NASCAR playoff standings 2023: Updated points, scenarios for Cup Series after Indianapolis race

Sunday’s race at Indianapolis was a day for the little guy.

Michael McDowell picked up his second career Cup Series win in dominant fashion, prancing down the turn-infested surface with relative ease. With that, he is guaranteed a playoff berth with just two regular-season races remaining in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series.

Chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez, two other drivers who entered Sunday outside the metropole, finished in second and third place, respectively. Alex Bowman and Chase Briscoe, another two non-playoff invitees, weren’t too far behind, either.

With points at a premium — be it by stage position or finishes — Sunday’s orchestra of noise should set the stage for a hectic final two weeks. Elliott, Bowman and Bubba Wallace represent some of the biggest names in the sport. And yet, all three find themselves in dire straits as the season nears its crescendo.

MORE: NASCAR at Indianapolis results, highlights

The race for the postseason is heating up. Here’s how things stand post-Indianapolis.

NASCAR playoffs standings 2023

Below is a current look at the top 16 drivers in the Cup Series playoff standings, based on regular season points. This section will be updated as the Cup Series campaign nears its conclusion.

Rank Driver Points Points over cut line
1 Martin Truex Jr.* 830 +0
2 Denny Hamlin* 770 +0
3 William Byron* 726 +0
4 Christopher Bell* 709 +0
5 Kyle Larson* 698 +0
6 Kevin Harvick 677 +145
7 Ross Chastain 676 +0
8 Brad Keselowski 675 +143
9 Ryan Blaney* 666 +0
10 Chris Buescher* 665 +0
11 Kyle Busch* 660 +0
12 Tyler Reddick* 653 +0
13 Joey Logano* 639 +0
14 Bubba Wallace 560 +28
15 Michael McDowell* 542 +0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.* 542 +0

* clinched playoff spot with a win

NASCAR schedule 2023: Playoff races

(All times Eastern)

Date Race Track Time TV Radio
Sept. 3 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 6 p.m. USA MRN
Sept. 10 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. USA MRN
Sept. 16 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. USA PRN
Sept. 24 AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 Texas Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. USA PRN
Oct. 1 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 8 Bank of America Roval 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 15 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2:30 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 22 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Homestead-Miami Homestead-Miami Speedway 2:30 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 30 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Nov. 6 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

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