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Clinch scenarios for advancing to the NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8

Postseason eligibility is at stake in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM), the final race in the second round of the Monster Energy Series Playoffs. The postseason field will be whittled from 12 drivers to 8 after the race at Kansas Speedway.

Only two drivers have clinched automatic berths in the Round of 8: Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola, on the basis of their wins earlier in the round.

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With the remaining nine spots up for grabs, here’s what drivers who haven’t clinched need to do to avoid elimination and advance to the next round (drivers listed in order of their points ranking):

  • Kevin Harvick – Harvick would clinch on points with 11 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer or Martin Truex Jr.), he would clinch regardless of finish.
  • Kyle Busch – Busch would clinch on points with 28 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer or Martin Truex Jr.), he would clinch with 10 points. 
  • Joey Logano – Logano would clinch on points with 35 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer or Martin Truex Jr.), he would clinch on points with 17 points. 
  • Kurt Busch – Busch would clinch on points with 44 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer or Martin Truex Jr.), he would clinch on points with 26 points.
  • Clint Bowyer – Bowyer would clinch on points with 52 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch or Martin Truex Jr.), he would clinch on points with 35 points.
  • Martin Truex Jr. – If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch or Clint Bowyer), Truex would clinch on points with 38 points.  Could clinch on points with a new winner and help.
  • Brad Keselowski – With a win, Keselowski would clinch a next round spot on wins.  Could clinch on points with help.
  • Ryan Blaney – With a win, Blaney would clinch a next round spot on wins.  Could clinch on points with help.
  • Kyle Larson – With a win, Larson would clinch a next round spot on wins.  Could clinch on points with help.
  • Alex Bowman – With a win, Bowman would clinch a next round spot on wins.