What will it take for Kyle Busch to make top 30 in points if NASCAR does not waive that requirement for Chase?


Now that Kyle Busch is back, what will it take for him to be in the top 30 in points and be eligible for the Chase if he wins a race?

He’ll have 15 points races to do so – unless NASCAR grants him a waiver.

NASCAR did not announce Tuesday if it will grant Busch a waiver. When asked last month about a waiver for Busch, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said “more likely than not we’re going to try to figure out out how to accommodate him.’’

France also said that the injuries Busch suffered after hitting an unprotected concrete wall in the Feb. 21 Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway “was on us. You can’t run around say that safety is your No. 1 priority and get that stuff wrong.’’

That could indicate that NASCAR is willing to not only waive the requirement that a driver must have attempted to qualify for every race to be Chase eligible but also the requirement that a driver be in the top 30 points if they win a race before the Chase to be eligible.

If NASCAR does not waive the top 30 requirement, here’s what Busch could be facing – provided he wins a race.

Last year, David Gilliland was 30th in the standings after the September Richmond race with 407 points. Over the past four years, the average point total for 30th place in the driver standings is 420.8 points. Factoring that, Busch would need to average a 16th-place finish to be in the top 30 when the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins in September.

Tony Stewart is 30th in the points at the Sprint All-Star break with 179 points in 11 races (an average of 16.3 points per race). If that pace continues for whoever finishes 30th in the points before the Chase begins in September, they would have 423 points. Busch would need to average a 15th-place finish to reach the top 30 in points

Here’s a look at the career average finish for Busch at each of the remaining events. (Average is for that specific race, not all races if track hosts two races a year.)

Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte) – 19.9 (0 wins)

Dover I – 12.8 (2 wins)

Pocono I – 15.2 (0 wins)

Michigan I – 15.5 (0 wins)

Sonoma – 20.9 (1 win)

Daytona II – 15.9 (1 win)

Kentucky – 4.5 (1 win)

New Hampshire I – 11.5 (1 win)

Indianapolis – 10.6 (0 wins)

Pocono II – 22.3 (0 wins)

Watkins Glen – 11.3 (2 wins)

Michigan II – 22.2 (1 win)

Bristol II – 11.5 (2 wins)

Southern 500 (Darlington) – 13.6 (1 win)

Richmond II – 10.3 (0 wins)


Sunday schedule for the Truck Series in Canada

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The Gander Outdoors Truck Series holds it annual race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park today.

Here’s the full schedule today for the series with TV and radio info.

All times are Eastern.

Sunday, Aug. 25 

8:30 a.m. – Truck garage opens

9:35 a.m – Truck qualifying; multi-truck/two rounds (FS2)

10:40 a.m.- Driver-crew chief meeting

2 p.m. – Driver introductions

2:30 p.m. – Chevrolet Silverado 250; 64 laps/157.37 miles (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Results, points after Xfinity race at Road America

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Christopher Bell outran the field in a two-lap shootout to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Road America.

He beat Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala.

It is Bell’s sixth win of the year and his first career win on a road course.

Click here for race results.


Tyler Reddick retains a 45-point lead over Bell.

The top five is completed by Cole Custer (-135 points), Justin Allgaier (-162) and Cindric (-180).

Click here for the point standings.

Christopher Bell wins Xfinity race at Road America

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Christopher Bell won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Road America in a two-lap shootout to earn his sixth win of the season.

Bell beat Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala to earn his first career win on a road course.

Bell led 10 of the race’s 45 laps. He started the race in 12th and was in position to win in the final stage thanks a debris caution caused by his teammate Brandon Jones with 14 laps to go. Bell had pit from second place right before the caution and was able to stay out when the rest of the field pit.

“I’m honestly in shock,” Bell told NBCSN. “I really butchered qualifying, tore the crap out of that left-front (tire). I felt like once we got in the race there I’d be able to drive by those guys. And they dropped the green flag and they’re driving by me. That wasn’t very much fun. Then I told (crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) ‘I’m just really, really tight.’ We got those tires off and he said that left front was hurt pretty bad. We got pretty good there whenever we got the fresh tires on. The strategy obviously worked out really good for us pitting there.”

The final restart was caused by Gray Gaulding spinning off course in Turn 1 with five laps to go.

Bell’s win snaps Cindric’s two-race win streak on road courses.

Matt DiBenedetto, who led the most laps with 18, had bounced back from going off track in the middle of the race and was second on the final lap before he spun in the final turn. He finished 27th.

“Just being stupid on my part,” DiBenedetto told NBCSN. “Was looking in my mirror and got too high and barely got up in the marbles and made the most rookie mistake of my life. It was dumb. Uncalled for. We had the fastest car on track and nothing to show for it. … I drove stupid. I’m pretty pissed off at myself. Nothing else. Won’t sleep all week. This isn’t exactly a good run when I’m trying to make my career.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Briscoe

More: Race results, points

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Tyler Reddick finished in the top five in all three road course races this year and is on a seven race top-five streak … Kaz Grala finished fifth in his last scheduled race of the year. It’s his third career top-five finish … Chase Briscoe (seventh) has finished in the top 10 in the last seven races .. Jeremy Clements (eighth) earned his third top 10 of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Justin Allgaier, the defending race winner, finished ninth after he locked his brakes up entering Turn 1 on the last lap of Stage 1 and became buried in the gravel … Cole Custer finished 10th after he went off course on the Stage 2 restart and suffered damage to his grille and had to make multiple pit stops for repairs.

WHAT’S NEXT: VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway at 4 p.m. ET Aug. 31 on NBC


AJ Allmendinger wins pole for Road America Xfinity race

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AJ Allmendinger has claimed the pole for today’s Xfinity Series race at Road America (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

The NASCAR on NBC analyst posted a top speed of 109.792 mph around the road course. It is his second career Xfinity pole, with both coming at Road America. He started from the pole in 2013 on his way to winning the race.

“I’m very satisfied, first of all,” Allmendinger told NBC Sports. “I feel like our chances (of winning) are better than the first two weeks and that’s what we’re trying to do here at Kaulig Racing. Of course you want to go out and win every race and I put all the pressure on my shoulders to go make it happen. … We know the Gibbs cars are going to be fast. (Austin) Cindric’s the man to beat. He’s got two in a row on these road courses.”

Allmendinger will be joined on the front row by Matt DiBenedetto (109.792 mph). Making his first Xfinity start since 2016, DiBenedetto is driving Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota.

The top five is complete by Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Noah Gragson. Cindric is seeking to win his third straight road-course race and complete a sweep of this month’s road course events.

Christopher Bell locked up his brakes twice on his run and qualified 12th in the final round.

Click here for the starting lineup.