Aug 25, 2012; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (17) crashes into Tony Stewart (14) during the IRWIN Tools Night Race a Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all have clinched spots in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup.
With his 12th place finish at Bristol Saturday night, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrapped up a spot in the Chase for the Championship top 10 with two races remaining. It's the first time in Earnhardt Jr.'s career that he's made the Chase in consecutive seasons.
Greg Biffle finished 19th Saturday to clinch a spot in the top 10, while Jimmie Johnson came in second to also secure his Chase berth. Matt Kenseth wrapped up at least a wild card berth, though his spot in the top 10 is all but secured.
Tony Stewart could ill-afford a crash Saturday, but his wreck with Matt Kenseth and subsequent 27th-place finish means he's just 16 points clear of a wild-card spot.
Martin Truex Jr. sits in fifth and 67 points clear of the first wild card spot, with Clint Bowyer not far behind in sixth and 64 points clear.
Here's how the top 10 shakes out with two races to go:
- Greg Biffle (clinched berth)
- Jimmie Johnson (clinched)
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (clinched)
- Matt Kenseth (clinched at least wild card) +93
- Martin Truex Jr., +67
- Clint Bowyer, +64
- Brad Keselowski, +60
- Denny Hamlin, +44
- Kevin Harvick, +37
- Tony Stewart, +16
Kasey Kahne sits in the first wild card spot and Kyle Busch currently holds the second wild card spot. Carl Edwards is 34 points back.
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