NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase 2013

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The Ten 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup Races

1) September 15 - Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5 miles
2013 race Won by #20-Matt Kenseth, Chase Leader #20-Matt Kenseth +8 pts

2) September 22 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1.058 miles
2013 race Won by #20-Matt Kenseth, Chase Leader #20-Matt Kenseth +14 pts

3) September 29 - Dover International Speedway, 1 mile
2013 race Won by #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chase Leader #20-Matt Kenseth +8 pts

4) October 6 - Kansas Speedway, 1.5 miles (held Oct 21st in 2012)
2013 race Won by #29-Kevin Harvick, Chase Leader #20-Matt Kenseth +3 pts

5) October 12 - Charlotte Motor Speedway, 1.5 miles
2013 race Won by #2-Brad Keselowski, Chase Leader #20-Matt Kenseth +4 pts

6) October 20 - Talladega Superspeedway, 2.66 miles (held Oct 7th in 2012)
2013 race Won by #1-Jamie McMurray, Chase Leader #48-Jimmie Johnson +4 pts

7) October 27 - Martinsville Speedway, .526 mile
2013 race Won by #24-Jeff Gordon, Chase Leader #20-Matt Kenseth +0 pts

8) November 3 - Texas Motor Speedway, 1.5 miles
2013 race Won by #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chase Leader #48-Jimmie Johnson +7 pts

9) November 10 - Phoenix International Raceway, 1 mile
2013 race Won by #29-Kevin Harvick, Chase Leader #48-Jimmie Johnson +28 pts

10) November 17 - Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1.5 miles
2013 race Won by #11-Denny Hamlin, Chase Leader/2013 Champ #48-Jimmie Johnson +19


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The rules for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup

  • The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase System:
    Twelve drivers will run the Chase
    The top 10 in points following Race No. 26 -- the "cutoff" race -- to earn Chase berths.
    The final two spots will be determined by the number of wins during the first 26 races.
    Positions 11 and 12 are "wild card" qualifiers and will go to non-top-10-ranked drivers with the most wins, as long as they're ranked in the top 20 in points. Ties are broken by points position, then by 2nd place finishes, 3rd, etc.
    The top-10 Chase drivers will be seeded based on wins during the first 26 races, with each win worth three bonus points.
    The wild card drivers will not receive bonus points for wins and will be seeded 11th and 12th, respectively.
    The top 12 drivers will be reset to 2000 points, drivers 1-10 will get three- bonus points per win.
    Wild card drivers get no bonus points for wins

  • The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.


The lineup for the Chase for the 2013 Sprint Cup

  • will be decided after the 26th race of the season at Richmond on September 7, 2013

  • Qualified for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup(10 years/chases)
    #99-Carl Edwards [6th time][2 wins]
    #48-Jimmie Johnson [10th time][4 wins]
    #15-Clint Bowyer [4th time][0 wins]
    #29-Kevin Harvick [7th time][2 wins]
    #18-Kyle Busch [6th time][4 wins]
    #20-Matt Kenseth [9th time][5 wins]
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [6th time][0 win]
    #78-Kurt Busch [7th time][0 win]
    #16-Greg Biffle [6th time][1 win]
    #22-Joey Logano [1st time][1 win]
    three wild cards
    #5-Kasey Kahne [4th time][2 wins, 14th in pts]
    #39-Ryan Newman [5th time][1 win, 12th in pts]
    #24-Jeff Gordon [9th time][11th in pts, added after penalties]
    (9-13-2013)

  • The drivers missed the Chase after making it in 2013:
    #14-Tony Stewart [8 times in previous chases, injured, missed rest of season][1 win]
    #11-Denny Hamlin [7 times, was injured, missed 4 races][no wins]
    #2-Brad Keselowski [2 times][0 wins], was 2012 Champ
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.[2nd time][1 win] was in, but after RIR penalties was dropped out and Newman went in, then Gordon was put in.

