TMS Media Relations | Sep 29, 2014
A quick glance at the reformatted elimination-style Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff format that makes a stop at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 2, for the AAA Texas 500.
WHO: The 16-driver championship field was reduced to 12 after the first three races of the 10-event Chase with the following advancing from the Challenger Round: Brad Keselowski (by virtue of a win at Chicago), Joey Logano (win at New Hampshire), Jeff Gordon (win at Dover), Kevin Harvick (points), Jimmie Johnson (points), Kyle Busch (points), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (points), Matt Kenseth (points), Ryan Newman (points), Carl Edwards (points), Denny Hamlin (points) and Kasey Kahne (points). Those eliminated from title contention were AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola.
WHAT’S NEXT: The 12 championship-contending drivers move on all even to the three-race segment called the Contender Round that will trim the title field to eight drivers. A victory in any of the three races by a Chase driver advances them to the next round and the remaining positions to advance are based off points earned in those three races.
WHERE: The Contender Round consists of Kansas (Sunday, ESPN), Charlotte (Saturday, Oct. 11, ABC) and Talladega (Sunday, Oct. 19).
COMING UP: The AAA Texas 500 will be the middle event of the three-race segment called the Eliminator Round, where eight drivers will remain in contention for the Sprint Cup championship. The Eliminator Round consists of Martinsville (Sunday, Oct. 26, ESPN), Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 2, ESPN) and Phoenix (Sunday, Nov. 9, ESPN). These three races will determine which four drivers will advance to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 16, ESPN) and compete for the series championship.