2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Kyle Larson, the current points leader

The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the 69th season of professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 46th modern-era Cup series season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the Can-Am Duel qualifying races and the 59th running of the Daytona 500. The season will end with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jimmie Johnson enters as the defending champion, having won his record-tying seventh Cup championship that he shares with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

This is the third season of the current 10-year television contract with Fox Sports and NBC Sports and the second of a five-year race sanctioning agreement with all tracks.

Monster Energy is the entitlement sponsor for the series in 2017 after Sprint Corporation decided not to remain as the sponsor. Sprint had been the title sponsor since 2004 when their partner Nextel replaced Winston after the 2003 season, but Sprint became the official sponsor for the 2008 season after buying out Nextel in late 2005. Monster Energy is the third title sponsor for NASCAR's top series since it first established such a sponsorship in 1971.[1]

This is the last full-time season of two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., who announced his intention to retire at season's end.[2]

Teams and drivers

Chartered teams

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing 1 Jamie McMurray Matt McCall
42 Kyle Larson Chad Johnston
Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Pat Tryson
Germain Racing 13 Ty Dillon (R) Bootie Barker
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kasey Kahne Keith Rodden
24 Chase Elliott Alan Gustafson
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Greg Ives
JTG Daugherty Racing 37 Chris Buescher Trent Owens
47 A. J. Allmendinger Randall Burnett 33
Ernie Cope 3
Leavine Family Racing 95 Michael McDowell Todd Parrott
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Slugger Labbe

35
Sammy Johns 1

27 Paul Menard Matt Borland
31 Ryan Newman Luke Lambert
Ford Front Row Motorsports 34 Landon Cassill Donnie Wingo
38 David Ragan Derrick Finley
Go Fas Racing 32 Matt DiBenedetto Gene Nead
Richard Petty Motorsports 43 Aric Almirola Drew Blickensderfer
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Trevor Bayne Matt Puccia
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brian Pattie
Stewart-Haas Racing 4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers 35
Daniel Knost 1
10 Danica Patrick Billy Scott
14 Clint Bowyer Mike Bugarewicz
41 Kurt Busch Tony Gibson
Team Penske 2 Brad Keselowski Paul Wolfe 35
Brian Wilson 1
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ryan Blaney Jeremy Bullins
Toyota BK Racing 23 Joey Gase 3 Patrick Donahue
Gray Gaulding (R) 33
Furniture Row Racing 77 Erik Jones (R) Chris Gayle
78 Martin Truex Jr.[3] Cole Pearn
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Mike Wheeler
18 Kyle Busch Adam Stevens
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Dave Rogers 5
Scott Graves 31
20 Matt Kenseth Jason Ratcliff
Chevrolet 32
Ford 4
TriStar Motorsports 72 Cole Whitt Frank Kerr
Chevrolet 6
Toyota 3
Premium Motorsports 15 Michael Waltrip 1 Mark Hillman
Reed Sorenson 8
Joey Gase 1
Source:[4]

Non-chartered teams

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 51 Timmy Hill 8 Carlos Contreras 1
Joe Lax 32
Tony Furr 3
Cody Ware 1
Josh Bilicki[5] 2
Toyota BK Racing 83 Corey LaJoie (R) 14 Doug Richert 3
Ryan Dubois 3
Randy Cox 30
Gray Gaulding (R) 2

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s)
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 75 Brendan Gaughan Darren Shaw 1
TBA 3
Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Elliott Sadler Kenneth Davis 1
J. J. Yeley 1
Toyota Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 D. J. Kennington Keith Hinkein 1
Mike Ford 1
2
TBA 2
Chevrolet 4
Toyota 3
Premium Motorsports 55 Reed Sorenson Wayne Carroll 1
Derrike Cope 6

Changes

Teams

Drivers

Crew chiefs

  • Chris Gayle will be the crew chief of the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota for Erik Jones in 2017. Gayle previously crew chiefed the No. 18 team in the Xfinity Series in 2016.[34]
  • Matt Borland will take over crew chief duties of the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, replacing Danny Stockman. Borland was the vice president of technology for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2016.[35]
  • Brian Pattie will move over from the No. 16 team to the No. 17 team to crew chief.[8]
  • Wayne Carroll will become crew chief for the No. 55 team. Pat Tryson, who was the crew chief for the team in 2016, will move to crew chief the No. 33 team.[29]
  • On March 29, 2017, it was announced that Dave Rogers, the crew chief of the No. 19 team, would take an indefinite personal leave of absence, with Scott Graves replacing him.[36]

