buescher was seventh at Bristol.

Those outside a playoff spot after Buescher are two-time Cup champion Kyle Busch (12 points behind the cutline), Austin Cindric (-53) and Erik Jones (-64).

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Winner Tyler Reddick wasn’t the only driver who left Talladega feeling good.

  • Dustin Long,

  • Dustin Long,

The series races Sunday at Dover Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on FS1).

The regular season ends with the Sept. 1 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on USA Network. The playoffs begin Sept. 8 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on USA Network.

In the graphic below, drivers in yellow have won. The red line marks the cutline for the playoffs.

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