Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR playoff field set after Buescher’s Saturday night Daytona win

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Chris Buescher and William Byron are both contenders in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Buescher won three of the last five regular-season races, including the finale at Daytona International Speedway. Byron has five victories and is tied with Martin Truex Jr. as the postseason begins at Darlington Raceway.

Buescher leads RFK Racing to its first 1-2 finish in over nine years. He’s confident about their playoff potential but acknowledges they have room for improvement on certain tracks.

Byron, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, won five races this season. He sees his mid-season slump as a reset before the playoffs.

Buescher, 30, returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. He’s secured a spot with wins at a superspeedway and a short track. Teammate Brad Keselowski sees potential for long-term success.

The playoffs include strong competitors like Denny Hamlin, Truex, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick. Bubba Wallace secured the final playoff spot, thanks to Buescher’s Daytona win.

The postseason is unpredictable, and there are no clear favorites. Tyler Reddick believes any team could emerge as the winner.