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Round of 16
  • Darlington - Cookout Southern 500
  • Kansas - Hollywood Casino 400
  • Bristol - Bass Pro Shops Night Race
Round of 12
  • Texas -AutoTrader 500
  • Talladega - YellaWood 500
  • Charlotte RC - ROVAL 400
Round of 8
  • Las Vegas - South Point 400
  • Homestead-Miami - Dixie Vodka 400
  • Martinsville - Xfinity 500e
Championship
  • Phoenix - Championship Race

Playoff Structure

Round of 16: The first round (races 27-29) is the Round of 16. If a Playoff driver wins a race in this round, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Round of 12). The remaining available positions 1-12 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Drivers in positions 13, 14, 15 and 16 are eliminated from the Playoffs.

Remaining drivers' points are reset to 3000 + any regular season "playoff points" - and advance to the Round of 12.

Round of 12: The second round (races 30-32) is the Round of 12. Likewise, if a driver in the top 12 in points wins a race in this round, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Round of 8). The remaining available positions 1-8 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Drivers in positions 9, 10, 11 and 12 are eliminated from the Playoffs.

Remaining drivers' points are reset to 4000 + any regular season "playoff points" - and advance to the Round of 8.

Round of 8: The third round (races 33-35) is the Round of 8. If a driver in the top eight in points wins a race in this round, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Championship 4). The remaining available positions 1-4 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Drivers in positions 5, 6, 7 and 8 are eliminated from the Playoffs.

Remaining drivers' points are reset to 5000 - and advance to the Championship 4.

Points Adjustment for Eliminated Drivers

Drivers who are eliminated in the Round of 12 and Round of 8 will have their points readjusted. Each eliminated driver will return to the Playoff-start base of 2000 + any regular season "playoff points" starting with race number 27 added. This will allow all drivers not in contention for the title to continue to race for the best possible season-long standing, with final positions fifth-through-16th still up for grabs.

Championship 4

The 36th and final race of the season will be the Championship Race, which will feature the Championship 4. Simply stated, the highest finisher in that race among the remaining four eligible drivers will win the NASCAR Cup Series title.

Playoff points for stage wins will not apply in the season finale, so the official finishing position alone will decide the champion.

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Nextel Cup Series Playoff Driver Standings

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1st Chase Elliott

C Elliott

#9

Hendrick
2nd Joey Logano

J Logano

#22

Penske
3rd Ross Chastain

R Chastain

#1

Trackhouse
4th Kyle Larson

K Larson

#5

Hendrick
5th William Byron

W Byron

#24

Hendrick
6th Denny Hamlin

D Hamlin

#11

JGR
7th Christopher Bell

C Bell

#20

JGR
8th Ryan Blaney

R Blaney

#12

Penske
9th Chase Briscoe

C Briscoe

#14

SHR
10th Alex Bowman

A Bowman

#48

Hendrick
11th Daniel Suarez

D Suarez

#99

Trackhouse
12th Austin Cindric

A Cindric

#2

Penske
13th Tyler Reddick

T Reddick

#8

RCR
14th Kyle Busch

K Busch

#18

JGR
15th Austin Dillon

A Dillon

#3

RCR
16th Kevin Harvick

K Harvick

#4

SHR

Complete Nextel Cup Series Driver Standings

Select a race # to view the driver point standings at that time in the season.

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