Round of 8 Chase Clinching Scenarios for Talladega

INDIANAPOLIS – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the ultimate wildcard this weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN). The Hellmans 500 is the final race of the second round, as only Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick can say they have clinched their spot into the Round of 8 for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

That leaves six spots open among 10 drivers as below are the Chase clinching scenarios for them.

Matt Kenseth (0 Wins, 3074 Points) – Would clinch on points with 13 Points (28th and no laps led, 29th and led at least one lap, 30th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner,  would clinch on points with 11 Points (30th and no laps led, 31st and led at least one lap, 32nd and led most laps). With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Kyle Busch (0 Wins, 3072 Points) – Would clinch on points with 15 Points (26th and no laps led, 27th and led at least one lap, 28th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner,  would clinch on points with 14 Points (27th and no laps led, 28th and led at least one lap, 29th and led most laps). With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Carl Edwards (0 Wins, 3069 Points) – Would clinch on points with 18 Points (23rd and no laps led, 24th and led at least one lap, 25th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner,  would clinch on points with 16 Points (25th and no laps led, 26th and led at least one lap, 27th and led most laps). With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Kurt Busch (0 Wins, 3062 Points) – Would clinch on points with 25 Points (16th and no laps led, 17th and led at least one lap, 18th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner,  would clinch on points with 24 Points (17th and no laps led, 18th and led at least one lap, 19th and led most laps). With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Martin Truex Jr (0 Wins, 3058 Points) – Would clinch on points with 29 Points (12th and no laps led, 13th and led at least one lap, 14th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner,  would clinch on points with 28 Points (13th and no laps led, 14th and led at least one lap, 15th and led most laps). With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Joey Logano (0 Wins, 3045 Points) – If there is a repeat winner,  would clinch on points with 41 Points (2nd and led most laps). With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with a new winner and help.

Austin Dillon (0 Wins, 3045 Points)
– If there is a repeat winner,  would clinch on points with 41 Points (2nd and led most laps). With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with a new winner and help.

Denny Hamlin (0 Wins, 3039 Points) – With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with help.

Brad Keselowski (0 Wins, 3038 Points) – With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with help.

Chase Elliott (0 Wins, 3020 Points)
– With a win,  would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with help.

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