NASCAR: Season, Rookie And Chase Standing Updates


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.

Season Standings:

Position
Driver
Points
Wins
Top-5
Top-10
1. Jeff Gordon297036
2.Matt Kenseth296026
3.Carl Edwards278124
4.Dale Earnhardt Jr.271155
5.Jimmie Johnson270035
6.Kyle Busch269124
7.Brad Keselowski246133
8.Joey Logano245144
9.Ryan Newman236003
10.Austin Dillon235001

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.

Rookie Standings:

Position
Driver
Points
Highest Finishing Rookie
1.Kyle Larson985
2.Austin Dillon853
3.Justin Allgaier680
4.Cole Whitt580
5.Michael Annett560
6.Alex Bowman530
7.Parker Kligerman410
8.Ryan Truex360

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:

Position
Driver
Points
Wins
1.Kevin Harvick1862
2.Carl Edwards2781
3.Dale Earnhardt Jr2711
4.Kyle Busch2691
5.Brad Keselowski2461
6.Joey Logano2451
7.Kurt Busch1641
8.Jeff Gordon 2970
9.Matt Kenseth2960
10.Jimmie Johnson2700
11.Ryan Newman2360
12.Austin Dillon2350
13.Greg Biffle2270
14.Tony Stewart2240
15.Brian Vickers2240
16.Kyle Larson2230

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.

Christopher Olmstead is the Editor of BeyondTheFlag.com on the FanSided Network. Follow us on Twitter @Beyond_The_Flag and “Like” us on Facebook.

 

 

 

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