The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has reached its halfway point. The first half has featured three first-time winners, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, Austin Dillon and Ryan Baney, youngsters giving fans a glimpse into the sport’s future, dominant performances from some familiar faces and the enhanced racing format all elevating the competition. Additionally, who would ever thought that Joe Gibbs Racing would be winless with just eight races left in “the regular season”?
Extremely important to remember is the number eight. There are just eight races remaining for drivers to earn berths in NASCAR’s playoffs.
The following drivers would get in if the season ended today: Martin Truex Jr. (three, 28 playoff points), Jimmie Johnson (three wins, 16), Kyle Larson (two, 13), Brad Keselowski (two, 13), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (two, 10), Kevin Harvick (one, eight), Ryan Blaney (one, eight), Kurt Busch (one, five), Ryan Newman (one, five), Austin Dillon (one, five), Kyle Busch (138 points above Joey Logano on the cutoff line, four playoff points), Chase Elliott (+89, two), Jamie McMurray (+74), Denny Hamlin (+67, 2), Clint Bowyer (+24), Matt Kenseth (+7, two).
The first four out would be: Joey Logano (seven points below Matt Kenseth on the cutoff line), Erik Jones (-52), Daniel Suarez (-98) and Trevor Bayne (-119).
Remember, a win gets a driver into the playoffs!
Below is a list of winless drivers who have visited Victory Lane at upcoming tracks:
New Hampshire: Ky. Busch, Kenseth, Bowyer, Hamlin, Kasey Kahne
Indianapolis: Ky. Busch, McMurray, Paul Menard
Pocono: Hamlin, Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kahne, Chris Buescher
Watkins Glen: Hamlin, Ky. Busch, AJ Allmendinger
Michigan: Ky. Busch, Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth, Kahne
Bristol: Ky. Busch, Hamlin, Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr., Kahne
Darlington: Ky. Busch, Hamlin, Kenseth
Richmond: Ky. Busch, Hamlin, Kenseth, Bowyer, Earnhardt Jr., Kahne
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STLLL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!