Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman claimed the final two berths in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs after Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Bowyer finished fifth while Newman came home eighth as both veteran drivers qualified for the post-season.
“I think we definitely got the ship in the right direction,” said Bowyer after his third straight top-10 finish of the season. “I’m excited about our momentum, single-digit finishes 3 in a row rolling into the playoffs. We’ve got to keep that together.”
Newman came into the race tied for the final spot, but was 17th based on tie breaker, and was able to advance after scoring his first top-10 finish in the last six races. The Roush-Fenway Racing driver made it by just six points.
“We’ll just have to keep on going,” Newman said. “Proud of everybody at Roush Fenway. There’s no guarantee over the next ten, we’ve got to perform over these next 3. The first round’s the toughest.”
Suarez was the first driver out of the playoff hunt despite finishing 11th or better in the last four races. He wound up missing the post-season by just four points.
“We did a good job, just didn’t have enough speed,” he said. “We’ve got ten races to keep racing and get to Victory Lane.”