Cup Series Playoff Picture and Clinch Scenario’s Heading to Daytona

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Clinch On Wins

The following nine drivers have already clinched a top 30 spot in the points and with a win this weekend, they could clinch a Playoff spot on wins:

Aric Almirola (0 Wins, 669 Points, +431 Points Ahead of 31st)

Kyle Busch (0 Wins, 651 Points, +413 Points Ahead of 31st)

Kurt Busch (0 Wins, 648 Points, +410 Points Ahead of 31st)

Clint Bowyer (0 Wins, 571 Points, +333 Points Ahead of 31st)

Matt DiBenedetto (0 Wins, 568 Points, +330 Points Ahead of 31st)

William Byron (0 Wins, 537 Points, +299 Points Ahead of 31st)

Erik Jones (0 Wins, 511 Points, +273 Points Ahead of 31st)

Jimmie Johnson (0 Wins, 511 Points, +273 Points Ahead of 31st)

Tyler Reddick (0 Wins, 501 Points, +263 Points Ahead of 31st)

Clinch Top 30 and Wins

The next five drivers still need to clinch a top 30 spot in points to be able to clinch a spot in the Playoffs on wins:

Christopher Bell (0 Wins, 415 Points, +177 Points Ahead of 31st) – Could clinch a top 30 spot on their own with 52 points this weekend. Can clinch a Playoff spot at Daytona with a win and clinching a top 30 spot in points.

Four of the five drivers attempting to clinch a spot in the top 30 in the driver standings will need help this weekend to accomplish the feat, but if they do and win the race, they will clinch a Playoff spot.

Darrell Wallace Jr. (0 Wins, 400 Points, +162 Points Ahead of 31st)

Michael McDowell (0 Wins, 376 Points, +138 Points Ahead of 31st)

Chris Buescher (0 Wins, 371 Points, +133 Points Ahead of 31st)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (0 Wins, 369 Points, +131 Points Ahead of 31st)

Impossible to Clinch

Even with a win, John Hunter Nemechek (0 Wins, 341 Points, +103 Points Ahead of 31st) would not clinch a top 30 spot, so he cannot clinch a Playoff berth in the next race.  If he can’t clinch a top 30 with a win, no other winless drivers below him in the standings could clinch either.

Harvick can wrap up regular season title at Daytona RC – Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick can clinch the NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Championship in the next race with help, if he finishes the next race 181 points ahead of second in the driver standings. Currently he has 137 points lead over second place Brad Keselowski and 140 points lead over third place Denny Hamlin. Harvick has accumulated 35 Playoff points through 22 races this season. If he were to win the Regular Season title and be awarded the 15 bonus Playoff points it would bring his total to 50 Playoff points to carry throughout the postseason.

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