The NASCAR Sprint Cup season is eight races old which means that we are almost 1/3 of the way to the chase. Here is a look at where the Season Standings, Rookie Standings and Chase Seedings stand heading into next weekends race in Richmond.
|4.||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||271||1||5||5|
The two most consistent drivers in 2014 have yet to win races. One would have to assume that Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth will both eventually find Victory Lane. Although he doesn’t have a win, Gordon would still make the chase by leading the points. Regardless of how many winners here are in the first 26 races, the 16th seed in the chase will be awarded to the points leader if they do not have a win. Winning in 2014 might be the easiest way to ensure a spot in the chase but being consistent over the first 26 races might also get a driver in.
Highest Finishing Rookie
2014 was being hailed by some as the year of Austin Dillon. This meaning that Dillon would easily take Rookie of the Year and distance himself from the rest of 2014’s historically large rookie class. Apparently Kyle Larson did not get that memo. Not only is Larson ahead in the standings but he is clearly out performed Dillon through eight races. That being said, there is a long way to go in the season. One thing is clear, these two are the cream of the crop. In the first eight races either Dillon or Larson have been the highest finishing rookie.
2014 Chase Seedings:
|3.||Dale Earnhardt Jr||271||1|
If the chase were to begin tomorrow this is what the seedings would look like. Obviously this is only going to become more interesting as the season goes on. The one thing to note at the moment is that both Dillon and Larson are currently in the chase. Neither rookie has won in 2014 but with only seven winners on the books right now, they are in on points.
Beyond the Flag will continue to update these standings throughout the rest of the 2014 season.