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Sprint Cup Series


Chase-clinching scenarios at Pocono and Iowa

Kurt Busch

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup doesn't begin until September, but several drivers could officially clinch a spot in the postseason field this weekend at Pocono Raceway.


So far, the five drivers who have clinched Chase berths are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.


Below are Chase-clinching scenarios for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono:


Possible to Clinch:


Kevin Harvick (1 win, 671 points, +434 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.


Kurt Busch (1 wins, 627 points, +390 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.


Joey Logano (1 Win, 606 points, +369 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.


Martin Truex Jr (1 win, 573 points, +336 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.

Denny Hamlin (1 win, 542 points, +305 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.


All of the above drivers have already clinched a position in the top 30 in the drivers points standings, but need to clear the multiple wins hurdle.


It's possible that no drivers will clinch a Chase berth this weekend if a driver wins his first race of the season or an already-clinched driver wins.

XFINITY Series

The XFINITY Series Chase doesn't begin until September as well, but several drivers are looking to close their playoff position up with a win. At present, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler are locked into the postseason. Below are the Chase-clinching scenarios for XFINITY drivers at Iowa this weekend.

UPDATE: Erik Jones' win at Iowa, his third of the season, means no driver clinches a Chase spot.

Possible to clinch: 

Ty Dillon (0 Wins, 558 Points, +460 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win.

Justin Allgaier (0 Wins, 542 Points, +444 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win.


Brendan Gaughan (0 Wins, 535 Points, +437 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win.


Brandon Jones (0 Wins, 520 Points, +422 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win.


Brennan Poole (0 Wins, 519 Points, +421 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win.


Darrell Wallace Jr. (0 Wins, 486 Points, +388 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win.


Ryan Reed (0 Wins, 433 Points, +335 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win.


Ryan Sieg (0 Wins, 420 Points, +322 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win.


Blake Koch (0 Wins, 403 Points, +305 Points Ahead of 31st) – Can clinch with a win.


Camping World Truck Series


The Camping World Truck Series Chase doesn't begin until September, 
but several drivers are looking to firm up their playoff position up with a win. At present, only William Byron and Matt Crafton are locked into the postseason. Below are the Chase-clinching scenarios for Camping World Truck Series drivers at Pocono this weekend.

UPDATE: With Byron's fifth win of the season, no driver clinched a spot at Pocono.


Possible to clinch:


Johnny Sauter (1 Win, 253 Points, +207 Points Ahead of 31st) – He has clinched a Top 30, but needs to join the multiple winners club in order to clinch a Chase berth, so he only clinches with a win.


Christopher Bell (1 Win, 245 Points, +199 Points Ahead of 31st) – He has clinched a Top 30, but needs to join the multiple winners club in order to clinch a Chase berth, so he only clinches with a win.


John Hunter Nemechek (1 Win, 232 Points, +186 Points Ahead of 31st) – He has clinched a Top 30, but needs to join the multiple winners club in order to clinch a Chase berth, so he only clinches with a win.

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