Chase tracker: Clint Bowyer moves closer to final Chase spot after Michigan run

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Fifteen races are down and 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup events 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.

With 10 different winners this season, the final six Chase spots – as of now – would go to the winless drivers with the most points.

The same 16 drivers who were in a Chase spot last week remain in such a position this week, but Clint Bowyer is moving closer to changing that. Bowyer gained eight points on Ryan Newman – who occupies the final Chase transfer spot – after Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway. It marked the second consecutive race Bowyer has gained on Newman. Bowyer trails Newman for the last Chase transfer spot by 12 points.

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

1 – Jimmie Johnson (4 wins) … 506 points

2 – Kevin Harvick (2 wins) … 576 points

3 – Kurt Busch (2 wins) … 426 points

4 – Martin Truex Jr. (1 win) … 561 points

5 – Joey Logano (1 win) … 520 points

6 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1 win) … 508 points

7 – Brad Keselowski (1 win) … 480 points

8 – Matt Kenseth (1 win) … 456 points

9 – Denny Hamlin (1 win) … 412 points

10 – Carl Edwards (1 win) … 401 points

11 – Jamie McMurray (0 wins) … 464 points

12 – Kasey Kahne (0 wins) … 447 points

13 – Jeff Gordon (0 wins) … 434 points

14 – Paul Menard (0 wins) … 421 points

15 – Aric Almirola (0 wins) … 401 points

16 – Ryan Newman (0 wins) … 400 points

DRIVERS OUTSIDE A CHASE SPOT 

17 – Clint Bowyer (0 wins) … 12 points behind 16th

18 – Kyle Larson ( 0 wins) … 39 points behind 16th

19 – Danica Patrick (0 wins) … 43 points behind 16th

20 – Greg Biffle (0 wins) … 49 points behind 16th

21 – Casey Mears (0 wins) … 61 points behind 16th

22 – AJ Allmendinger (0 wins) … 79 points behind 16th

23 – Austin Dillon (0 wins) … 86 points behind 16th

24 – David Ragan (0 wins) … 101 points behind 16th

25 – Sam Hornish Jr. (0 wins) … 127 points behind 16th

26 – Tony Stewart (0 wins) … 131 points behind 16th

27 – Trevor Bayne (0 wins) … 137 points behind 16th

28 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (0 wins) … 138 points behind 16th

29 – David Gilliland (0 wins) … 138 points behind 16th

30 – Justin Allgaier (0 wins) … 149 points behind 16th