Chances for spots in NASCAR’s playoffs are dwindling, and a number of big names are still looking for their first win of 2015, including Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle and AJ Allmendinger, all of whom made last year’s Chase.
This weekend, Kevin Harvick can clinch a top 30 spot. That, combined with his multiple wins which guarantees him to be among the top 16 winners, will officially clinch a spot in the Chase, assuming he starts the remaining races in the regular season. With a 48-point victory, Dale Earnhardt Jr. could also clinch, but would need lots of help to clinch a top 30 spot.
Here’s a look at the current Chase Grid:
The top 10 are virtually locked in with a win.
1. Jimmie Johnson 2. Kevin Harvick 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4. Kurt Busch 5. Joey Logano 6. Martin Truex Jr. 7. Brad Keselowski 8. Matt Kenseth 9. Denny Hamlin 10. Carl Edwards 11. Jamie McMurray (+85) 12. Jeff Gordon (+59) 13. Kasey Kahne (+55) 14. Paul Menard (+39) 15. Ryan Newman (+31) 16. Clint Bowyer (+24)
On the outside looking in are Aric Almirola (-24), Kyle Larson (-70) and Greg Biffle (-73).