It's that simple as he needs that victory to first get into the playoffs and have a shot at the championship. Larson grabbed the lead on pit road and sailed to the victory. They were money all night long to gain spots.
Busch is a four-time victor of this race, as well as the defending champion. Truex then wrecked in overtime while racing with Denny Hamlin for position. "It's kind of ridiculous". That's the only possible chance for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will retire at the end of the season.
"That's all we could do to try and win", he said. "It was the only shot we had".
"This is the test of our character, not only as a driver but as a team and the way we handle these next 10 races".
Sadler earned the title without winning a race this season. But, with the advent of stage racing and Playoff bonus points this year, every driver has something to race for.
"Tonight is a little tough, it's a little hard to be excited", he said. The playoffs begin next weekend in Chicago.
In the Xfinity Series, Hamlin crew chief Eric Phillips was suspended two races and fined $25,000. An ambulance was on the apron near pit entrance when the field came down for stops.
Hamlin expects Elliott, Kenseth and McMurray to run close together on Saturday night.
"I'm disappointed, " he said. The field slowed around the stopped ambulance, creating an accordion effect.
The incident could have knocked Kenseth out of the playoffs had there been a first-time victor, but Larson fixed that, allowing Kenseth, Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray to make the 16-driver field as the only non-winners.
Clint Bowyer - Another driver in the need to win to get in category is Clint Bowyer who has run strong all season but has yet to find victory lane in his first season driving for Tony Stewart. "So, we are dumping buckets of water out of this ship trying to figure out how to get going and get it right". "We nearly did it again".
NASCAR ruled that Hamlin's cars violated rear suspension rules.
Surely, conventional wisdom went, Logano would run to another victory before the fall race at Richmond or at least put himself in position to qualify on points.
Non-full-time Cup teams will also have to reuse an engine at some point as well, notes ESPN.
LURKING JIMMIE: Seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson finished eighth, and is feeling upbeat after a struggling summer. We just didn't allow for running into the wall with five laps to go.
"If we win, your (media) guys' fingers will be burning up on those keyboards". I definitely didn't want to get into him. You have to to be competitive, you know, so labeling people cheaters for failing something minuscule is harsh and again it just sheds a bad light on our sport, you know, I think. "Today I was a clown".
Both drivers appearing on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. That already makes it a great week for the vehicle owner; driver Scott Dixon heads into next week's IndyCar Series finale only three points away from his fifth championship.
The playoffs begin September 17 at Chicagoland Speedway on NBCSN.