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

 

NASCAR America: Pit crew members share their hidden talents

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What does a sky diver and Olympic-caliber swimmer have in common?

They make their living on NASCAR’s pit road, that’s what.

Check out two of this week’s pit crew all-star nominees, as seen on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

NASCAR America: Xfinity drivers react to restrictor plates at Indy (video)

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On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, several of the stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series tried to explain in three words what to expect with the use of restrictor plates in this Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

See what they said and what they’re thinking about Saturday’s race in the video above.

NASCAR America: Bubba Wallace Jr.’s search for a ride continues (video)

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Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.’s search for a new ride continues.

Wallace joined NASCAR America in-studio on Thursday and talked about his recent fill-in role at Richard Petty Motorsports during Aric Almirola‘s crash recovery, as well as his hope that a new ride will come around soon.

Wallace also weighed in on Alex Bowman being selected Thursday to replace the retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet and what it means for the young generation of drivers.

Find out what Bubba had to say in the video above.

 

 

NASCAR America: What happens to Brad Keselowski now that 88 ride has been filled? (video)

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Amid all the news about Alex Bowman replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Team Hendrick Chevrolet next season, one thing was kind of overlooked.

Rumors had floated throughout the sport the last several weeks about Brad Keselowski being a possible candidate to replace Earnhardt, as well.

Those rumors were only bolstered more by the fact Keselowski has still not signed a contract extension with Team Penske. His current deal runs out at the end of the current Cup season.

NASCAR Talk’s Nate Ryan appeared on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America and talked about the various ramifications of the Bowman deal. But Ryan also suggested that with Bowman now in place, will that potentially hasten Keselowski’s re-signing with Team Penske perhaps sooner than later now that the 88 ride is off the table?

“Whether Brad Keselowski was seriously weighing a move to the 88 or whether he was using it as leverage to get a better deal from Team Penske and Ford, this just makes it all the more likely that he will re-sign with Team Penske and stay in the No. 2 Ford next year,” Ryan said.

“It’s very likely that we will hear soon that Brad Keselowski is re-signing with Team Penske. That deal is very close.”

Ryan also discussed whether another driver whose name was mentioned as a potential replacement for Earnhardt, young William Byron, may also score a promotion to the Cup Series with Team Hendrick.

“I think Cup could still be in the cards for next year,” Ryan said of Byron. “Kasey Kahne is under contract in the No. 5 for Hendrick Motorsports for 2018, but he is having a very disappointing season.

“If Hendrick elected to make a change on that ride, it could depend on sponsorship. That ride doesn’t have much sponsorship announced yet for 2018 and William Byron could certainly be an option there.

“He brings some sponsorship from Liberty University, and he also has been sponsored in a few races with Axalta and they really like what he’s done. If he goes to Cup, they really want to be on his car.”