Harvick continues to lead field in stage points


By Dominic Aragon

March 11, 2018


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Four races into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the competition in stage points.


Harvick earned a total of 13 stage points in the Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway, bringing his 2018 total to 53.


Kurt Busch has the second-most amount of stage points with 42 with Brad Keselowski having the third most at 41. The top-three drivers are comprised of Ford drivers.


Three drivers earned stage points for the first time this season at ISM Raceway (Ty Dillon (1); Kasey Kahne, (2); Erik Jones, (1)).


In total, 23 competitors have earned stage points this season.


With the exception of the Coca-Cola 600 in May, 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.


STAGE WINS

Harvick has won three stages, the most among the competition.


Kurt Busch has won two stages; one at Daytona and the other at ISM Raceway.


Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski have each won a stage this year.


STAGE POINTS THROUGH FOUR RACES

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Kevin Harvick

53

2

Kurt Busch

42

3

Brad Keselowski

41

4

Martin Truex Jr.

40

5

Kyle Busch

38

6

Ryan Blaney

34

7

Kyle Larson

32

8

Joey Logano

31

9

Michael McDowell

17

10

Aric Almirola

16

11

Denny Hamlin

15

12

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

15

13

Chase Elliott

13

14

Paul Menard

13

15

Clint Bowyer

12

16

Alex Bowman

9

17

Ty Dillon

5

18

Trevor Bayne

4

19

Darrell Wallace Jr.

4

20

Austin Dillon

2

21

Kasey Kahne

2

22

Erik Jones

1

23

Daniel Suarez

1


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SOURCES
NASCAR Racing-Reference.info