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2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
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Denny Hamlin, the current points leader

The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the 71st season of NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 48th modern-era Cup series season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the Gander RV Duel qualifying races and the 61st running of the Daytona 500. The regular season will end with the Brickyard 400 in September. The playoffs will end with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead–Miami Speedway on November 17, 2019. Joey Logano of Team Penske enters as the defending series champion.

The 2019 season is the fifth of the current 10-year television contract with Fox Sports and NBC Sports and the fourth of a five-year race sanctioning agreement with all tracks.[1][2] It is the first season in which Ford fields the Mustang GT, replacing the Fusion.[3] This is reportedly the final season of title sponsor Monster Energy, as NASCAR rejected the energy drink company's extension offer in favor of a new tiered sponsorship model.[4][5] This was also the final season for Darrell Waltrip covering races in the booth as during the season he announced that the June 23rd Toyota/Save Mart 350 would be his last race as a broadcaster.

Following the 2019 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing clinched his second consecutive Regular Season Championship.[6]

Teams and drivers

Chartered teams

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing 1 Kurt Busch Matt McCall
42 Kyle Larson Chad Johnston
Germain Racing 13 Ty Dillon Matt Borland 32
Justin Alexander 4
Hendrick Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Alan Gustafson
24 William Byron Chad Knaus
48 Jimmie Johnson Kevin Meendering 21
Cliff Daniels 15
88 Alex Bowman Greg Ives
JTG Daugherty Racing 37 Chris Buescher Trent Owens
47 Ryan Preece (R) Tristan Smith 30
Eddie Pardue 6
Premium Motorsports 15 Ross Chastain 30 Peter Sospenzo 1
Pat Tryson 35
Garrett Smithley 1
Quin Houff (R) 1
TBA 4
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Danny Stockman Jr.
8 Daniel Hemric (R) Luke Lambert 35
Justin Alexander 1
Richard Petty Motorsports 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Derek Stamets
Spire Motorsports 77 Jamie McMurray 1 [N 1] Scott Eggleston
Garrett Smithley 5 Peter Sospenzo 27
Tommy Baldwin Jr. 8
Reed Sorenson 9
Quin Houff (R) 12
D. J. Kennington 1
Justin Haley 3
Blake Jones 1
Timmy Hill 1
TBA 3
StarCom Racing 00 Landon Cassill Wayne Carroll Jr. 1
Joe Williams Jr. 35
Ford Front Row Motorsports 34 Michael McDowell Drew Blickensderfer
36 Matt Tifft (R) Mike Kelley 20
Seth Barbour 16
38 David Ragan Seth Barbour 20
Mike Kelley 16
Go Fas Racing 32 Corey LaJoie Randy Cox
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ryan Newman Scott Graves
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brian Pattie
Stewart-Haas Racing 4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers
10 Aric Almirola Johnny Klausmeier
14 Clint Bowyer Mike Bugarewicz
41 Daniel Suárez Billy Scott
Team Penske 2 Brad Keselowski Paul Wolfe
12 Ryan Blaney Jeremy Bullins
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Paul Menard Greg Erwin
Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Chris Gabehart
18 Kyle Busch Adam Stevens
19 Martin Truex Jr. Cole Pearn
20 Erik Jones Chris Gayle
Leavine Family Racing 95 Matt DiBenedetto Mike Wheeler
Chevrolet 14
Ford 18
Petty Ware Racing [N 2] 51 B. J. McLeod 10 George Church 6
Mike Hillman Sr. 23
Lee Leslie 4
Cody Ware 11
Gray Gaulding 1
Jeb Burton 1
Bayley Currey 2
Kyle Weatherman 1
J. J. Yeley 3[N 3]
Andy Seuss 1
Austin Theriault 2
TBA 4
Chevrolet 17
Ford 15
Rick Ware Racing 52 Cody Ware 2 Mike Hillman Sr. 8
George Church 12
Lee Leslie 9
Jason Houghtaling 1
Jeff Spraker 1
B. J. McLeod 5
Bayley Currey 8
Jeb Burton 1
Stanton Barrett 1
J. J. Yeley 5
Josh Bilicki 2
Austin Theriault 3
Kyle Weatherman 1
Garrett Smithley 4
Spencer Boyd 1
TBA 4

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s)
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 62 Brendan Gaughan Darren Shaw 4
Germain Racing 27 Casey Mears [N 4] Pat Tryson 1
Premium Motorsports Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Jr. 13
Peter Sospenzo 8
13
Ross Chastain 1
Quin Houff 3
Joe Nemechek 4
Ryan Sieg 1
Richard Childress Racing 31 Tyler Reddick Justin Alexander 2
Tommy Baldwin Racing 71 Ryan Truex Tommy Baldwin Jr. 1
Toyota Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 Parker Kligerman Mark Hillman 13
MBM Motorsports 46 Joey Gase Mark Labretone 1
66 Brian Keselowski 8
George Church 4
Ryan Bell 1
9
Timmy Hill 4
XCI Racing 81 Jeffrey Earnhardt Jacob Canter 1
Chevrolet 7
Ford 4
Rick Ware Racing 53 B. J. McLeod Lee Leslie 5
Jason Houghtaling 6
1
Josh Bilicki 6
Joey Gase 1
Spencer Boyd 2
J. J. Yeley 1
Chevrolet 2
Ford 2
54 Jeff Spraker 1
Mike Hillman Sr. 1
Jason Houghtaling 2
2
Garrett Smithley 2

Notes

  1. ^ Entry was fielded in a collaboration with Chip Ganassi Racing.
  2. ^ The No. 51 car is officially listed on paper as Petty Ware Racing because they are using one of the charters from Richard Petty Motorsports, although RPM is not involved with operating or helping this team out at the races in any way.
  3. ^ Cody Ware was scheduled to race at the Charlotte Roval but he is not feeling well after the coolbox of his car in Xfinity Series the day before didn't work during the race so he felt with heat exhaustion so J. J. Yeley was called to replace Ware in the race.
  4. ^ Entry was fielded in a collaboration with Premium Motorsports.

