Chase Tracker: Jeff Gordon, Danica Patrick among drivers without a win in Chase-eligible spot

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Ten races are down and 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup races remain until the Chase for the Sprint Cup field is set.

Sixteen drivers will advance to the Chase. Any driver with a win while also ranking in the top 30 in points and having attempted to qualify for every race (unless granted a NASCAR waiver) will make the Chase. If the points leader does not have a win, they’ll make the Chase. If there are more than 16 different winners, ties will be broken by number of wins and then points.

Here’s who would be Chase eligible at this point in the season.

1 – Kevin Harvick (2 wins) … 394 points

2 – Jimmie Johnson (2 wins) … 342 points

3 – Joey Logano (1 win) … 335 points

4 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1 win) … 319 points

5 – Brad Keselowski (1 win) … 305 points

6 – Matt Kenseth (1 win) … 292 points

7 – Denny Hamlin (1 win) … 281 points

8 – Kurt Busch (1 win) … 255 points

9 – Martin Truex Jr. (0 wins) … 354 points

10 – Jamie McMurray (0 wins) … 297 points

11 – Kasey Kahne (o wins) … 286 points

12 – Paul Menard (o wins) … 280 points

13 – Aric Almirola (0 wins) … 279 points

14 – Jeff Gordon (o wins) … 277 points

15 – Ryan Newman (o wins) … 271 points

16 – Danica Patrick (o wins) … 253 points

DRIVERS OUTSIDE A CHASE SPOT

17 – Clint Bowyer … 4 points behind 16th

18 – Carl Edwards … 13 points behind 16th

19 – AJ Allmendinger … 24 points behind 16th

20 – David Ragan … 29 points behind 16th

21 – Casey Mears … 36 points behind 16th

22 – Greg Biffle … 43 points behind 16th

23 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 46 points behind 16th

24 – Kyle Larson … 46 points behind 16th

25 – Austin Dillon … 50 points behind 16th

26 – David Gilliland … 53 points behind 16th

27 – Justin Allgaier … 60 points behind 16th

28 – Sam Hornish Jr. … 71 points behind 16th

29 – Trevor Bayne … 76 points behind 16th

30 – Tony Stewart … 79 points behind 16th

 

Friday’s NASCAR Cup, Xfinity schedule at Richmond

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The racing weekend at Richmond International Raceway kicks off today.

The NASCAR Cup Series has one practice session and late afternoon qualifying, while the Xfinity Series has two practice sessions at the 0.75-mile track.

Keep an eye on Jimmie Johnson this weekend as he goes for his third consecutive NASCAR Cup win, having taken the checkered flag at Texas three weeks ago and Monday at Bristol.

Here’s how today’s action shapes up:

(All times are Eastern)

9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.  – Xfinity garage open

11:30 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (Fox Sports 1, MRN)

1 – 1:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (FS1)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS1)

4:45 p.m. – Cup qualifying; three rounds/multi-car (FS1, MRN)

NASCAR America: 50 States in 50 Shows: Michigan

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Every NASCAR Cup driver had to come from somewhere, and for Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones, they came from Michigan.

Today’s edition of “50 States in 50 Shows” takes you to the Great Lake State.

The track that gets our attention is Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run. A track Jones cut his teeth on and where he set a record in 2010 by becoming the youngest driver to win an ASA Late Model race when he was 14.

Oh, and they also race school buses at the track.

 

NASCAR America: Steve Letarte: Richmond ‘pivotal’ race for Joe Gibbs Racing

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Compared to the winning pace Joe Gibbs Racing kept the previous two seasons, it’s been a long time since the four-car team visited victory lane.

JGR last won 11 races ago in the November race at Texas Motor Speedway with Carl Edwards, who is not racing this year. The last win by a current JGR driver was the fall race at Richmond International Raceway, where Denny Hamlin triumphed.

Now, none of its drivers are in the top 10 in points.

RIR is where NASCAR heads this weekend for a race NASCAR America analyst Steve Letarte believes is “pivotal” for the team that’s won the last three races at the .75-mile track.

“We have to remember this is a new aerodynamic package for this year,” Letarte said. “There’s something about it that hasn’t really suited this JGR Toyotas. I don’t think they have found exactly the right combination, it seems Furniture Row (Racing) has. I look at Richmond, the speeds are a little bit down, aerodynamics won’t be as dominate. Even if they’re not dominate and they don’t win, they have to run better.”

 

NASCAR America: Comparing achievements of The King, The Intimidator and Jimmie Johnson

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Just two days after his retirement announcement, Dale Earnhardt came to the defense of his Hendrick Motorsports teammate and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson on Twitter

After a fan attempted to criticize Johnson’s achievements by comparing them to fellow seven-time champions Dale Earnahrdt Sr., and Richard Petty, Dale Jr. said the system Johnson has competed in is twice as challenging as the eras of his father and Petty.

Watch the video to see Dale Jr. and other drivers discuss the differences between Johnson’s era and those of his predecessors.