Making the Chase: where they stand after Kentucky Speedway
Brad Keselowski places a fourth winner sticker on his car at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
Brad Keselowski’s win of the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Saturday night was his fourth win of the season, 18 races into the 36 points-paying race year (26-race regular season). That tally leads the away at the Sprint Cup level.
Kyle Busch is second in wins with three trips to victory lane. Two other drivers have multiple wins — Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson, each with two.
In all, 11 drivers have made their ways to victory lanes along the circuit, 18 races in. That tally includes Tony Stewart, the Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway winner, who sits 30th in the points standings after being sidelined by injury for the first eight races.
All race winners to this point, with the exception of Stewart, sit in the top-16 of the points standings, but with Stewart’s win, the cut-off in the points standings for provisional Chase for the Sprint Cup entry is 15th. Jamie McMurray occupies the 15th spot after the Kentucky race, 10 points ahead of 16th-place driver, Trevor Bayne.
Meanwhile, rookie phenom Chase Elliott leads the way, points-wise, among drivers without a win, halfway through the season.
Here’s a look at the provisional Chase line-up, along with the closest drivers on the outside looking in:
1. Brad Keselowski (4 wins)
2. Kyle Busch (3 wins)
3. Carl Edwards (2 wins)
4. Jimmie Johnson (2 wins)
5. Kevin Harvick (1 win)
6. Kurt Busch (1 win)
7. Joey Logano (1 win)
8. Martin Truex Jr. (1 win)
9. Matt Kenseth (1 win)
10. Denny Hamlin (1 win)
11. Tony Stewart (1 win)
12. Chase Elliott (492 points)
13. Ryan Newman (463 points)
14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (461 points)
15. Austin Dillon (460 points)
16. Jamie McMurray (439 points)
17. Trevor Bayne (429 points)
18. Kasey Kahne (423 points)
19. Ryan Blaney (415 points)
20. Kyle Larson (412 points)