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Road to the 2016 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup: Phoenix International Raceway

By AMANDA VINCENT

Four races into the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, four drivers have virtually locked themselves into the 16-driver, 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship post-season, provided they race they entire season and are in the top-30 of the points standings after the regular-season cut-off at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September. Those drivers include Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, Atlanta Motor Speedway winner Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas Motor Speedway winner Brad Keselowski, and the most recent winner at Phoenix International Raceway, Kevin Harvick.

Reigning Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch leads the way among drivers still in search of their first win(s) of the season. After all, Busch is the only driver to finish in the top-five in all four races, so far.

In the overall points standings, to this point, Busch is tied with Harvick at 154 points. Johnson is third, while the next winless driver, Kurt Busch, is fourth in the standings, 17 points behind is brother, Kyle, and Harvick. Edwards is one points behind Kurt Busch in fifth.

Here’s a look at the standings after four races (*race winners):

1. *Kevin Harvick, 154
1. Kyle Busch, 154
3. *Jimmie Johnson, 140 (-14)
4. Kurt Busch, 137 (-17)
5. Carl Edwards, 136 (-18)
6. *Denny Hamlin, 131 (-23)
7. Joey Logano, 127 (27)
8. Austin Dillon, 122 (-32)
9. Martin Truex Jr., 117 (-37)
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 115 (-39)
11. *Brad Keselowski, 110 (-44)
12. Ryan Blaney, 104 (-50)
13. Aric Almirola, 100 (-54)
14. Kasey Kahne, 96 (-58)
15. Jamie McMurray, 94 (-60)
16. Matt Kenseth, 90 (-64)

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