The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is for the top ten drivers after the first 26 races of the season, plus two wild card spots reserved for the two drivers that are not in the top ten but in the top 20 who have the most race wins. Right now it looks like in order to ensure he is in via the wild card spots a driver is going to need two race wins. Right now there is a four way tie for these two wild card spots between Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne. Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman win the tie breakers as they are higher in the standings than the others. Kyle and Ryan can’t settle for that because if Brad Keselowski or Tony Stewart should drop out of the top ten, they would be out since both of those drivers have two wins.
That means that last year’s runner up Carl Edwards is currently out of the Chase, even though he is sitting in eleventh place. Carl Edwards has been in the top ten most of the season, but without a race win, is out of the Chase. With that many drivers having one win, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. who are currently in the top ten in points must continue to do well because if they drop out they will be in the same position that Carl Edwards is; on the outside looking in. Kevin Harvick is pretty solidly in the top ten but he cannot have a string of bad luck or he too could be in this group. Also of note, Jeff Gordon is also out of the Chase in 20th place.
In the beginning of the NASCAR season we saw some very conservative racing. With the top ten in points almost being settled it can only mean one thing. Those drivers on the outside looking in must win and conservative racing isn’t going to get those race wins. There are some great NASCAR drivers missing the Chase right now, so fans look out; it is going to be one hot and exciting summer.
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