  • Penske deal with Front Row at Richmond to help Logano? UPDATES - Gordon added to Chase: Penske Racing may have cut a deal with Front Row Motorsports in the closing laps at Richmond for track position to help get #22-Joey Logano in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. In radio communications reviewed Wednesday by The Associated Press for Front Row driver #38-David Gilliland, his spotter informs the team of a request to let Logano pass him in the final laps of Saturday night's race. Logano was trying to claim a spot in the 12-driver Chase field. Both Penske and Front Row are Ford teams and thus considered partners. A voice on the radio, believed to be crew chief Frank Kerr, asks who the request is coming from. The spotter replies: "We've got the big dog and all his cronies." Kerr then says: "Travis knows what I've been asking for," an apparent reference to Penske Racing competition director Travis Geisler. Logano passed Gilliland on a restart and finished 22nd, one spot ahead of Gilliland and good enough for a berth in the Chase field. "Good job, good job, man," the spotter says after the race. "Hopefully we'll get something out of that." Statistics analyzed by AP also show Gilliland's lap times dropped off by almost 1 second from the times he was running prior to the radio communication.(Associated Press)(9-11-2013)
    UPDATE: "NASCAR is aware of reports about the #22 and #38 radio communications at Richmond International Raceway and is looking into it, but has yet to see anything in full context that requires any action."(NASCAR)(9-11-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Thursday morning release from NASCAR: "NASCAR is continuing to gather all the facts from last Saturday nights NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR will have no further comment until all the facts have been examined. "(NASCAR)(9-12-2013)
    UPDATE 3: NASCAR officials met with Front Row Motorsports crew chief Frank Kerr and spotter David Keith at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday morning to discuss Saturdays incidents at Richmond International Raceway. A separate meeting was held with Penske Racing vice president Bud Denker, competition director Travis Geisler, vice president of operations Michael Nelson, crew chief Todd Gordon and spotter Tab Boyd. Both teams reviewed radio communications and tape from the Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup race. FRM general manager Jerry Freeze and Penske Racing's Denker said the teams would not comment until after a decision was made by NASCAR. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said no decision had been made on whether a 13th team would be added to the Chase for the Sprint Cup.(Fox Sports)(9-13-2013)
    UPDATE 4: Following a comprehensive review of all available audio and video communications from last Saturday nights NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, along with interviews with team personnel, NASCAR announced Friday the following decision:
    • Both the Front Row Motorsports and Penske Racing organizations have been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for violating Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing).
    • A 13th car  the #24  would be added to this years Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    Based on all of our findings this week, we determined both Front Row Motorsports and Penske Racing organizations would be placed on probation for the remainder of this season, said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, based upon the totality of our findings, to be totally fair and equitable we decided that adding a 13th car to this years Chase is the appropriate action.
    Beginning with our decision Monday, which resulted in an unprecedented team penalty, and continuing with further examination of actions involving two other race teams, it is clear to us that attempts to manipulate the results impacted the Chase field.
    The integrity of our sport remains the cornerstone of NASCAR, and our actions this week speak to our commitment to ensure a level playing field for all competitors.
    Additionally, NASCAR will conduct a mandatory meeting with drivers, owners, crew chiefs and other team personnel [Saturday at 3:00pm/et] to address this issue moving forward.(NASCAR)
    AND see a full transcript of the announcement on the Second NASCAR Richmond Penalty Transcript Page.(9-13-2013)

  • NASCAR Penalizes MWR following Richmond, Truex out of Chase, Newman in: NASCAR has issued penalties to Michael Waltrip Racing following the sanctioning bodys review of Saturdays race at Richmond International Raceway. MWR was found to have violated Section 12-4 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing). As a result, MWRs three teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (#15, #55, #56) have been penalized with the loss of 50 championship driver and 50 championship owner points, respectively.
    These point penalties are assessed following the seasons 26th regular season race and not after the seeding for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Therefore, the point total for the #56 car driven by Martin Truex Jr. is reduced to 691, putting him in 17th position and eliminating him from the second Wild Card berth for the Chase field. Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 car, now moves up into the Chase as the second Wild Card participant.
    NASCAR has also fined the MWR organization $300,000 and indefinitely suspended Ty Norris, MWR Executive Vice President/General Manager and spotter for the #55 car, for violating Section 12-4. The three crew chiefs  Brian Pattie (#15), Scott Miller (#55) and Chad Johnston (#56)  have all been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
    Based upon our review of Saturday nights race at Richmond, it is our determination that the MWR organization attempted to manipulate the outcome of the race, said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. As the sports sanctioning body, it is our responsibility to ensure there is a fair and level playing field for all of our competitors and this action today reflects our commitment to that.(NASCAR)
    AND Monday evening there was a NASCAR Press Conference with NASCAR President Mike Helton and NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton, see the full transcript of the press conference at NASCAR Richmond Penalty Transcript page.(9-9-2013)


The 2013 Chase Points, after each race in the Chase

  • Jimmie Johnson Wins 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship: #48-Jimmie Johnson took another step closer to stock car racing history on Sunday, claiming his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnson, who entered the race with a 28-point lead over 2003 series champion #20-Matt Kenseth, finished ninth in the Ford EcoBoost 400, putting his final margin over Kenseth at 19 points.
    The championship is a record-extending 11th in the series for Hendrick Motorsports. Rick Hendricks organization also won four titles with Jeff Gordon, co-owner of Johnsons #48 Chevrolet, and one with Terry Labonte. Johnsons crew chief, Chad Knaus, has led the team to all six titles.
    The 38-year-old Johnson is one of three competitors to win six or more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. He trails only seven-time champions and NASCAR Hall of Fame members Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
    Johnsons five previous championships  all consecutive  came from 2006-2010. He has finished first or second in eight of the 12 seasons in which hes been a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor. His 66 victories rank second among active drivers, behind only Hendrick Motorsports teammate Gordons 88 wins.
    Johnsons six championships have come in three distinctly different NASCAR Sprint Cup cars  including the Gen-6 Chevrolet SS that debuted this season.
    After winning his second Daytona 500 to open the season, Johnson led the series standings after all but three races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup regular season. He entered the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the No. 2 seed  behind Kenseth  with four victories. A dominant victory on Nov. 3 at Texas Motor Speedway gave Johnson the Chase lead for good. In addition, Chevrolet won its 37th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series manufacturers championship.(NASCAR)(11-17-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Homestead:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 9th (7th)
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd (POLE)
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 10th (6th)
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 7th (11th)
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3rd (21st)
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th (26th)
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 24th (16th)
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 5th (25th)
    9) #22-Joey Logano, 8th (3rd)
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 21st (2nd)
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 17th (15th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 13th (13th)
    13) #99-Carl Edwards, 12rt (18th)
    (11-17-2013)

  • FINAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Homestead, race 36 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 2419
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2400, -19
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2385, -34
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2364, -55
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2363, -56
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2337, -82
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2336, -83
    8) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2323, -96
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2321, -98
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 2309, -110
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2286, -133
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2283, -136
    13) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2282, -137
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Homestead Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Homestead, race 36 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [6 wins], 1248
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [4 wins], 1207, -41
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1192, -56
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 1163, -85
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 1144, -104
    6) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 1118, -130
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 1115, -133
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [1 win], 1087, -161
    9) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 1077, -171
    10) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 1071, -177
    11) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 1071, -177
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 1041, -207
    13) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 1027, -221
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 1022, -226
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 1007, -241
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (11-17-2013)

  • Only four drivers made up points deficit in finale: Since the inception of the position-based points system in 1975, only four drivers have made up a points deficit in the season finale: Richard Petty in 1979 (made up two points on Darrell Waltrip), Alan Kulwicki in 1992 (made up 30 points on Davey Allison), Jimmie Johnson in 2010 (made up 15 points on Denny Hamlin) and Tony Stewart in 2011 (made up three points on Carl Edwards). Note: Stewarts comeback is the only one made under the current one-point-per-position structure.(NASCAR)(11-17-2013)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    Homestead-Miami Speedway has been a part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoffs inception in 2004. This season the track will host its 10th Chase event.
    The winner of the Homestead-Miami Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the championship during the Chase era once: Tony Stewart (2011).
    Greg Biffle leads the series in Chase race wins at HMS with three (2004-2006); followed by Carl Edwards with two (2008, 2010).
    The worst finish in a Chase race by the eventual series champion at HMS is 15th (three times), Tony Stewart in 2005, Jimmie Johnson in 2008 and Brad Keselowski in 2012.
    Chase Contenders have won seven of the nine previous Chase races at HMS. The only non-Chase contender to win a Homestead-Miami Speedway Chase race was Greg Biffle (2004 and 2006).
    Four of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at HMS: Greg Biffle (three), Carl Edwards (two), Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon (one each).
    The average Chase race finish by the eventual series champion at HMS is 8.2. In four of the nine previous Chase races at HMS the eventual series champion has finished in the top five.
    Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in Chase race wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway with six, including five consecutive: Greg Biffle (2004-2006), Matt Kenseth (2007) and Carl Edwards (2008).
    Ford leads the series in Chase wins at HMS with six; followed by Chevrolet with two.
    The most dominant performance by a Chase race winner at HMS is Carl Edwards victory in 2010. He posted a Perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 and led 190 of the 267 laps (71.1% of his laps completed) - most by a Chase race winner at the track.
    Jimmie Johnson has competed 122 times on 1.5/1.54-mile tracks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and has finished worse than 23rd a total of 21 times in his career (17.2%). Of those 21 finishes worse than 23rd-place on 1.5/1.54-mile tracks, four have come at Homestead-Miami Speedway, including each of the last two. Johnson finished 32nd in 2011 and 36th in 2012 at HMS.(NASCAR)(11-16-2013)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Clinch Scenarios Set For Homestead: #48-Jimmie Johnson leads #20-Matt Kenseth by 28 points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, going into Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Regardless of any other drivers finish, Johnson will clinch his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a finish of 23rd or better at HMS; or 24th or better and at least one lap led; or 25th or better and the most laps led in Sundays Ford EcoBoost 400. #29-Kevin Harvick, 34 points behind Johnson, remains the only other driver eligible for the 2013 championship.(NASCAR)(11-10-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Phoenix:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd (Pole)
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 23rd (14th)
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, WON (9th)
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 7th (4th)
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 4th (11th)
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th (5th)
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer, 20th (6th)
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 13th (18th)
    9) #22-Joey Logano, 9th (3rd)
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 5th (8th)
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 21st (23rd)
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 10th (17th)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 2nd (7th)
    (11-10-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 2384
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2356, -28
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2350, -34
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2327, -57
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2321, -63
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2304, -80
    7) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2301, -83
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2297, -87
    9) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2287, -97
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 2285, -99
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2259, -125
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2252, -132
    13) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2250, -134
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(11-10-2013)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [6 wins], 1213
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [4 wins], 1172, -41
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1148, -65
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 1126, -87
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 1102, -111
    6) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 1086, -127
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 1076, -137
    8) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 1057, -156
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [1 win], 1054, -159
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 1047, -166
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 1035, -178
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 1002, -211
    13) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 1000, -213
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 993, -220
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 991, -222
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (11-10-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Texas:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th (6th)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, WON (3rd)
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 38th (8th)
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 8th (19th)
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 13th (5th)
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th (26th)
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2nd (7th)
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 12th (18th)
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 17th (31st)
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 37th (1st)
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 9th (13th)
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 3rd (12th)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 5th (11th)
    (11-3-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 2342
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2335, -7
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2302, -40
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2290, -52
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2280, -62
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2273, -69
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2273, -69
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2269, -73
    9) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2251, -91
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 2246, -96
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2226, -116
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2224, -118
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2209, -133
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [6 wins], 1171
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1127, -44
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1124, -47
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 1089, -82
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 1062, -109
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 1061, -110
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 1052, -119
    8) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 1025, -146
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [1 win], 1023, -148
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 1008, -163
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 999, -172
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 968, -207
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 966, -205
    14) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 965, -206
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 948, -223
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (11-3-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Martinsville:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, finished 5th (started 3rd)
