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Superspeedway cars will get safety enhancements in Sprint Cup and XFINITY series
NASCAR will implement structural enhancements to vehicles competing in the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series next season for races at its two biggest facilities, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, in an effort to provide additional protection to its competitors. A rules bulletin to teams Thursday detailed the safety measures which affect the front firewall and foot box areas, rear roll cage area behind the driver as well as along the left side door area of the driver's compartment. Referred to as anti-intrusion panels, the thickness of the pieces has been increased for additional strength and to allow each to be welded more significantly, according to officials. The structural changes, part of NASCAR's on-going comprehensive safety initiative, strengthen the interior area of the car surrounding the driver. "We've been doing a very significant body of work over the last year and a half," Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development, said Thursday. "… We've done quite a bit of analysis, crash testing and we've come to the point now that we believe that the package is mature and we want to introduce it. The changes impact existing pieces already in use with one minor exception -- a new piece of material has been added behind the driver that extends from the existing anti-intrusion plating on the door bars into the rear sub frame. The changes are not expected to adversely affect the weight of the vehicle or change center of gravity, impacting balance. "Basically we are making the structure that encapsulates the driver more robust and susceptible to manage energy in a better way," Stefanyshyn said. "It's been implemented … with the teams so that it can be done in the most efficient, quickest and easiest way." By making the enhancements optional for 2016, they could be implemented for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega, the only remaining event to be held on a superspeedway. The new pieces will be mandatory on superspeedways for 2017 and likely for all events in '18. Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch suffered a broken right leg and fractured left foot in February of 2015 when his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota struck a wall front-end first during an XFINITY Series race at Daytona. Busch missed the first 11 points races of the season due to the injuries. The area of impact in the Busch crash was not protected by SAFER barrier at the time; it has since been added. SAFER barrier is a softer, energy-dissipating material mounted on the track wall. Earlier this year, driver Danica Patrick was involved in a similar crash at Talladega, however the wall was protected by SAFER barrier. Other than bruising and some soreness, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver was not injured. RELATED: Danica discusses Talladega wreck Even with the SAFER barrier, Patrick's impact bent the gas, brake and clutch pedals inside her No. 10 Chevrolet and according to Greg Zipadelli, Vice President of Competition for SHR, " the steering column was moved a ton. "But it was intact," he said a week after the incident. "They've been talking about doing some work in the foot box (area); I think this is the perfect case of what happened. Would that help? I think it probably would have. I think she's lucky she has short legs. Her feet got banged up but once she got going in that direction, she said she just kind of picked her feet up." Patrick underwent x-rays in the infield care center at Talladega and told FOX Sports 1 a week later when the series was at Kansas Speedway that she felt "totally fine." "I've got a couple of bruises; my arm came across and bent the steering wheel," she said. "My foot went past the clutch pedal and came back on (after hitting the wall) … I've got a couple of bruises but I feel really good." Zipadelli said the sport "has come a long way" in the area of safety. "You think about what happened a bunch of years ago, compare these cars," he said. "We're going faster; these guys are hauling the mail every place we go now. When they do wreck, knock on wood, there aren't many complaints. I think they've done a really good job."
