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Chase-clinching scenarios for Bristol

August 21, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Chase-clinching scenarios for Bristol
Four spots in the Chase Grid remain heading into the 24th race of the season

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All 12 race winners in 2014 have clinched a spot in the top 30 in driver points and a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, provided they qualifying for the final three races of the regular season.

Those drivers, in current Chase Grid order, are Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Jimmie JohnsonJoey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, AJ Allmendinger and Kurt Busch have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, provided they attempt to qualify for the remaining four races.

If a winless driver wins this weekend, and is 97 or more points ahead of 31st place, he or she will also clinch a spot.

No winless drivers can clinch a spot in the Chase after the Irwin Tools Night Race (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

Three-time Bristol winner Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle are in the provisional grid for now and on the bubble with Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and Marcos Ambrose, fifth-place finisher at Bristol in March, who are the first four drivers outside the grid.

See the full rundown below.

2014 Chase Grid Outlook
Pos.
Drivers
Wins
Points
Chase Bonus Pts
1
Jeff Gordon
3
816
9
2
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3
813
9
3
Brad Keselowski
3
733
9
4
Jimmie Johnson
3
686
9
5
Joey Logano
2
714
6
6
Kevin Harvick
2
687
6
7
Carl Edwards
2
679
6
8
Kyle Busch
1
620
3
9
Denny Hamlin
1
589
3
10
Aric Almirola
1
556
3
11
AJ Allmendinger
1
556
3
12
Kurt Busch
1
543
3
13
Matt Kenseth
0
709
0
14
Ryan Newman
0
679
0
15
Clint Bowyer
0
672
0
16
Greg Biffle
0
660
0
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17
Kasey Kahne
0
651
0
18
Austin Dillon
0
638
0
19
Kyle Larson
0
636
0
20
Marcos Ambrose
0
616
0
21
Paul Menard
0
614
0
22
Brian Vickers
0
598
0
23
Jamie McMurray
0
596
0
24
Casey Mears
0
543
0
25
Tony Stewart
0
537
0
26
Martin Truex Jr.
0
516
0
27
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
0
476
0
28
Danica Patrick
0
445
0
29
Justin Allgaier
0
400
0
30
Michael Annett
0
364
0
 
Green = Locked into the Chase, provided they attempt to qualify for the remaining four races
 
Orange = No wins, Inside the current Chase Grid's top 16 - Currently in the Chase, not locked in
 
Red = Inside the current top 30 in points, outside of the Chase cutoff

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