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd (4th)
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 15th (2nd)
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 6th (10th)
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st (9th)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8th (12th)
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 9th (33rd)
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 3rd (5th)
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 18th (19th)
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 12th (14th)
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 38th (17th)
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 14th (6th)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 27th (25th)
    (10-27-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2294
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2294
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2267, -27
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2266, -28
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2258, -36
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2239, -55
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2238, -56
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2236, -58
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2219, -75
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2218, -76
    11) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2209, -85
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2188, -106
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2170, -124
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1123
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1088, -35
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1086, -37
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 1057, -66
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 1054, -69
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 1019, -104
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 1018, -105
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [1 win], 1017, -106
    9) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 992, -131
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 981, -142
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 957, -166
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 954, -169
    13) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 929, -194
    14) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 929, -194
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 909, -214
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (10-27-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Talladega:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 20th (started 12th)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 13th (11)
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 12th (33)
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th (19)
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th (27)
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th (6)
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 18th (30)
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th (20)
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2nd (8)
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 17th (5)
    11) #22-Joey Logano, 16th (18)
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 9th (17)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 36th (28)
    (10-20-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2254
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2250, -4
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2228, -26
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2228, -26
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2220, -34
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2202, -52
    7) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2201, -52
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2197, -57
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2193, -61
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2186, -68
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2182, -72
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2179, -75
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2153, -101
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1083
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1050, -33
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1042, -41
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 1027, -56
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 1022, -61
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 983, -100
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 976, -107
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 970, -113
    9) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 957, -126
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 955, -128
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 927, -156
    12) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 923, -160
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 920, -163
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 892, -191
    15) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 889, -194
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (10-20-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Charlotte:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 3rd (started 20th)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4th (4)
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 6th (2)
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 7th (POLE)
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th (9)
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 16th (3)BR> 7) #78-Kurt Busch, 14th (10)
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 15th (6)
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 11th (14)
    10) #22-Joey Logano, 18th (12)
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 10th (15)
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 8th (7)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 2nd (5)
    (10-12-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2225
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2221, -4
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2196, -29
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2189, -36
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2188, -37
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2167, -58
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2166, -59
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2162, -63
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2159, -66
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2158, -67
    11) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2150, -75
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 2147, -78
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2144, -81
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(10-12-2013)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1050
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1018, -32
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1017, -33
    4) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 994, -56
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 987, -63
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 941, -109
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 940, -110
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 939, -111
    9) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 928, -122
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 923, -127
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 898, -152
    12) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 888, -162
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 883, -167
    14) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 874, -176
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 873, -177
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (10-12-2013)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    Charlotte Motor Speedway has been one of the 10 tracks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoffs inception in 2004.
    Once the winner of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the championship: Jimmie Johnson (2009).
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series with the most Chase race wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway with three.
    The worst finish by the eventual champion at Charlotte Motor Speedway was 25th, by Tony Stewart in 2005.
    Chase Contenders have won eight of the nine Chase races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The one driver that was not a Chase Contenders that won the Chase race at Charlotte is Jamie McMurray in 2010.
    Five of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (3), Kasey Kahne (1), Matt Kenseth (1), Jeff Gordon (1) and Clint Bowyer (1).
    Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway with six followed by Ford, Dodge and Toyota with one each.
    The most dominant performance by a winner in a Chase race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was Kasey Kahnes victory in 2006. He led 134 of the 334 laps (most by a Chase race winner) and posted the highest Driver Rating at 143.6.(NASCAR)(10-12-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Kansas:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 11th (started 7th)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th (3)
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 34th (18)
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, WON (1)
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3rd (14)
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 13th (26)BR> 7) #39-Ryan Newman, 35th (17)
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th (22)
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2nd (19)
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8th (6)
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 5th (9)
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 4th (5)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 15th (15)
    (10-6-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 30 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2183
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2180, -3
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2158, -25
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2151, -32
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2148, -35
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2139, -44
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2136, -47
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2129, -54
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2128, -55
    10) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2124, -59
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2123, -60
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 2110, -73
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2100, -83
