I don’t think anyone is giving Richard Childress Racing much hope for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. With four drivers being eliminated from playoff contention after the first three races in the playoffs, most thought both Richard Childress Racing drivers that are eligible right now would be among two of the first four drivers that are eliminated.
But, the last few weeks show that maybe RCR will be a tougher out than most think.
Ryan Newman brought his No. 31 Chevrolet home seventh in Sunday night’s Southern 500 for his third straight top seven finish. He was also fourth at Michigan and sixth at Bristol two weeks ago. On top of that, the Indiana native was third in the Brickyard 400 back in July to give him four top seven finishes over his last six starts on the season.
But, he wasn’t the only strong RCR driver at the Darlington Raceway.
Austin Dillon finished fourth in tonight’s race in his No. 3 Chevrolet for just his third top five of the season. But, if you count his seventh at Michigan, he has two top seven finishes over his last three races himself.
Those two are driving really well right now and with a chance to surprise some people in this year’s playoffs.
Also, counter Ty Dillon bringing his No. 13 Chevrolet home 13th too and you can see why RCR had a great night.