Manufacturers

Offseason changes

New race format and points system

The 2017 season introduced major changes to the format of races and the points system in all three of NASCAR's national series, announced during a press conference on January 23, 2017. All races are divided into three stages, comprising a quarter distance for the first two segments, with the third stage being half distance, thereby in case of inclement weather, curfew, or darkness, the third segment may be cancelled and the race be complete after two segments. A competition caution is held at the end of each stage, during which drivers may optionally take a pit stop before the restart for the next stage. The top 10 drivers at the end of the first and second stages receive championship points, awarded on a descending scale from 10 to 1.[39] The overall winner of each race following the final stage receives 40 points, and the remaining drivers are awarded points on a descending scale from 35 for a 2nd-place finish, to 2 for 35th, and 1 for 36th through 40th. The winner of each stage also receives a "playoff point", and the overall winner receives five.[39] For the first time since 1971, the Can-Am Duel qualifying races for the Daytona 500 became points-paying races; the top-ten finishers in each of the two races received points.[39]

Following the 26-race regular season, the 16 drivers with the most wins, with championship points as a tiebreaker, will qualify for the playoffs (re-branded from the "Chase for the Championship"). At this point the top 10 drivers on the championship points standings will be awarded additional playoff points; the regular-season champion will receive 15, second place will receive 10, and the remainder descending from 8 to 1. If a driver qualifies for the post-season, their championship points will be reset to 2000, and their banked playoff points will be added to this total. The playoffs will continue to use the existing multi-round elimination format; playoff points will be carried over through all but the final race of the season.[39]

NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell stated that the new format was designed to "[put] a premium on every victory and every in-race position over the course of the season. Each point can eventually result in winning or losing a championship."[40][41]

Damaged vehicle policy

On February 8, 2017, NASCAR announced a new Damaged Vehicle Policy, also taking effect in the 2017 season across all three national series. Cars may return to pit road for up to five minutes for minor repairs if they are involved in accidents, including repairing sheet metal, use of fasteners and/or tape to re-attach body panels, and reinforcing body panels. The five-minute interval begins when the car crosses the pit road commitment line, and ends once the car reaches minimum speed after exiting pit road; the car may return for another five-minute repair window if further repairs are still necessary.[42][43][44]

Crews may no longer replace vehicle body parts that are damaged via contact or accidents. If the damage is significant enough that the car must be taken to the garage, more than six crew members work on the car, or the five-minute time limit expires, the car will be removed from the race and may not return. If the driver commits a pit road infraction, 15 seconds are deducted from the repair time as a penalty. Mechanical or electrical failures not caused by an on-track incident are exempt from these rules; they may be repaired on pit road or in the garage with no time restrictions.[43][45]

Senior vice president of competition Scott Miller explained that the new rule was meant to improve safety, explaining that "It's more about crashed vehicles and all that is involved with that, from the crew guys to the drivers to dropping more debris on the track, which always happens. So there are exceptions for mechanical failures, those things can be rectified in the garage. That's going to be up to the series director's discretion to make those calls, but it's not going to be that difficult.[43] These rules severely restrict the ability for cars to return to the race multiple laps down in hopes of gaining minimal points.[46]

Technical changes

Besides the new points system and stage structure, other rule changes were announced over the off-season;[47]

  • Teams must start a race using the same tires that were used during qualifying.[48]
  • Based on usage research by Goodyear and NASCAR, tire allocations have changed for some races. Teams will have one fewer set of tires for Daytona (500), Phoenix, Fontana, Martinsville (Spring), Bristol, Kansas, Kentucky, and Chicagoland. Homestead will have two fewer sets allocated, down from twelve. Talladega, Sonoma, Daytona (400), New Hampshire, Watkins Glen, and Darlington will have an additional tire set allocated.[48]
  • In response to increasing speeds at Daytona and Talladega, restrictor plate sizes were reduced from 57/64 of an inch to 7/8 of an inch.[47]
  • For non-restrictor plate races, the rear spoiler dimensions were reduced from 3 1/2 x 61 inches to 2 3/8 inches x 61 inches. Restrictor plate races (Daytona and Talladega) will continue to use the previous size. However, in Kentucky and Michigan, the rear spoiler dimensions were 2 1/2 x 53 inches.[47]

