Somehow, Logano Leads Busch In Standings As Points Battle To Be Key Thing To Watch Now Moving Forwar
We’ve reached the midway mark of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season. Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the 13th race of the 26 race regular season. With that being said, it’s time to talk points again.
See, we have really discussed the points standings much up until this point. There was really no reason to. We’ve only had six winners in 12 races and still months away from from setting the 16 drivers playoff field.
But, now that we’re to the midway mark, the talk gets more serious about whom those 16 drivers will be.
We know that six drivers are locked in – Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott. That leaves 10 spots open for wildcard drivers.
Currently, Kevin Harvick (+156), Kurt Busch (+103), Clint Bowyer (+73), Ryan Blaney (+56), Aric Almirola (+50), Alex Bowman (+45), Daniel Suarez (+31), Erik Jones (+24), Kyle Larson (+20) and Jimmie Johnson (+8) hold onto those spots. But, you have Ryan Newman (-8), Austin Dillon (-11), William Byron (-15), Paul Menard (-25) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-25) among others trying to fight their ways in.
With this being the 13th race, will any one on the outside looking in move their ways in? If so, who falls out?
That’s why the final 14 races (counting the ‘600) are key to watch.
Also there’s this, we all know Kyle Busch is having a heck of a season. He’s won three times already, tied for most in the series and had a streak of a top 10 finish in literally every race until finishing 30th two weeks ago in Kansas. You would think that he was leading the standings by a mile right?
Instead, he’s second!
Logano, leads Busch by nine points in the overall standings heading to Charlotte. That’s shocking in the very least. How is a driver with three wins and 11 top 10 finishes in 12 tries end up second in the points? Especially for the guy who’s leading it to have just one victory and eight top 10’s.
But, Logano has fared well throughout the entire race with 127 stage points to Busch’s 98. Plus, Logano has six top four finishes compared to Busch’s six. Throw in those stage points and you can see how Logano has the points lead now.
Where this is big is, winning the overall regular season championship nets you an additional 15 playoff points. Those are huge to have in your back pocket. To have just nine points separating the top two drivers in the overall standings right now, that’s unheard of.