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Chase-clinching scenarios for Darlington, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Jamie McMurray

With two races remaining in the regular season, 12 drivers have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, assuming each driver starts the remaining races.

The 12 clinchers: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Denny HamlinKyle Larson and Tony Stewart


Everyone who has a win this season is locked in -- except for Chris Buescher, who has yet to clinch a top-30 spot. 


A number of drivers who currently have no wins can clinch this weekend, but only if they win the Bojangles' Southern 500 (Sunday, 6 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). See the Sprint Cup standings here.


Possible to Clinch:

-- Chris Buescher (1 Win, 334 Points, +7 Points Ahead of 31st): Could clinch a top-30 spot with help; which would allow him to clinch a Chase spot on wins.


The following drivers could clinch with a win or points:

-- Chase Elliott (0 Wins, 628 Points, +301 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Austin Dillon (0 Wins, 622 Points, +295 Points Ahead of 31st)


The following drivers could clinch with a win:

-- Jamie McMurray (0 Wins, 616 Points, +289 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Ryan Newman (0 Wins, 601 Points, +274 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Kasey Kahne (0 Wins, 564 Points, +237 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Trevor Bayne (0 Wins, 558 Points, +231 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Ryan Blaney (0 Wins, 545 Points, +218 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- AJ Allmendinger (0 Wins, 544 Points, +217 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Ricky Stenhouse Jr (0 Wins, 528 Points, +201 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Greg Biffle (0 Wins, 472 Points, +145 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Paul Menard (0 Wins, 454 Points, +127 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Danica Patrick (0 Wins, 450 Points, +123 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Aric Almirola (0 Wins, 422 Points, +95 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Clint Bowyer (0 Wins, 408 Points, +81 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Casey Mears (0 Wins, 394 Points, +67 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Landon Cassill (0 Wins, 357 Points, + 30 Points Ahead of 31st): With a win, he could clinch a Chase spot on wins if he gets help with clinching a top-30 spot.



XFINITY Series

Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan have already clinched a spot.


The following drivers either need a win at Darlington (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) -- or an 83-point lead over the seventh winless driver if there is a new winner or that same lead over the eighth winless driver if there is a repeat winner: Brennan PooleBrandon JonesDarrell Wallace Jr., Ryan Reed.


The following drivers need a win to clinch: Blake KochRyan SiegDakoda ArmstrongJeremy ClementsRoss ChastainRyan PreeceRay Black Jr., BJ McLeod and Joey Gase.



Camping World Truck Series


With a win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), any of the four drivers currently sitting with one win would clinch their Chase spot.

-- Johnny Sauter (1 Win, 330 Points, +262 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Ben Kennedy (1 Win, 309 Points, +241 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- Christopher Bell (1 Win, 305 Points, +237 Points Ahead of 31st)

-- John Hunter Nemechek (1 Win, 288 Points, +220 Points Ahead of 31st)  


-- Daniel Hemric (0 Wins, 343 Points, +275 Points Ahead of 31st) -- With a win and help, he would clinch a Chase spot on wins. He could clinch on points with a repeat winner.

-- Timothy Peters (0 Wins, 335 Points, +267 Points Ahead of 31st) -- With a win, he would clinch a Chase spot on wins.

-- Cameron Hayley (0 Wins, 288 Points, +220 Points Ahead of 31st) -- With a win and help, he would clinch a Chase spot on wins.

-- Cole Custer (0 Wins, 285 Points, + 217 Points Ahead of 31st) -- With a max points win and help, he would clinch a Chase spot on wins.

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