Six drivers.
Four spots.
Two races.
One championship.

The countdown to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship is in the final weeks. Just two races remain before a champion is crowned next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But first comes this weekend at ISM Raceway in Phoenix where two of the final four spots are up for grabs.

By virtue of their victories at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick have already clinched spots in the Championship 4.

From there, things have the potential to get interesting. First, let’s take a look at the playoff grid.

1. Kevin Harvick Win, advanced
2. Joey Logano Win, advanced
3. Kyle Busch +28
4. Martin Truex Jr. +25
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5. Kurt Busch -25
6. Chase Elliott -39
7. Aric Almirola 57
8. Clint Bowyer -73

• Kyle Busch: Busch can clinch with 53 points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Martin Truex Jr. or a non-playoff driver), he would clinch with 28 points. With a win, he would clinch.

• Martin Truex Jr.: Truex would clinch on points with 55 points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Kyle Busch or a non-playoff driver), he would clinch with 31 Points. With a win, he would clinch.

• Kurt Busch: The only guaranteed result that gives Kurt Busch a Championship 4 spot is a win. Busch could also clinch on points, but would need help depending on the winner.

• Chase Elliott: The only guaranteed result that gives Elliott a Championship 4 spot is a win. Elliott could also clinch on points, but would need help depending on the winner.

• Aric Almirola: Almirola can only clinch a spot with a win.

• Clint Bowyer: Bowyer can only clinch a spot with a win.

Source: Autoweek

November 6, 2018