The battle at the top of the points standings is a tight one between Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson, who are separated by one point heading into Michigan.
With nine drivers locked into the playoffs with wins, the field is getting smaller for drivers to make their way in via points.
Check out the top 30 in the standings heading into Michigan.
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Martin Truex Jr., 584 points (18 playoff points)
Truex has a firm grasp on this whole stage racing this. He’s won eight stages and two races so far this season.
Kyle Larson, 583 (8 playoff points)
Larson lost the points lead a few weeks ago but closed the gap to one point this weekend. He scored his first Cup Series win at Michigan last season.
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Kevin Harvick, 480 (3 playoff points)
Harvick’s been on the verge of scoring a win for about two months now. Even without a win, he’s in a good position at the midway point of the regular season.
Kyle Busch, 463 (4 playoff points)
Busch has made headlines for a lot of reasons other than winning so far this season. His performance has him so close to making it happen and when he does, he could run off a couple.
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Brad Keselowski, 454 (12 playoff points)
With two wins, Keselowski sits in a comfortable position as far as the postseason is concerned. After two rough finishes, he’s back on track after a top five at Pocono.
Chase Elliott, 438 (2 playoff points)
Elliott didn’t have much go right for him in the month of May, finishing 24th or worse in four straight races. He’s bounced back in June with two top-10 finishes. He finished second in both Michigan races last year.
Newman’s win at Phoenix was a bit of a surprise but the veteran driver has performed well in spurts this season.
Erik Jones, 322
The leading Rookie of the Year candidate posted a career-best third-place finish at Pocono and might not be too far away from his first Cup Series win.
Trevor Bayne, 303
Bayne’s performance has dipped a bit in recent weeks and he’ll likely need a win at this point to make the playoffs.
Daniel Suarez, 300
Suarez hasn’t finished outside of the top 20 in the past eight races. That type of drive is going to make him a consistent contender as he gets more comfortable behind the wheel of a Cup Series ride.
Austin Dillon, 287 (5 playoff points)
Dillon’s Coca-Cola 600 victory was an impressive one and locked a second RCR car into the playoffs. He’s finished 13th in back-to-back races since his victory.
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Kasey Kahne, 274
Kahne’s steadily dropped down the standings after a strong start to the season. He’s been involved in an accident in three straight weeks and will need his luck to change if he wants to make the playoffs again.
Ty Dillon, 247
Dillon nearly stole one at Dover and then followed up with a solid 18th-place finish at Pocono. He’s posted nine top-20 finishes, which is a vast improvement to where the No. 13 team was at this point last season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 229
The farewell tour continues to be a bumpy path for Dale Jr. He lost an engine after a missed shift at Pocono. He’s been solid at Michigan in recent years, though.
Paul Menard, 218
Menard continues to rack up decent finishes. He posted another top-20 finish on Sunday at Pocono.
Chris Buescher, 204
Buescher’s slowly getting better as the season progresses. After a slow start, he’s been in the top 20 in five of the past six weeks.
If Almirola can return sooner than later from his back injury, he has a chance to pull off a win at a track like Daytona and make his way back into the playoffs. He’s 27 points above the cutoff line to stay playoff eligible.
Michael McDowell, 186
McDowell’s posted a handful of solid performances for the small, single-car team in 2017. He finished 13th at Kansas and has been top 20 in three of four weeks.
AJ Allmendinger, 183
Allmendinger started off the year strong but a penalty really knocked him back in the standings. He hasn’t been able to recover since.
David Ragan, 177
Ragan posted three top-20 finishes in a row at Bristol, Richmond, and Talladega but hasn’t had much more to be excited about outside of that stretch.
Danica Patrick, 175
A disappointing year for Patrick continues but she’s improved slightly with a 10th-place finish at Dover and a 16th-place result this weekend at Pocono.