Only three more races remain in the regular season for the NASCAR Cup Series. 

After taking a break for a couple of weeks to make way for the Tokyo Olympic games, NASCAR returned on the first weekend in August for some road course racing at Watkins Glen International in central New York.

Kyle Larson held off a charging Chase Elliott to win his fifth race of the season.  With Larson’s win, he is now tied with Denny Hamlin in the points standings with 917.

At the end of the season, NASCAR will reset the points for the 16 playoff drivers to 2,000 plus any stage and race win playoff points.  The playoff drivers will also earn bonus points depending on their position.  As it stands, Kyle Larson would top the list of playoff drivers with 2,052 points.  Second place driver Martin Truex Jr would have 2,024 points.

With Larson’s win at Watkins Glen, Chevrolet has a total of 12 wins for the season and leads the manufacturers points with 852; Ford is 63 points behind with six wins and 789 points.  Toyota has five wins this season and 787 points.  Most of the Chevrolet wins can be credited to the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers – all who will be a part of the playoffs.

Only three spots are open in the playoffs after there have been 12 different winners this season.  Denny Hamlin has yet to win a race but has been consistent throughout the season and has spent most of the season as the leader in playoff points.

The drivers in the playoffs after the race at Watkins Glen:
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Tyler Reddick