Chase -clinching scenarios at Pocono and Iowa
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup doesn't begin until September, but several drivers could officially clinch a spot in the postseason field this weekend at Pocono Raceway. So far, the five drivers who have clinched Chase berths are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth. Below are Chase -clinching scenarios for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono: Possible to Clinch: Kevin Harvick (1 win, 671 points, +434 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win. Kurt Busch (1 wins, 627 points, +390 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win. Joey Logano (1 Win, 606 points, +369 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win. Martin Truex Jr (1 win, 573 points, +336 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win. Denny Hamlin (1 win, 542 points, +305 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win. All of the above drivers have already clinched a position in the top 30 in the drivers points standings, but need to clear the multiple wins hurdle. It's possible that no drivers will clinch a Chase berth this weekend if a driver wins his first race of the season or an already-clinched driver wins. XFINITY Series The XFINITY Series Chase doesn't begin until September as well, but several drivers are looking to close their playoff position up with a win. At present, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler are locked into the postseason. Below are the Chase -clinching scenarios for XFINITY drivers at Iowa this weekend. Possible to clinch: Ty Dillon (0 Wins, 558 Points, +460 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win. Justin Allgaier (0 Wins, 542 Points, +444 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win. Brendan Gaughan (0 Wins, 535 Points, +437 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win. Brandon Jones (0 Wins, 520 Points, +422 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win. Brennan Poole (0 Wins, 519 Points, +421 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win. Darrell Wallace Jr. (0 Wins, 486 Points, +388 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win. Ryan Reed (0 Wins, 433 Points, +335 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win. Ryan Sieg (0 Wins, 420 Points, +322 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win. Blake Koch (0 Wins, 403 Points, +305 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win. Camping World Truck Series The Camping World Truck Series Chase doesn't begin until September, but several drivers are looking to firm up their playoff position up with a win. At present, only William Byron and Matt Crafton are locked into the postseason. Below are the Chase -clinching scenarios for Camping World Truck Series drivers at Pocono this weekend. Possible to clinch: Johnny Sauter (1 Win, 253 Points, +207 Points Ahead of 31st) – He has clinched a Top 30, but needs to join the multiple winners club in order to clinch a Chase berth, so he only clinches with a win. Christopher Bell (1 Win, 245 Points, +199 Points Ahead of 31st) – He has clinched a Top 30, but needs to join the multiple winners club in order to clinch a Chase berth, so he only clinches with a win. John Hunter Nemechek (1 Win, 232 Points, +186 Points Ahead of 31st) – He has clinched a Top 30, but needs to join the multiple winners club in order to clinch a Chase berth, so he only clinches with a win.
Strong starting spot at Indy a 'big deal' for Stewart
RELATED: Full starting lineup " See every car in the field SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Tony Stewart wrapped up day two of his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by qualifying third-best for the 40-car field that makes up Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard. It will be Stewart's best starting berth at Indy since winning the pole for the annual race at the legendary 2.5-mile track in 2002. It also equaled his best qualifying effort of what’s been an abbreviated season, matching his third-place start earlier this year at Michigan International Speedway. He announced last September that the 2016 season would be his last as a competitor in the Sprint Cup Series. Stewart put up the sixth-fastest lap in Saturday's opening round, enabling him to advance to the second round where he posted the second-fastest lap overall. In the final round of 12, his 184.328 mph lap was bettered only by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch (184.634 mph) and Carl Edwards (184.547 mph). Stewart, 45, credited crew chief Mike Bugarewicz with making the appropriate changes between Friday's two practices and Saturday’s qualifying attempts. "I just wish I could do a lap … one more time and not clip the apron in (Turn) 4; I think we could have been on the pole," Stewart said after climbing from his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. "What we learned today for qualifying, we are going to have to take some of that and try to make a car a little better for tomorrow." Starting position can be crucial -- the benefits ranging from optimum track position to a clear entry into and out of one's pit stall during the race. To start third, Stewart said, "is a big deal here. It always has been." The rules package in place for this year's race is 180 degrees from the high drag package implemented at Indy a year ago. Stewart said the difference is evident and