NASCAR & Auto Racing

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase qualifiers

Jimmie Johnson’s next championship would be his seventh, tying record set by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Johnson leads the Chase for the Sprint Cup field heading into the first race at Chicagoland.
Jimmie Johnson’s next championship would be his seventh, tying record set by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Johnson leads the Chase for the Sprint Cup field heading into the first race at Chicagoland. Getty Images

A capsule look at the 16 drivers who have qualified for the NASCAR Chase:

1. Jimmie Johnson

Chase berths: 12. Best finish: 1st (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’13).

Car: No. 48 Chevy. 2015 victories: Four.

Comment: Next championship would be seventh, tying record set by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

2. Kyle Busch

Chase berths: 8. Best finish: 4th (2013).

Car: No. 18 Toyota. 2015 victories: Four.

Comment: Made Chase after receiving waiver from NASCAR; missed season’s first 11 races with injury.

3. Matt Kenseth

Chase berths: 11. Best finish: 2nd (2006, ’13).

Car: No. 20 Toyota. 2015 victories: Three.

Comment: Won Cup championship in 2003, the year before Chase started.

4. Joey Logano

Chase berths: 3. Best finish: 4th (2014).

Car: No. 22 Ford. 2015 victories: Three.

Comment: Season got off to great start with Daytona 500 victory.

5. Kevin Harvick

Chase berths: 9. Best finish: 1st (2014).

Car: No. 4 Chevy. 2015 victories: Two.

Comment: Has finished second 10 times this season.

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chase berths: 8. Best finish: 5th (2004, ’06, ’14).

Car: No. 88 Chevy. 2015 victories: Two.

Comment: In addition to victories at Atlanta and Michigan, has nine other top-five finishes.

7. Kurt Busch

Chase berths: 9. Best finish: 1st (2004).

Car: No. 41 Chevy. 2015 victories: Two.

Comment: Like his brother, got waiver from NASCAR after missing season’s first three races.

8. Carl Edwards

Chase berths: 9. Best finish: 2nd (2008, ’11).

Car: No. 19 Toyota. 2015 victories: Two.

Comment: Southern 500 victory has him entering Chase on a high note.

9. Brad Keselowski

Chase berths: 4. Best finish: 1st (2012).

Car: No. 2 Ford. 2015 victories: One.

Comment: Looking for second championship after winning in 2012.

10. Martin Truex Jr.

Chase berths: 3. Best finish: 11th (2007, ’12).

Car: No. 78 Chevy. 2015 victories: One.

Comment: Hot stretch in the spring resulted in victory at Pocono.

11. Denny Hamlin

Chase berths: 9. Best finish: 2nd (2010).

Car: No. 11 Toyota. 2015 victories: One.

Comment: In Chase after recently tearing ACL in right knee playing basketball.

12. Jamie McMurray

Chase berths: 1.

Car: No. 1 Chevy. 2015 victories: None.

Comment: Competing in NASCAR’s playoffs for first time; best finish was second at Phoenix.

13. Jeff Gordon

Chase berths: 11. Best finish: 2nd (2007).

Car: No. 24 Chevy. 2015 victories: None.

Comment: Won all four of his Cup championships (1995, ’97, ’98, 2001) in pre-Chase days.

14. Ryan Newman

Chase berths: 7. Best finish: 2nd (2014).

Car: No. 31 Chevy. 2015 victories: None.

Comment: Makes Chase for second consecutive season without a victory.

15. Paul Menard

Chase berths: 1. Best finish: 14th (2014).

Car: No. 27 Chevy. 2015 victories: None.

Comment: Second consecutive Chase appearance in eighth full-time season of Cup racing.

16. Clint Bowyer

Chase berths: 6. Best finish: 2nd (2012).

Car: No. 15 Toyota. 2015 victories: None.

Comment: Enters Chase with uncertainty of 2016 ride hanging over him.

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