|NASCAR Chase for the Cup Standings|
What is the Chase?
The top 10 drivers in the point standings after 26 races -- plus two wild-cards -- compete for the Sprint Cup championship during the final 10 races.
The wild-card spots go to the two drivers outside the top 10 -- but inside the top 20 -- who've accumulated the most wins during the "regular season." If necessary, ties are broken by points, then second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc.
Before Race 27, the points are reset to 2,000 for all 12 drivers who qualified for the Chase. The top 10 receive an additional 3-point bonus for each win earned during the regular season. Therefore, a driver can conceivably sit 10th in points after 26 races, but begin the Chase with the points lead if he has the most victories. The two wild-card drivers do not receive bonus points for their wins.
No additional bonus is awarded for victories by Chase drivers during the final 10 races.
If at the end of the final 10 races there is a tie, the first tiebreaker is number of wins, then second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc.