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2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs

See below for an explanation of the playoffs.


Current Playoff Standings:

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Las Vegas – race 1 of 3 in the Round of 16, 1 of 10 in the Playoffs]
1) #19-Martin Truex, Jr., 2082 [1 win in Round of 16]
2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2079, +52
3) #22-Joey Logano, 2075, +48
4) #18-Kyle Busch, 2063, +36
5) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2058, +31
6) #9-Chase Elliott, 2057, +30
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2056, +29
8) #42-Kyle Larson, 2044, +17
9) #24-William Byron, 2040, +13
10) #12-Ryan Blaney, 2039, +12
11) #88-Alex Bowman, 2037, +10
12) #10-Aric Almirola, 2033, +6
currently outside the Round of 12 cutoff
13) #6-Ryan Newman, 2027, -6
14) #1-Kurt Busch, 2019, -14
15) #14-Clint Bowyer, 2012, -21
16) #20-Erik Jones, 2007, -26
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings


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2019 Race Winners

RACE TRACK WINNER (# wins)
1 Daytona International Speedway #11-Denny Hamlin (1)
2 Atlanta Motor Speedway #2-Brad Keselowski (1)
3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway #22-Joey Logano (1)
4 ISM Raceway #18-Kyle Busch (1)
5 Auto Club Speedway #18-Kyle Busch (2)
6 Martinsville Speedway #2-Brad Keselowski (2)
7 Texas Motor Speedway #11-Denny Hamlin (2)
8 Bristol Motor Speedway #18-Kyle Busch (3)
9 Richmond Raceway #19-Martin Truex, Jr. (1)
10 Talladega Superspeedway #9-Chase Elliott (1)
11 Dover International Speedway #19-Martin Truex, Jr. (2)
12 Kansas Speedway #2-Brad Keselowski (3)
13 Charlotte Motor Speedway #19-Martin Truex, Jr. (3)
14 Pocono Raceway #18-Kyle Busch (4)
15 Michigan International Speedway #22-Joey Logano (2)
16 Sonoma Raceway #19-Martin Truex, Jr. (4)
17 Chicagoland Speedway #88-Alex Bowman (1)
18 Daytona International Speedway #77-Justin Haley (not eligible)
19 Kentucky Speedway #1-Kurt Busch (1)
20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway #4-Kevin Harvick (1)
21 Pocono Raceway #11-Denny Hamlin (3)
22 Watkins Glen International #9-Chase Elliott (2)
23 Michigan International Speedway #4-Kevin Harvick (2)
24 Bristol Motor Speedway #11-Denny Hamlin (4)
25 Darlington Raceway #20-Erik Jones (1)
26 Indianapolis Motor Speedway #4-Kevin Harvick (3)
Playoff drivers: #18-Kyle Busch, #11-Denny Hamlin, #19-Martin Truex, Jr., #2-Brad Keselowski, #22-Joey Logano, #4-Kevin Harvick, #9-Chase Elliott, #1-Kurt Busch, #88-Alex Bowman, #20-Erik Jones, #42-Kyle Larson,  #12-Ryan Blaney, #24-William Byron, #10-Aric Almirola, #14-Clint Bowyer, #6-Ryan Newman.
PLAYOFFS BEGIN – Round of 16
27 Las Vegas Motor Speedway #19-Martin Truex, Jr. (5)
28 Richmond Raceway
29 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Round of 12
30 Dover International Speedway
31 Talladega Superspeedway
32 Kansas Speedway
Round of 8
33 Martinsville Speedway
34 Texas Motor Speedway
35 ISM Raceway
Championship Race
36 Homestead-Miami Speedway

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Indianapolis (after points reset):
1) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] 2045 pts
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [4 wins] 2030
3) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [4 wins] 2029
4) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins] 2028
5) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins] 2028
6) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins] 2024
7) #9-Chase Elliott [2 win] 2018
8) #1-Kurt Busch [1 win] 2011
9) #88-Alex Bowman [1 win] 2005
10) #20-Erik Jones [1 win] 2005
11) #42-Kyle Larson 2005
12) #12-Ryan Blaney 2004
outside the top 12
13) #24-William Byron 2001
14) #10-Aric Almirola 2001
15) #14-Clint Bowyer 2000
16) #6-Ryan Newman 2000
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Indianapolis (before points reset):
1) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] 988 pts (points leader and regular season champion)
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [4 wins]
3) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [4 wins]
4) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins]
5) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins]
6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins]
7) #9-Chase Elliott [2 win]
8) #1-Kurt Busch [1 win]
9) #88-Alex Bowman [1 win]
10) #20-Erik Jones [1 win]
clinched playoff spot on points
11) #12-Ryan Blaney, 755
12) #42-Kyle Larson, 736
13) #24-William Byron, 718
14) #10-Aric Almirola, 698
15) #14-Clint Bowyer, 663
16) #6-Ryan Newman, 652
Did not make the playoffs:
17) #41-Daniel Suarez, 648, -4
18) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 609, -43
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.


