Byron wins to reach Cup Series playoffs, knocks out Johnson

Byron wins to reach Cup Series playoffs, knocks out Johnson
William Byron celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Source: AP Photo/Terry Renna)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson’s final season as a full-time driver will end without another title.

The seven-time NASCAR champion missed the playoffs in the Cup Series regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway after being involved in a multi-car crash with five laps to go.

Johnson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, William Byron, won the race in overtime and locked up one of the three postseason berths available going into the finale. It was Byron’s first Cup victory.

Matt DiBenedetto finished 12th and secured the final spot. Clint Bowyer wrapped up a berth at the end of the opening stage.

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