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NASCAR standings 2019: Updated points for Cup series playoffs after the GoBowling at The Glen

Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
Modified 05 Aug 2019, 07:30 IST

Chase Elliott held off Martin Truex Jr. in a thrilling finish at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, but as most fans watched the riveting race to the checkered flag, interesting playoff implications were unfolding further back in the field.

Seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Blaney tangled, sending Johnson's Chevrolet spinning into a barrier and ruining his day.

Johnson's 19th-place finish cost him an opportunity to make up even more ground on Ryan Newman, who had a flat tire and then a loose wheel. He finished 25th. Still, Johnson gained 12 points on Newman and the two drivers are now tied for 16th, the last playoff-eligible position.

There are currently nine drivers officially qualified for the playoffs: Joey Logano (two wins), Kyle Busch (four wins), Truex (four wins), Brad Keselowski (three wins), Denny Hamlin (three wins), Elliott (two wins) and Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman, all with one win apiece.

NASCAR points standings 2019


Below are the updated standings following the GoBowling at The Glen. Winners are in bold and are guaranteed a playoff spot.

Rank Driver Wins Points
No. 1 Kyle Busch 4 851
No. 2 Joey Logano 2 838
No. 3 Kevin Harvick 1 777
No. 4 Denny Hamlin 3 771
No. 5 Martin Truex Jr. 4 753
No. 6 Brad Keselowski 3 728
No. 7 Kurt Busch 1 679
No. 8 Chase Elliott 2 676
No. 9 Aric Almirola 0 640
No. 10 Ryan Blaney 0 633
No. 11 Alex Bowman 1 623
No. 12 William Byron 0 604
No. 13 Erik Jones 0 598
No. 14 Kyle Larson 0 590
No. 15 Clint Bowyer 0 556
No. 16 Ryan Newman 0 544
No. 16 Jimmie Johnson 0 544
No. 18 Daniel Suarez 0 521
No. 19 Paul Menard 0 483
No. 20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0 466
No. 21 Chris Buescher 0 463
No. 22 Austin Dillon 0 410
No. 23 Matt DiBenedetto 0 380
No. 24 Ty Dillon 0 357
No. 25 Daniel Hemric 0 341
No. 26 Michael McDowell 0 287
No. 27 Bubba Wallace 0 271
No. 28 Ryan Preece 0 269
No. 29 Corey Lajoie 0 250
No. 30 David Ragan 0 235
No. 31 Matt Tifft 0 231
No. 32 Reed Sorenson 0 67
No. 33 Quin Houff 0 58
No. 34 J.J. Yeley 0 29
No. 35 Jamie McMurray 0 19
No. 36 Andy Seuss 0 9
No. 37 Austin Theriault 0 5

Who’s on the Cup Series playoff bubble? 

As noted earlier, Johnson and Newman are tied for 16th, the final playoff spot. 

Two winless drivers, Erik Jones, who finished fourth, and Ryan Blaney (fifth), both padded their distance between the cutoff position. As a matter of fact, every other top-16 driver currently without a win (Aric Almirola, William Byron, Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer) padded their cushion on the bubble, given the poor finishes by Johnson and Newman.

Daniel Suarez ranks 18th in the standings, only 23 points behind Johnson and Newman. Paul Menard is 63 points back in 19th place, probably too far behind at this point barring a miracle … or a race victory.

There are four races remaining before the playoffs begin at Las Vegas Sept. 15. Michigan is next Sunday, followed by Bristol, Darlington and Indianapolis. That's four radically different tracks to challenge drivers.

How are NASCAR driver points awarded per race?

Each finishing spot in the field earns driver points with the maximum being 40 for a win. These points accrue over the season as do owner points.

Drivers can also earn points based off of their finishes in the first two stages of the race. The driver who finishes first earns 10 points, the man who finishes in second earns nine and so on and so forth, points earned in those stages are then added to the points earned at the finish of a race.

The points are added up over all of the races and there is a reset after the regular-season finale in the 26th race. Drivers who have earned wins or finish in the top 16 of the Cup Series standings then move on to the playoffs.

Drivers accumulate playoff points earning five bonus points for a win and one for a stage win. Those points are added to a driver's total at the start of the playoffs.

For a more in-depth look at how scoring works, click here.


Published 05 Aug 2019, 07:30 IST
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