2018 Playoffs Information


Playoffs Explanation

  • The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs consist of 16 drivers.
  • Drivers automatically qualify for the playoffs with a win (as long as there are no more than 16 winners) in the first 26 races.
  • Any playoff positions not filled with a race winner are filled based on point standings.
  • There are 4 rounds of playoffs:
    • Sept 15 at Las Vegas, Sept 21 at Richmond and Sept 29 at Charlotte;
    • Oct 6 at Dover, Oct 13 at Talladega, and Oct 20 at Kansas;
    • Oct 27 at Martinsville, Nov 3 at Texas and Nov 10 at Phoenix;
    • The Championship race at Homestead on Nov 17.
  • A win during a playoff race automatically advances the driver to the next round.
  • The bottom 4 drivers at the end of each round are eliminated.
  • The highest finishing driver at Homestead is the Champion.  Playoff drivers do not earn any stage points at Homestead.

Playoff Structure

  • After the third playoff race, there will be 12 drivers. After the sixth playoff race, the field will drop to eight drivers, and following the ninth playoff race, only four drivers will remain in championship contention.
  • Round of 16: The first round (races 27-29) is the Round of 16. If a playoff driver wins a race in this round, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Round of 12). The remaining available positions 1-12 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 3,000, with any awarded playoff points added.
  • Round of 12: The second round (races 30-32) is the Round of 12. Likewise, if a driver in the top 12 in points wins a race in this round, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Round of 8). The remaining available positions 1-8 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 4,000, with any awarded playoff points added.
  • Round of 8: The third round (races 33-35) is the Round of 8. If a driver in the top eight in points wins a race in this round, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Championship 4). The remaining available positions 1-4 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 5,000.
  • Additionally, drivers who are eliminated in the Round of 12 and Round of 8 will have their points readjusted. Each eliminated driver will return to the playoff-start base of 2,000 with any awarded playoff points and any accumulated points starting with race No. 27 added. This will allow all drivers not in contention for the title to continue to race for the best possible season-long standing, with final positions fifth-through-16th still up for grabs

Playoff Eligibility

  • The top 15 drivers with the most wins over the first 26 races will earn a spot in the playoffs – provided they have finished
    in the top 30 in points and attempted to qualify for every race (except in rare instances). The 16th playoff position will go to
    the points leader after race No. 26, if he/she does not have a victory. In the event that there are 16 or more different winners
    over 26 races, the only winless driver who can earn a playoff spot would be the points leader after 26 races.
  • If there are fewer than 16 different winners in the first 26 races, the remaining playoff positions will go to those winless
    drivers highest in points. If there are 16 or more winners in the first 26 races, the ties will first be broken by number of
    wins, followed by points.
  • Prior to the start of the playoffs, all playoff drivers will have their points adjusted to 2,000, with all playoff points added
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Playoff Points

  • In addition to points awarded to drivers based on their finish at the end of stages and the race itself, the winner of a race stage is awarded one playoff point, and the race winner receives 5 playoff points.
  • At the end of the regular season, the points leader is awarded 15 playoff points. Second place receives 10 playoff points, 3rd place 8, 4th place 7, 6th place 5, 7th place 4; 8th place 3, 9th place 2, and 10th place 1 playoff point.
  • As the start of the playoffs, each eligible driver’s point total is reset to 2000 points, plus the total number of playoff points they earned during the regular season.
  • Playoff points are also awarded during each round of the playoffs.
  • At the start of each following round of the playoffs, the points are again reset (3000, 4000, and 5000) among eligible drivers and playoff points are added to that amount, with the exception of the Championship race at Homestead-Miami.  For the championship race, the final four drivers start with 5000 points, earn no bonus points, and the highest finisher is the Champion.