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Kansas, race 30 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1009
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 980, -29
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 975, -34
    4) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 959, -50
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 947, -62
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 910, -99
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 907, -102
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 901, -108
    9) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 898, -111
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 895, -114
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 872, -137
    12) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 851, -158
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 847, -162
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 839, -170
    15) #2-Brad Keselowski, 827, -182
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (10-6-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Dover:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 7th (2)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th (14)
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, WON (8)
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 35th (4)
    5) #16-Greg Biffle, 9th(19)BR> 6) #29-Kevin Harvick, 6th (12)
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 21st (9)
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4th (16)
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 8th (3)
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th (23)
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2nd (1)
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 3rd (11)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 13th (20)
    (9-29-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2149
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2141, -8
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2137, -12
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2110, -39
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2110, -39
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2108, -41
    7) #39-Ryan Newman, 2101, -48
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2098, -51
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2094, -55
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2092, -57
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2084, -65
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2083, -66
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2071, -78
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Dover Race & Points Report (pdf)(9-29/30-2013)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 970
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 941, -29
    3) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 936, -34
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 932, -38
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 920, -50
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 877, -93
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 873, -97
    8) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 864, -106
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 860, -110
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 856, -114
    11) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 842, -128
    12) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 831, -139
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 819, -151
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 810, -160
    15) #2-Brad Keselowski, 799, -171
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (9-29-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2111
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2097, -14
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2093, -18
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2075, -36
    5) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2073, -38
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2072, -39
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2071, -40
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2069, -42
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 2064, -47
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2063, -48
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2049, -62
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2042, -69
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2040, -71
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official New Hampshire Race & Points Report (pdf)(9-23-2013)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [4 wins], 922
    2) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 911, -11
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 903, -19
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 896, -26
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 894, -28
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 842, -80
    7) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 833, -89
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 830, -92
    9) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 829, -93
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 820, -102
    11) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 805, -117
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski, 792, -130
    13) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 790, -132
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 786, -136
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 779, -143
    16) #56-Martin Truex, Jr., 752, -170
    17) #27-Paul Menard, 742, -180
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (9-22-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Chicago, race 27 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [6 wins], 2063
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2055, -8
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2052, -11
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2048, -15
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2040, -23
    6) #78-Kurt Busch, 2040, -23
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2039, -24
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 2035, -28
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2035, -28
    10) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2032, -31
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2032, -31
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2011, -52
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2010, -53
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Chicago Race & Points Report (pdf)(9-15/16-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Chicago, race 27 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [4 wins], 881
    2) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 876, -5
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 870, -18
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [6 wins], 855, -26
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 854, -27
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 814, -67
    7) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 802, -79
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 791, -90
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 790, -91
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 788, -93
    11) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 776, -105
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 771, -110
    13) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 759, -122
    14) #2-Brad Keselowski, 758, -123
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 747, -134
    16) #27-Paul Menard, 720, -161
    17) #56-Truex, Jr., 717, -164
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (9-15-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings [REVISED]:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 842
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 841, -1
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 828, -14
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 811, -31
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 807, -35
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 781, -61
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer, 779 [was 829], -63
    8)#78-Kurt Busch, 762, -80
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 759, -83
    10) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 751, -91
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 14th in pts
    WC2) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 12th in pts (moved into 12th and Chase after penaty to #56)
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points (1 pt out of 10th), added after penalties
    was WC2) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], now 17th in pts and drops out of Chase
    (Truex was tied in pts with #39-Newman, tiebreaker was Truex having a 2nd place finish until the penalty)
    2012 Chase drivers who missed the 2013 Chase
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 16th in points (31 pts out of 10th)
    #56-Martin Truex Jr, from 12th to 17th in pts with penalty and out of the Chase.
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 23rd [will miss rest of season](-157)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury](-266)
    Drivers who were not in the 2012 Chase: #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, #78-Busch, #22-Logano.
    See drivers championship points standings [NOT: revised yet] on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(9-7/9-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Points Standings [REVISED]:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    (reset after Richmond)
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 2015
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2012, -3
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2012, -3
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2006, -9
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2006, -9
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2003, -12
    7) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2003, -12
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2000, -15
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2000, -15
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 2000, -15
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins - wildcard1], 2000, -15
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win - wildcard], 2000, -15
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points (1 pt out of 10th), added after penalties
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. was the wildcard before penalized 50 points
    As for the Owners points, no teams with multiple drivers made it in the Owners chase.
    See drivers championship points standings [not updated yet] on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See wild card report on the Unofficial Wildcard Standings page (pdf).
    See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-7/9-2013)


