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NASCAR standings 2019: Updated points for Cup series playoffs after the Brickyard 400 | Sporting News

Kevin Harvick captured the pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and that helped him have a successful Sunday.

Harvick took home the checkered flag for the third time in 2019.

He finished fourth at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 last week and is finishing the regular season on a high note, as he’s won three of his last seven races.

“My team built a great race car. I can’t say enough about everyone on (this team),” Harvick said after the race. “They built a heck of a race car. It’s the same stuff that we took to Michigan and had a real good weekend there, obviously, and went to Victory Lane.”

Joey Logano and Bubba Wallace finished in second and third place, respectively. But only Logano will make a playoff appearance. 

The playoffs are set to begin Sept. 15 at the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Here are your updated point standings.

NASCAR points standings 2019

Below are the updated standings following the Brickyard 400. Drivers in bold qualified for the playoffs.

Rank Driver Wins Points
No. 1 Kyle Busch 4 2,045
No. 2 Denny Hamlin 4 2,030
No. 3 Martin Truex Jr. 4 2,029
No. 4 Kevin Harvick 3 2,028
  Joey Logano 2 2,028
No. 6 Brad Keselowski 3 2,024
No. 7 Chase Elliott 2 2,018
No. 8 Kurt Busch 1 2,011
No. 9 Alex Bowman 1 2,005
  Erik Jones 1 2,005
  Kyle Larson 0 2,005
No. 12 Ryan Blaney 0 2,004
No. 13 William Byron  0 2,001
  Aric Almirola 0 2,001
No. 15 Clint Bowyer  0 2,000
  Ryan Newman 0 2,000
No. 17 Daniel Suarez 0 648
No. 18 Jimmie Johnson 0 609
No. 19 Paul Menard 0 575
No. 20 Chris Buescher 0 554
No. 21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0 489
No. 22 Matt DiBenedetto 0 486
No. 23 Austin Dillon 0 479
No. 24 Ty Dillon 0 441
No. 25 Daniel Hemric 0 373
No. 26 Ryan Preece 0 354
No. 27 Bubba Wallace 0 351
No. 28 Michael McDowell 0 324
No. 29 Corey LaJoie 0 298
No. 30 David Ragan 0 285
No. 31 Matt Tifft 0 268
No. 32 Reed Sorenson 0 89
No. 33 Quin Houff 0 71
No. 34 Jamie McMurray 0 19
No. 35 Austin Theriault 0 10
No. 36 Andy Seuss 0 9
No. 37 Stanton Barrett 0 2
No. 38 Casey Mears 0 1

Who missed the playoffs? 

Daniel Suarez finished in 17th with 648 points while Paul Menard finished in 19th with 575 points.

Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time champion, will miss the playoffs for the first time in his career.

How are NASCAR driver points awarded per race?

Each finishing spot in the field earns driver points with the maximum being 40 for a win. These points accrue over the season as do owner points.

Drivers can also earn points based off of their finishes in the first two stages of the race. The driver who finishes first earns 10 points, the man who finishes in second earns nine and so on and so forth, points earned in those stages are then added to the points earned at the finish of a race.

The points are added up over all of the races and there is a reset after the regular-season finale in the 26th race. Drivers who have earned wins or finish in the top 16 of the Cup Series standings then move on to the playoffs.

Drivers accumulate playoff points earning five bonus points for a win and one for a stage win. Those points are added to a driver’s total at the start of the playoffs.

For a more in-depth look at how scoring works, click here.

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