With two buckets of points this season, drivers have to focus on winning stages and races to start collecting playoff points.
These 11 drivers are already off to a good start by scoring at least one playoff point through the first seven races of the season.
Check out who has scored the most playoff points so far in 2017:
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Kyle Busch, 1 playoff point
After leading the opening stage in the Daytona 500, Busch hasn’t been able to secure any more playoff points yet this season.
Logano had one of the fastest cars at Phoenix before blowing a tire late and finishing 31st. He grabbed a stage win and got on the board for the playoffs.
As the class of the field in Texas, Blaney aimed to grab seven points with a clean sweep but pit strategy and a late-race mistake cost him the win. At least, he still has something to show for it.
Elliott grabbed stage wins at Phoenix and Martinsville but he’s still seeking his first Monster Energy Series win.
Harvick scored all of his playoff points in the first two races of the season. He put together a dominant performance at Atlanta before a pit-road penalty cost him the win. He’s still in good position for the postseason.
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Kurt Busch, 5 (locked in)
The Daytona 500 winner locked himself into the playoffs but currently sits the lowest in the points for any driver with playoff points.
Ryan Newman, 5 (locked in)
A surprise win at Phoenix locked Newman into the playoffs and grabbed him some points, too. Finding his consistency from a few years ago in the playoffs could help him make a run in the postseason.
Jimmie Johnson, 5 (locked in)
After a struggle of a start to 2017, Johnson has secured his chance to chase championship No. 8 in the playoffs.
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Kyle Larson, 6 (locked in)
Larson won the race and a stage at Auto Club Speedway to give him a solid showing for the playoffs. Being the points leader would also give him a nice 15 point bonus for the postseason, too.
Martin Truex Jr., 9 (locked in)
Truex became the first Cup Series driver to do a clean sweep of a race by winning all three stages at Vegas. He added two more points with stage wins at Auto Club and Martinsville.
Brad Keselowski, 10 (locked in)
With two wins, Keselowski sits atop the playoff standings after seven races this season.
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