Larson leads the points standings and the fact that he’s only missed three top-10 stage finishes shows just how consistent he’s been. He’s averaging better than a fifth-place finish in every in-race stage this season.
Martin Truex Jr., 24
While Truex has missed seven opportunities to score stage points, he leads all drivers with 205 stage points. His 10 stage wins helps boost his average stage finish to third.
Kyle Busch, 22
Busch has put together a very consistent season that’s been marred by the fact that he hasn’t made it to Victory Lane yet. He has the second-most stage wins (4) and his 150 stage points are third-best.
Brad Keselowski, 20
At the beginning of the season, Keselowski and Larson went the longest without missing a top-10 stage finish. Keselowski hasn’t been as stout in recent weeks but still has 20 top-10 stage finishes.
Kevin Harvick, 19
If Truex and Larson are the top-tier so far this season, then Harvick fits comfortably into the next bracket alongside Kyle Busch. These drivers have both been extremely consistent and are only missing trips to Victory Lane to elevate them to championship favorites.
Jimmie Johnson, 19
Johnson leads the pack with three wins this season but hasn’t impressed much outside of those moments. He’s adapted to stage racing but still seems like the approach is to win his way to a record eighth championship.
Ryan Blaney, 19
Blaney’s finishes haven’t reflected his in-race performance most weeks. While he’s 13th in the standings, he has 19 top-10 stage finishes and 104 stage points, which is considerably more than the drivers around him in the points.
Jamie McMurray, 18
McMurray’s been the fifth or sixth best car most races. He’s consistently finished stages around that position in scoring his 84 stage points.
Chase Elliott, 17
Outside of a rough month of May, Elliott’s been a top-five contender most weeks. He one of eight drivers who’ve hit triple-digit stage points and has made the least amount of stage appearances from that group.
It’s been a tale of two seasons for Hamlin. He was averaging a 20th-place finish through the first seven races but picked it up in the past eight races with an average near 10th. He has 79 stage points to go along with two stage wins.
Erik Jones, 15
Jones has raced extremely well in the early portions of races, which has helped him to sit better in the standings than his average finish of 18th should.
Joey Logano, 14
When Penske started the year with a ton of speed and great finishes, everyone thought Logano and Keselowski would be fighting at the top of the standings. A penalty at Richmond encumbered Logano’s win and he hasn’t stacked up many stage points since.
Matt Kenseth, 14
While Kenseth and Logano have the same number of top-10 stage finishes, Kenseth has 16 more stage points, meaning he usually finishes around fifth in stages with Logano finishing between sixth and seventh.
Clint Bowyer, 11
With only 42 stage points, Bowyer has been between and eighth and 11th-place car most races. He’s currently on the outside of the playoffs looking it, which is a largely because Kenseth has 40 more stage points than he does.
Kurt Busch, 10
Busch has been in the top-10 for one-third of the stages this season but has some room for error with his win in the Daytona 500 locking him into the playoffs.