With the end of the Pepsi 500 from Auto Club Speedway, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Burton all clinched spots in the Chase. And, with their second- and fourth-place finishes respectively, Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick will secure their spots in the Chase just by starting the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 from Richmond International Raceway.
Ryan Newman finished the race 16th, and has been elminated from contention for the Chase. He is 200 points behind Clint Bowyer, who is in 12th place. Brian Vickers has been all but eliminated from contention, as well. He had a top 5 run going until mistakes on pit road cost him. He ended up 12th. He is currently 190 points behind 12th place. All Bowyer has to do is start next week’s race, and Vickers will be eliminated.
David Ragan and Kasey Kahne are still battling Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer for spots in the Chase.