Kyle Busch, Keselowski lead competition in stage points

 

By Dominic Aragon

May 6, 2018

 

Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition in total stage points through the first 11 races of 2018.

 

Busch and Keselowski earned 17 stage points each in Sunday’s AAA Drive for Autism 400 at Dover International Speedway, bringing their season totals to 133 and 130 respectively.

 

Busch has led the stage points standings the last three weeks over Keselowski.

 

With his victories in the first two stages, race winner Kevin Harvick earned 20 points, putting his 2018 total at 105 points and third overall. He became the fourth driver to earn triple-digit stage points this year.

 

Rounding out the top five are Joey Logano (104) and Kurt Busch (95).

 

Daniel Suarez earned his first stage points since Atlanta, netting 12 points between his top-10 finishes in both stages at Dover.

 

Overall, 29 drivers have earned stage points and nine drivers have won stages in 2018.

 

With the exception of the Coca-Cola 600 in May (four stages), every points-paying race in 2018 is broken up into three stages.

 

Each of the first two stages pays out points to the top-10 finishing drivers. A first-place finish gets 10 points, second-place gets nine points, and so forth.


TOTAL STAGE POINTS/STAGE WINS AFTER DOVER

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

WINS

1

Kyle Busch

133

2

2

Brad Keselowski

130

4

3

Kevin Harvick

107

6

4

Joey Logano

104

2

5

Kurt Busch

95

2

6

Martin Truex Jr.

76

2

7

Clint Bowyer

75


8

Ryan Blaney

68

2

9

Kyle Larson

58


10

Denny Hamlin

53

1

11

Jimmie Johnson

39


12

Aric Almirola

37


13

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

34


14

Chase Elliott

31


15

Paul Menard

29

1

16

Erik Jones

23


17

Michael McDowell

17


18

William Byron

16


19

A.J. Allmendinger

14


20

Alex Bowman

13


21

Ryan Newman

13


22

Daniel Suarez

13


23

Austin Dillon

7


24

Ty Dillon

5


25

David Ragan

5


26

Darrell Wallace Jr.

5


27

Trevor Bayne

4


28

Jamie McMurray

4


29

Kasey Kahne

2



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SOURCES

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