Changes

Teams

  • On August 5, 2018, Leavine Family Racing announced that their technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing would end after the 2018 season.[7] On October 9, 2018, LFR announced they would enter a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019.[8]
  • On August 23, 2018, Front Row Motorsports purchased majority of the assets of the bankrupt BK Racing for US$2.08 million. With this purchase, FRM would field a third team in the 2019 season.[9] The third team was formally announced on November 27, 2018 as the No. 36 Ford driven by Matt Tifft.[10]
  • On September 3, 2018, Obaika Racing announced that they would run a few races in the Cup series in 2018, before moving to full-time in 2019.[11] On February 8, 2019, Obaika Racing withdrew from the 2019 Daytona 500 qualifying due to various circumstances.[12]
  • On September 4, 2018, Furniture Row Racing announced that they would close their doors following the 2018 season.[13]
  • On November 16, 2018, Timmy Hill announced that MBM Motorsports would attempt to enter two teams at the 2019 Daytona 500, with Hill driving the No. 66 Toyota.[14]
  • On November 26, 2018, Tommy Baldwin Racing announced their rebirth, and that they would run the Daytona 500 and select other races.[15]
  • On November 27, 2018, Rick Ware Racing hinted they would field a second team in 2019. The existing No. 51 team is using a charter leased from Richard Petty Motorsports and is officially registered as "Petty Ware Racing".[16] On December 21, 2018, the team confirmed that they purchased a charter from Front Row Motorsports for their No. 52 team. In addition, the team purchased a fleet of Ford stock cars from FRM and Chevrolet stock cars from Leavine Family Racing, which switched to Toyota.[17][18]
  • On December 4, 2018, it was announced that sponsorship agency Spire Sports + Entertainment purchased the charter previously owned by Furniture Row Racing. The new team, Spire Motorsports, would field the No. 77 Chevrolet in the 2019 season. A driver, crew chief, technical alliance, or sponsor were not announced at that time.[19][20]
  • During Richard Childress Racing's 50th anniversary press conference on December 14, 2018, it was announced that the No. 31 would change to the No. 8 for 2019, the same car Daniel Hemric made his first two Cup starts in during the 2018 season.[21][22] In addition, RCR announced that the charter they were leasing to StarCom Racing has been sold to the team.[23][22][24]
  • With StarCom Racing buying the 36th and final charter from Richard Childress Racing, TriStar Motorsports is left without a full-time charter for 2019.[24]
  • On December 17, 2018, StarCom Racing announced that they have moved to a new facility based in Salisbury, North Carolina, and upgraded their engine deal with ECR Engines.[24]
  • On February 5, 2019, Germain Racing announced that they would field a second team at the 2019 Daytona 500. The No. 27 Chevrolet was built and staffed in collaboration with Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson.[25]
  • On February 14, 2019, Xtreme Concepts Inc. announced that it has formed XCI Racing and would field the No. 81 Toyota at both Talladega races. The team has a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing.[26]
  • On May 23, 2019, Rick Ware Racing announced they would field a third team at the Coca-Cola 600 in the form of the No. 53 Chevrolet driven by B.J. McLeod.[27]
  • On June 13, 2019, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company announced the end of their four-year sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 88 team driven by Alex Bowman after the 2019 season.[28]
  • On August 9, 2019, Rick Ware Racing announced they would field a fourth team at the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in the form of the No. 54 Chevrolet driven by J.J. Yeley.[29]

Drivers

Crew chiefs

Manufacturers

Sponsorship

  • On March 14, 2018, Lowe's announced the end of their 17-year sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 48 Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson after the 2018 season.[96] On October 28, 2018, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Ally Financial signed a two-year deal to sponsor the No. 48 team starting in 2019. Ally had previously been with the Hendrick team when they were still known as GMAC.[97] On October 4, 2019, Ally extended its sponsorship of the No. 48 for three more years through the 2023 season.[98][99]
  • On September 20, 2019, Cincinnati Inc. signed a partnership deal with Hendrick Motorsports that runs from 2019 to 2028. The deal makes the tool manufacturer an associate sponsor for all four teams and a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Alex Bowman.[100][101]

Rule changes

2019 package

  • On October 2, 2018, NASCAR announced the new rules package for the 2019 season. The new package will have a smaller tapered spacer which will reduce the engine's horsepower from 750 bhp (560 kW) to 550 bhp (410 kW) for tracks that are larger than one mile to foster tighter racing. This will also include a taller spoiler at 8 in (203.2 mm) by 61 in (1,549.4 mm), a wider radiator pan with 37 in (939.8 mm) at the front and 31 in (787.4 mm) at the rear, and a larger splitter with an overhang of 2 in (50.8 mm).[102]
  • Along with the aerodynamic changes, all current restrictor plate races except for the 2019 Daytona 500 will no longer be using the traditional restrictor plate rules and instead will be using the new 2019 package with the effect of the aerodynamic changes and engine restrictions, which makes it the first time a race at Daytona or Talladega to race without the traditional restrictor plates since 1987.[102][103]
  • At the same time, NASCAR will be reducing the number of organizational tests for the year from four to three, and Goodyear tests will also be reduced from four teams to three.
  • On October 8, 2018, NASCAR announced that the driver-adjustable trackbar will not be allowed in the 2019 season.[104]
  • On February 4, 2019, NASCAR announced a new post-race inspection rule in all three series, where race-winning teams found to be in violation of the rule book will automatically be disqualified. Following a race, the first-place and second-place teams, along with at least one randomly selected car, will undergo post-race inspection. The inspection should take between 90 minutes and two hours to complete before the race winner is officially declared. The car that fails the inspection will receive last-place points and will be stripped of playoff and stage points.[105]
    • At the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2019, Erik Jones became the first MENCS driver to be disqualified under this rule after his fourth-place finishing car was discovered to have a rear wheel alignment issue during post-race inspection. As a result, he was scored back to 38th place with one point, severely affecting his playoff standings.[106]
  • For the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, NASCAR implemented two new components to the aero package: a single-piece carbon fiber splitter and a hood-mounted radiator duct.[107]

Qualifying

  • On February 4, 2019, NASCAR announced a change in the qualifying schedule procedures for majority of its tracks. For short tracks and intermediate speedways, the first round will be shortened from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, while the second and third rounds will remain at 10 and five minutes, respectively. The down time intervals at all tracks will be reduced from seven minutes to five minutes. Superspeedway qualifications will retain their untimed two-round intervals of single-lap qualifying while road courses will continue to use two qualifying rounds: 25 minutes for the first round and 10 minutes for the final round.[108]
  • For the first several races on speedway tracks running the new rules package, cars started waiting until the last possible moment to record a lap to avoid being the first car out (which is a disadvantage in speed when drafting) during qualifying. On March 25, 2019, following Auto Club Speedway qualifying where no cars recorded a timed lap in round 3, NASCAR announced starting at the first Texas race any drive who did not record a lap in any round would not have previous session times count and would start from the rear of the field. Additionally, any driver who blocked pit road in a manner prohibiting drivers from exiting pit road would be disqualified. Further, any car not immediately making a qualifying attempt will be staged in a track-specific area designated by NASCAR. Once leaving that area the car must continue directly onto the race track at full speed.[109]
  • For the April Richmond race, NASCAR shortened the length of each session to five minutes for Richmond only.[110]
  • On May 1, 2019, following continued gamesmanship and other actions causing multi-car qualifying to become "untenable," NASCAR formally returned to single-car qualifying at all oval tracks.[111]
    • At oval tracks 1.25 miles and larger, each car will get a single timed lap.
    • At oval tracks 1.25 miles and smaller, each car will get two timed laps with the faster lap counting as their official time.
    • The qualifying order draw will be determined in part by the previous race's starting lineup. The top 20 starters from the previous race will draw to take their qualifying lap in positions 21-40 (the second half of qualifying). The remainder of cars will draw to qualify in positions 1-20.
    • The next car will be sent once the preceding car takes the white flag. This should ensure qualifying is completed in roughly 40 minutes baring any interruptions for crashes, debris, or weather.
    • There will be two-minute television breaks built into qualifying to ensure every car gets covered live during the session.
    • Each car must complete their lap for the session to be counted, otherwise all times will be erased and cars will start by owner points.
    • Multi-car qualifying will remain at road course events.
    • On-air, Fox reintroduced a new graphics system it used during the Daytona 500 qualifying, to render a live augmented reality "ghost" alongside the car currently running, typically reflecting the leader.[112]

Other

  • On May 8, 2019, NASCAR announced that for the 2019 Coca-Cola 600, the race will stop after the second stage for a 30-second moment of remembrance in honor of Memorial Day.[113]

Schedule

The 2019 schedule was released on April 3, 2018. There are no calendar changes in the schedule from the 2018 season; however, Sonoma Raceway will return to the original 2.52 mile course configuration for the first time since 1997.[114] The race times were announced on December 11, 2018. The only change was the Las Vegas playoff race being moved to prime time that day compared to last year.[115]

No Race Title Track Date Time ET TV
Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida February 10 3:00 PM FS1
Gander RV Duel February 14 7:00 PM FS1
1 Daytona 500 February 17 2:30 PM Fox
2 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia February 24 2:00 PM Fox
3 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada March 3 3:30 PM Fox
4 TicketGuardian 500 ISM Raceway, Avondale, Arizona March 10 3:30 PM Fox
5 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California March 17 3:30 PM Fox
6 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia March 24 2:00 PM FS1
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas March 31 3:00 PM Fox
8 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee April 7 2:00 PM FS1
9 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia April 13 7:30 PM Fox
10 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama April 28 2:00 PM Fox
11 Gander RV 400[116] Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware May 6[N 1] 12:00 PM FS1
12 Digital Ally 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas May 11 7:30 PM FS1
Monster Energy Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina May 18 6:00 PM FS1
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race May 18 8:00 PM FS1
13 Coca-Cola 600 May 26 6:00 PM Fox
14 Pocono 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania June 2 2:00 PM FS1
15 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan June 10[N 2] 5:00 PM FS1
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California June 23 3:00 PM FS1
17 Camping World 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois June 30 3:00 PM NBCSN
18 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida July 7[N 3] 1:00 PM NBC
19 Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky July 13 7:30 PM NBCSN
20 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire July 21 3:00 PM NBCSN
21 Gander RV 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania July 28 3:00 PM NBCSN
22 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York August 4 3:00 PM NBCSN
23 Consumers Energy 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan August 11 3:00 PM NBCSN
24 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee August 17 7:30 PM NBCSN
25 Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina September 1 6:00 PM NBCSN
26 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana September 8 2:00 PM NBC
Cup Championship Playoffs
Round of 16
27 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada September 15 7:00 PM NBCSN
28 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia September 21 7:30 PM NBCSN
29 Bank of America Roval 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina, (Roval) September 29 2:30 PM NBC
Round of 12
30 Drydene 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware October 6 2:30 PM NBCSN
31 1000Bulbs.com 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama October 13–14[N 4] 2:00 PM NBC (Sun)
NBCSN (Mon)
32 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas October 20 2:30 PM NBC
Round of 8
33 First Data 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia October 27 3:00 PM NBCSN
34 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas November 3 3:00 PM NBCSN
35 Bluegreen Vacations 500 ISM Raceway, Avondale, Arizona November 10 2:30 PM NBC
Championship 4
36 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead–Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida November 17 3:00 PM NBC
  1. ^ The Spring Dover Race was postponed to Monday, May 6, due to rain.
  2. ^ The Spring Michigan Race was postponed to Monday, June 10, due to rain.
  3. ^ The July Daytona Race was postponed to Sunday, July 7, due to rain.
  4. ^ The October Talladega Race was stopped at Lap 57 on Sunday, due to rain. The race was completed the following day.

