Cup Brad Keselowski sits on pit road as Dale Earnhardt Jr's No. 88 circles the track at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Published on July 15th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith

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Keselowski, Earnhardt Clinch Chase Spots

As a result of Brad Keselowski’s Loudon win and Dale Earnhardt Jr finishing 10th, both drivers have become the first two to clinch Chase spots.

At this point in the season, a driver has to be at least 337 points ahead of 31st to mathematically clinch the points portion of making the Chase (assuming they attempt to qualify for the next seven races). Keselowski and Earnhardt Jr are 358 and 387 points ahead of 31st-place, respectively. Combined with their three and two wins, respectively, they are the first two to clinch Chase spots.

While Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth have clinched the points portion, Gordon needs another win to clinch, and Kenseth needs to win at least one but probably two races to clinch.

Conversely, Jimmie Johnson has clinched the wins portion, with three wins this season, but he is 322 points ahead of 31st place, which means he hasn’t clinched the points portion yet. After the Brickyard, Johnson must be 289 points ahead of 31st place to clinch a spot. That means he has to finish 29th or better at the Brickyard.

Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch can also clinch Chase spots at the Brickyard. Edwards, a two-time winner, has already clinched the wins portion. But, he must finish 7th or better at Indy to clinch the points portion. Kyle Busch, can clinch both the points and wins portion by winning the John Wayne Walding 400.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.



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