February 24, 2021

by a NASCAR fanatic - not affiliated with NASCAR

As of right now, nine drivers have all but clinched spots in the season-ending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with three victories in the first 14 races of 2017. 

Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. have two wins apiece.

Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney have all won once.

Those nine are good to go. Joey Logano has a victory but it was encumbered, which means it doesn’t count towards the playoffs because his Team Penske Ford failed inspection after he won at Richmond.

So, that leaves seven playoff spots open and 12 races to fill them. It’s possible there will be seven first-time 2017 winners over the next 12 races. Not likely, but possible. Here’s who I think are the seven drivers most likely to win in the regular season for the first time in 2017 and as a result make the playoffs.

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