Ryan Newman's misfortune was Kyle Busch's gain, as the second NASCAR wild card spot changed hands once again after Saturday night's NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kasey Kahne has held the No. 1 wild card spot by virtue of his two wins ever since he picked up the second victory; but the other wild card spot has changed hands multiple times.
Ryan Newman wrecked with Juan Pablo Montoya during Saturday night's race and finished 36th, which dropped him below Busch and Jeff Gordon among the one-win drivers who could grab the playoff spot based on points.
Busch finished sixth and wasn't thrilled with his run, but was lukewarm about his Chase chances.
"You'd rather have wins so you're more stable," he said. "I think you have to get that second win if there's a Chase guy that falls out – like I think (Brad) Keselowski had a bad night tonight and (Tony) Stewart had a bad night tonight, so if those guys fall out, they will likely have to rely on a wild card spot – and then we're not looking too good."
Here are the updated wild card standings after Bristol:
- Kasey Kahne (two wins)
- Kyle Busch (one win)
- Jeff Gordon (one win) -16 points behind Busch
- Ryan Newman (one win) -19 points behind Busch
- Marcos Ambrose (one win) -28 points behind Busch
- Joey Logano (one win) -69 points behind Busch
- Carl Edwards (no wins) -1 win behind Busch