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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sits on playoff bubble with Austin Dillon

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. keeps his playoff hopes alive as a 15th place finish moves him above the cut line.

Playoff points are helping keep Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon’s playoff hopes alive after two rather dismal outings in the first two postseason races.

After finishes of 25th at Chicago and 15th at New Hampshire, Stenhouse is tied with Dillon at 2,044 points on the bubble spot to advance to the next round. Dillon had finishes of 16th and 19th. Stenhouse owns the tiebreaker.

Stenhouse has 10 playoff points from his from wins at Talladega and at Daytona. Dillon has five playoff points from his win in the Coke 600.

Both driver are ahead of Ryan Newman by one point.

The series heads to Dover International Speedway, where Stenhouse has just one top-10 finish in 10 starts there. Dillon also has one top 10 in his eight starts there.

Here is the playoff grid with one race left in the first round.

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