There are two NASCAR Cup Series regular-season races remaining before the start of the NASCAR Playoffs. Entering Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), here’s who is locked into the field and who can clinch on points.
The following 10 drivers have clinched a spot in the 16-driver postseason field by virtue of at least one victory: Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer.
Can clinch via points
If there is a new winner, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the fifth winless driver in the standings.
If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer or Matt DiBenedetto), the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the sixth winless driver in the standings.
• Aric Almirola: Would clinch regardless of finish
• Kyle Busch: Would clinch with 6 points
• Kurt Busch: Would clinch with 26 points
• Clint Bowyer: Would clinch with 36 points
• Matt DiBenedetto: Could only clinch with help
Additionally, Kevin Harvick could clinch the Regular Season Championship on his own with 21 points.