NASCAR Cup: Chase standings after Charlotte
Jimmie Johnson celebrates with his daughter after winning the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 9, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Sunday’s rain-delayed Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway kicked off the second three-race round of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup. In the Charlotte race, Jimmie Johnson snapped a winless streak and became the first driver to clinch a spot into the third round of the chase.
The remaining 12 Chase drivers rolled into Charlotte on even ground, all with the same 3000 points to begin Chase round two. With the Charlotte race completed, behind Johnson, Matt Kenseth is highest in the standings with a tally of 3040 points, thanks to a second-place finish at Charlotte. He leads third-place Kyle Busch by four points. Brad Keselowski is another two points back in fourth, while Kurt Busch holds down the fifth position, one point behind Keselowski.
Meanwhile, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick are in the danger zone — the for provisinal elimination spots, but two races remain in the second round, at the end of which, four more drivers will be eliminated, sending eight drivers into round three.
Below, is a look at the chase standings heading into the Oct. 16 race at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City: