2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings: Kyle Busch is the leader after Michigan

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is in full swing as drivers look to secure their spot in the playoffs. Drivers can clinch a berth in the Round of 16 with a win at any of the tracks (excluding the All-Star Race) through the September 9 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

If there are less than 16 winners by the time the playoffs kick off on September 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the rest of the field will be decided by points accumulated through stages across the season. Once the playoffs begin, drivers can either advance to the Rounds of 12 and 8 through wins and merit. The top four drivers will advance to the championship in Homestead-Miami in late November.

Drivers who have already secured a playoff spot

  • Kevin Harvick (7 wins)
  • Kyle Busch (6 wins)
  • Martin Truex Jr. (4 wins)
  • Clint Bowyer (2 wins)
  • Chase Elliott (1 win)
  • Erik Jones (1 win)
  • Joey Logano (1 win)
  • Austin Dillon (1 win)

NASCAR Cup Series regular season standings

POSITIONDRIVERCAR #POINTSBEHINDWINSPLAYOFF POINTS

1.

Kyle Busch

18

986

LEADER

6

35

2.

Kevin Harvick

4

924

-62

7

40

3.

Martin Truex Jr.

78

842

-144

4

27

4.

Kurt Busch

41

750

-236

0

2

5.

Clint Bowyer

14

732

-254

2

10

6.

Joey Logano

22

723

-263

1

7

7.

Brad Keselowski

2

709

-277

0

4

8.

Ryan Blaney

12

687

-299

0

4

9.

Denny Hamlin

11

684

-302

0

2

10.

Kyle Larson

42

681

-305

0

0

11.

Chase Elliott

9

647

-339

1

8

12.

Aric Almirola

10

639

-347

0

1

13.

Erik Jones

20

596

-390

1

5

14.

Jimmie Johnson

48

572

-414

0

0

15.

Alex Bowman

88

542

-444

0

0

16.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

17

480

-506

0

2

17.

Paul Menard

21

472

-514

0

1

18.

Daniel Suarez

19

460

-526

0

1

19.

Ryan Newman

31

456

-530

0

0

20.

Austin Dillon

3

451

-535

1

5
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