NASCAR: 3 winners most likely to miss the playoffs

Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing, NASCAR (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing, NASCAR (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Reddick, NASCAR
Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing, NASCAR (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Winners most likely to miss the playoffs: No. 2 – Tyler Reddick

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick sits just nine points ahead of Chase Briscoe in the point standings, making him the second lowest ranking single-race winner in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

But that isn’t the only reason why he could find himself one on the outside looking in, in the event that there are more than 16 different race winners in the regular season.

Aside from his maiden Cup Series victory at Road America earlier this month, Reddick hasn’t had the best of fortune so far this year, and among all the single-race winners, his average finish of 18.1 is the lowest. He has four DNFs and three other finishes of 30th place or worse. His win is his only top 15 finish in the last six races.

There is always a debate over how much off-track events play a role in on-track success. How much does the “distraction element” matter?

Shortly after earning his first career victory, which came just after Richard Childress Racing announced that they had picked up the option in his contract for 2023, Reddick announced that he had signed with 23XI Racing for the 2024 season.

Richard Childress Racing responded by saying that the timing of the announcement could not have been worse.

Reddick hasn’t finished higher than 21st place since this sequence of events, and if he can’t find consistency over the next six races, he may very well be denied a second consecutive playoff berth, despite having just won for the first time in his Cup Series career.