positive. "It seems like the more downforce they take off these cars, the easier it is to race around each other," he said. "That is what you need, but it always helps when you can start up front. When you can get up there and really get working on your car in cleaner air and plan for the end of the race, that is really an advantage." Stewart sat out the first eight races of the 2016 season while recovering from injuries sustained in an off-road accident on Jan. 31. A victory last month at Sonoma Raceway and his ascension into the top-30 in points have put him in line for one of the 16 positions that will make up this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . "We just have been plugging away," he said. "Everybody thinks Sonoma was the game changer and it wasn't. I mean it was Pocono, it was Michigan -- those two races leading up to Sonoma were probably as big if not bigger than what we did at Sonoma. "Sonoma just gave us the opportunity to hopefully use what we are doing to get going in the Chase now." With his final start at Indy less than 24 hours away, Stewart, who has 49 career wins in NASCAR's premier series, was ready to turn his attention elsewhere. "Tonight I'm going to go to Kokomo Speedway for our All-Stars race and go to work there," he said. "Then come here tomorrow and have fun with our friends." Sunday’s race is scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m. ET. TV and radio coverage will be provided by NBCSN, the IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. </p>
Wallace Jr. shows off 'Shredder' scheme for Chicagoland
NEW YORK -- Nickelodeon today announced that it is has teamed up with NASCAR XFINITY Series star "Bubba" Wallace to drive a special No. 6 Shredder Ford Mustang in the XFINITY 300 on Saturday, September 17. Nickelodeon is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 18, dubbed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The track will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. Wallace is in his second full-time season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Roush Fenway Racing. His unique race car at Chicagoland will feature Shredder in his iconic helmet on the hood, rear bumper and left rear quarter-panel. The Foot Clan is right there with him, standing watch on the right rear quarter-panel, ready to do battle. Shredder is the commander of an evil ninja army called the Foot Clan, and is one of the deadliest martial artists in the world. He is cold, cunning, ruthless, and obsessed with destroying Splinter, whom he blames for the death of his true love. Shredder’s thirst for revenge has drained him of all compassion, warmth and connection to humanity. Wallace will join a number of other drivers with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles paint schemes for the Sept. 17-18 race weekend. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Danica Patrick has already been announced to drive the No. 10 April O'Neil/Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 . Additional drivers will be announced this summer. "I grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Shredder was always a cool character," said Wallace. "It's an honor to partner with Nickelodeon on this program. Hopefully Shredder and the Foot Clan will lead the way to Victory Lane." This Sept. 15-18 marks the sixth consecutive year that Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The Nickelodeon partnership will include sponsorship of the 2017 kick off race, as well. "We are excited to partner with Bubba Wallace and Roush Fenway Racing to showcase Shredder and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the NASCAR XFINITY race," said Anthony DiCosmo, Senior Vice President, Sports Marketing and Development, Nickelodeon. "Just as we did with last season's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 will continue to expand our relationship with NASCAR , while working with another best-in-class ISC track to give fans a unique and engaging race experience that the whole family can enjoy." Nickelodeon has a long-standing relationship with NASCAR , teaming up with the motorsports giant on several programming and racing events. On the track, the network has sponsored the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway in 2015; brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014; participated in the Bank of America 500 week in 2012; and the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC in 2004. NASCAR has also contributed talent and content to Nickelodeon programming such as the Kids’ Choice Awards ( Danica Patrick , 2012 and 2013), Kids’ Choice Sports Awards ( Danica Patrick , 2014, Ben Kennedy , 2015), Team Umizoomi ( Jeff Gordon , 2012), Hammer Down (2014), which aired on Nicktoon’s NickSports block, and an upcoming Bubble Guppies episode ( Jimmie Johnson , 2015). Currently in its fourth season, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is seen in over 170 countries and territories and translated in 50+ languages. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows four mutant turtles -- Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo -- trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat sensei, Master Splinter, who teaches the turtles to battle evil from the New York City sewers. Executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman, the series is created at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.
