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NASCAR standings 2019: Updated points for Cup series playoffs after the Consumers Energy 400

Sporting News — (Alexis Mansanarez)

Kevin Harvick came away with the checkered flag Sunday at the Consumers Energy 400 after he chased down Joey Logano in the final laps.

It was Harvick's second win of 2019 while Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson placed second and third, respectively.

Logano ultimately finished in 17th place after dealing with fuel issues, which forced him to make a late pit stop.

Harvick might have edged out Logano on the Michigan track, but Logano maintains the advantage in the updated rankings.

Harvick had the fastest car over the last run of the final stage. 

“(It) takes a lot of people to make these cars go around, and winning races is what it's all about,” Harvick said, via Yahoo Sports. “(I) just can't do it without all you guys. I mean, to come here to Michigan and win for Ford, and I know how much Mobil 1 likes to beat that Shell car [driven by Joey Logano], so that was cool.”

NASCAR points standings 2019

Below are the updated standings following the Consumers Energy 400. Winners are in bold and are guaranteed a playoff spot.

Rank Driver Wins Points
No. 1 Kyle Busch 892
2872
2822
No. 4 Denny Hamlin 3815
No. 5 Martin Truex Jr.4805
No. 6 Brad Keselowski3764
No. 7 Chase Elliott 2711
No. 8 Kurt Busch 1701
No. 9Ryan Blaney0654
No. 10Alex Bowman1653
No. 11Aric Almirola0645
No. 12William Byron0642
No. 13Kyle Larson0624
No. 14Erik Jones0623
No. 15Ryan Newman0569
No. 16Clint Bowyer0559
No. 17Daniel Suarez0553
No. 18Jimmie Johnson0547
No. 19Paul Menard0506
No. 20Chris Buescher0486
No. 21Ricky Stenhouse Jr.0475
No. 22Austin Dillon0434
No. 23Matt DiBenedetto0380
No. 24Ty Dillon0397
No. 25Daniel Hemric0352
No. 26Michael McDowell0302
No. 27Ryan Preece0299
No. 28Bubba Wallace0281
No. 29Corey Lajoie0266
No. 30David Ragan0256
No. 31Matt Tifft0243
No. 32Reed Sorenson067
No. 33Quin Houff064
No. 34J.J. Yeley029
No. 35Jamie McMurray019
No. 36Austin Theriault010
No. 37Andy Seuss09
No. 38Stanton Barrett02
No. 39Casey Mears01

Who’s on the Cup Series playoff bubble? 

Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson are just below the cut line.

Three winless drivers, Erik Jones, who finished 18th, and Ryan Newman (12th) and Clint Bowyer (37th), all padded their distance between the cutoff position. 

Paul Menard ranks 19th in the standings, only 40-plus points behind Suarez and Johnson. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is also close in 20th place, but still probably too far behind at this point.

There are three races remaining before the playoffs begin at Las Vegas on Sept. 15. Bristol is next weekend, followed by Darlington and Indianapolis.

How are NASCAR driver points awarded per race?

Each finishing spot in the field earns driver points with the maximum being 40 for a win. These points accrue over the season as do owner points.

Drivers can also earn points based off of their finishes in the first two stages of the race. The driver who finishes first earns 10 points, the man who finishes in second earns nine and so on and so forth, points earned in those stages are then added to the points earned at the finish of a race.

The points are added up over all of the races and there is a reset after the regular-season finale in the 26th race. Drivers who have earned wins or finish in the top 16 of the Cup Series standings then move on to the playoffs.

Drivers accumulate playoff points earning five bonus points for a win and one for a stage win. Those points are added to a driver's total at the start of the playoffs.

For a more in-depth look at how scoring works, click here.