Bowyer’s relied much more on consistently finishing races than he has on running up front during stage finishes. Bowyer has 69 less stage points than Ryan Blaney but sits two spots above him in the standings.
Kurt Busch, 38
After winning the Daytona 500, Busch didn’t spend much time in the top 10 in the following weeks. He’s bounced back with solid finishes but still doesn’t have nearly as many stage points as drivers around him in the standings.
Erik Jones, 56
The amount of stage points that Jones has scored tells quite a story about his season. He’s found himself in the top 10 throughout races but hasn’t always been there when the checkered flag waves.
Joey Logano, 64
Logano’s stage points are reflective of his place in the standings. He’s hit a rough patch after winning at Richmond and hasn’t added too many stage points in recent weeks.
Denny Hamlin, 68
Hamlin’s average finish and overall position during the race has improved over the past seven races. He’s climbed into a playoff spot and should only continue to add solid stage points going forward.
Matt Kenseth, 69
A lot of bad luck early in the season made it important for Kenseth to rack up stage points when he can. He’s currently the first driver out of the playoffs but only three points behind Joey Logano.
McMurray’s had a top 10 car at most tracks this season and his consistent runs have given him a slight edge over the playoff bubble.
Jimmie Johnson, 99
Johnson didn’t start the 2017 season very well. In fact, it was his worst start to the season. Then, he rattled off two wins in a row and has quickly climbed the standings and added a series leading third win at Dover.
Ryan Blaney, 100
Blaney’s late-race luck wasn’t very good until he scored his first Cup Series win on Sunday at Pocono. He’d be quite a bit lower in the standings if he didn’t have 100 stage points.
One of seven drivers with triple-digit stage points, Elliott’s been phenomenal in 2017 outside of a rough stretch in May. He’s still searching for his first win but has plenty of points to get into the playoffs if he can’t score a victory.
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Brad Keselowski, 125
Keselowski’s posted top-five numbers in every category in 2017. Whether you’re calculating stage points, playoff points, wins, or overall points, Keselowski’s one of the best.
Without a win to fall back on, running up front consistently is the next best thing for Harvick. He’s been in the top-10 at the end of a stage 18 out of 28 times.
Kyle Busch, 133
Busch has the second-most stage wins (4) and is third for most top-10 stage finishes with 20. While he hasn’t closed out a victory yet this season, he’s been a contender week-after-week.
Kyle Larson, 176
There hasn’t been a driver more consistent than Larson in 2017. He’s only missed a top-10 stage finish twice. The amount of stage points scored by Larson has helped him to open up a comfortable gap over everyone outside of Truex.
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Martin Truex Jr., 185
Truex has scored eight stage wins, which is double Kyle Busch’s second-most, and continues to be a model for consistency. Only Kyle Larson has a better average finish this season, but with nine more stage points, Truex holds a one-point lead in the standings over Larson.