Five drivers have officially locked themselves into the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup and there’s the possibility for another to join them this weekend.
Having earned multiple wins through the first 20 races, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth are the first five of what will be 16 drivers filling out the Chase grid. Should the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday be the second win for one of five drivers, they too will have officially clinched a spot in the Chase.
Looking to clinch at Pocono:
- Kevin Harvick (1 win, 671 points, +434 points ahead of 31st) – clinches with a win
- Kurt Busch (1 win, 627 points, +390 points ahead of 31st) – clinches with a win
- Joey Logano (1 win, 606 points, +369 points ahead of 31st) – clinches with a win
- Martin Truex Jr. (1 win, 573 points, +336 points ahead of 31st) – clinches with a win
- Denny Hamlin (1 win, 542 points, +305 points ahead of 31st) – clinches with a win
Four of the five drivers have won at Pocono in the past.
Kurt Busch is the most recent winner as he picked up his third Pocono win in June. Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. both have a lone win at Pocono with Logano victorious in June 2012 and Truex going to victory lane in June of 2015.
Denny Hamlin leads the way with four Pocono wins. As a rookie, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver swept the races at Pocono in 2006 before picking up his next two in August 2009 and June 2010. Harvick, meanwhile, is winless at Pocono in 61 career starts with an average finish of 14.0.
There is the possibility none of these five drivers clinch should Sunday’s winner be a driver who wins for the first time this year or is a driver who has already clinched their spot.