If they don’t take the checkered flag, winning one or both of the first two stages could offer a needed boost as well.
With their championship hopes depending on their performances at Dover, here’s how these six drivers in trouble have handled the Monster Mile in the past. 1 Chevrolet driver is just nine points ahead of the 12th-place cutoff, and a win in the Apache Warrior 400 would be his first of the season after qualifying for the playoffs on points.
With 2044 playoff points, Stenhouse is actually tied with Austin Dillon, but he has the advantage because he has the highest finish of the pair in the first two playoff races – 15th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.
But he could easily lose his spot as last man in with a bad race, particularly one that’s worse than Dillon’s or Ryan Newman’s.
Through the first two of three NASCAR playoff races in the round of 16 drivers, it is already clear which 12 will likely advance and remain in contention for the Cup Series championship. and Kyle Busch took the checkered flag for the first two races at Chicagoland Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, respectively.
18 Toyota teams during the regular season, it’s not surprising that Martin Truex Jr.
In Sunday’s ISM Connect 300, Larson finished second while Keselowski was fourth.
But as the last two in, Jamie Mc Murray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. With the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs format, the easiest way for any of these drivers to advance to the Round of 12 is to win Sunday and automatically move on.
Their victories guarantee them spots in the Round of 12, although they would have qualified anyway based on points with Truex in first and Busch in third.
The other two drivers rounding out the top four in the standings, Kyle Larson in second and Brad Keselowski in fourth, are mathematically locked into the next round because of their point totals.
Compared with some of the other drivers vying for a spot in the next round, Stenhouse’s disadvantage at the Monster Mile is experience. 17 Ford driver only has one top-10 in his 10 starts, and that was back in 2015.
As previously mentioned, Dillon is tied with Stenhouse in the driver standings, but he’s currently on the outside looking in.