Safety

Several vehicle safety changes are mandatory on all races, including revised steering column mounting, and garage-only fuel couplers.[47] Anti-intrusion plating, escape hatches and toeboard foam are also required on all restrictor plate races, but are optional on all other races.[47]

NASCAR partnered with American Medical Response to form a traveling medical team for the series.[49] Additionally, NASCAR has expanded the concussion protocol which will see drivers involved in accidents undergo additional concussion testing before being allowed to return to the race track.[50]

Schedule

The final calendar – comprising 36 races, as well as exhibition races, which are the Advance Auto Parts Clash, Can-Am Duel qualifying duel races for the Daytona 500 and the All-Star Race – was released on May 5, 2016. At the beginning of the 2017 season, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host NASCAR's 2,500th race, one week after the Daytona 500.[51]

Key changes from 2016 include:

  • The Daytona 500 is held one week later.
  • The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will move from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon.
  • The AAA 400 Drive for Autism will move after the Coca-Cola 600 before the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400.
  • Bristol and Michigan swap their August race dates, returning to the order that was used through 2015 (the 2016 swap was necessitated by NBC's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics).
  • Talladega and Kansas swap their October race dates.
  • The August off week moves back between Bristol and Darlington.
  • In broadcasting changes, the races at Indianapolis, Bristol (summer), and Talladega (fall) will move from NBCSN to NBC, while the races at Darlington, Charlotte (fall), and Kansas (fall) will move from NBC to NBCSN. With the move, all four restrictor-plate races will be broadcast over-the-air for the first time since 2006. Watkins Glen will return to NBCSN after the 2016 running aired on USA due to NBC's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[52]
  • The New England 300 will be the final Playoff race for New Hampshire Motor Speedway as a second race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will take its place.
  • At the time of the schedule announcement, the Bank of America 500 was scheduled for Saturday, October 7. On April 20, the race was rescheduled for Sunday, October 8 and moved from a night race to a day race. The race broadcast was also moved to NBC, while the AAA Texas 500 was moved to CNBC.
No Race Title Track Date Time TV
Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida February 191 11:35 a.m. FS1
Can-Am Duel February 23 7:00 p.m. FS1
1 Daytona 500 February 26 2:00 p.m. Fox
2 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia March 5 2:30 p.m. Fox
3 Kobalt 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada March 12 3:30 p.m. Fox
4 Camping World 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona March 19 3:30 p.m. Fox
5 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California March 26 3:30 p.m. Fox
6 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia April 2 2:00 p.m. FS1
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas April 9 1:30 p.m. Fox
8 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee April 242 1:00 p.m. Fox
9 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia April 30 2:00 p.m. Fox
10 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama May 7 2:00 p.m. Fox
11 Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas May 13 7:30 p.m. FS1
Monster Energy Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina May 19 6:00 p.m. FS1
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race May 20 6:00 p.m. FS1
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 28 6:00 p.m. Fox
13 AAA 400 Drive for Autism Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware June 4 1:00 p.m. FS1
14 Pocono 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania June 11 3:00 p.m. FS1
15 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan June 18 3:00 p.m. FS1
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California June 25 3:00 p.m. FS1
17 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida July 1 7:30 p.m. NBC
18 Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky July 8 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
19 New Hampshire 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire July 16 3:00 p.m. NBCSN
20 Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana July 23 3:00 p.m. NBC
21 Pennsylvania 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania July 30 3:00 p.m. NBCSN
22 Watkins Glen 355 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York August 6 3:00 p.m. NBCSN
23 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan August 13 3:00 p.m. NBCSN
24 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee August 19 7:30 p.m. NBC
25 Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina September 3 6:00 p.m. NBCSN
26 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia September 9 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
Cup Championship Playoffs
Round of 16
27 Tales of the Turtles 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois September 17 3:00 p.m. NBCSN
28 New England 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire September 24 2:00 p.m. NBCSN
29 Dover 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware October 1 2:00 p.m. NBCSN
Round of 12
30 Bank of America 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina October 8 2:00 p.m. NBC
31 Alabama 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama October 15 2:00 p.m. NBC
32 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas October 22 3:00 p.m. NBCSN
Round of 8
33 Old Dominion 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia October 29 3:00 p.m. NBCSN
34 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas November 5 2:00 p.m. CNBC
35 Can-Am 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona November 12 2:30 p.m. NBC
Championship 4
36 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida November 19 2:30 p.m. NBC

