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Chase Countdown: Standings/Seeding With Seven Races Left

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is now 19 races old which means that there are only seven races left until the chase begins. Through the first 19 races we have seen 11 different winners. The likelihood of there being five new winners in the final seven races is slim which means that points are going to play a big role for some drivers over the next seven races. It also means that a win in the final seven races should guarantee a driver a spot in the chase.

Here is a look at all of the standings and seeding as the Sprint Cup Series comes out of New Hampshire.

Chase Seeding:

Drivers
Wins
Points
Top-10 Finishes
Brad Keselowski363410
Jimmie Johnson359812
Dale Earnhardt Jr.265813
Carl Edwards25748
Joey Logano25519
Kevin Harvick25288
Jeff Gordon167013
Kyle Busch15678
Denny Hamlin15307
Aric Almirola14734
Kurt Busch14404
Matt KensethX62112
Ryan NewmanX5737
Clint BowyerX5488
Paul MenardX5419
Kyle LarsonX5248

**Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson have clinched their spots in the 2014 chase**

The way things currently stand Kyle Larson is on the bubble to to speak. If he remains in the 16th spot and a driver lower in the standings wins a race, he would fall out of the chase. Here is a look at the drivers sitting behind the 16th seed but still in a position to make a run at the chase even if they do not win a race in 2014.

  • Austin Dillon (tied in points with Kyle Larson)
  • Greg Biffle (5 points back)
  • Kasey Kahne (9 points back)
  • Brian Vickers (17 points back)
  • Tony Stewart (22 points back)
  • Marcos Ambrose (35 points back)
  • Jamie McMurray (49 points back)

Drivers that are more than 50 points behind Larson are still alive since there are seven races to go. However, it doesn’t seem worth mentioning them unless they are able to close the gap a bit more and make it seem like they are making a run to the chase.

Rookie of the Year Standings:

  1. Kyle Larson – 215
  2. Austin Dillon – 187
  3. Justin Allgaier – 143
  4. Cole Whitt – 137
  5. Michael Annett – 136
  6. Alex Bowman – 122
  7. Ryan Truex – 96
  8. Parker Kligerman – 41

Be sure to check back with Beyond The Flag every week for the latest Standings for the Sprint Cup Series. Also, feel free to comment below and tell us who you think is going to race into the chase and who is going to fall out over the next nine races.

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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