Team Interstate: Bring on the Chase
Kyle struggled with an ill-handling race car throughout the Federated Auto Parts 400, bringing his No. 18 M&M’s/American Heritage Chocolate Toyota home in 19th place.
Immediately after the race, however, the points reset. Kyle begins the Chase, NASCAR‘s version of a playoff, with the third seed thanks to his four regular-season victories.
Carl Edwards won Saturday night’s race.
About the Chase
The Chase represents the last 10 races of the year. The top-10 drivers in points are eligible, along with two wild-card drivers. Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. are the wild-cards after having the most wins among the drivers who were between 11th and 20th in the standings.
NASCAR recalibrated the points for the 12 drivers as soon as the Richmond race was over, with each driver getting 2,000 points. With the exception of wild-card entrants Kahne and Truex, drivers also received three bonus points for each of their respective wins during the 26-race regular season. For drivers starting the Chase with identical point totals, their seed was determined by the traditional tiebreaker of best finishes beyond race victories.
Ranked in order of where their bonus points seeded them, the drivers competing for this year’s championship are:
- Matt Kenseth (2,015 points)
- Jimmie Johnson (2,012 points, -3)
- Kyle Busch (2,012 points, -3)
- Kevin Harvick (2,006 points, -9)
- Carl Edwards (2,006 points, -9)
- Joey Logano (2,003 points, -12)
- Greg Biffle (2,003 points, -12)
- Clint Bowyer (2,000 points, -15)
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2,000 points, -15)
- Kurt Busch (2,000 points, -15)
- Kasey Kahne (2,000 points, -15)
- Martin Truex Jr. (2,000 points, -15)
This is Kyle’s sixth appearance in the Chase, while Kenseth will make his ninth Chase appearance.
Kyle’s Car to Carry Fan’s Name
ESPN and nascar.com want to put one lucky fan’s name on Kyle’s Interstate Batteries Toyota in Dover on Sept. 29. Learn more about the contest at nascar.com/fandorsements.
Other Team Interstate Results
- NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle finishes 4th in Richmond. | Recap (ESPN)
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Top 5 for Darrell Wallace Jr. | Recap (ESPN)
This week: NASCAR visits Chicagoland Speedway for the first race of the Chase, and NHRA drag racing returns to Charlotte for the first race in the Countdown for the Championship.