Chase-clinching scenarios for Richmond – Nascar
Editor’s Note: Clinching scenarios courtesy of NASCAR statistical services
There is just one race left before the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. Here are the scenarios for clinching a Chase berth at Richmond International Raceway in the Federated Auto Parts 400 (Sat. Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Below is the complete list of drivers currently in the Chase Grid.
Drivers with wins who have clinched a spot in the Chase as long as they attempt to qualify for the final regular-season race:
Drivers currently in the top 16:
12. Jamie McMurray
13. Ryan Newman
Four drivers control their Chase fate without a win: Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Paul Menard . Three drivers can also clinch without a win, but need help in the form of poor finishes from winless drivers ahead of them in points and/or a repeat winner: Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Kasey Kahne .
The following drivers can only clinch a Chase spot with a win at Richmond: Greg Biffle, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, AJ Allmendinger, Casey Mears, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, David Ragan, Sam Hornish Jr., Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Justin Allgaier .
At Richmond, regardless of who wins the race:
— Jamie McMurray clinches by starting the race.
— Ryan Newman clinches by finishing 31st or better; 32nd with at least one lap led; or 33rd with the most laps led.
— Jeff Gordon clinches by finishing 17th or better; 18th with at least one lap led; or 19th with the most laps led.
— Paul Menard clinches by finishing ninth or better; 10th with at least one lap led; or 11th with the most laps led.
At Richmond, if there is a repeat winner:
— Paul Menard clinches by finishing 38th or better; 39th with at least one lap led; or 40th with the most laps led.
— Clint Bowyer clinches by finishing 28th or better; 29th with at least one lap led; or 30th with the most laps led.