The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup doesn't begin until September, but several drivers have the opportunity to clinch a spot in the top 30 this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, thus securing a spot in the NASCAR playoffs. To clinch an early Chase berth, a driver must have multiple wins and a top-30 spot.
Below are Chase-clinching scenarios for this weekend's races at New Hampshire:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Possible to Clinch:
Kyle Busch (3 Wins, 521 Points, +304 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Busch can only clinch a top-30 spot with help.
Carl Edwards (2 Wins, 566 Points, +349 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Edwards needs to clinch a top-30 spot, which he should be able to do before the Chase cutoff as he's 349 points ahead of 31st now. With multiple wins, the clinching of a top-30 spot will also clinch his Chase berth.
Kevin Harvick (1 Win, 599 Points, +382 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Harvick has already clinched his top-30 spot, but the only way he can clinch a Chase berth at this point is by being a multi-race winner, so his only chance to clinch at New Hampshire is with a win.
Kurt Busch (1 Win, 583 Points, +366 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Can clinch with a win.
Joey Logano (1 Win, 533 Points, +316 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Can clinch with a win.
Martin Truex Jr (1 Win, 514 Points, +297 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Needs some help next week to clinch a top-30 and would also need a win to join the multi-winner club to clinch his Chase berth.
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Possible to Clinch:
Erik Jones (2 Wins, 480 Points, +393 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Jones has multiple wins and clinched a top-30 spot in the standings at New Hampshire, sealing his Chase berth.
Daniel Suarez (1 Win, 537 Points, +450 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Suarez has clinched a top-30 spot, but can only clinch a Chase berth by joining the multi-winner club, so he did not clinch at New Hampshire.
Elliott Sadler (1 Win, 528 Points, +441 Points Ahead of 31st) -- Sadler has clinched a top-30 spot, but can only clinch a Chase berth by joining the multi-winner club, so he did not clinch at New Hampshire.