The creation of stage racing and awarding stage points has altered the way drivers race each week. These 23 drivers have been lucky enough to get some top-10 stage finishes to pad their points this season.
Check out how the stage points have been distributed through seven races:
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Kasey Kahne, 1 stage point
Even though Kahne had some decent finishes to start the season, he hasn’t been in the top 10 at the end of many stages so far this year.
Trevor Bayne, 3
Bayne has the lowest stage point total among drivers in the top 16 in the standings. He’s run close to the top 10 but hasn’t broken in at the right times.
AJ Allmendinger, 5
Allmendinger has one top 10 stage finish and sits 25th in the standings after a 35-point penalty knocked him deeper down the standings.
Matt Kenseth, 6
The Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have struggled all around this season. Kenseth has never been a driver to run up front all race and usually closes out strong at the end. He hasn’t been able to close out many races this year.
Austin Dillon, 7
Dillon has grabbed stage points in two separate stages this year. It hasn’t been the season that the driver of the No. 3 hoped for.