Your Chase Standings for Week One (Chicagoland)


The logjam at the top of the Chase Grid was finally broken last night at Richmond International Raceway with Brad Keselowski’s fourth win of 2014.

Keselowski’s near-flawless performance in the Federated Auto Parts 400 brought him another three bonus points for the first Chase reset ahead of the Challenger Round – which begins next Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway and continues at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 21) and Dover International Speedway (Sept. 28).

With 12 bonus points, Keselowski has moved to the top seed with 2,012 points. The next four behind him – Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Joey Logano – have earned three regular season wins apiece and thus are all at 2,009 points going into the Windy City.

Two-win drivers Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards come next with 2,006 points each. Then, a group of six drivers with one win apiece occupy the No. 8-13 seeds; they each have 2,003 points.

And with no wins, No. 14 seed Matt Kenseth, No. 15 seed Greg Biffle, and No. 16 seed Ryan Newman start with the base reset total of 2,000 points.

In case you need to see all of that in “chart” form, here it is:

1. 2- Brad Keselowski, 2012 (4 regular season wins)
2. 24-Jeff Gordon, 2009 (3 regular season wins)
3. 88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2009 (3 regular season wins)
4. 48-Jimmie Johnson, 2009 (3 regular season wins)
5. 22-Joey Logano, 2009 (3 regular season wins)
6. 4-Kevin Harvick, 2006 (2 regular season wins)
7. 99-Carl Edwards, 2006 (2 regular season wins)
8. 18-Kyle Busch, 2003 (1 regular season win)
9. 11-Denny Hamlin, 2003 (1 regular season win)
10. 41-Kurt Busch, 2003 (1 regular season win)
11. 5-Kasey Kahne, 2003 (1 regular season win)
12. 43-Aric Almirola, 2003 (1 regular season win)
13. 47-A.J. Allmendinger, 2003 (1 regular season win)
14. 20-Matt Kenseth, 2000
15. 16-Greg Biffle, 2000
16. 31-Ryan Newman, 2000

Should any of these 16 drivers win in the Challenger Round, they’ll automatically advance to the Contender (second) Round and have their points reset to 3,000. When the Challenger Round ends, the Top 12 in points will move on and all will then have their points reset to 3,000 as well.

The same will apply for the Eliminator (third) Round, with all Contender Round race winners and the Top 8 in points getting reset to 4,000 points; and the Championship (final) Round, with all Eliminator Round race winners and the Top 4 in points getting reset to 5,000 points for the season finale at Homestead.

As drivers are eliminated from each round, their respective point totals will be readjusted to the normal points format in sync with the other drivers in the field that are no longer in contention for the championship. They’ll be racing for fifth place in the overall standings at Homestead.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023


Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.