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Larson scores 100th stage point; Harvick leads drivers in playoff points

Kyle Larson walks during driver introductions for the 2018 Pocono 400. (Tyler Head | The Racing Experts)
Kyle Larson walks during driver introductions for the 2018 Pocono 400. (Tyler Head | The Racing Experts)

Kyle Larson became the ninth Cup Series driver to earn triple-digit stage points in 2018 with his second-place finish in Stage 2 of the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday.

Larson has earned 107 total stage points, the ninth-most among the competition.

Kyle Busch continues to lead the field in stage points with 197. Rounding out the top five are Kevin Harvick (161), Brad Keselowski (160), Clint Bowyer (121) and Kurt Busch (120).

PLAYOFF POINTS EARNED
If the postseason started today, Harvick would lead all drivers with playoff points earned solely through stage wins and race wins.

Harvick, the 2014 series champion, has earned 26 playoff points between his eight stage wins and five race victories.

Busch, who has won four races and five stages, has the second most playoff points at 25.

Rounding out the top five are Martin Truex Jr. (13), Clint Bowyer (10) and Joey Logano (7).

OVERALL

Racing at Pocono
Kyle Busch (18) and Kevin Harvick (4) race during the 2018 Pocono 400. (Tyler Head | The Racing Experts)

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 MICHIGAN

RANK DRIVER POINTS WINS PLAYOFF
1 Kyle Busch 197 5 25
2 Kevin Harvick 161 8 26
3 Brad Keselowski 160 4 4
4 Clint Bowyer 121 10
5 Kurt Busch 120 2 2
6 Joey Logano 119 2 7
7 Ryan Blaney 117 4
8 Martin Truex Jr. 113 3 13
9 Kyle Larson 107 1 1
10 Denny Hamlin 84 1 1
11 Aric Almirola 58
12 Jimmie Johnson 52
13 Chase Elliott 46
14 Erik Jones 38
15 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 38
16 Paul Menard 35 1 1
17 William Byron 20
18 Michael McDowell 17
19 Ryan Newman 16
20 A.J. Allmendinger 14
21 Alex Bowman 14
22 Daniel Suarez 13
23 Jamie McMurray 13
24 Austin Dillon 7 5
25 Kasey Kahne 6
26 Darrell Wallace Jr. 5
27 David Ragan 5
28 Ty Dillon 5
29 Trevor Bayne 4

SOURCES
Racing-Reference.info 

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Dominic Aragon View All

I am a co-owner and reporter for TheRacingExperts.com.

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