|Ryan Newman stands a good chance of making Chase easily|
Fourteen drivers are locks in the new 16-driver Chase, where the regular-season champ gets an automatic bid and the final 15 spots are available to top-30 drivers based on wins, then points. Drivers must attempt to qualify or race each weekend to be eligible or get a waiver, as Tony Stewart has gotten.
Thirteen drivers have wins and, as long as they show up Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, are in the Chase by virtue of being locked into the top 30:
Five are three-race winners: Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson.
Two are two-race winners: Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick.
Six are one-race winners: Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and AJ Allmendinger.
That means there will be two or three spots available based on points.
One driver has clinched a spot on points: Matt Kenseth.
There are four drivers who could possibly get in on points if they don’t win: Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson.
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