Season summary

Race reports

Speedweeks 2017

Daytona Speedweeks started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash. It was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, but was postponed until Sunday due to rain. Brad Keselowski started on pole. Defending winner Denny Hamlin led the most laps. Multiple wrecks took out some of the field including Kurt Busch getting into the wall after contact with Jimmie Johnson, Johnson would also get into the wall later on, and Martin Truex Jr. got into the wall after contact with Kyle Larson. On the last lap, Keselowski tried to make a pass on Hamlin, but Hamlin came down and got into Keselowski and the two wrecked. Joey Logano snuck through to hold off Kyle Busch to win.[53]

Chase Elliott won the pole for the Daytona 500 in qualifying. It was the second consecutive 500 pole for Elliott and the third consecutive for the No. 24 team. (Jeff Gordon won the pole in 2015). It first time since Ken Schrader in 1989 and 1990 that a driver won back-to-back Daytona 500 poles. Elliott's teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified second.[54]

The Can-Am Duels were held on Thursday. Chase Elliott started on the pole in the first duel. Reed Sorenson made contact with Corey LaJoie and hit the wall. On the restart, Elliott held off Jamie McMurray to win. In the second Duel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. started on pole and led the most laps. Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson made contact after both had tire problems. On the restart, Denny Hamlin took the lead from Earnhardt with two laps to go and held off Clint Bowyer to win. Elliott Sadler, Brendan Gaughan, Corey LaJoie, and D. J. Kennington all qualified for the Daytona 500 while Sorenson and Timmy Hill failed to qualify.[55]

Round 1: Daytona 500

Chase Elliott started the race on the pole. The race was plagued with a number of wrecks, with 35 of the 40 cars involved in wrecks during the race. The race also saw the debut of a new format that split the race into three stages and award points to the top 10 finishers. Kyle Busch won Stage 1 of the race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead in stage two after pit stops and was leading when Kyle Busch had a tire go down. Busch spun and collected Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Earnhardt, and Ty Dillon in a multicar wreck. Kevin Harvick won Stage 2 of the race. Toward the beginning of the third stage, a multicar wreck that started with Jimmie Johnson that also involved Harvick, Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin, Chris Buescher, Trevor Bayne, and other drivers. Another multicar wreck with 50 laps to go involved Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Landon Cassill, and other drivers. Elliott was leading the race as it headed into the closing laps. In the final few laps, the lead would shuffle, with Kyle Larson taking the lead after passing Martin Truex Jr. On the final lap, Kurt Busch passed Larson for the lead and won the race, his first Daytona 500 win and the first Daytona 500 win for Stewart-Haas Racing.[56]

Round 2: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Kevin Harvick started on pole. Multiple drivers had tire problems and pit road speeding issues during the race. Drivers such as Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and other drivers had these problems during the race. Harvick dominated the race and won both Stage 1 and Stage 2. On the final round of pit stops, Harvick got caught for speeding on pit road and had to come back losing the lead. Brad Keselowski held off Kyle Larson to get his first career win at Atlanta.[57]

Round 3: Kobalt 400

Brad Keselowski started on pole. Keselowski led the first 60 laps, but Martin Truex Jr. took the lead on pit road. Corey LaJoie and Kevin Harvick crashed in different incidents in the first stage. Truex dominated the race by leading the most laps and winning Stage 1 and Stage 2. Keselowski took the lead from Truex with 24 laps to go. With 2 laps to go after a caution for Danica Patrick, Keselowski had a power issue and it allowed Truex to regain the lead and hold off Kyle Larson to win as Kyle Busch was spun after contact with Joey Logano. Busch and Logano's crew got into an altercation afterwards as Logano was pulled away by another crew member.[58]

