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NASCAR America: Drivers on the playoff bubble are only racing one another

Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Paul Menard are among the drivers on the playoff bubble with only six races to go.

Not all eyes are focused at the top of the grid and the Big 3. Another great battle is developing on the cusp of the cut line between Alex Bowman, currently seeded 16th, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 17th.

Two weeks ago, Stenhouse made up ground n on Bowman when the driver of the No. 88 crashed and finished last at Kentucky Speedway in the Quaker State 400. Stenhouse finished 13 positions ahead in 26th.

Last week, Stenhouse blew a right front tire and pancaked his car on his way to a 30th-place finish; Bowman pounced and almost cracked the top 10 with an 11th-place finish.

Bowman currently has a 28 point advantage over Stenhouse. Paul Menard is one point further back.

“Now we’re getting down to very few races left,” Kyle Petty said on Monday’s edition of NASCAR America.

“Remember, those guys are basically just racing each other. … It’s a totally different game that they’re playing right now.”

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