Cup Series Playoff race No. 5 clinch scenarios at Talladega

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The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs have reached the halfway point this weekend with the fifth race in the postseason – the YellaWood 500 – this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Heading into this Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway only one of the 12 postseason challengers (Kurt Busch) has clinched a spot in the Round of 8, leaving seven spots still up for grabs with two races to go (Talladega and the Charlotte Roval).

Already Clinched

The following driver has clinched a spot in the 8-driver field of the next round: Kurt Busch.

Can clinch via Points

If there is a new winner, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 6th winless driver in the standings.

o   Kevin Harvick: Would clinch with 52 points

o   Denny Hamlin: Would clinch with 54 points

o   Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., and Joey Logano: Could only clinch with help

If there is a repeat winner, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 7th winless driver in the standings.  They would also clinch if there was a new winner among Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano or Chase Elliott and being 56 points above the 6th winless driver in the standings.

o   Kevin Harvick: Would clinch with 48 points

o   Denny Hamlin: Would clinch with 51 points

o   Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Chase Elliott: Could only clinch with help

o   Alex Bowman: Could only clinch with help (and cannot clinch if Joey Logano or Chase Elliott win)

Can clinch via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone:

o   Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon 

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 30
RankDriverPointsStartsRace WinsStage WinsPlayoff PtsPts from Cutoff
1Kurt Busch (P)3,04130116In On Wins
2Kevin Harvick (P)3,10430976761
3Denny Hamlin (P)3,10130694958
4Brad Keselowski (P)3,05930473516
5Martin Truex Jr. (P)3,05830141615
6Joey Logano (P)3,05430262211
7Chase Elliott (P)3,05330282210
8Alex Bowman (P)3,052301499
9Kyle Busch (P)3,04330024-9
10Clint Bowyer (P)3,03230034-20
11Aric Almirola (P)3,02530025-27
12Austin Dillon (P)3,02029105-32
13Ryan Blaney2,098301313Eliminated from the Playoffs
14Matt DiBenedetto2,09230000
15Cole Custer2,08830105
16William Byron2,07530127

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