Kyle Larson not only continues to lead the NASCAR Cup points standings after the first 10 races of the 2017 season, he also leads in total stage points.
Although Larson has earned only two stage wins, his consistency and ability to finish in the top-10 in most stages has helped propel him to the top of the stage points list with 121 points.
Martin Truex Jr. leads all Cup drivers with five stage wins, but he’s ranked second in the total stage points with 114, seven behind Larson. Both Larson and Truex also have single race wins this season, as well.
One of the most telling statistics is the difference between Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson. Both drivers have two wins this season, but Keselowski is third in stage points with 107, which includes two stage wins.
Johnson, on the other hand, is 10th on the total stage points list with only 57. But there’s a key reason for that: Johnson has zero stage wins.
Another interesting note: Kurt Busch won the Daytona 500 and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won Sunday at Talladega. But neither has any stage wins and are tied for 17th place on the stage points list with 17 points apiece.
Here’s how the stage points list looks like after the first 10 races of the 2017 season:
|RANK||DRIVER||TEAM||TOTAL STAGE POINTS||TOTAL STAGE WINS|
|1.||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||121||2|
|2.||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||114||5|
|3.||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||107||2|
|4.||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||90||2|
|5.||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||82||3|
|6.||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||71||2|
|7.||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||69||0|
|t-8.||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||63||1|
|t-8.||Joey Logano||Team Penske||63||1|
|10.||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||57||0|
|11.||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||49||1|
|12.||Erik Jones||Furniture Row Racing||35||0|
|13.||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||28||0|
|14.||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||25||1|
|15.||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||24||0|
|16.||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||19||0|
|t-17.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||17||0|
|t-17.||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||17||0|
|19.||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||11||0|
|20.||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||10||0|
|t-21.||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||7||0|
|t-21.||AJ Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||7||0|
|t-23.||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||4||0|
|t-23.||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||4||0|
|25.||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||2||0|