Some 2013 Chase News, Notes and Facts

  • Johnson hopes history doesn't repeat: With his win in Sunday's AAA Texas 500, Jimmie Johnson moved ahead of Matt Kenseth by seven points heading into the final two races of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The position of being seven points up with two to go is all too familiar for Johnson. Just last year, Johnson also won the AAA Texas 500 to move seven points ahead of Brad Keselowski only to lose the lead the following week at Phoenix International Raceway after a blown tire resulted in a 32nd-place finish. Ultimately, it cost Johnson his sixth Sprint Cup Series crown. "I hope history doesn't repeat itself," Johnson said after his record-tying, third Sprint Cup Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway. "That is the perfect example of this thing isn't over until it's over. Last year, we had eight races and two bad ones and didn't get the championship. Very important to finish strong. There are two very important races left." For Johnson, this year's momentum he carries into the final two races has a different feel than last year. A dominating performance in the AAA Texas 500 where he led a race-high 255 laps, coupled with a recent test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway, has him confident about the stretch run. "I feel better about Phoenix, honestly, than I did last year leaving here," Johnson said. "Then last year we did not test Homestead and we just came back from Homestead, and that test went really well. So I'm optimistic. I feel good. But man, it's so weird because I've been in position before where I've had these amazing sensations and feelings that a championship was going to happen, and we were able to do it for those five years in a row."(TMS)(11-9-2013)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup:
    Phoenix International Raceway has been a part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoffs inception in 2004. This weekend the track will host its 10th Chase event.
    The winner of the Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway has gone on to win the championship three times: Jimmie Johnson (2007-2009).
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in Chase race wins at Phoenix with three (2007-2009); followed by Kevin Harvick with two (2006, 2012).
    The worst finish in a Chase race by the eventual series champion at Phoenix International Raceway is 10th, by Kurt Busch in 2004. Busch was in the Chase standings lead following the 2004 Phoenix Chase race.
    Chase Contenders have won seven of the nine previous Chase races at Phoenix International Raceway. The only non-Chase contenders to win a Phoenix Chase race were Kyle Busch (2005) and Kasey Kahne (2011).
    Six of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at Phoenix: Jimmie Johnson (three), Kevin Harvick (two), Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch (one each).
    The average Chase race finish by the eventual series champion at Phoenix International Raceway is 3.7.
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in Chase race wins at Phoenix with four: Kyle Busch (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2007-2009).
    Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Phoenix with seven; followed by Ford and Toyota with one each.
    The most dominant performance by a Chase race winner at Phoenix International Raceway is Kevin Harvicks victory in 2006. He posted a Perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 and led 252 of the 312 laps (80.7% of his laps completed)  most by a Chase race winner at Phoenix.
    The Phoenix Chase race has been won from the Coors Light pole twice: Jimmie Johnson (2008) and Carl Edwards (2010).
    Since the inception of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2004, the eventual champion has not held the No. 1 point standings position twice following the Chase race at Phoenix:
    o 2010  Jimmie Johnson was 15 points behind Denny Hamlin heading into Homestead-Miami.
    o 2011  Tony Stewart was three points behind Carl Edwards heading into Homestead-Miami.
    There have been four Chase race Perfect Driver Rating performances since the inception of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2004: Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, 2006), Clint Bowyer (New Hampshire, 2007), Carl Edwards (Homestead, 2010) and Jimmie Johnson (Texas, 2013).(NASCAR)(11-9-2013)

  • How did the 'bubble' drivers do at Richmond? the ten drivers who were in the running for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and went into Richmond not having clinched a spot. Where these ten drivers finished in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night and who made the chase and who didn't:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished 13th, IN
    #22-Joey Logano, 22nd, IN
    #16-Greg Biffle, 12th, IN
    #78-Kurt Busch, 2nd, IN
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 8th, out
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 7th, IN, wildcard
    #39-Ryan Newman, 3rd, out
    #2-Brad Keselowski. 17th, out
    #1-Jamie McMurray, 5th, out
    #27-Paul Menard, 5th, out
    #5-Kahne had already clinched a wildcard spot and made the chase using it.
    #56-Truex Jr. and #39-Newman both had a win and tied in points, but Truex get the wildcard with more 2nd place finishes, 1 for Truex and 0 for Newman.(9-7-2013)

  • Possibilities abound for final Chase spot: Last year at this time, 10 of the 12 Chase spots were decided heading to the regular-season finale at Richmond. The race to the Chase was still dramatic, though, as Jeff Gordon surpassed Kyle Busch in the closing laps to take the 12th and final spot. This season, there are still five spots unclaimed heading to Richmond. Ten drivers remain alive for those spots, with seven still controlling their own destiny.
    Which drivers raced way into Chase in final race
    Season: Driver, Final Points position
    2012: Jeff Gordon, 10th
    2009: Brian Vickers, 12th
    2006: Kasey Kahne, 8th
    2005: Ryan Newman, 6th
    2004: Jeremy Mayfield, 10th
    Only 10 drivers made Chase from 2004-06
    See a breakdown and prediction of the complete race finish and the Chase at ESPN.com Stats & Info.(9-7-2013)

  • Owners Chase Wide Open: For the first time in the 10-year history of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the 12 cars in the owners Chase might not have their corresponding drivers in the drivers Chase. The #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet and the #55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota could each make history, earning a spot in the owners Chase while neither of their drivers makes the drivers Chase. With one win apiece heading into this weekend, a victory at Richmond would guarantee at least a Wild Card spot in the owners Chase.
    The possible rarity comes from two different 2013 scenarios for the #14 and #55. Throughout, the #55 has planned for a multiple-driver campaign for 2013, shared by Mark Martin, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip. The #14 had to move to a multiple-driver lineup because of Tony Stewarts broken leg prior to Watkins Glen. Since the injury, sustained in a Sprint Car race, the #14 has been piloted by Max Papis, Austin Dillon and Mark Martin. Vickers and Martin will drive the #55 and #14, respectively, at Richmond on Saturday. At Richmond, Martin has one win and 30 top 10s in 55 starts. He has finished in the top 10 in three of his last four Richmond starts. Vickers has three top 10s in 15 starts, with a best finish of seventh in 2009. Currently, the top two Wild Cards for the owners Chase are the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy and the #56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.(NASCAR), see the owners standings on the Official Race Results & Points Page (pdf).(9-7-2013)

