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Kyle Larson Sitting Above Playoff Cut Line Going Into Watkins Glen

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Watkins Glen, NY – (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson sits in 14th place in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings going into this weekend’s Go Bowling At The Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway.

Larson is 25-points ahead of 16th place Ryan Newman, who is tied with Clint Bowyer with 532-points.  Larson has 557-points and is 267-points behind leader Joey Logano.

Newman has never won a NASCAR Cup Series road course race and is 0-for-17 at “The Glen”.  He was three top-10 finishes including a career-best runner-up in 2002.  Newman’s last top-10 on a road course was eighth in 2006.  He was 19th last year.

Larson’s teammate Kurt Busch sits in seventh place, 174-points behind Logano and is locked into the playoffs based on his win at Kentucky Speedway.  Busch sits in seventh place in the playoff standings, one spot ahead of Chase Elliott, the defending race-winner.

The top 16 in points qualify for the NASCAR playoffs.  Sitting outside the cutoff going into this weekend are seven-time Champion Jimmie Johnson, who is 12-points behind Newman and Bowyer for the last qualifying spot.

Also outside the top 16 is Stewart Haas Racing’s Daniel Suarez, who is 31-points behind the final playoff spot.

Paul Menard and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sit in 19thand 20thplace respectively and need a win at this point to qualify.

Five races remain in NASCAR’s regular season with Michigan International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway following this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen.

The Go Bowling At The Glen takes place at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 4thand will be televised by NBCSN and can be heard on Motor Racing Network affiliates and on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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