Ryan Blaney makes the playoffs, Martin Truex Jr. out

DAYTONA BEACH — Martin Truex Jr. lost the draft in the latter stages of Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400, and with it his hold on the last remaining NASCAR Cup Series playoff spot.

Truex needed to finish 11 places better than Ryan Blaney to secure a playoff spot. Both drivers would have qualified if a repeat winner from 2022 had prevailed at Daytona International Speedway.

Instead, Austin Dillon passed Austin Cindric to reclaim the lead with three laps to go. Truex dropped to the middle of the pack and finished in 8th place, seven places ahead of Blaney in the race but more importantly 3 points behind him in the final standings.

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