NASCAR: Chase clinch scenarios for Sunday’s race at Dover


Two of the 12 spots in the Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup have been spoken for.

But the other 10 are still up for grabs in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Depending on how high up the Chase Grid they are, some Chasers have an easier road to the next round than others.

And there are some who have no control whatsoever over their destiny – unless they come through with a win on the “Monster Mile.”

By virtue of their Challenger Round victories, Brad Keselowski (Chicagoland) and Joey Logano (New Hampshire) are already in the Contender Round.

Here’s what the rest of the Chasers have to do in Delaware to join them, regardless of where any other driver finishes:

Kevin Harvick (+41 points over 13th place): 34th or better; or 35th and at least one lap led; or 36th and most laps led.

Jimmie Johnson (+31 points): 24th or better; or 25th and at least one lap led; or 26th and most laps led.

Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+28 points): 21st or better; 22nd and at least one lap led; or 23rd and most laps led.

Jeff Gordon (+21 points): 14th or better; 15th and at least one lap led; 16th and most laps led.

Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards (+8 points): 2nd; or 3rd and most laps led.

AJ Allmendinger (+7 points): 2nd.

Kahne Kahne (+6 points): 2nd, and at least one lap led.

Ryan Newman (+6 points), Denny Hamlin (-6 points), Greg Biffle (-6 points behind 12th place), Kurt Busch (-8 points behind 12th place) and Aric Almirola (-10 points behind 12th place) only control their own destiny by winning Sunday at Dover.