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Martin Truex Jr. maintains commanding lead in playoff grid

Martin Truex Jr. looks back at the overtime restart that cost him the Pure Michigan 400 as he came in second behind Kyle Larson.

Martin Truex Jr. continues to hold serve atop the weekly NASCAR Cup playoff standings.

Truex added one point to his total of 35 playoff points in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Race winner Kyle Larson moved back into second place in the standings with 18 playoff points.

Jimmie Johnson dropped one spot to third place with 16 points, followed by a tie for fourth place between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch (14 points each).

As for the playoff bubble, with three races remaining to qualify for the playoffs, Chase Elliott is 62 points ahead of the cut-off line, Jamie McMurray (+52 points) and Matt Kenseth (+31).

On the outside of the playoff qualifying cut-off are Clint Bowyer (-31), Joey Logano (-98), Erik Jones (-130) and Daniel Suarez (-139). While Bowyer could still potentially qualify for the playoffs on points, Logano, Jones and Suarez are all in must-win situations to make it.

Here’s this week’s playoff standings chart: