NASCAR Point Standings – Sept 5

It was a tough weekend for the Cup Series drivers in the playoffs with Chase Elliott becoming the first driver out of the race as the result of a crash in stage one, Kevin Harvick’s car caught on fire, and Kyle Busch blew an engine.  Kyle Larson finished the race on the lead lap but not after going laps down with a potential engine issue and Daniel Suarez started the race a lap down after inspection issues required a pass through penalty on race start and finished on the lead lap in the top 20.

In the end, non-playoff driver Erik Jones took home the trophy for winning the Southern 500 and earned victory number 200 for the number 43 car.  It had been 55 years to the day since the 43 car landed in victory lane at Darlington Raceway.

Even with the shake up, Chase Elliott holds up to the lead in the stage points with 229; nearly 20 points in front of Joey Logano who takes over the points lead with 2,065.

Cup Series stage points as of September 5:
Chase Elliott – 229
Joey Logano – 208
Ryan Blaney – 197
Martin Truex Jr – 190
Kyle Larson – 187
William Byron – 181
Ross Chastain – 174
Kyle Busch – 173
Christopher Bell – 151
Denny Hamlin – 142
Erik Jones – 103
Tyler Reddick – 102
Chase Briscoe – 96
Daniel Suarez – 92
Kevin Harvick – 85
Alex Bowman – 84
Kurt Busch – 77
Bubba Wallace – 75
Aric Almirola – 66
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – 48
Brad Keselowski – 47
Austin Cindric – 45
Harrison Burton – 41
Chris Buescher – 34
Cole Custer – 33
Ty Dillon – 33
Austin Dillon – 32
Todd Gilliland – 31
Michael McDowell – 21
Justin Haley – 19
Joey Hand – 14
Corey LaJoie – 8
Cody Ware – 2

After his early exit from the race in Darlington, Chase Elliott falls in the point standings to ninth place.

Cup Series Playoff Standings:
Joey Logano – 2,065
William Byron – 2,059
Denny Hamlin – 2,057
Christopher Bell – 2,055
Tyler Reddick – 2,050
Ryan Blaney – 2,047
Kyle Larson – 2,044
Ross Chastain – 2,042
Chase Elliott – 2,041
Alex Bowman – 2,037
Kyle Busch – 2,035
Daniel Suarez – 2,029
Austin Cindric – 2,027
Austin Dillon – 2,025
Chase Briscoe – 2,019
Kevin Harvick – 2,016

Normally the ownership points are largely ignored except for teams among the racing paddock, but last week 23XI Racing caused some controversy among racing fans when it was announced that they were making some changes to preserve owner points for the number 45 car.  Teams may change drivers as often as they wish in a single car and still collect owner’s points for the car no matter who is behind the wheel.

Currently Team Penske’s number 22 car driven by Joey Logano leads the owner points with  2065.

Car Ownership Points Standings:
Team Penske #22 car – 2,065
Hendrick Motorsports #24 car – 2.059
Joe Gibbs Racing #11 car – 2,055
Joe Gibbs Racing #20 car – 2,050
Richard Childress Racing #8 car – 2,047
Hendrick Motorsports #5 car – 2.044
Trackhouse Racing #1 car – 2,042
Hendrick Motorsports #9 car – 2,041
Hendrick Motorsports #48 car – 2,037
23XI Racing #45 car – 2,036 (Bubba Wallace taking over for Kurt Busch)
Joe Gibbs Racing #18 car – 2,035
Trackhouse Racing #99 car – 2,029
Team Penske #2 car – 2,027
Richard Childress Racing #3 car – 2,025
Stewart-Haas Racing #14 car – 2,019
Stewart-Haas Racing #4 car – 2,016


The Xfinity Series also raced at Darlington Raceway over the weekend with Noah Gragson getting another win.  Gragson and Justin Allgaier helped to extend the impressive string of stage wins for JR Motorsports.

Ty Gibbs continues to lead the points race with his five wins during the season.

Xfinity Series Point Standings:
Ty Gibbs – 2,039
Noah Gragson – 2,039
AJ Allmendinger – 2,032
Justin Allgaier – 2,030
Josh Berry – 2,022
Austin Hill – 2,016
Brandon Jones – 2,010
Sam Mayer – 2,004
Riley Herbst – 2,003
Daniel Hemric – 2,003
Ryan Sieg – 2,001
Landon Cassill – 2,000

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