Clinching scenarios for elimination races at Phoenix

Staff Report

It’s elimination time at ISM Raceway in Phoenix this weekend, with the Championship 4 field being set for all three NASCAR national series.

Here’s a look at the clinching scenarios across the board:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Any of the six drivers would advance with a victory. (Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick have already clinched.) And the highest standing driver in the points standings earns the fourth and final playoff position. If a driver other than the eight Championship-eligible wins, then the top two positions in points would advance. Should there be a tie in points, the advantage goes to the driver who scored the highest finish in this three-race round (at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix).

Kyle Busch (4,113 points, +22) — Would clinch with 53 points earned and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Joey Logano) he would clinch a position having earned 34 points.

Joey Logano (4,111 points, +20) — Would clinch with 55 points earned and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner or a Kyle Busch victory, he would need to earn only 36 points.

Denny Hamlin (4,091 points, -20) — Would clinch with a win. Could clinch on points, with help.

Ryan Blaney (4,088 points, -23) — Would clinch with a win. Could clinch on points, with help.

Kyle Larson (4,088 points, -23) — Would clinch with a win. Could clinch on points, with help.

Chase Elliott (4,033 points, -78) — Must win to earn a Championship 4 position.

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer advanced to the Championship 4.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

Stewart Friesen, Ross Chastain, Brett Moffitt and Matt Crafton advanced to the Championship 4. 

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