CJ led the way through the regular season and started the playoffs with a victory on the week with 360 total points accumulated last Sunday in Darlington for the Southern 500. He had 3 drivers in the top five with Kyle (2nd), Martin Truex Jr (4th) and Kevin Harvick (5th). Brad Keselowski also got him a top 10 as well.
Eric got the win from Denny Hamlin to nab 290 points but his overall team had bad luck with Chase Elliott and William Byron wrecking, Joey Logano being quiet and Aric Almirola getting into the wall late.
Greg scored just 180 points with a rough night from his top drivers. Kyle Busch wrecked, Alex Bowman spun early and Ryan Blaney spinning late. His top finishers were his longer shots in Ganassi teammates Ross Chastain (3rd) and Kurt Busch (6th) as well as Chris Buescher getting another top 10.
Now, we head to Richmond to where Toyota’s should shine.
Truex Jr (CJ) swept both Richmond races in 2019 and was runner-up last Fall. He also won at Phoenix this spring and fifth at Richmond in April too.
Christopher Bell (CJ) enters as arguably the top sleeper with being on a hot streak for the season and finishing fourth on this very track this spring.
Denny Hamlin (Eric) should have won this race as well as at Martinsville earlier this season and is coming off of a win in the Southern 500 last week.
Kyle Busch (Greg) has six straight top eight results including a top two in nearly half of his last 11 Richmond starts.
If anyone is going to stop them, then look no further than the Penske camp.
Brad Keselowski (Greg) is hard to bet against at Richmond. He won the lone race on the Virginia short track last year and has seven top 10’s in his last 10 starts there. Keselowski, also had a top five finish in Phoenix and third in Loudon too.
Joey Logano (Eric) has two straight third place finishes and a runner-up in the spring race of 2019 gives Logano three top threes in his last four Richmond starts. He was second in Phoenix, sixth in Martinsville, third in Richmond, fifth at Dover and fourth in Loudon on short tracks this year.
Eric could also benefit from Aric Almirola too. This could be the spot that helps Almirola advance to the next round. He has three top eight finishes in his last five Richmond starts including an eighth place run last year and sixth back in April.
Surprisingly enough, I’m not high on the Hendrick camp. Richmond hasn’t been a kind track to Kyle Larson lately. He’s not had a top five finish in his last five Richmond starts including being 18th in April. Chase Elliott Here’s another odd one. Three of Elliott’s last four Rihcmond starts have seen him finish 12th or worse.
Same for Kevin Harvick. He’s had a rough year despite a playoff berth and was seventh in this race last year and 24th in the spring race.
1 TEAM CJR – 4,685 points (11 wins)
K Larson… 1520 (6 wins)
M Truex Jr… 770 (3 wins)
K Harvick… 695
C Bell… 505 (1 win)
A Dillon… 460
R Stenhouse Jr… 85
B Keselowski… 40
Traded Drivers… (460/1 win)
Waived Drivers… (150)
2 TEAM ES – 4,470 points (6 wins)
C Elliott… 1005 (2 wins)
D Hamlin… 930 (1 win)
W Byron… 700 (1 win)
J Logano… 690 (1 win)
A Almirola… 365 (1 win)
T Reddick… 360
D Wallace Jr… 315
Waived Drivers… (105)
3 TEAM GDP – 4,010 points (9 wins)
Kyle B… 825 (2 wins)
R Blaney… 795 (3 wins)
A Bowman… 740 (3 wins)
C Buescher… 335
M DiBenedetto.… 280
R Chastain.… 145
Kurt B… 40
Traded Drivers… (595/1 win)
Waived Drivers… (255)
8/30 (After Race 26/Daytona)
Team GDP trades B Keselowski (595 points/win) to Team CJ for Kurt B (460 points/win).
7/12 (After Race 20/Atlanta)
Team GDP claims M DiBenedetto (190 points) for D Suarez (105 points).
6/22 (After Race 18/Nashville)
Team GDP claims R Chastain for M DiBenedetto (190 points).
6/22 (After Race 18/Nashville)
Team CJR claims R Stenhouse Jr. for C Briscoe (150 points).
5/3 (After Race 11/Kansas)
Team GDP claims D Suarez for R Stenhouse Jr. (80 points).
4/13 (After Race 8/Martinsville)
Team ES claims T Reddick for R Chastain (105 points).
3/22 (After Race 6/Atlanta)
Team GDP claims M DiBenedetto for E Jones (50 points).
3/15 (After Race 5/Phoenix)
Team GDP claims R Stenhouse Jr. for M McDowell (15 points).
3/1 (After Race 3/Homestead-Miami)
Team GDP claims M McDowellfor M DiBenedetto (5 points).
Weekly Race Points Standings
Week 27 Darlington
1 CJ 360
2 Eric 290
3 Greg 180
Overall Driver Standings (Top 10)
1 K Larson… 1520 (CJ)
2 C Elliott… 1005 (Eric)
3 D Hamlin… 930 (Eric)
4 Kyle B… 825 (Greg)
5 R Blaney… 795 (Greg)
6 M Truex Jr… 770 (CJ)
7 A Bowman… 740 (Greg)
8 W Byron… 700 (Eric)
9 K Harvick… 695 (CJ)
10 J Logano… 690 (Eric)
PLAYOFF RACE POINTS SYSTEM (R16)