The second-year driver had his worst day of the season on Sunday with a 24th-place finish. He’s still in great shape to grab a playoff spot but the drivers around him keep stacking up playoff points. This kid could really use a win.
Joey Logano, 333 (6 playoff points)
After such a consistent start to the season and finishes of sixth or better in all but one race, Logano finally grabbed a victory.
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Brad Keselowski, 327 (11 playoff points)
Keselowski had a great day all around. He scored another playoff point and had the best car for the second half of the race. He came home second to his teammate and has the most playoff points so far this season.
Kevin Harvick, 286 (3 playoff points)
For the third week in a row, Harvick scored a top-five finish. The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford looks to be close to its form from the past few years.
McMurray keeps stacking up the solid runs and has been between 5th and 15th almost every race this season. Expect him to keep it up as he heads to some of his best tracks in Talladega and Charlotte.
Jimmie Johnson, 270 (10 playoff points)
The seven-time champion had a quiet day on Sunday until he slammed his teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. into the wall late. He suffered a bit of damage from the incident but still scored an 11th-place finish.
Clint Bowyer, 266
Bowyer got caught by the commitment line bug and couldn’t rebound very far, finishing 15th. Which is good that it’s his worst finish since the Daytona 500.
Kyle Busch, 235 (1 playoff point)
The commitment line also busted Busch late in the race. Busch has been the dominant JGR Toyota most weeks but hasn’t been able to close the deal more often than not this season.
Denny Hamlin, 231
Hamlin has back-to-back top-10 finishes after rough weeks at Martinsville and Texas. It’s still been an up-and-down year for the No. 11 JGR team.
Ryan Blaney, 229 (2 playoff points)
Blaney’s yo-yo of a season continued with another poor performance on Sunday at Richmond. He’s still looking to put consistent finishes together and has fallen from sixth to 12th in the standings over the past two weeks.
Ryan Newman, 225 (5 playoff points)
Newman continues to play with house money after locking up a spot in the playoffs. He gambled again on pit strategy and it paid off with a seventh-place result.
Trevor Bayne, 216
The consistency of Bayne and the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford is almost laughable. For the seventh time in nine races, Bayne finished between 10th and 13th.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 201
The highs for Stenhouse this season show that RFR is slowly turning a corner toward better days. For the first time since 2013, Stenhouse scored back-to-back top-10 finishes.
Erik Jones, 193
After steady sailing for the past seven weeks, Jones made contact with Kasey Kahne early and blew a tire only four laps into the race. He’s still in good position to make a playoff run as a rookie.
Kurt Busch, 192 (5 playoff points)
The struggles of Kurt Busch looked ike they would continue at Richmond, but he rebounded nicely for a top-10 finish. It’s been a rough stretch since winning the Daytona 500, though.
Matt Kenseth, 192 (1 playoff point)
Kenseth looked like he could lead every lap at Richmond in the early going but once he got shuffled back his day went south. It didn’t help that he made contact in traffic and cut a tire late.
Another great outing for Almirola and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. The team has consistently finished around 18th this season and looks to have more speed as an one-car operation.
Kasey Kahne, 179
The saga of Kasey Kahne underperforming continues in 2017. He got off to such a strong start through the first five races and has had his car in the top-10 regularly in the latter portions of races. He’s run into issues over and over again though and slides down the standings.
Austin Dillon, 171
There have been a few glimpses of success for Dillon this year but after starting last because of inspection failures at Bristol, he could only make it up to 20th on Sunday.
Daniel Suarez, 169
If Suarez can stay ahead of adjustments early in a race, he’ll have the potential for some great finishes. Currently, he keeps battling back all race and squeaks out mid-pack finishes.
Ty Dillon, 157
Dillon has pulled more from the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet than most expected and has potential to keep improving through the season.