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Chase-clinching scenarios for Atlanta

August 28, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Greg Biffle
Four spots in the Chase Grid remain heading into the 25th 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 attempt to qualify for the final two races of the regular season.

Those drivers, in current Chase Grid order, include: Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski,
Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola.

If a winless driver is victorious this weekend, and is 49 or more points ahead of 31st place, he or she will also clinch a spot.

If there is a repeat winner, the top 3 winless drivers would clinch if they are at least 45 points ahead of the fourth highest winless driver after the Oral-B USA 500 (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle are in the provisional grid for now and on the bubble. The first four on the outside looking in include:
Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard.

Kahne is a two-time winner at Atlanta (2006, '09).

Kenseth controls his destiny if he scores 32 points AND there's a repeat winner. If there's a new winner, he's guaranteed a clinch with 37 points.

See the full rundown below.

2014 Chase Grid Outlook

 
Pos.
Drivers
Wins
Points
Chase Bonus Pts
1
 Jeff Gordon
3
845
9
2
 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3
818
9
3
 Brad Keselowski
3
776
9
4
 Joey Logano
3
761
9
5
 Jimmie Johnson
3
726
9
6
 Kevin Harvick
2
721
6
7
 Carl Edwards
2
716
6
8
 Kyle Busch
1
629
3
9
 Denny Hamlin
1
594
3
10
 AJ Allmendinger
1
586
3
11
 Kurt Busch
1
582
3
12
 Aric Almirola
1
559
3
13
 Matt Kenseth
0
751
0
14
 Ryan Newman
0
710
0
15
 Clint Bowyer
0
699
0
16
 Greg Biffle
0
694
0
Outside Looking In
17
 Kyle Larson
0
668
0
18
 Kasey Kahne
0
661
0
19
 Austin Dillon
0
654
0
20
 Paul Menard
0
649
0
21
 Jamie McMurray
0
634
0
22
 Marcos Ambrose
0
626
0
23
 Brian Vickers
0
621
0
24
 Casey Mears
0
561
0
25
 Martin Truex Jr.
0
540
0
26
 Tony Stewart
0
537
0
27
 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
0
514
0
28
 Danica Patrick
0
462
0
29
 Justin Allgaier
0
425
0
30
 David Gilliland
0
376
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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