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Texas shuffles NASCAR Cup playoff standings

Hear reactions from NASCAR Cup Series drivers after the playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway, including Ryan Blaney, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, and Daniel Suarez.

Texas marked the fourth consecutive playoff race that the winner didn’t advance to the next round.

All three races in the first round were won by drivers not in the playoffs. Tyler Reddick won Sunday at Texas, a week after he failed to advance from the Round of 16 and was eliminated from title contention.

Texas did shake up the playoff standings. Chase Elliott entered as the points leader but a blown tire while leading sent his car into the wall, ending his race. He falls to the No. 8 spot, the final transfer position with two races left in this round. He’s tied with Daniel Suarez, but Suarez has the tiebreaker with a better finish this round.

Chase Briscoe, who scored only his second top 10 in the last 22 races, is in the last transfer spot. Austin Cindric is 11 points out of the transfer spot. William Byron is eight points out of the final transfer spot after his penalty from Texas. Christopher Bell is 25 points out of a transfer position. Alex Bowman is 26 points from the transfer line.

The series races Sunday at Talladega (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

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Noah Gragson’s win at Texas moved him on to the next round. The win was his fourth in a row.

Ryan Sieg and Sam Mayer are tied for the final two transfer spots to the next round. Riley Herbst is one point behind them. Daniel Hemric is eight points from the final transfer spot. Brandon Jones is 13 points from the last transfer spot. Jeremy Clements is 29 points shy of the final transfer position.

The series races Saturday at Talladega (4 p.m. ET on USA Network).

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The series was off this past weekend but returns to the track Saturday at Talladega. Ty Majeski has advanced to the championship race at Phoenix with his Bristol win.

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