After nine races, only 12 drivers have scored stage points with seven different winners locking themselves into the playoffs already.
Check out which drivers are starting to bank some points for the postseason:
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Matt Kenseth, 1 playoff point
Kenseth became the 12th different driver to score a playoff point when he won Stage 1 on Sunday at Richmond. Kenseth currently sits two positions out of a playoff spot.
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Kyle Busch, 1
Busch won the first stage of the year in the Daytona 500 but hasn’t been able to score any playoff points since. He’s currently 10th in the points standings.
Ryan Blaney, 2
Blaney dominated most of the race at Texas and scored two playoff points. He’s slipped from sixth to 12th in the points standings over the past few weeks.
Chase Elliott, 2
Elliott scored playoff points at Phoenix and Martinsville and slipped one spot to third-place in the points standings after finishing 24th at Richmond.
Kevin Harvick, 3
Harvick led three of the first four stages of the season but hasn’t scored any playoff points since. A third straight top-five finish boosted him three spots in the standings after Richmond.
Kurt Busch, 5 (locked-in)
Winning the Daytona 500 locked Busch into the playoffs after the opening race of the season. He hasn’t been in position to add more playoff points yet.
Ryan Newman, 5 (locked-in)
A surprising win at Phoenix guaranteed Newman a spot in the playoffs and he’s posted solid results since then and currently sits 13th in the points standings.
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Joey Logano, 6 (locked-in)
Logano scored his first playoff point at Phoenix when he led a stage and then locked up his spot in the playoffs with a win and five playoff points on Sunday at Richmond.
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Kyle Larson, 7 (locked-in)
Larson has scored points in 17 of 18 stages but only been the leader twice for in-race stages. He led a stage and then grabbed the win at Auto Club to guarantee a playoff spot.
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Jimmie Johnson, 10 (locked-in)
Johnson’s season started off as one of his worst until he put together back-to-back wins at Texas and Bristol to grab a playoff spot and the second-most playoff points so far.
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Martin Truex Jr., 10 (locked-in)
Truex has landed the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in the top spot in five stages this season, the most of any driver. He swept Las Vegas to score seven playoff points, then led a stage at Auto Club, Martinsville, and Bristol.
Brad Keselowski, 11 (locked-in)
When Keselowski led the second stage in Sunday’s race at Richmond, he moved to the lead in playoff points. His wins at Atlanta and Martinsville have him locked into the playoffs.
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