Clinch Scenarios for The Cup series Round of 12

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This weekend’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will bring the first round of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs to a close and four drivers will be eliminated from the postseason. Three drivers are locked in and moving on, leaving nine spots still up for grabs.

Already Clinched

The following 3 drivers have clinched a spot in the 12-driver field of the next round: Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a new winner, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 10th winless driver in the standings.

o   Joey Logano: Would clinch with 7 points

o   Martin Truex Jr.: Would clinch with 20 points

o   Austin Dillon: Would clinch with 21 points

o   Chase Elliott: Would clinch with 30 points

o   Alex Bowman: Would clinch with 31 points

o   Kyle Busch: Would clinch with 40 points

o   Aric Almirola: Would clinch with 51 points

o   Kurt Busch: Would clinch with 51 points

o   Clint Bowyer: Would clinch with 55 points

o   William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Blaney: Could only clinch with help

If there is a repeat winner, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 11th winless driver in the standings.  They could also clinch if there was a new winner among Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch or Clint Bowyer and being ahead of the 10th winless driver in the standings.

o   Joey Logano: Would clinch with 4 points

o   Martin Truex Jr.: Would clinch with 17 points

o   Austin Dillon: Would clinch with 18 points

o   Chase Elliott: Would clinch with 27 points

o   Alex Bowman: Would clinch with 28 points

o   Kyle Busch: Would clinch with 37 points

o   Aric Almirola: Would clinch with 48 points

o   Kurt Busch: Would clinch with 48 points

o   Clint Bowyer: Would clinch with 52 points

o   William Byron: Would clinch with 55 points

o   Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Blaney: Could only clinch with help

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