NASCAR , Chevrolet launch diversity scholarship contest
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 23, 2016) — NASCAR and Chevrolet today announced the launch of the second annual NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest during a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Through this initiative, NASCAR and Chevrolet continue their longstanding commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education and promoting opportunities for college students pursuing technology related careers. The contest challenges students to identify a technology or innovation within NASCAR and explain how STEM professionals came to its design in 90-second videos submitted on www.chevy.nascardiversity.com . Four winners will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarships and a VIP experience at Texas Motor Speedway during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on November 6, 2016. In what has quickly become an important component of NASCAR's diversity and inclusion platform, the scholarship program helps both organizations attract young, diverse talent to the world of motorsports. "STEM professionals are invaluable to our sport," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "We're proud to partner again with Chevrolet in supporting talented students who we hope one day will play an important role in our industry." Video submissions will be judged on technical accuracy, creativity and production quality. Examples of science and technology in NASCAR include, but are not limited to: track banking and construction, race car design, SAFER barrier walls, drafting, gas mileage, tire wear, ethanol fuel, pit road officiating and solar energy. Ken Barrett, chief diversity officer for General Motors, announced the scholarship contest today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "At General Motors, diversity is our strength and we seek unique perspectives to infuse new ideas into all we do - keeping us on the cutting edge of technological innovation," said Barrett. "Attracting and employing the best and brightest STEM talent from around the world places GM and Chevy in the position to win in the marketplace and the race track." Winners will be awarded a scholarship and an exclusive, behind- the -scenes race experience in Texas, including a tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pace car rides and meet-and-greets with Team Chevy drivers and Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Program Manager, Alba Colon. "We're thrilled to once again offer this scholarship opportunity for talented students," said Colon. " NASCAR is such an innovative sport and this is a great way to get students excited about science and technology." To be eligible for the contest, students must be currently enrolled, at least part-time, in an accredited college or university within the United States, be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of entry and submit a YouTube link through the scholarship website. The deadline to enter is October 15, 2016. For more information on the NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest, please visit www.chevy.nascardiversity.com .
Chase -clinching scenarios at Indianapolis
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup doesn't begin until September, but several drivers have the opportunity to officially clinch a spot in the postseason field this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This weekend, the magic number for Sprint Cup Series drivers is 271 -- as in a driver 271 points ahead of 31st place in the standings following Sunday's race guarantees a spot in the top 30 of the standings, no matter what happens the rest of the regular season. To clinch an early Chase berth, a driver must have multiple wins and lock a top-30 spot. Due to the tight standings, it's also possible for a driver to clinch if he exits Indy with fewer than a 271-point lead over 31st-place, but 271 is the magic number. Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards have already clinched spots in the Chase Grid. Below are Chase -clinching scenarios for this weekend's races at Indianapolis: Possible to Clinch: Jimmie Johnson (2 wins, 514 points, +294 points ahead of 31st): The two-time 2016 winner just needs a top-30 spot to clinch a Chase berth. Matt Kenseth (2 wins, 506 points, +286 points ahead of 31st): Last weekends's New Hampshire winner has multiple wins and just needs a top-30 spot to officially clinch. Kevin Harvick (1 Win, 636 points, +416 points ahead of 31st): Harvick already has clinched his top-30 spot, but the only way he can clinch a Chase berth at this point is by being a multi-race winner. He'll need a win at Indianapolis to officially clinch a spot in the Chase . Kurt Busch (1 win, 601 points, +382 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win. Joey Logano (1 win, 571 points, +351 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win. Martin Truex Jr (1 win, 540 points, +320 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win. Denny Hamlin (1 win, 505 points, +285 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win. NASCAR XFINITY SERIES CHASE The magic number for XFINITY Series drivers was 361. As in, a driver 361 points ahead of 31st place clinched a top-30 spot in the standings. Erik Jones had already locked up a spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase before Indianapolis. Clinched: Daniel Suarez (1 Win, 608 Points, +510 Points Ahead of 31st): Suarez finished seventh at Indianapolis and clinched after a Chase -eligible driver did not win on Saturday. Elliott Sadler (1 Win, 594 Points, +496 Points Ahead of 31st): Although he missed out on the Dash 4 Cash prize by one spot, Sadler's sixth-place finish at Indianapolis was enough to clinch a Chase berth.
