Chase Bubble: Analyzing the playoff picture post-Pocono – Nascar

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Here’s a breakdown of the Chase Grid and bubble picture following Monday’s Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway.

BUESCHER’S STANDING

Chris Buescher’s win at Pocono Raceway puts him on the cusp of Chase eligibility as he finds himself just outside the top 30 in points. If a driver has a win, the top-30 points position is a requirement to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Buescher, the reigning XFINITY Series champion, has five races to get into the top 30 and lock in his playoff spot. He is 31st in the standings, just six points behind 30th-place David Ragan.


LOCKED IN

No driver locked up a spot in the 16-driver Chase Grid at Pocono. Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are the only drivers who have clinched. All have multiple wins and can’t fall out of the top 30 in the standings (a qualifier for making the postseason).

 

WIN, BASICALLY IN

The following drivers have won at least once this season and have all but claimed one of the remaining 11 spots: Kevin Harvick (1), Kurt Busch (1), Denny Hamlin (1), Joey Logano (1), Martin Truex Jr. (1) and Tony Stewart (1).

 

That accounts for 11 drivers in the 16-driver postseason field, leaving five spots up for grabs via points with Buescher being outside the top 30 in the standings. Here’s how that picture looks post-Pocono.

 

BUBBLE WATCH

 

Editor’s note: The standings below are the Chase Grid standings, not the Sprint Cup Series drivers standings.

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