Season summary

Race reports

Speedweeks 2019

In Daytona 500 qualifying, William Byron won the pole while Alex Bowman qualified second. This was the fifth consecutive Daytona 500 pole won by Hendrick Motorsports and the first with all four cars in the top 4.[117]

Daytona Speedweeks started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, with Paul Menard drawing the pole and leading the most laps. The race went under a red flag after the first few laps due to rain. The race returned to green and then the field pitted for the competition caution followed by another red flag for rain. After the restart, Jimmie Johnson spun Menard, resulting in "The Big One" that claimed most of the field including Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer. The race went red again due to rain during the caution and it was called, giving the win to Johnson.[118]

In the Duels on Thursday, Byron led the first Duel. Kyle Busch spun after making contact with Johnson. Harvick took the lead after pit stops and held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the win. In the second duel, Bowman started in the lead. Joey Logano made a last lap pass on Bowyer to win.[119]

Round 1: Daytona 500

William Byron started on pole. Kyle Busch won the first stage while Kurt Busch spun. Ryan Blaney won the second stage. Cody Ware spun when coming to pit road and collected Tyler Reddick and Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski both spun after tire issues. Matt DiBenedetto led the most laps, but was involved in an accident with Blaney, Paul Menard, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and others. On the restart, Clint Bowyer got turned and collected Byron, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, and others. In overtime, Denny Hamlin was able to hold off teammate Kyle Busch for his second Daytona 500 win in four years.[120]

Round 2: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Aric Almirola started on pole. Kyle Larson won the first stage while Kevin Harvick won the second stage. Some top runners including Almirola, Larson, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had speeding penalties. Kyle Busch got into the wall and had a tire go down. During the final round of green flag pit stops, Ryan Preece ran into the back of B.J. McLeod. Brad Keselowski, battling the flu, took the lead from teammate Joey Logano and held off Martin Truex Jr. for his second Atlanta win and his 60th win overall at Team Penske across Cup and Xfinity.[121]

Round 3: Pennzoil 400

Kevin Harvick started on pole. Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon suffered pit road penalties in the first stage during green flag stops. Harvick won the first stage of the race. In the second stage, Kyle Busch had a speeding penalty while making a pit stop under green flag. Joey Logano won the second stage of the race. In the final stage, Logano held off teammate Brad Keselowski to win the race.[122]

Round 4: TicketGuardian 500

Ryan Blaney started the race from pole position. In the first stage, Erik Jones spun from a flat tire and Brad Keselowski hit the wall after an issue in the right front of the car caused a tire to go down. Blaney won the first stage of the race and Kyle Busch won the second stage of the race. In the final stage, Michael McDowell and Ryan Preece were involved in wrecks while Matt DiBenedetto had a mechanical issue. Blaney was leading late in the race until Kyle Busch passed him with 17 laps to go. Kyle Busch went on to win the race, his first win of the season, and completed a weekend sweep, having won the Xfinity Series race the day before.[123]

Round 5: Auto Club 400

Austin Dillon started the race on pole. Toward the end of the first stage, Austin Dillon had a tire go down. Kyle Busch went on to win the first stage and the second stage of the race. Kyle Busch had a pit road speeding penalty at the end of the second stage, giving the lead to Brad Keselowski. In the final stage of the race, Darrell Wallace Jr. brought out a caution during a round of green-flag pit stops, putting Kyle Busch back toward the front. Kyle Busch took the lead and would go on to win his second straight race and 200th race across all three national series, tying the record set by Richard Petty.[124]

Round 6: STP 500

 
Brad Keselowski leads the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in March, a race he wins

Joey Logano started on pole. Michael McDowell got into the wall and Ty Dillon and William Byron got together. Kyle Larson got into McDowell, ending the day for McDowell. Brad Keselowski won both stages and dominated, leading 446 laps and holding off Chase Elliott for his second win of the season and second at Martinsville.[125]

Round 7: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

Jimmie Johnson started on pole. Erik Jones spun early as Brad Keselowski had to go to the garage for several laps due to rear-end issues. Johnson led most of the stage. Joey Logano was able to get the lead off pit road and win the first stage. Daniel Hemric had a tire go down and spun and Kyle Larson slammed the wall and caught on fire. Denny Hamlin was able to get the lead off pit road and won the second stage. Ryan Blaney had led until his engine expired. Kyle Busch led the most laps, but got loose and got into the wall and had to go to pit road. Hamlin, who suffered back-to-back pit road penalties, was able to get back in the lead after the final round of green-flag pit stops and held off Clint Bowyer for his second win of the season.[126]

Round 8: Food City 500

Chase Elliott started the race on pole while Kevin Harvick had to start from the rear and serve a pass-through penalty for failing pre-race inspection. At the beginning of the race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got into Kyle Busch and sent him spinning, with Aric Almirola also involved in the wreck. Ty Dillon won the first stage while Joey Logano won the second stage. Ryan Blaney led the most laps in the race. Elliott was spun from contact from behind toward the end of the second stage and lost power steering. In the final stage, Kyle Larson made contact with another car and got in a wreck with William Byron, Denny Hamlin got a pit road speeding penalty while leading, and Clint Bowyer cut a tire and got into the wall. During a late caution, most of the leaders came to pit road while a few cars stayed out, giving the lead to Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch held off his older brother Kurt Busch to win the race, his third win of the season and eighth at Bristol.[127]

Round 9: Toyota Owners 400

 
Kyle Busch leads the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway in April

Kevin Harvick started on pole. Harvick led early, but Kyle Busch took the lead and won the first stage. Kyle Larson spun and slammed the wall. Joey Logano would take the lead and win the second stage. Michael McDowell had a tire go down and slammed the wall. Martin Truex Jr. took the lead and led the most laps. Clint Bowyer was able to catch Truex and take the lead, but Truex regained the lead after the final round of green-flag pit stops. Bowyer got to Truex's bumper and tried to take the lead, but was unable to and lost second to Logano. Truex continued to lead with Logano on his bumper and Truex was able to hold on for his first career short-track win in his first of the season.[128]

Round 10: GEICO 500

Austin Dillon started on pole. Bubba Wallace spun and collected Michael McDowell, Matt Tifft, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Kevin Harvick. Most of the top runners had to pit, giving the lead to Ty Dillon, who won his second stage win. Chase Elliott won the second stage and led the most laps. Chris Buescher spun and collected Justin Haley and Martin Truex Jr., which brought out the red flag. On the restart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed the wall and then David Ragan and William Byron got together and collected Jeffrey Earnhardt and Kyle Larson, who went airborne and barrel-rolled down the back straightaway. Chase Elliott was out front of teammate Alex Bowman when the caution came out, giving Elliott his and Chevrolet's first win of the season.[129]

