Ryan Blaney
Jared C. Tilton | Getty Images

NASCAR Playoffs clinching scenarios for Charlotte Roval weekend

The Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval will host two elimination races — one for the NASCAR Cup Series and one for the NASCAR Xfinity Series — this weekend as each of those playoff fields will be reduced to eight drivers. 

NASCAR CUP SERIES CLINCHING SCENARIOS

The Bank of America Roval 400 (Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is the last chance for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs contenders to secure their spot in the Round of 8. Only one driver is locked into the Round of 8 – Denny Hamlin – heading into this weekend, leaving 11 drivers vying for just seven positions.

RELATED: Playoff pulse looks at Talladega results, ahead to the Roval

Already Clinched

The following driver has clinched a spot in the eight-driver field of the next round: Denny Hamlin. 

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the eighth winless driver in the standings.  The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott or Kyle Busch.

  • Kyle Larson: Would clinch with 34 points.
  • Joey Logano: Would clinch with 35 points.
  • Brad Keselowski: Would clinch with 35 points.
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Would clinch with 36 points.
  • Ryan Blaney: Would clinch with 41 points.
  • Chase Elliott: Would clinch with 47 points.
  • Kyle Busch: Would clinch with 47 points.
  • Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, William Byron and Alex Bowman: Could all only clinch with help.

If there is a new winner from Kevin Harvick or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance into the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the seventh winless driver in the standings.

  • Kyle Larson: Would clinch with 41 points.
  • Joey Logano: Would clinch with 42 points.
  • Brad Keselowski: Would clinch with 43 points.
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Would clinch with 43 points.
  • Ryan Blaney: Would clinch with 48 points.
  • Chase Elliott: Would clinch with 53 points.
  • Kyle Busch: Would clinch with 54 points.
  • Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, William Byron and Alex Bowman: Could all only clinch with help.

Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on a win alone this weekend: Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, William Byron and Alex Bowman.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES 

Advancing to the Round of 8 after the Charlotte Roval: Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones

Eliminated from the playoffs after the Charlotte Roval: Jeb Burton, Jeremy Clements, Riley Herbst and Myatt Snider