3 drivers hit 100 stage point mark at Pocono
Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney earned their 100th stage point of 2018 with their top-10 showings in the first two stages of the Pocono 400 Sunday. Altogether, eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have earned at least 100 stage points this year.
Truex, the winner at Pocono Raceway, has earned the fifth-most stage points (113) among the Cup Series competition in 2018.
Bowyer now has the seventh-most with 104 points and Blaney the eighth-most with 102 points.
Through the first 14 races of 2018, Kyle Busch has earned the most stage points with 190 total. Busch has led the stage points standings since Richmond in April.
Rounding out the top-three drivers are Brad Keselowski (151) and Kevin Harvick (144).
Harvick leads the competition in stage wins (7), Busch is second (5) and Keselowski is third (4).
If the playoffs started today, Busch and Harvick would lead the field in playoff points from stage wins and race victories with 25 points each.
Rounding out the top five in that category are Truex (13), Logano (7) and Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon (tied-5).
In total, 29 drivers have earned stage points, with 10 of them winning stages in 2018.
With the exception of the Coca-Cola 600 in May (four stages), every points awarding race in 2018 is broken up into three stages.
Each of the first two stages awards points to the top-10 finishing drivers. A first-place finish earns 10 points, second-place gets nine points, and so forth.
STAGE POINTS/STAGE WINS/PLAYOFF POINTS AFTER POCONO
|5||Martin Truex Jr.||113||3||13|
|14||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||38|
|28||Darrell Wallace Jr.||5|
Dominic Aragon View All
I am a co-owner and reporter for TheRacingExperts.com.
Leave a Reply