Monday, Aug 08

NSCS: Top-Five Drivers Still In Chase at Halfway Point

With five races remaining this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the chase comes down to about five drivers going for the championship. At the start of the chase, NASCAR put Jeff Gordon into the playoffs after what happened at Richmond International Raceway with Michael Waltrip Racing. The final races this season could be very interesting with the drivers left to go out and win the title.

Matt Kenseth goes into the halfway point of the chase with only a four point lead over Jimmie Johnson. He started out the Chase winning the first two opening races at Chicagoland Speedway and Loudon. Kenseth is one of those drivers who wasn’t expected to run this good after changing teams. He goes into the remaining races with lots of momentum after his dominating year so far.

Jimmie Johnson goes into Talladega this weekend with five wins in the season. Two of those wins came at two of the three restrictor plate races so far this season at Daytona. He will definitely be one of the favorites going into these last few races. Johnson has one win in the chase at Dover earlier this year.

Kevin Harvick finds himself 29 points behind the points leader heading into this weekend. He could be one of the drivers to steal the win at the Talladega Superspeedway to climb higher into the points standings. Harvick has quietly captured three wins this season. One of those wins came at the Kansas Speedway about two weeks ago.

Jeff Gordon finds himself fourth in the standings and 36 points behind the leader. He hopes to capture a win this weekend to stay in the running for the championship. Gordon is the only driver sitting in the top-five without a win this season. His past success at the upcoming races could launch him up further in the standings.

Kyle Busch has not had a great Chase going for him after his past issues at the Kansas Speedway. He is no doubt still in the running, but finds himself fifth in the standings and 37 points behind the leader. Kyle hopes to make a great run in the remaining races to go after his first Sprint Cup championship.

The top-five drivers in the standings have five races left to go if they want to make a final shot for the championship. Of the next five races left, the top-five chase drivers has had lots of success previously at the next few remaining race tracks. See chart below for the next five race locations, and the current top-13 in the points standings.

Date Track Time TV Radio  
10/20/13 Talladega 1:00 ESPN MRN  
10/27/13 Martinsville 1:00 ESPN MRN  
11/3/13 Texas 2:00 ESPN PRN  
11/10/13 Phoenix 2:00 ESPN MRN  
11/17/13 Homestead 2:00 ESPN MRN  


Pos Driver Points Behind Wins
1 Matt Kenseth 2225 0 7
2 Jimmie Johnson 2221 -4 5
3 Kevin Harvick 2196 -29 3
4 Jeff Gordon 2189 -36 0
5 Kyle Busch 2188 -37 4
6 Greg Biffle 2167 -58 1
7 Kurt Busch 2166 -59 0
8 Clint Bowyer 2162 -63 0
9 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2159 -66 0
10 Carl Edwards 2158 -67 2
11 Joey Logano 2150 -75 1
12 Ryan Newman 2147 -78 1
13 Kasey Kahne 2144 -81 2


Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.


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