The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Chase for the Championship is set, with Brad Keselowski’s win at Richmond International Raceway. Keselowski gains the first slot from the available 16 spots in the Challenger round with 2, 012 points.
Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, has won the most races of the 2014 season with 4 victories beginning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt 400, second at Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, third at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Camping World RV Sales 301 and finally at Richmond for the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Positions 2nd through 5th will have 2,009 points with 3 victories apiece for the 2014 season; Jeff Gordon in second (Kansas Motor Speedway, Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Michigan International Speedway), due to leading the points prior to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup seeding, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in third (Daytona 500, and the Pocono Raceway sweep), and Jimmie Johnson in fourth (Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Michigan International Speedway), followed by Joey Logano in fifth (Texas Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway).
Positions 6th and 7th will have 2,006 points and each driver had two victories this season, Kevin Harvick in sixth (Phoenix International Speedway, and Darlington Raceway) and Carl Edwards in seventh (Bristol Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway).
Slots 8th through 13th will go into the Chase with 2,003 points with these 6 drivers each gaining one victory for the 2014 season. Kyle Busch (Auto Club Speedway) in eighth, Denny Hamlin (Talladega Superspeedway) in 9th, Kurt Busch (Martinsville Speedway) in 10th, Kasey Kahne (Atlanta Motor Speedway) in 11th, Aric Almirola (Daytona International Speedway) in 12th, and A.J. Allmendinger (Watkins Glen International) in 13th.
The final three drivers made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship based on their points for the 2014 season all will go into the Chase with 2,000 points Matt Kenseth in 14th, Greg Biffle in 15th, and Ryan Newman in 16th.
Chicago, New Hampshire and Dover will be included in the Challenger Round, after Dover, four drivers will be eliminated and the points will reset for the remaining drivers.
Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega will see the top 12 drivers competing in the Contender Round, with four drivers being removed after Talladega and the points will reset.
Eight drivers remain for the Eliminator Round including the tracks of Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix. The points will reset and with four more drivers removed the four NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, who remain, will enter the Championship Round at the final track of the season, Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver with the highest finishing spot will be crowned NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion 2014.