NASCAR Chase clinching scenarios for Richmond

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Richmond
Richmond International Raceway and the Federated Auto Parts 400 is the final regular season race of the season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Fourteen Chase spots are now taken, assuming those 14 drivers all attempt to qualify at Richmond. That leaves open two spots.

So you are probably wondering who and how can they make the Chase?

Ryan Newman can claim a spot in the Chase if he finishes 41st or better or 42nd with a lap led. If he somehow led the most laps he would only need to finish 43rd IF there is a repeat winner or Matt Kenseth wins.

Newman is guaranteed a Chase spot with a finish of 18th or better; 19th and at least one lap led; or 20th and the most laps led.

Greg Biffle is another driver that controls his own destiny. If there is a repeat 2014 winner (or if Kenseth or Newman win), Biffle would be guaranteed a spot if he finishes 22nd or better. He could finish 23rd with at least one lap led; or 24th and the most laps led. If there is a new winner (that is not either Kenseth or Newman), Biffle needs to out-point Newman by 19 points and stay ahead of Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson.

There are only two other drivers that have a chance at clinching a Chase spot without a victory, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson

The following drivers can only make the Chase if they win tonight at Richmond (and a top-30 spot in the standings): Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr., Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, David Gilliland, David Ragan and Cole Whitt.

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