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Stewart preps for 'emotional' final Indy start
RELATED: Stewart Chase Watch " WATCH: Stewart's first Brickyard win SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- The same guy happily and anonymously steering a tractor around his Eldora Speedway in Western Ohio earlier this week -- carefully tending to the dirt surface, readying the facility for Wednesday's annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event -- will be celebrated this weekend two hours away at racing's most historic venue, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And no matter how tough Tony Stewart is -- and he is tough -- or how humble the Hoosier native may be, the three-time NASCAR champion and Eldora Speedway proprietor can expect to be moved by the overwhelming reception his home state will bestow as he makes his final start at the great speedway. His track. "I have no doubt it will be the most emotional (of any starts)," said Stewart, who is retiring from full-time NASCAR competition at the conclusion of the season. "It's hard not to think you'd be emotional when it's home. It's your home track, your home race. My family comes. My friends come. It would be impossible to think it's not going to be an emotional weekend. "I think my schedule for the weekend is probably the best thing that could happen to me. Being busy at the all-star races (in nearby Kokomo) on race weekend is the best thing that could happen, to keep me in check. It doesn't give me time to think about it, dwell on it. " The Monday when it's all over (at Indy) would be the perfect time to think about how the weekend was. We'll still be in the moment for sure, but having those (other) races to keep you busy takes a lot of the time you'd sit there and worry and think about things that don't really help you for the weekend anyway. I think it will be a benefit for us." Impending NASCAR retirement aside, Indianapolis has been an emotional ride for Stewart right from the very beginning. His very first start at the facility came from the pole position in the 1996 Indianapolis 500. Stewart had qualified second but moved up a starting spot after his teammate, pole winner Scott Brayton was killed during an accident in practice the week before the race. Stewart finished the race 24th. He started from the front row (second) the next year, too, and finished fifth -- his best ever in the 500. In all, he made five IndyCar starts at the speedway with three top 10s, two of them coming in amazing double-dip action -- racing at Indy in the afternoon and in NASCAR's Charlotte 600-miler in the evening. Stewart still boasts the best ever Indy-Charlotte double (2001) with a sixth-place finish at Indy, then a third-place result in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 that same day, completing all 1,100 miles. And Stewart's NASCAR resume at Indy is even more enviable. It will be reflected in the ovation he surely will receive Sunday afternoon before the start of the Crown Royal Presents The Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM). And it will show not only the fans' utmost respect, but their true love for the hometown hero. Stewart won the Brickyard 400 in 2005 and 2007. He has 11 top-10 finishes in 17 starts including seven top-five finishes. And he won the pole position in 2002. Five of Stewart's seven Indy starts for his Stewart-Haas Racing team have been top 10s. Stewart's success at the track has been important. For him. for his fellow Hoosiers, and for NASCAR in general. He is the only driver to win both an IndyCar and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship -- a fact especially appreciated in Indianapolis, where the region is also fond of the fact that Stewart still lives nearby in his hometown of Columbus. He is one of them -- and they have always loved him because of it. He is not just the hometown favorite, but he is "theirs" -- an Indiana treasure -- bred here and residing here still. And that's where things may get a little difficult for Stewart this weekend. He is intent on approaching this race as the next step necessary for ensuring his postseason place in the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . However, he acknowledges, his final start at his home track will be the truest test of heart so far. "I know it's our last year and I know people want to do things for us, and I greatly appreciate that but what I want to do is focus on driving the race car and doing the best job I can, trying to get best result I can each weekend," Stewart said. "I have to be focused on that, not the other stuff. I'm content going to the race track and racing all weekend." Stewart has three top-five finishes in the last four Cup races and the very thought that he go to this famous Victory Lane in his final start is almost too much emotion for the brain to bear. His No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet team has turned the corner in performance. And Stewart, who missed the first eight races recovering from an offseason injury, says he and crew chief Mike Bugarewicz are starting to gel in their first months working together. His win at Sonoma in June places him in the Chase , and should he maintain a position in the top 30 in points, his long goodbye will be playoff style. A win at Indianapolis this weekend, however, would be oh-so-different. And it will be harder to see who is happier about it -- Tony Stewart or the fans who love him so. "I'm still under same principle of taking it one week at a time and trying to get more consistent," Stewart said, underplaying the very thought of an Indy celebration. "If we can do that, the rest takes care of itself. "We're not quite where we need to be yet, but we have a lot of momentum and we're gaining on it and have a lot to look forward to. "But literally, that one win changes the whole complexion of our season now. I want to approach racing at Indy just like I do anything else, but even before I had planned on retirement it was emotional here so I don't know how I can say it would be less than that. "It will be more."
