NASCAR playoff standings 2019: Updated points for Cup chase after AAA Texas 500 at Texas
Kevin Harvick won the race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday to clinch a spot in the Championship 4 as the playoff finale picture became much clearer.
Harvick led 119 of the 334 laps in the AAA Texas 500 to earn his fourth win of the year and the 49th of his career.
"Going to Homestead, baby! HELL YEA, BOYS!" @KevinHarvick 's win at @TXMotorSpeedway advances him to the championship race at @HomesteadMiami ! #NASCARPlayoffs #Championship4 pic.twitter.com/j9i3HBxW28— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 4, 2019
"Texas has always been so great to us," Harvick told NBCSN afterward.
Although anything can happen next weekend in the penultimate race of the season at Phoenix, the Championship 4 field for Homestead-Miami Speedway will include Harvick, by virtue of his Texas win, and Martin Truex Jr., last week's winner at Martinsville.
Kyle Busch holds a 22-point advantage on the cutoff, and Joey Logano (+20) also has a big cushion on Denny Hamlin, who sits fifth in the standings. Of course, a win by Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson or Chase Elliott at Phoenix could vault them into the Championship 4 field.
Harvick led a strong day for Stewart-Haas Racing, with Aric Almirola finishing second and Daniel Suarez placing third for a 1-2-3 finish.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, seeking his first win since June 2017, led 40 laps but saw his chances at a win vanish when he smacked the wall while running in the top five.
NASCAR playoff points standings 2019
|No. 1||Martin Truex Jr.||7||4,133|
|No. 4||Joey Logano||2||4,111|
|No. 5||Denny Hamlin||5||4,091|
|No. 6||Ryan Blaney||1||4,088|
|No. 7||Kyle Larson||1||4,088|
|No. 8||Chase Elliott||3||4,033|
|No. 9||Brad Keselowski||3||2,265|
|No. 10||William Byron||0||2,247|
|No. 11||Clint Bowyer||0||2,225|
|No. 12||Alex Bowman||1||2,215|
|No. 13||Aric Almirola||0||2,204|
|No. 14||Kurt Busch||1||2,204|
|No. 15||Ryan Newman||0||2,193|
|No. 16||Erik Jones||1||2,127|
|No. 17||Daniel Suarez||0||801|
|No. 18||Jimmie Johnson||0||784|
|No. 19||Paul Menard||0||732|
|No. 20||Chris Buescher||0||687|
|No. 21||Matt DiBenedetto||0||658|
|No. 22||Austin Dillon||0||657|
|No. 23||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||0||643|
|No. 24||Ty Dillon||0||583|
|No. 25||Daniel Hemric||0||489|
|No. 26||Ryan Preece||0||484|
|No. 27||Bubba Wallace||0||472|
|No. 28||Michael McDowell||0||467|
|No. 29||Corey LaJoie||0||393|
|No. 30||David Ragan||0||377|
|No. 31||Matt Tifft||0||352|
|No. 32||Reed Sorenson||0||116|
|No. 33||Quin Houff||0||77|
|No. 34||Jamie McMurray||0||19|
|No. 35||Austin Theriault||0||17|
|No. 36||Andy Seuss||0||9|
|No. 37||Blake Jones||0||6|
|No. 38||Stanton Barrett||0||2|
How the NASCAR playoffs work:
Sixteen NASCAR drivers qualified for the playoffs. Four were eliminated in the Sept. 29 race at Charlotte. Four more were eliminated in the Oct. 20 race at Kansas, and four more will fall out at Phoenix on Nov. 10, leaving the final four drivers to compete straight up for for the NASCAR Cup title Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the first of the four playoff drivers to cross the finish line is crowned the champion.
How drivers earn points:
– Win Stage 1 or Stage 2 in a race: 1 playoff point (point awarded per stage win)
– Win a race: 5 playoff points
– Win the regular-season championship: 15 playoff points
Second place in the final regular-season standings earns 10 playoff points, third place receives eight points, and the points awarded decline to one point for 10th (4th = 7 points, 5th = 6 points, etc.).
Championship-contending drivers can accumulate additional playoff points throughout the playoffs via stage and race wins and may use all the playoff points they earn, from both the regular season and the playoffs, to advance all the way up to the Championship 4.
Playoff points are added to a championship-contending driver’s reset points total at the start of every round of the playoffs until they are eliminated from championship contention.
At Homestead-Miami, playoff points are off the table, and the Championship 4 drivers enter the “winner-take-all” race tied in the standings.
Cup playoff information provided by NASCAR.