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NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs: Harvick locks in; Reddick, Dillon experience issues

Fifteen drivers are now locked into the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs following Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Kevin Harvick locked into the playoffs with a 14th-place finish in Sunday’s race.

Harvick is now locked into his 15th career playoff appearance, including a streak of 12 consecutive appearances.

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Tyler Reddick holds the final playoff spot by 25 points over Austin Dillon.

Reddick entered Sunday with a 28-point advantage but lost points after wrecking late and finishing 29th. He earned three stage points after finishing eighth in Stage Two.

Reddick can lock into the playoffs if he earns at least 35 points in the August 28 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona (7:30 p.m. ET; TV: NBC, Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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Dillon, who finished 36th after wrecking at the end of Stage Two, earned ten stage points after finishing third in Stage One and sixth in Stage Two before wrecking.

Dillon is one of 14 drivers who are in a must-win situation at Daytona. However, he can get into the playoffs if he scores 26 more points than Reddick.

Dillon cannot tie Reddick in points as Reddick would win the tiebreaker because of having a better best finish than Dillon.

Reddick’s best finish of 2021 was a second-place finish at Homestead. Dillon’s best finish was a third-place finish in the Daytona 500.

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