Round 11: Gander RV 400

 
Polesitter Chase Elliott leads the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway in May

The race was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain. Chase Elliott started on pole and dominated, leading the most laps. Joey Logano won the first stage while Martin Truex Jr. passed Alex Bowman to win the second stage. Truex continued to lead and pulled away from Bowman for his second win of the season.[130]

Round 12: Digital Ally 400

Kevin Harvick started on pole. Denny Hamlin had a tire go down and got into the wall. Harvick won the first stage and Chase Elliott passed Harvick and won the second stage. Ryan Blaney got in the wall and had a tire go down, but made it to pit road. Harvick had to go to pit road due to a tire going down. Alex Bowman took the lead from Elliott and was heading to the win, but lost the lead to Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch had a tire rub and had to pit while Matt DiBenedetto had an engine blow up, sending the race into overtime. Keselowski held off a charging Bowman for his third win of the season.[131]

Exhibition: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

In the Monster Energy Open, Daniel Hemric started on pole. William Byron won the first stage to advance to the All-Star Race in a close overtime finish against Darrell Wallace Jr. In the second stage, Hemric and Ryan Preece wrecked and brought an overtime finish. Wallace Jr. won the second stage to advance to the All-Star Race in a close finish against Daniel Suarez, who went spinning through the grass. In the final stage, Kyle Larson passed Ty Dillon to win the race and advance to the All-Star Race. Alex Bowman won the fan vote to get into the All-Star Race.[132]

Clint Bowyer started on pole for the All-Star Race. Kyle Busch won the first stage, Kevin Harvick won the second stage, and Joey Logano won the third stage. Several drivers had issues during the race, including Erik Jones, who got into the wall multiple times, and Denny Hamlin, who went for a spin after cutting a tire. In the final stage, Larson, who raced into the All-Star Race through the Monster Energy Open, got a push from Harvick to take the lead and win the All-Star Race, holding off Harvick and Kyle Busch.[133]

Round 13: Coca-Cola 600

William Byron started on pole, becoming the youngest Coke 600 pole winner. Erik Jones, Matt DiBenedetto, and Martin Truex Jr. had tire issues, sending them into the wall. Kyle Busch made contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who spun. Daniel Hemric got into Clint Bowyer as Brad Keselowski won the first stage. Drivers had tire issues including Chris Buescher, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Preece. Keselowski won the second stage. Bayley Currey slammed the wall after contact with Truex, who won the third stage. Kurt Busch got loose and spun into brother Kyle Busch. Kyle Larson got loose on the backstraightaway and spun, collecting Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Bowyer, and Preece. Hamlin cut a tire and slammed the wall and Keselowski spun coming to pit road. On the restart, Hamlin spun and slammed the wall while Martin Truex Jr. held off Joey Logano for his third win of the season and his second Coke 600.[134]

Round 14: Pocono 400

William Byron started on pole for the second straight week and led until the competition caution. Austin Dillon made contact with Paul Menard and got into the wall. Kyle Larson took the lead off pit road and won the first stage. Matt DiBenedetto and Matt Tifft spun while Corey Lajoie got into the wall. Larson took back the lead to win the second stage. Kevin Harvick got the lead after green flag pit stops, but had an uncontrolled tire penalty, giving the lead to Kyle Busch. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had a tire go down and slammed the wall. On the restart, Larson got into the wall and had to pit. Busch held off Brad Keselowski for his fourth win of the season and his third at Pocono.[135]

Round 15: FireKeepers Casino 400

The race was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain. Joey Logano started on pole. Logano held off Alex Bowman to win the first stage. The leaders pitted for fuel as Austin Dillon stayed out to win the second stage over Kevin Harvick. Clint Bowyer spun and slammed the wall after contact with Erik Jones. Jones had a tire go down, sending the race into overtime. Logano pulled away on the restart and held off Kurt Busch for his second win of the season and second at Michigan.[136]

Round 16: Toyota/Save Mart 350

Kyle Larson started on pole. William Byron took the lead at the start and won the first stage. Several drivers spun including Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Paul Menard. Denny Hamlin stayed out during green flag pit stops and won the second stage. Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps and took the lead from Kyle Busch for his fourth win of the season, his third at Sonoma, and the first driver since Jeff Gordon to win consecutive Sonoma races.[137]

Round 17: Camping World 400

Austin Dillon started on pole. Jimmie Johnson took the lead and a caution came out for rain in the area. The race was then red-flagged and the race resumed. Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch got into the wall with flat tires bringing out the caution allowing Denny Hamlin to win the first stage. Kevin Harvick held off Chase Elliott to win the second stage. Harvick got loose and got in the wall and Bowyer spun after another flat tire. Alex Bowman took the lead and had a big gap on the field until Kyle Larson was able to run him down due to lapped traffic. Larson took the lead from Bowman, but Bowman retook the lead and held off Larson for his first career win.[138]

Round 18: Coke Zero Sugar 400

Joey Logano started on pole after qualifying was canceled due to rain. The race was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to rain. Logano won the first stage. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun and Kurt Busch spun in the wall. Brad Keselowski got into the wall and collected Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez, and Daniel Hemric. Austin Dillon won the second stage. Dillon got turned while leading collecting most of the field including Logano, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Stenhouse, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin. During the caution, the field was brought down pit road due to lightning and rain caused the race to end under a red flag, thus giving Justin Haley the win as he was the leader for his first career Cup win in just his third start. Haley's win is also the first Cup series win by a non-Cup driver since Brian Vickers at New Hampshire in 2013.[139]

Round 19: Quaker State 400

Daniel Suarez started on pole. Chase Elliott had a tire go down and Corey LaJoie and Landon Cassill spun. The Busch brothers dominated the majority of the race with Kurt winning the first stage and Kyle winning the second stage. Austin Dillon exited the race due to losing fourth gear. Jimmie Johnson had a tire go down and hit the wall before spinning. Joey Logano passed Kyle Busch for the lead and was heading to the win until Bubba Wallace had a tire go down and spun, sending the race to overtime. Kurt Busch held off brother Kyle for his first win of the season with Chip Ganassi Racing.[140]

Round 20: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

Brad Keselowski started on pole. Austin Dillon had a tire go down. Kyle Busch won the first stage and Daniel Suarez spun and collected Daniel Hemric. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed the wall while battling Erik Jones. Clint Bowyer got in the wall after contact with Martin Truex Jr. Aric Almirola won the second stage as Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson had engine and power steering issues respectively. Austin Dillon had another tire issue. Kyle Larson spun after contact with Alex Bowman. Kyle Busch got in the wall and Larson again slammed the wall. Kevin Harvick held off Denny Hamlin on old tires for his first win of the year.[141]

Round 21: Gander RV 400

Kevin Harvick started on pole. Brad Keselowski had to pit early after getting into the wall. Kyle Busch won the first stage. Chase Elliott had a flat tire and slammed the wall. Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney made contact, sending Blaney spinning as Jimmie Johnson won the second stage. Ryan Preece blew a tire and slammed the wall. Kurt Busch got into the wall and spun after contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and collected Michael McDowell. Denny Hamlin saved enough fuel to hold off teammate Erik Jones in overtime for his third win of the season and fifth at Pocono.[142]

Round 22: Go Bowling at The Glen

Chase Elliott started on pole. Kyle Busch spun early and made contact with William Byron as Elliott won the first stage. Bubba Wallace spun into the wall as Elliott won the second stage. Jimmie Johnson spun after contact with Ryan Blaney as Kyle Busch spun after contact from Wallace. Elliott continue to dominate and held off Martin Truex Jr. for his second win of the season and his second straight at Watkins Glen.[143]

Round 23: Consumers Energy 400

Brad Keselowski started on pole. Jimmie Johnson slammed the wall as Martin Truex Jr. won the first stage. Keselowski had a flat tire and spun. Kyle Busch won the second stage as Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, and Daniel Hemric spun. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun as Spencer Boyd spun in the wall. Kevin Harvick took the lead from Joey Logano and held off Denny Hamlin for his second win of the season and his second consecutive at Michigan.[144]

Round 24: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Denny Hamlin started on pole. Austin Dillon had a tire go down and made contact with Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Larson edged pit Chase Elliott to win the first stage. Aric Almirola had tire issues and spun twice and Clint Bowyer spun. Kurt Busch edged Daniel Suarez to win the second stage. Alex Bowman had a tire go down and collected Joey Logano. Ryan Blaney got into the wall along with Michael McDowell, David Ragan, and Johnson. Matt DiBenedetto led the most laps, but Hamlin passed him for the lead to win for his fourth race of the season.[145]

Round 25: Bojangles' Southern 500

William Byron won the pole, becoming the youngest Southern 500 pole winner. The race was delayed a few hours due to rain. Kurt Busch won the first stage. Ryan Newman spun after contact with Daniel Suarez. Joey Logano had to two unscheduled stops due to flat tires. Brad Keselowski slammed the wall, causing the second stage to end under caution with Kyle Busch as the winner. Daniel Hemric spun and collected Michael McDowell, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin. Kyle Busch slammed the wall after having a flat tire as Erik Jones held off Kyle Larson for his second career win. With his third place finish, Kyle Busch clinched the Regular Season Championship.[146]

Round 26: Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard

Kevin Harvick started on pole for the regular season finale. Landon Cassill slammed the wall hard. Erik Jones and Brad Keselowski made contact, sending Keselowski hard into the tire barrier as Joey Logano won the first stage. Kyle Busch had a tire go down and had to pit, but the engine blew up and the car caught fire. Harvick won the second stage under caution. Kurt Busch slammed the wall along Paul Menard, Parker Kligerman and Jimmie Johnson, who was unable to continue thus making the first time Johnson did not make the Playoffs. Kyle Larson hit the wall as well as Alex Bowman. Harvick dominated and held off Logano for his third win of the season and his second Brickyard 400. Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman clinched the final two Playoff spots.[147]

Round 27: South Point 400

Clint Bowyer started on pole. Kyle Busch got into the wall and had to pit, going two Laps down to fix the damage. Joey Logano dominated and won the first stage while Martin Truex Jr. won the second stage. William Byron spun while Logano made contact with Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott, causing him and Elliott to pit. Kurt Busch slammed the wall after having a flat tire. Truex took the lead from Kevin Harvick to get his fifth win of the season and punching his ticket to the next round of the Playoffs.[148]

Round 28: Federated Auto Parts 400

Brad Keselowski started on pole. Martin Truex Jr. won the first stage. Alex Bowman spun after contact with Austin Dillon and Reed Sorenson slammed the wall. Kyle Busch won the second stage and dominated. Truex spun while leading after making contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Truex was able to take the lead from Kyle Busch and pull away to sweep the season at Richmond and get his sixth win of the season and going back-to-back for the first time in his career. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick clenched spots in the next round of the Playoffs.[149] After the race, Jones' car failed post-race inspection, regulating him to a last place finish, making it the first time that a driver was disqualified in the MENCS under the new inspection rule.[150]

Round 29: Bank of America Roval 400

William Byron started on pole. Jimmie Johnson spun and collected Erik Jones, sending him to the garage. Kyle Larson won the first stage while Chase Elliott won the second stage. Elliott slid head-on into the wall on the restart. Ryan Newman spun into the wall along with Denny Hamlin as Daniel Suarez slammed the wall and spun. Chase Elliott was able to drive from the back to take the lead from Kevin Harvick and hold off teammate Alex Bowman for his third win of the season. Kurt Busch, Newman, Aric Almirola, and Jones were eliminated from the Playoffs.[151]

Round 30: Drydene 400

 
Denny Hamlin leads the field to the green flag at the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway in October

Denny Hamlin won the pole with a new track record. Joey Logano had to go to the garage before the race to change a broken drive shaft. Chase Elliott was taken out after blowing an engine. Hamlin dominated and won the first stage while Martin Truex Jr. won the second stage. Ryan Blaney was taken out after brake issues. Kyle Larson took the lead from the dominant Hamlin and held off Truex Jr. for his first win since 2017 and advancing to the next round of the Playoffs.[152]