Round 4: Camping World 500

Joey Logano started on pole. In the first stage, Logano led most of the laps and had some opponents for the lead within the final laps of Stage 1. Logano, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray, and Kyle Busch were all in a pack racing for the win. But, Logano was able to hold on to win the stage. For the second stage, Logano led to the green. Logano started to pull away, however; he got three wide with Larson and Elliott and allowed Elliot to take the lead. Elliott led most of Stage 2. Logano got a pit road speeding penalty and Elliott was able to hold off Larson to win the second stage. In the third and final stage, Elliott pulled away, but it was Kyle Busch eventually took the lead. Busch there on dominated the race, leading 114 laps, and was heading toward the win, but a caution came out with six laps to go when Logano had a flat tire and ran into the wall, setting up an overtime finish. The leaders headed down pit, but some stayed out. On the restart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got into Larson, but Ryan Newman was able to pull away and block Larson on the last lap to score the win for his first win with Richard Childress Racing and his first win since 2013.[59]

Round 5: Auto Club 400

Points leader Kyle Larson started on pole. Denny Hamlin, who started second, could not get going and that held up his lane which caused Brad Keselowski to receive damage after running into the back of Hamlin. Keselowski made contact with Jimmie Johnson, which sent him spinning bringing out the first caution. Larson and Martin Truex Jr. were the two dominant cars of the race with Larson winning Stage 1 and Truex winning Stage 2. Truex had the lead, but green-flag pit stops allowed Larson to regain the lead. Gray Gaulding spun bringing out the caution with 20 laps to go, but on the restart the caution would come out again after Matt Kenseth hit the backstretch wall hard after getting hit in the back by Truex. On the restart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun on the backstretch, which sent the race into overtime. Larson was able to take the lead from Hamlin and hold off Keselowski, who made a comeback after his early spin, to get his second career win and also sweeping the weekend as he won the Xfinity race the day before.[60]

Round 6: STP 500

Points leader Kyle Larson started on pole after qualifying was rained out on Friday. Larson led the first few laps, but began to fall back. Stage 1 was won by Martin Truex Jr. In the second stage, Kyle Busch led most of the laps, but a run-in with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. allowed Chase Elliott to pass Busch on the final lap. In the final stage, multiple drivers were involved in wrecks including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Daniel Suárez, and others. The last 150 laps were a battle between Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. Keselowski was able to get around Busch and lead the final laps to get his second win of the season.[61]

Round 7: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

Kevin Harvick started on pole. Harvick led early until he got passed by Ryan Blaney on a restart for a caution for a wreck between Gray Gaulding and Jeffrey Earnhardt. Blaney then dominated the race, leading 148 laps and winning Stage 1 and Stage 2 however, pit strategy and trouble on pit road kept him from winning. Joey Logano used pit strategy to have the lead in the final laps. Jimmie Johnson took the lead from Logano with 16 laps to go and held off a hard charging Kyle Larson for his seventh career win at Texas.[62]

Round 8: Food City 500

Points leader Kyle Larson started on pole after qualifying was rained out. The race was postponed from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon because of rain. Larson dominated the race, leading 203 laps and winning Stage 1. Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 2. Several drivers had problems including Ryan Blaney having fuel pump problems, Brad Keselowski having multiple issues, and wrecks for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, and Erik Jones. Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Larson all led during the final half. Larson and Truex both received speeding penalties. Johnson took off from Larson and Harvick and held off Clint Bowyer to get his second straight win and second at Bristol.[63]

Results and standings

Race results

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Manufacturer Report
Advance Auto Parts Clash Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Hamlin, DennyDenny Hamlin Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Ford Report
Can-Am Duel 1 Elliott, ChaseChase Elliott Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Elliott, ChaseChase Elliott Chevrolet Report
Can-Am Duel 2 Earnhardt Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt Jr. Hamlin, DennyDenny Hamlin Toyota
1 Daytona 500 Elliott, ChaseChase Elliott Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Busch, KurtKurt Busch Ford Report
2 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Ford Report
3 Kobalt 400 Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Truex Jr., MartinMartin Truex Jr. Truex Jr., MartinMartin Truex Jr. Toyota Report
4 Camping World 500 Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Busch, KyleKyle Busch Newman, RyanRyan Newman Chevrolet Report
5 Auto Club 400 Larson, KyleKyle Larson Larson, KyleKyle Larson Larson, KyleKyle Larson Chevrolet Report
6 STP 500 Larson, KyleKyle Larson Busch, KyleKyle Busch Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Ford Report
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Blaney, RyanRyan Blaney Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
8 Food City 500 Larson, KyleKyle Larson Larson, KyleKyle Larson Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
9 Toyota Owners 400 Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Report

Driver standings

(keyBold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or owner's points. * – Most laps led. 1 – Stage 1 winner. 2 – Stage 2 winner.

Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts. Stage Bonus
D1 D2 500
1 Kyle Larson 9 12 2 2 2 1*1 17 2 6*1 360 101 7
2 Chase Elliott 1 14 5 3 122 10 32 9 7 333 90 2
3 Martin Truex Jr. 7 13 8 1*12 11 42 161 8 82 323 92 10
4 Joey Logano 9 6 6 4 311 5 4 3 5 291 56 1
5 Brad Keselowski 4* 27 1 5 5 2 1 6 34 277 82 10
6 Jimmie Johnson 13 34 19 11 9 21 15 1 1 244 51 10
7 Jamie McMurray 2 28 10 8 15 6 38 7 12 244 61
8 Clint Bowyer 2 32 11 10 13 3 7 11 2 239 23
9 Kevin Harvick 3 22*2 9*12 38 6 13 20 4 3 239 58 3
10 Ryan Blaney 20 2 18 7 23 9 25 12*12 33 228 61 2
11 Kyle Busch 12 381 16 22 3* 8 2* 15 35 214 55 1
12 Trevor Bayne 6 10 12 13 19 23 13 13 11 192 5
13 Erik Jones (R) 19 39 14 15 8 12 12 22 17 192 32
14 Ryan Newman 8 21 35 17 1 15 8 26 14 186 19 5
15 Denny Hamlin 1 17 38 6 10 14 30 25 10 184 26
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 13 31 13 33 4 22 10 14 9 168 8
17 Kasey Kahne 14 7 4 12 20 20 14 38 20 164 1
18 Kurt Busch 3 1 7 30 25 24 37 10 25 163 13 5
19 Aric Almirola 8 4 27 14 17 19 18 18 22 161
20 Matt Kenseth 5 40 3 9 37 36 9 16 4 159 6
21 Austin Dillon 5 19 32 25 18 11 5 33 13 154 7
22 Daniel Suárez (R) 11 29 21 20 7 7 32 19 18 144
23 Ty Dillon (R) 10 30 15 21 16 18 22 17 15 144
24 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 6* 37 30 16 14 16 34 5 38 134 19
25 Paul Menard 20 5 25 19 21 29 19 36 16 127
26 A. J. Allmendinger 4 3 26 24 26 17 6 20 30 116 7
27 Michael McDowell 12 15 29 18 24 33 26 23 26 102
28 Chris Buescher 16 35 24 23 27 25 11 21 39 94
29 Cole Whitt 10 18 20 28 34 32 21 30 21 94
30 Danica Patrick 7 33 17 36 22 26 23 24 36 91 7
31 Matt DiBenedetto 14 9 28 26 29 29 35 31 19 90
32 Landon Cassill 15 16 22 27 28 27 27 29 32 88
33 David Ragan 11 25 23 29 35 31 24 28 23 79
34 Corey LaJoie (R) 18 24 34 39 38 30 28 32 24 52
35 Reed Sorenson 21 DNQ 31 31 30 34 31 35 28 39
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 18 26 33 32 39 39 36 40 27 34
37 Michael Waltrip 17 8 29
38 Gray Gaulding (R) 37 34 36 37 29 34 29 25
39 Derrike Cope 36 35 33 38 37 31 15
40 D. J. Kennington 15 36 1
41 Cody Ware 39 1
Ineligible for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver points
Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts. Stage Bonus
D1 D2 500
Brendan Gaughan 19 11
Elliott Sadler 16 20
Joey Gase 17 23
J. J. Yeley 27
Timmy Hill 21 DNQ 37 32 35 33 39 37
- Allmendinger and Truex lost their Duel points for failing post-race inspection.

Manufacturers' Championship

Pos Manufacturer Wins Points
1 Chevrolet 4 298
2 Ford 3 290
3 Toyota 1 267

See also

Notes

  • ^1 The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona was postponed from February 18 to February 19 because of inclement weather.[64]
  • ^2 The Food City 500 was postponed from April 23 to April 24 because of inclement weather.[65]

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