The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs field was set on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the regular-season finale.
Fourteen of 16 spots had been clinched in advance of the Brickyard 400, meaning two spots were available. Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman earned them.
RELATED: Unofficial results
Daniel Suarez and Newman entered the day tied for the final position (Suarez held the tiebreaker), with seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson 18 points behind the cutoff line. A late wreck ended Johnsonâs hopes, leaving Bowyer, Newman and Suarez to duke it out.
Note: This will be updated with official seeding and points
1. Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18
2. Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11
3. Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19
4. Joey Logano, Team Penske No. 22
5. Brad Keselowski, Team Penske No. 2
6. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4
7. Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports No. 9
8. Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1
9. Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42
10. Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports No. 88
11. Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20
12. Ryan Blaney, Team Penske No. 12
13. William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports No. 24
14. Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10
15. Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14
16. Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing No. 6
SEVEN-TIME OUT: Jimmie Johnsonâs No. 48 Chevrolet was darting through the field, showing plenty of speed in pursuit of a postseason berth. Those hopes ended, though, on the Stage 3 restart when Johnson and Kurt Busch triggered a multicar wreck, eliminating the No. 48 from playoff contention. Johnson, a seven-time Cup Series champion, had qualified for the playoffs every year since the inception of the postseason in 2004. He won six titles in previous playoff iterations, then a seventh in 2016 in the elimination era.
OH, DANNY BOY: Daniel Suarez smacked the outside wall early at Indianapolis, sending him to pit road a couple of times to try and get his No. 41 Ford fixed. The impact sent him tumbling down the leaderboard â and, therefore, standings â and he was unable to recover to advance to the playoffs, especially after an untimely late caution during a pit cycle.
CHAMP IS HERE: Kyle Busch won the regular-season championship for the second consecutive season by virtue of having the most points during the 26-race regular season. He clinched the title last week at Darlington Raceway. His reward? Besides the prestige and a pretty sweet trophy, thatâs worth 15 playoff points that carry over into the postseason. Good thing he clinched last week, because âRowdyâ exited early after an incident with his No. 18 Toyota.
TOP SEED: Kyle Busch is the top seed in the playoffs for the second consecutive season â he shared the honor with Kevin Harvick last year.
NEXT UP: The Monster Energy Series Playoffs begin next Sunday, Sept. 15, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).