Round 31: 1000Bulbs.com 500

Chase Elliott started on the pole. The race started on Sunday with William Byron winning Stage 1. At this point, it started raining, with the rain postponing the remainder of the race until Monday. Stage 2 started on Monday with Ryan Blaney leading the field to green. With three laps to go in the stage Joey Logano bumped Alex Bowman from the lead collecting Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, and others. Clint Bowyer won Stage 2 under caution. The second big one happened when Kurt Busch got into Byron. collecting Logano and others. Bowyer spun into the banking of turn 3, leaving him stuck. The third big one happened with 7 laps to go caused by Kyle Busch collecting Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and several others. Brendan Gaughan took the worst hit as his car ended up flipping midair once before landing back on its wheels. Blaney led the field back to green with three laps to go on the last lap Ryan Newman was leading when Blaney made the winning move bumping into Newman, causing a photo finish. On the replay it showed Blaney beating Newman by .007 seconds locking Blaney into the round of 8. This finish marked the 6th closest finish in NASCAR history.[153]

Results and standings

Race results

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Manufacturer Report
Advance Auto Parts Clash Paul Menard Paul Menard Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
Gander RV Duel 1 William Byron Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Ford Report
Gander RV Duel 2 Alex Bowman Clint Bowyer Joey Logano Ford
1 Daytona 500 William Byron Matt DiBenedetto Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
2 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Aric Almirola Kyle Larson Brad Keselowski Ford Report
3 Pennzoil 400 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Ford Report
4 TicketGuardian 500 Ryan Blaney Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota Report
5 Auto Club 400 Austin Dillon Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota Report
6 STP 500 Joey Logano Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski Ford Report
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
8 Food City 500 Chase Elliott Ryan Blaney Kyle Busch Toyota Report
9 Toyota Owners 400 Kevin Harvick Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Report
10 GEICO 500 Austin Dillon Chase Elliott Chase Elliott Chevrolet Report
11 Gander RV 400 Chase Elliott Chase Elliott Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Report
12 Digital Ally 400 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Brad Keselowski Ford Report
Monster Energy Open Daniel Hemric Daniel Hemric Kyle Larson Chevrolet Report
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Clint Bowyer Kevin Harvick Kyle Larson Chevrolet
13 Coca-Cola 600 William Byron Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Report
14 Pocono 400 William Byron Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota Report
15 FireKeepers Casino 400 Joey Logano Joey Logano Joey Logano Ford Report
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Kyle Larson Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Report
17 Camping World 400 Austin Dillon Kevin Harvick Alex Bowman Chevrolet Report
18 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Joey Logano Austin Dillon Justin Haley Chevrolet Report
19 Quaker State 400 Daniel Suárez Kyle Busch Kurt Busch Chevrolet Report
20 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Ford Report
21 Gander RV 400 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
22 Go Bowling at The Glen Chase Elliott Chase Elliott Chase Elliott Chevrolet Report
23 Consumers Energy 400 Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski Kevin Harvick Ford Report
24 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Denny Hamlin Matt DiBenedetto Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
25 Bojangles' Southern 500 William Byron Kyle Busch Erik Jones Toyota Report
26 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Ford Report
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs
Round of 16
27 South Point 400 Clint Bowyer Joey Logano Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Report
28 Federated Auto Parts 400 Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Report
29 Bank of America Roval 400 William Byron Chase Elliott Chase Elliott Chevrolet Report
Round of 12
30 Drydene 400 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Kyle Larson Chevrolet Report
31 1000Bulbs.com 500 Chase Elliott Ryan Blaney Ryan Blaney Ford Report
32 Hollywood Casino 400 Report

Drivers' Championship

(keyBold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or owner's points. * – Most laps led. 1 – Stage 1 winner. 2 – Stage 2 winner. 3 – Stage 3 winner.[N 1] 1–10 - Regular season top 10 finishers.

. – Eliminated after Round of 16 . – Eliminated after Round of 12 . – Eliminated after Round of 8

Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts. Stage Bonus
1 Denny Hamlin 1 11 10 5 7 5 12 5 5 36 21 16 17 6 11 52 151 26 5 2 1 3 2 1 29 6 15 3 19 5*1 3 3114 18 314
2 Martin Truex Jr. 35 2 8 2 8 8 12 17 1* 20 12 19 1*3 35 3 1* 9 22 19 6 3 2 41 13 15 27 12 11 7 22 26 3106 19 425
3 Kyle Busch 21 6 3 1*2 1*12 3 10* 1 81 10 10 30 3 1* 5 2 22 14 2*2 8*1 91 11 62 4 3*2 37 19 2*2 37 6 19 3099 4 461
4 Kevin Harvick 26 42 4*1 9 4 6 8 13 4 38 4 13*1 10 22 7 6 14*2 29 22 1 6* 7 1 39 4 1*2 2 7 3 5 17 3094 13 283
5 Brad Keselowski 12 1 2 19 3 1*12 36 18 7 13 12 1 1912 2 6 18 5 39 20 10 8 9 19* 3 5 38 3 4 5 11 25 3078 16 246
6 Joey Logano 4 23 12 10 2 19 171 32 22 4 71 15 2 7 1*1 23 3 251 7 9 13 23 17 16 14 21 9*1 11 10 34 11 3076 18 292
7 Kyle Larson 7 12*1 12 6 12 18 39 19 37 24 3 8 33 2612 14 10 2 20 4 33 5 8 3 61 2 33 8 6 131 1 39 3069 22 1110
8 Alex Bowman 11 15 11 35 21 14 18 23 17 2 2 2 7 15 10 14 1 21 17 14 20 14 10 15 18 21 6 23 2 3 37 3058 18 5
9 Ryan Blaney 312 22 22 31 5 4 37 4* 25 15 15 32 13 12 9 3 6 36 13 4 10 5 24 10 13 7 5 17 8 35 1* 3056 10 99
10 Chase Elliott 17 19 9 14 11 2 13 11 15 1*2 5* 42 4 4 20 37 11 35 15 29 38 1*12 9 5 19 9 4 13 1*2 38 8 3054 247
11 Clint Bowyer 20 5 14 11 38 7 2 7 3 29 9 5 24 5 35 11 37 34 6 20 11 20 37 7 6 5 25 8 4 10 232 3052 11 1
12 William Byron 21 17 16 24 15 22 6 16 13 21 8 20 9 9 18 191 8 2 18 12 4 21 8 21 21 4 7 24 6 13 331 3049 20 2
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Playoffs cut-off
Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts. Stage Bonus
13 Aric Almirola 32 8 7 4 9 9 7 37 23 9 16 12 11 10 17 9 16 7 14 112 12 12 33 29 17 14 13 16 14 17 4 2134 12 1
14 Ryan Newman 14 13 24 12 22 23 11 9 9 7 18 23 16 16 8 7 17 5 9 7 14 25 12 11 23 8 10 5 32 22 2 2120 6
15 Kurt Busch 25 3 5 7 6 12 9 2 11 6 13 7 27 11 2 13 13 10 11 18 27 10 23 92 71 30 39 18 20 9 28 2097 12 118
16 Erik Jones 3 7 13 29 19 30 4 24 14 19 6 3 40 3 31 8 7 23 3 3 2 4 18 22 1 39 36 38 40 15 34 2040 7 5
17 Jimmie Johnson 9 24 19 8 17 24 5 10 12 33 14 6 8 19 15 12 4 3 30 30 152 19 34 19 16 35 11 10 9 8 38 745 109 1
18 Daniel Suárez 33 10 17 23 13 10 3 8 18 12 11 14 18 8 4 17 24 40 8 19 24 17 5 8 11 11 20 9 34 14 32 744 88
19 Paul Menard 29 14 15 17 20 15 19 6 10 16 17 24 14 18 13 22 21 16 11 13 18 18 15 23 9 10 14 27 16 12 16 677 30
20 Chris Buescher 37 9 18 16 16 21 20 22 22 30 23 10 6 14 16 16 18 17 10 15 16 13 14 17 12 15 18 31 18 36 20 620 34
21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 13 18 6 13 14 25 16 33 16 25 33 11 5 32 19 21 12 24 12 36 21 15 28 33 33 31 26 15 17 16 9 598 70
22 Austin Dillon 16 21 20 21 10 11 14 14 6 14 19 17 34 37 262 24 10 33*2 35 32 19 31 13 34 10 12 12 22 23 18 6 596 80 2
23 Matt DiBenedetto 28* 26 21 28 18 20 26 12 24 31 20 36 39 17 21 4 27 8 16 5 17 6 20 2* 8 18 21 14 11 7 30 592 16
24 Ty Dillon 6 25 29 15 27 13 21 151 21 171 22 28 23 27 22 27 35 4 26 16 29 30 11 20 20 13 16 26 15 23 10 536 20 2
25 Daniel Hemric (R) 34 20 23 18 35 27 33 30 19 5 25 18 21 13 12 15 19 18 24 37 7 35 26 12 37 34 17 25 33 21 21 441 14
26 Darrell Wallace Jr. 38 27 26 22 30 17 23 20 27 39 27 29 25 21 28 26 25 15 23 22 22 28 27 14 24 3 23 12 24 20 24 433 7
27 Michael McDowell 5 37 30 36 24 31 15 28 36 40 24 26 22 20 27 25 20 13 25 17 25 16 22 37 38 17 24 21 12 24 5 428 15
28 Ryan Preece (R) 8 35 25 34 23 16 22 25 20 3 28 25 31 23 25 29 28 32 21 21 37 36 7 18 22 16 27 30 21 19 18 424
29 Corey LaJoie 18 29 27 26 31 33 28 34 26 11 29 22 12 36 23 32 30 6 28 23 26 34 21 24 36 19 28 29 27 28 7 364
30 Matt Tifft (R) 36 28 34 20 26 29 24 27 29 37 32 21 20 33 24 28 29 9 27 24 23 24 25 27 27 32 30 20 25 25 13 340
31 David Ragan 30 16 28 25 25 26 25 21 28 23 26 27 15 30 34 20 23 38 29 34 36 22 16 36 26 20 22 19 35 27 29 338
32 Reed Sorenson 36 34 34 18 35 35 30 28 35 34 27 32 37 QL 38 30 23 37 37 39 37 22 108
33 Quin Houff (R) 30 32 34 36 34 28 29 32 38 37 34 31 31 31 30 35 73
34 Jamie McMurray 22 19
35 Austin Theriault 35 34 32 32 35 17
36 Andy Seuss 28 9
37 Stanton Barrett 35 2
38 Casey Mears 40 1
Ineligible for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver points
Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts. Stage Bonus
Justin Haley 32 34 1
Brendan Gaughan 23 8 19 27
Tyler Reddick 27 QL 9
Ross Chastain 10 31 33 27 28 34 29 29 30 26 30 31 36 24 33 26 30 31 25 30 27 29 26 28 22 31 36 22 31 12
Landon Cassill 24 34 32 33 29 28 30 26 35 34 31 37 37 31 29 31 31 11 32 26 28 29 30 25 25 40 29 28 28 26 14
J. J. Yeley 34 38 12 28 32 26 32 33 29 32
Parker Kligerman 15 30 31 27 27 26 30 31 26 36 26 15
B. J. McLeod 19 32 37 37 31 37 29 36 28 36 33 32 39 25 33 29
Jeffrey Earnhardt 22
Ryan Sieg 24
Bayley Currey 31 35 31 32 33 35 25 32 33
Joey Gase DNQ 38 35 33 38 32 27 34 38 36
Garrett Smithley 36 36 32 30 35 35 28 35 36 33
Cody Ware 39 33 35 32 32 36 28 34 40 38 36 33 36 QL
Josh Bilicki 33 33 35 32 35 29 38
Joe Nemechek 31 34 31 30
Timmy Hill 38 35 39 30
Jeb Burton 35 31
Kyle Weatherman 36 QL 31
Blake Jones 31
D. J. Kennington 32
Spencer Boyd 38 34 40
Gray Gaulding 36
Ryan Truex DNQ
Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts. Stage Bonus
– After suffering from neck pain, Paul Menard did not complete the race and shortly before Sunday's red flag, he was replaced by Matt Crafton. Since Menard started the race, he is officially credited with the 16th-place finish.
Notes
  1. ^ Stage 3 Winner only for Coca-Cola 600.

Manufacturers' championship

After 31 of 36 races

Pos Manufacturer Wins Points
1 Toyota 15 1127
2 Ford 9 1098
3 Chevrolet 7 1058

See also

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