  • Where do the 'bubble' driver start at Richmond? the ten drivers are still in the running for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and seven have clinched a spot/ So ten drivers going for five spots, or the 'bubble' drivers. Where these ten drivers start in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., starts 14th
    #22-Joey Logano, 8th
    #16-Greg Biffle, 9th
    #78-Kurt Busch, 2nd
    #24-Jeff Gordon, pole
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 11th
    #39-Ryan Newman, 24th
    #2-Brad Keselowski. 3rd
    #1-Jamie McMurray, 7th
    #27-Paul Menard, 22nd
    See next post for the Chase clinch scenarios at Richmond.(9-6-2013)

  • Chase clinch scenarios at Richmond: Below are the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup clinch scenarios for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the final race before the Chase field is set. Six drivers have clinched top-10 spots in the Chase: #48-Jimmie Johnson, #15-Clint Bowyer, #29-Kevin Harvick, #99-Carl Edwards, #18-Kyle Busch and #20-Matt Kenseth. #5-Kasey Kahne, on the strength of two wins, has clinched at least a Wild Card spot. Four drivers control their top-10 clinching destiny. Regardless of the finishes of any other driver...
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., currently seventh in points, will clinch a top-10 spot with a finish of 32nd or better, 33rd with at least one lap led or 34th with the most laps led.
    #22-Joey Logano, currently eighth in points, will clinch a top-10 spot with a finish of 11th or better, 12th and at least one lap led or 13th and the most laps led.
    #16-Greg Biffle, currently ninth in points, will clinch a top-10 spot with a finish of ninth or better, 10th and at least one lap led or 11th and the most laps led.
    #78-Kurt Busch, currently 10th in points, will clinch a top-10 spot by winning, finishing second with at least one lap led or finishing third with the most laps led.
    The remaining mathematically eligible drivers need help to clinch a top-10 spot. Some, however, control their own Wild Card destiny (a win would guarantee at least a Wild Card spot). Clinch scenarios for the remaining eligible drivers follow...
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Currently 11th in points, Gordon would clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a victory at Richmond. Gordon, currently six points outside the top 10, remains eligible for a top 10 spot.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Kahne, currently 12th in points, has already clinched at least a Wild Card spot. Ten points outside the top 10, Kahne remains eligible for a top 10 spot.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: Currently 13th in points, Truex would clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a victory at Richmond. Fifteen points outside the top 10, Truex remains eligible for a top 10 spot. Truex, currently holding the provisional No. 2 Wild Card spot, could clinch a Wild Card spot without a victory.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Currently 14th in points, Newman would clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a victory at Richmond. Twenty points outside the top 10, Newman remains eligible for a top 10 spot. Newman could clinch a Wild Card spot without a win (Logano and Biffle must remain in the top 10 or be replaced by Kahne; Newman must out-point Truex by six points; Gordon must not win; and Brad Keselowski or Jamie McMurray cannot win and overtake Newman).
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Currently 28 points outside the top 10, Keselowski remains eligible for a top-10 spot. Currently winless, Keselowski must win to be in contention for a Wild Card spot. Mathematically there will be at least two drivers outside the top 10 with wins. To clinch, Keselowski would need to win and outpoint Truex by 13 and Newman by eight (and would only need to outpoint one of these drivers if Kahne would displace a winless driver from the top 10). If Truex or Newman displaces Kurt Busch from the top 10, he would need to outpoint the other one-win driver remaining outside the top 10 by the requisite amount.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Currently 39 points outside the top 10, McMurray remains eligible for a top-10 spot. Currently winless, McMurray must win to be in contention for a Wild Card spot. To clinch, McMurray would need to win and outpoint either Truex by 25 and Newman by 19 (and would only need to outpoint one of these drivers if Kahne would displace a winless driver from the top 10). If Truex or Newman displace Kurt Busch from the top 10, he would need to outpoint the other one-win driver remaining outside the top 10 by the requisite amount.
    #27-Paul Menard: To clinch, Menard would need to win and outpoint Truex by 47 and Newman by 42 (and would only need to outpoint one of these drivers if Kahne would displace a winless driver from the top 10). If Truex or Newman displace Kurt Busch from the top 10, he would need to outpoint the other one-win driver remaining outside the top 10 by the requisite amount.(NASCAR)(9-3-2013)

