Two down, eight to go in NASCAR's playoffs. Kevin Harvick made a great late-race restart in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to win race No. 2 in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Here's how all 16 Chasers fared on Sunday:
Chris Buescher, 2027 points
No real surprise here, but after the first two Chase races, Buescher will have to win next weekend at Dover or face elimination. Still, a great job to get here in the first place by his Front Row Racing team.
Tony Stewart, 2046 points
Not the day the three-time champion wanted or needed, as a 23rd-place finish puts him in a tough spot heading to Dover. He might have to win next week to advance. Of course, his teammate Kevin Harvick did just that there last year.
Austin Dillon, 2052 points
Unfortunately for Dillon, his cars continue to lack the speed of the front-runners. The third-generation Richard Childress Racing driver will need to run well next week and hope others have trouble to keep his title hopes alive.
Jamie McMurray, 2052 points
On the final caution, McMurray pitted for tires, but it didnât work out for him, as he wound up 19th. He is now the first driver outside the cut line to advance to Round No. 2 of the Chase.
Kyle Larson, 2057 points
Despite being fastest in all three practices, the best Larson could do in the New Hampshire race was to finish 10th. He has work to do to make the Chase as right now he is on the bubble.
Kurt Busch, 2067 points
At one point in the race, it looked as if Busch's car was going to overheat, but he rallied back to finish fifth. Still, he'd like to be higher in points, no doubt.
Carl Edwards, 2068 points
Sixth place for Edwards could have been a little bit better had he not had a commitment line violation on a pit stop. Edwards is in good shape, but can't afford any issues at Dover next week.
Chase Elliott, 2068 points
After running in the top five most of the day, Elliott had a disappointing 13th-place finish. Heâs only 16 points ahead of 13th place.
Jimmie Johnson, 2070 points
Eighth-place for Johnson was a solid but unspectacular race, as he battled back in the end to crack the top 10. Good thing for him NASCAR didn't penalize the team after flunking post-race inspection last week.
Denny Hamlin, 2071 points
Hamlin's hopes of victory went out the window with an uncontrolled tire penalty on pit road. He wound up 14th, which was a disappointment.
Kevin Harvick, 2071 points
A great late-race restart gave Harvick the victory and an automatic pass into the Chase Round of 12, so where stands in points really doesn’t matter at all. Yeah, he’s going to be awfully tough to beat again this year.
Joey Logano, 2073 points
Not a great race for Logano, who was a lap down for much of the race and wound up 11th. But he just needs an OK run at Dover to advance in the Chase.
Matt Kenseth, 2078 points
The 2003 champion led 105 laps but got beaten on a late-race restart by Kevin Harvick and finished second. He remains in solid position to move in the Chase
Kyle Busch, 2085 points
Four fresh Goodyears in a late-race pit stop allowed Busch to make up ground and drive up to a third-place finish. The reigning Sprint Cup champion is still very much in the title hunt.
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Martin Truex Jr., 2086 points
Truex led the most laps but faded at the end after a spate of late-race cautions and finished seventh. No matter, he’s going on to the second round of the Chase after winning the first race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Brad Keselowski, 2087 points
After struggling early in the weekend and the race, Keselowski came on strong to finish fourth, which puts him in great position to advance to Round 2 of the Chase. Unlike Truex and Harvick, Keselowski isn’t locked into Round 2, but he has a 35-point lead over 13th place so he’s s good as in.