Chase tracker: Aric Almirola passes Clint Bowyer for final transfer spot

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Nineteen races have been run and seven 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 victory, ranking in the top 30 in points and having started every race (unless granted a NASCAR waiver) will make the Chase. If there are more than 16 different winners, ties will be broken by number of wins and then points.

Kyle Busch remains outside the top 30 in points even after his win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That leaves 10 winners in a Chase position and the final six spots for non-winners. Busch needs to average about a 20th-place finish in the remaining seven races before the Chase to reach the projected total for 30th in the points and be Chase eligible.

Aric Almirola’s 15th-place finish at New Hampshire moved him past Clint Bowyer for what would be the 16th and final transfer spot for the Chase. Almirola leads Bowyer by two points.

Here’s who is Chase eligible at this point in the season (*clinched Chase spot):

1 – Jimmie Johnson (4 wins) … 646 points*

2 – Kevin Harvick (2 wins) … 734 points*

3 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2 wins) … 655 points*

4 – Kurt Busch (2 wins) … 576 points

5 – Joey Logano (1 win) … 665 points

6 – Martin Truex Jr. (1 win) … 628 points

7 – Brad Keselowski (1 win) … 603 points

8 – Matt Kenseth (1 win) … 578 points

9 – Denny Hamlin (1 win) … 552 points

10 – Carl Edwards (1 win) … 487 points

11 – Jamie McMurray (0 wins) … 574 points

12 – Jeff Gordon (0 wins) … 573 points

13 – Kasey Kahne (0 wins) … 538 points

14 – Ryan Newman (0 wins) … 530 points

15 – Paul Menard (0 wins) … 528 points

16 – Aric Almirola (0 wins) … 502 points

DRIVERS OUTSIDE A CHASE SPOT

17 – Clint Bowyer (0 wins) … 2 points behind 16th

18 – Greg Biffle (0 wins) … 65 points behind 16th

19 – Austin Dillon (0 wins) … 68 points behind 16th

20 – Casey Mears (0 wins) … 75 points behind 16th

21 – Kyle Larson (0 wins) … 85 points behind 16th

22 – Danica Patrick (0 wins) … 86 points behind 16th

23 – AJ Allmendinger (0 wins) … 100 points behind 16th

24 – David Ragan (o wins) … 114 points behind 16th

25 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (0 wins) … 131 points behind 16th

26 – Tony Stewart (0 wins) … 136 points behind 16th

27 – Trevor Bayne (0 wins) … 140 points behind 16th

28 – Sam Hornish Jr. (o wins) … 144 points behind 16th

29 – Justin Allgaier (0 wins) … 192 points behind 16th

30 – David Gilliland (0 wins) … 197 points behind 16th

WINNERS NOT IN TOP 30 IN POINTS

33 – Kyle Busch (3 wins) … 58 points behind 30th