NASCAR playoff bubble: Updated Cup Series points standings after New Hampshire race

first_img“Drivers can earn race points through their performances in Stage 1 and Stage 2. Drivers who are running first through 10th at the conclusion of Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 will receive points, starting with 10 points for first place, nine points for second place, down to one point for 10th place. Points earned in those two stages are then added to what drivers earn after the final stage, which sets the full race results. …”Additionally, a driver can earn bonus playoff points for the following:Five playoff points to the race-winning driverOne playoff bonus point to the driver who wins Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 in every event”Those points are added on to a driver’s total once the postseason starts. The accumulated playoff points will carry over at the start of the Round of 16, Round of 12 and Round of 8.” In the closing laps of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Tyler Reddick worked his way into 10th place, ahead of both William Byron and Jimmie Johnson.Which was a big deal for the points standings considering Reddick is battling both Byron and Johnson for the 16th and final spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with six races to go in the regular season. MORE: Complete results, highlights from Sunday’s raceThe 10th-place finish brought Reddick closer to the edge of the NASCAR Cup Series playoff bubble, as he is now 15 points behind 16th-place Byron. Johnson appeared to be heading for a top-10 finish at New Hampshire on Sunday, but he slid to 12th and cost himself some playoff points. Now the seven-time Cup Series champion is 18th in the playoff standings, 25 points behind Byron.Below is a look at the NASCAR playoff picture with six races, including doubleheaders at Michigan and Dover, remaining before the playoffs are scheduled to start in September.NASCAR playoff bubbleA total of 10 drivers have won races in 2020 and clinched spots in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. With six races left in the regular season, that means there won’t be more than 16 race winners in 2020, so all race winners will make the postseason.Below is the list of drivers who have not won races in 2020 and are currently sitting on what can be considered the NASCAR playoff bubble. It surprisingly includes defending Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, who finished in last place Sunday because of an early crash to extend his winless streak to 20 races.RankDriver+17th/-16th11.Aric Almirola+14512.Kurt Busch+11213.Kyle Busch+9414.Clint Bowyer+4315.Matt DiBenedetto+4016.William Byron+15-(Playoff cut-off)-17.Tyler Reddick-1518.Jimmie Johnson-2519.Erik Jones-3120.Michael McDowell-125NASCAR playoff points standingsBrad Keselowski won Sunday’s race at New Hampshire for his third victory of the season, putting a little pressure on playoff points leaders Denny Hamlin (five wins) and Kevin Harvick (four wins).Including the 10 drivers on the bubble, below are the NASCAR Cup Series playoff points standings through Sunday’s race at New Hampshire.(* – 2020 race winner)RankDriverPlayoff points1.Denny Hamlin*2,0372.Kevin Harvick*2,0373.Brad Keselowski*2,0314.Joey Logano*2,0195.Chase Elliott*2,0166.Ryan Blaney*2,0157.Martin Truex Jr.*2,0118.Alex Bowman*2,0099.Austin Dillon*2,00510.Cole Custer*2,00511.Aric Almirola2,00512.Kurt Busch2,00313.Kyle Busch2,00214.Clint Bowyer2,00215.William Byron2,00216.Matt DiBenedetto2,00017.Tyler Reddick46918.Jimmie Johnson45919.Erik Jones45320.Michael McDowell35921.Chris Buescher35722.Bubba Wallace35623.Christopher Bell35524.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.34525.John Hunter Nemechek32626.Ryan Newman32527.Ty Dillon29228.Matt Kenseth27429.Corey LaJoie25130.Ryan Preece21631.Daniel Suarez21432.Brennan Poole14633.Kyle Larson12134.Quin Houff10635.Brendan Gaughan4636.Reed Sorenson4237.David Ragan3338.James Davison17Below is NASCAR’s explanation for how it awards points:”Each finishing spot in the field earns a driver points, from a maximum of 40 points to the driver who finishes first, down to one point for the driver who finishes 40th. …last_img

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