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Who advanced to second round of NASCAR playoffs following Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

We break down the standings coming out of this Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race Cup Series race at Bristol Speedway.

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Direct Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 16, 2023 in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

The NASCAR Cup Series wrapped up the first round of the playoffs on Saturday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin took home the checkered flag and Kyle Larson finished second in spite of hitting the wall in the closing seconds of the race.

Who is projected to advance to the second round of the playoffs after the Bass Pro Shops Night Race?

Hamlin secured advancement with the win, although he was going to advance even if he hadn’t won the race. The big winners from Saturday’s race were Bubba Wallace and Martin Truex, Jr. Both entered the ace on the wrong side of the advancement bubble, but finished well enough to leap over Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.

Here is a list of drivers who advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The round opens next week at Texas Motor Speedway with the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400.

  1. William Byron
  2. Martin Truex, Jr.
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kyle Larson
  5. Chris Buescher
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Christopher Bell
  8. Tyler Reddick
  9. Ross Chastain
  10. Brad Keselowski
  11. Ryan Blaney
  12. Bubba Wallace