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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 New Hampshire (race 20):
1) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins]
2) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [4 wins]
3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins]
4) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins] 786 pts (points leader)
5) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins]
6) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win]
7) #9-Chase Elliott [1 win]
8) #1-Kurt Busch [1 win]
9) #88-Alex Bowman [1 win]
10) #10-Aric Almirola, 586, -197
11) #12-Ryan Blaney, 572, -211
12) #24-William Byron, 549, -234
13) #42-Kyle Larson, 519, -264, +31 pts in
14) #20-Erik Jones, 516, -267, +28
15) #6-Ryan Newman, 509, -274, +21
16)#14-Clint Bowyer, 505, -278, +17
currently outside the playoffs:
17) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 488, -295, -17 pts out of playoffs
18) #41-Daniel Suarez, 488, -295, -17 out
19) #21-Paul Menard, 445, -338, -60 out
20) #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 428, -355, -77 out
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.


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
22 Watkins Glen International
23 Michigan International Speedway
24 Bristol Motor Speedway
25 Darlington Raceway
26 Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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 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.