  • Johnson can clinch Chase spot at Watkins Glen UPDATE: It's that time of the year. One championship contender - #48-Jimmie Johnson - can clinch a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday at Watkins Glen International. The five-time Sprint Cup champion is the sole driver holding a clinch scenario this weekend. Johnson has to leave The Glen with a 193-point lead over the 11th place driver. Currently, he holds a 178-point lead over 11th, which is occupied by #14-Tony Stewart. Stewart will miss Sunday's race after breaking a leg in a sprint car race on Monday night. Reigning Sprint Cup champion #2-Brad Keselowski is 12th, 180 points behind Johnson. Johnson is the only competitor to have qualified for the Chase field in all nine seasons. A win at The Glen will guarantee Johnson at least a Wild Card entry into this year's post season. He has won four times already . as has #20-Matt Kenseth. But mathematically - and officially - speaking, Kenseth cannot lock up a Wild Card spot just yet. There are other Johnson finishes that would give the five-time champion at least a Wild Card clinch depending on finishes from other competitors.(NASCAR)(8-7-2013) UPDATE: with #48-Jimmie Johnson's 8th place finish, combined with other drivers' results, has locked him into the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup, through at least a wild card spot.(8-11-2013)

  • #55 team looking for owners' championship: For the first time since the Chase for the Sprint Cup format was introduced in 2004, there's a distinct possibility that there might be different players in the drivers' and owners' championships. With Brian Vickers' win at Loudon, the #55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota--driven by Mark Martin, team owner Michael Waltrip and Vickers this year--moved into the second provisional wild card spot for the owners Chase. Since the three drivers all run part-time schedules, they're not a factor in the drivers' championship, but the car could win the owners' title since its active in every race. MWR executive vice president Ty Norris said MWR and #55 crew chief Rodney Childers have had their eyes on the owners' prize for a long time. "One of the very first things we talked about was racing for an owner's championship; let's shake up the system. We'll have multiple drivers but if we can win some races and be in a situation where we can run for an owner's championship, that can be just as remarkable as running for a driver's championship."(NASCAR Wire Service)(7-15-2013)

  • Halfway Home, Wild Card Watch Begins: With half of the regular season in the record book, the road to the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" figures to take a variety of twists and turns through the next 13 races, beginning with Sunday's Party in the Poconos 400. The Chase lineup will be set Sept. 7 at Richmond International Raceway. The top 10 in points automatically qualify for the Chase. Two Wild Cards  drivers ranked 11th through 20th with the most wins  fill out the field of 12. By points margins, the current top 10 is unsettled. From eighth  Kyle Busch  to 13th  Greg Biffle  the spread is just 21 points. A year ago, nine of the 10 drivers qualifying for the Chase by points occupied a top-10 position entering the regular season's final 13 races. So it's not too early to consider the Wild Card scenarios.
    Tony Stewart, until recently outside the top 20, is the current Wild Card leader (16th) following Sunday's victory at Dover.
    Jeff Gordon, 11th in the standings, holds the second Wild Card based upon his points position.
    David Ragan won at Talladega but ranks 27th and is 113 points outside top-20 eligibility.
    Stewart's Dover victory was his first top-five finish of the 2013 campaign  the slowest start in 15 seasons for the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. To say Stewart-Haas Racing has struggled would be an understatement, but Stewart said last month at Charlotte his team had turned the corner.
    Only 33 points outside the top 10, Stewart may not be a Wild Card hopeful for long. He finished third in Pocono's first race a year ago, fifth in the second. Stewart counts two victories at the track and a fifth-best Driver Rating of 98.6. Of Stewart's 48 career victories, 42 have come after June 1. Gordon, likewise, is trending upward. A trio of accident-caused DNFs has offset three third-place finishes, the most recent coming last Sunday. He's gained 10 positions in the points since Bristol, where Gordon suffered one of three finishes of 34th or worse. Gordon won last August's weather-shortened Pocono event, his second victory in the last four races and sixth overall at the 2.5-mile track. Gordon enjoys a third-best Pocono Driver Rating (100.9) and series-best top-five (18) and top-10 (28) finishes.(NASCAR)(6-7-2013)

  • The Current NASCAR Points System: NASCAR recently announced it has simplified its points system starting in 2011, some notes on how it works:
    The new points system awards points in one-point increments with race winners earning 43 points, plus three bonus points for the win.
    All other drivers in a finishing order will be separated by one-point increments. A second-place finisher will earn 42 points, a third-place driver 41 points, and so on. A last-place finisher  43rd place  earns one point. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the last-place finisher receives eight points, to account for that series' 36-driver race field.
    All drivers also can earn an extra point for leading a lap and ONE driver who leads the most laps, gets one point.
    The max a driver, a race winner can get, is 48 points.
    Owners / Teams also run the Chase: a team that employes more then one driver can vie for the Owners Chase gaining owners points for each race along with race wins. Teams like the #55 MWR team gas three drivers and can run for the Owners Championship.
    Teams that fail to qualify for a race will get no owners points, but NASCAR will track number of attempts, no word on how ties will be broken after five races when the owners points goes into effect.

  • Chase will go to top 10, plus 2 biggest winners: Twelve NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2011 -- the top 10 in points and the two drivers not in the top 10 who have the most race victories in NASCARs 26-race regular season. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France is expected to confirm that arrangement, along with a points system that gives 43 points to race winners and then one-point increments down to just one point for the last-place finisher. Each driver who leads a lap will get one bonus point, and regular-season race winners are expected to get two or three Chase bonus points for each victory. There will be no knockout rounds in the Chase, as NASCAR had hinted at earlier.(SPEED)(1-26-2011)


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