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Making the Chase: standings after Daytona

Brad Keselowski celebrates in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Brad Keselowski celebrates in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

When Brad Keselowski won the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Saturday night, he claimed his third win of the season, tying reigning Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch for most wins through the first 17 races. As a result, Keselowski and Busch share the top spot in the provisional Chase spot standings.
Also on Saturday, despite finishing outside the top-20 after a late-race crash, Tony Stewart pushed himself into the top-30 of the championship standings, making his win at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway a weekend earlier more valuable. Provided Stewart can stay in the top-30 through the September race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, or if he falls out, can get back in, he’ll be in the Chase.
All race winners, to this point, are inside the current top-16 of the points standings, with the exception of Stewart. With Stewart in the top-30, at least for now, that drops the 16th-place driver outside the provisional Chase field, at least for now. And right now, that driver is Jamie McMurray, who is four points behind 15th-place driver, Ryan Blaney.
Here’s a look at the 16 provisional Chase drivers after Saturday’s┬árace at Daytona and heading into the June 9 race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta:
1. Brad Keselowski (3 wins)
1. Kyle Busch (3 wins)
3. Carl Edwards (2 wins)
3. Jimmie Johnson (2 wins)
5. Kevin Harvick (1 win)
5. Kurt Busch (1 win)
5. Joey Logano (1 win)
5. Martin Truex Jr. (1 win)
5. Denny Hamlin (1 win)
5. Matt Kenseth (1 win)
5. Tony Stewart (1 win)
12. Chase Elliott (482 points)
13. Austin Dillon (-48 points)
14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-1 point)
15. Ryan Newman (-8 points)
16. Ryan Blaney (-16 points)
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