NASCAR Cup: points reset for Chase
The 16 drivers in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup pose for a group photo at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 11, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
The completion of Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway not only officially set the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup field, it also was a reset button, of sorts, on the points standings for said drivers.
If NASCAR handed out honors for a regular season champion, that honor would’ve gone to Kevin Harvick. Harvick ended the regular season as the points leader, but with the points re-adjusted for the Chase, Harvick is in a five-way tie for fourth with Joe Gibbs Racing duo Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth and their “corporate teammate” Martin Truex Jr.
With a series-leading four wins apiece, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski moved into a tie for the points lead with 2012 points each. Before the reset, Keselowski was a distant second to Harvick in the standings, while Busch was back in sixth.
The two Chasers who were outside the top-16 in the points standings and got into the Chase by virtue of a race win each, Tony Stewart and Chris Buescher, jumped into a five-driver tie for ninth in the standings.
Each Chaser starts the Chase with a base 2000 points with additional three-point bonuses for each regular season win.
Here’s a look at the points standings for the 16 Chase drivers, heading into Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway:
1. Kyle Busch, 2012 points
1. Brad Keselowski, 2012 points
3. Denny Hamlin, 2009 points
4. Kevin Harvick, 2006 points
4. Carl Edwards, 2006 points
4. Martin Truex Jr., 2006 points
4. Matt Kenseth, 2006 points
4. Jimmie Johnson, 2006 points
9. Joey Logano, 2003 points
9. Kyle Larson, 2003 points
9. Tony Stewart, 2003 points
9. Kurt Busch, 2003 points
9. James Buescher, 2003 points
14. Chase Elliott, 2000 points
14. Austin Dillon, 2000 points
14. Jamie McMurray, 2000 points