Chase clinch scenarios for Kentucky
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup might not begin until September, but several drivers have the opportunity to clinch a spot in the top 30 this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, thus securing a spot in the NASCAR playoffs. To clinch an early Chase berth, a driver must have multiple wins and a top-30 spot. Below are Chase -clinching scenarios for this weekend's Sprint Cup race in the Bluegrass State: Brad Keselowski : With three wins this season thus far, last week's Daytona winner can clinch a top-30 spot if he is 361 points ahead of the 31st spot in the point standings. Second-ranked Keselowski is currently 342 points ahead of 31st-place Brian Scott , so he'll need help to accomplish this feat. Carl Edwards : A two-time 2016 victor, Edwards currently has 527 points, 318 points ahead of 31st-place Scott. Like Keselowski, he'll need to be 361 points ahead of 31st-place post-Kentucky in order to clinch a top-30 spot, and also needs help to achieve this. Kevin Harvick : While Harvick sits atop the points standings, he only has one win to his name in 2016. He can clinch a top-30 spot this weekend if he's 361 points ahead of 31st-place, but he'll need multiple wins to officially solidify his spot. If a new driver were to win each upcoming race, not all drivers with a single victory will automatically make the Chase . With another win, it will be impossible for the 31st-place driver to pass Harvick based on the limited points available for runner-up results and the current close proximity of 30th and 31st-places. Kurt Busch: Currently at 545 points with one 2016 win, Busch will need to clinch a top-30 spot at Kentucky and earn another win before the Chase begins to officially clinch a spot. He's in a similar boat to Harvick where he'll need some help to clinch. Joey Logano : Logano currently has one win and 531 points, and is 322 points ahead of the 31st-place position. He'll need to clinch a top-30 spot at Kentucky and earn another win to clinch. XFINITY Series clinching scenarios Daniel Suarez: Suarez currently has one win and 499 points and is 412 points ahead of 31st place. To clinch, he needs to win and leave Kentucky with a 451-point lead over the 31st-place driver. Elliott Sadler : Sadler has one win and 493 Points and is 406 points ahead of 31st. He needs to win and leave Kentucky with a 451-point lead over 31st place in order to clinch.
Chase -clinching scenarios at New Hampshire
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup doesn't begin until September, but several drivers have the opportunity to clinch a spot in the top 30 this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , thus securing a spot in the NASCAR playoffs. To clinch an early Chase berth, a driver must have multiple wins and a top-30 spot. Below are Chase -clinching scenarios for this weekend's races at New Hampshire: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Possible to Clinch: Kyle Busch (3 Wins, 521 Points, +304 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Busch can only clinch a top-30 spot with help. Carl Edwards (2 Wins, 566 Points, +349 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Edwards needs to clinch a top-30 spot, which he should be able to do before the Chase cutoff as he's 349 points ahead of 31st now. With multiple wins, the clinching of a top-30 spot will also clinch his Chase berth. Kevin Harvick (1 Win, 599 Points, +382 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Harvick has already clinched his top-30 spot, but the only way he can clinch a Chase berth at this point is by being a multi-race winner, so his only chance to clinch at New Hampshire is with a win. Kurt Busch (1 Win, 583 Points, +366 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Can clinch with a win. Joey Logano (1 Win, 533 Points, +316 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Can clinch with a win. Martin Truex Jr (1 Win, 514 Points, +297 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Needs some help next week to clinch a top-30 and would also need a win to join the multi-winner club to clinch his Chase berth. NASCAR XFINITY Series Possible to Clinch: Erik Jones (2 Wins, 480 Points, +393 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Jones has multiple wins and clinched a top-30 spot in the standings at New Hampshire, sealing his Chase berth. Daniel Suarez (1 Win, 537 Points, +450 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Suarez has clinched a top-30 spot, but can only clinch a Chase berth by joining the multi-winner club, so he did not clinch at New Hampshire. Elliott Sadler (1 Win, 528 Points, +441 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Sadler has clinched a top-30 spot, but can only clinch a Chase berth by joining the multi-winner club, so he did not clinch at New Hampshire.