NASCAR standings 2019: Updated points for Cup Series playoffs after the Gander RV 400

first_imgDenny Hamlin came out on top in the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.The 38-year-old claimed his third win of the season, edging out Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr., who finished in second and third place, respectively. RETWEET to congratulate @dennyhamlin on his third win of the season! pic.twitter.com/DPm5wbR6hz— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 28, 2019Hamlin now has five career wins at Pocono Raceway after he avoided a wreck involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kurt Busch and Michael McDowell — which sent the race to overtime.Hamlin jumped to fourth in the points standings and is tied for the second-most wins this season, alongside Brad Keselowski. Related News NASCAR points standings 2019Below are the new standings following the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway. Winners are in bold and guaranteed a playoff spot.RankDriverWinsPointsNo. 1Joey Logano2824No. 2Kyle Busch4818No. 3Kevin Harvick1739No. 4Denny Hamlin3722No. 5Martin Truex Jr. 4701No. 6Brad Keselowski3695No. 7Kurt Busch1650No. 8Chase Elliott1616No. 9Aric Almirola0614No. 10Ryan Blaney 0599No. 11Alex Bowman1596No. 12William Byron0582No. 13Erik Jones0559No. 14Kyle Larson0557No. 15Clint Bowyer  0532No. 16Ryan Newman0532No. 17Jimmie Johnson 0520No. 18Daniel Suarez0501No. 19Paul Menard0464No. 20Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0444No. 21Chris Buescher0439No. 22Austin Dillon0404No. 23Ty Dillon0350No. 24Matt DiBenedetto 0349No. 25Daniel Hemric0339No. 26Ryan Preece0268No. 27Michael McDowell0266No. 28Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.0262No. 29Corey Lajoie0247No. 30David Ragan0220No. 31Matt Tifft0218No. 32Reed Sorenson066No. 33Quin Houff058No. 34J.J. Yeley029No. 35Jamie McMurray019No. 36Andy Seuss09No. 37Austin Theriault 05No. 38Stanton Barrett02No. 39Casey Mears01Who’s on the Cup Series playoff bubble? Jimmie Johnson finished in 15th on Sunday and sits 17th in the points race, just behind Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman. Bowyer finished in 11th, which keeps him in the hunt. He’s tied with Newman with 532 points for the 15th-16th spot.How are NASCAR driver points awarded per race?Each finishing spot in the field earns driver points with the maximum being 40 for a win. These points accrue over the season as do owner points.Drivers can also earn points based off of their finishes in the first two stages of the race. The driver who finishes first earns 10 points, the one who finishes in second earns nine and so on and so forth. Points earned in those stages are then added to the points earned at the finish of a race.The points are added up over all of the races and there is a reset after the regular-season finale in the 26th race. Drivers who have earned wins or finish in the top 16 of the Cup Series standings then move on to the playoffs. Drivers accumulate playoff points earning five bonus points for a win and one for a stage win. Those points are added to a driver’s total at the start of the playoffs.For a more in-depth look at how scoring works, click here.center_img Dale Earnhardt Jr. spreads mother’s ashes at intimate family gathering WATCH: Alex Bowman’s drive shaft blows up during qualifyinglast_img