Stage points through the first quarter of the NASCAR season Tim Durr @timdurr May 2, 2017 at 2:41p ET With nine races in the books, we’re a quarter of the way through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The addition of stage racing has shaken up the standings with some drivers stacking up the points while others have only snagged a few. At this point, 24 drivers have grabbed stage points so far this season: Peter Casey Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports 24 Kasey Kahne, 1 When Kahne has posted a solid finish, it’s been because of climbing through the field in the late stages as he’s only scored one stage point. © John K Harrelson/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk John K Harrelson 23 Ty Dillon, 2 Dillon scored his first stage points this weekend at Richmond. He’s put together some decent runs in the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet. © John K Harrelson/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk John K Harrelson 22 Trevor Bayne, 5 Bayne continues to run just outside the top 10, which has prevented him from scoring too many points in the stages. 21 Austin Dillon, 7 Dillon has scored stage points twice this season and has struggled quite a bit from last season when he made the playoffs. He has a lot of work left to do to make that happen this year. , LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Russell LaBounty 20 Danica Patrick, 7 Patrick scored all seven stage points in the Daytona 500 and hasn’t been near the top 10 much since. 19 AJ Allmendinger, 7 Allmendinger has appeared in the stage points twice this season and put together a few good races. 18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 8 Stenhouse has snuck into the top 10 a few times this season with stage points in three races. He’s showing a good amount of speed in recent weeks, though. 17 Kurt Busch, 13 The Daytona 500 winner has struggled a lot since his victory and has only been in the top 10 for three stages. 16 Dale Earnhardt Jr., 19 Bad luck has cost Dale Jr. a shot at some decent finishes as he’s posted points in six stages this season. 15 Matt Kenseth, 25 It’s been feast or famine for Kenseth this season. He scored stage points four times this season. 14 Ryan Newman, 28 With points in seven stages this season, Newman has shown some solid speed in races and consistently run near the top 10. 13 Clint Bowyer, 28 Bowyer has the lowest stage points total of any driver in the top 10 in points, which says a lot about how well he’s finishing races. 12 Erik Jones, 32 Jones has scored points in seven stages but has slipped out of the top 10 at the end of most races. © Nigel Kinrade/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Nigel Kinrade 11 Denny Hamlin, 39 Hamlin and all of Joe Gibbs Racing are slowly bringing it together this season as Hamlin has points in 10 stages. © Matthew T. Thacker LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Matthew T. Thacker 10 Jimmie Johnson, 51 After a rough start to the season, Johnson won back-to-back races and currently has points in 11 stages through nine races. © John K Harrelson/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk John K Harrelson 9 Kyle Busch, 55 With points in 10 stages this season, Busch has shown a lot of speed in races but hasn’t been able to close out a victory yet. 8 Joey Logano, 58 Logano has scored the lowest amount of stage points by a driver in the top five in points. He has at least 30 points less than every other driver in the top five. 7 Ryan Blaney, 61 A couple bad finishes have knocked Blaney back in the standings but his stage points still help him as he’s scored points in 11 stages. 6 Jamie McMurray, 68 McMurray continually runs around the top 10 throughout each race and has points in 13 stages this season. © Scott R LePage/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Scott R LePage/LAT Images 5 Kevin Harvick, 73 Harvick only has points in 10 stages but averages a fourth-place finish or better when he’s in the top 10 at a stage end. 4 Chase Elliott, 90 A lot of strong starts to races have helped Elliott rack up the stage points. He tends to slip a bit at the end of races, though. © Nigel Kinrade/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Nigel Kinrade 3 Brad Keselowski, 97 Keselowski has scored points in 15 stages this season, which is the second-most in the field. He also leads all drivers in playoff points. 2 Martin Truex Jr., 100 Truex has points in 12 stages but has hit triple-digits, which shows that when he’s competitive the car is at the front. 1 Kyle Larson, 116 Larson has only missed points in one stage through nine races, which shows how consistent and dominant the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet has been the entire season.