MOORESVILLE, NC – September 2, 2020 – Clint Bowyer and Matt DiBenedetto clinched two additional spots in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, to give Ford eight cars in the field of 16. Ford is poised and ready for a deep playoff run.

Bowyer, who entered last weekend’s race at Daytona with a virtual lock on a playoff berth, made it official after Stage 1.

Kevin Harvick will start the playoffs as the top-seed with Brad Keselowski 3rd, Joey Logano 4th, Ryan Blaney 7th, Cole Custer 11th, Aric Almirola 12th, Clint Bowyer 13th and Matt DiBenedetto 16th.

Brad Keselowski 3rd

“It’s good to be in a good spot for the playoffs.  We have a lot of bonus points and obviously we wanted more than what we have, but we’re allowed to be greedy.”

Joey Logano 4th

Ryan Blaney 7th

“We got DiBenedetto in the playoffs, which is good for that group, and looking forward to the next 10 weeks.  It should be a lot of fun.”

Cole Custer 11th

Aric Almirola 12th

Clint Bowyer 13th

Matt DiBenedetto 16th

“I promise you my wife, Taylor, is at home crying right now.  I can bet you anything.  My parents are here in the stands.  They drove all the way down from North Carolina.  My brother in the military, him and his girlfriend were able to make it here, so this is really special to make it in the playoffs.  My career has been one I had to fight, claw, scratch for everything and it makes me so appreciative.  I say the little things, but this is a big one making the playoffs for the Wood Brothers.  This is very big, really special and I’m glad we’ll be able to get to work and do the best we can the rest of the season and we have a lot of really good tracks and short tracks coming.”

The Cup Series’ next race is the Cook Out Southern 500, scheduled Sunday, Sept. 6 (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) at Darlington Raceway. The Labor Day weekend classic opens the 10-race playoff march that will determine the 2020 championship.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance and Getty Images

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