It was almost a Cinderella story at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday as Matt DiBenedetto was less than 10 laps away from the first win in his Cup Series career, but it just wasn’t meant to be.Denny Hamlin stayed hot and came back from an early bump with Jimmie Johnson to earn his fourth win of the season and his fifth straight finish inside the top three. Drivers accumulate playoff points earning five bonus points for a win and one for a stage win. Those points are added to a driver’s total at the start of the playoffs.For a more in-depth look at how scoring works, click here. DiBenedetto got terrible news this week as it was announced he would not be returning to Leavine Family Racing and he was so close to getting just a taste of redemption at the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, but he came up just a little shot.But his second-place finish was his fourth top-10 finish in his last eight races and could be a sign of good things to come even if he has to do it in another ride.Also those drivers on the playoff bubble let go a collective sigh of relief because had DiBenedetto won, guys like Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez would see another playoff spot evaporate.As it is though they can breathe easier as they still have a chance to make it into the playoffs even without a win.Here are your updated point standings.NASCAR points standings 2019Below are the updated standings following the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Winners are in bold and are guaranteed a playoff spot.Kevin Harvick RankDriverWinsPointsNo. 1Kyle Busch4932No. 2 Joey Logano2893No. 3Denny Hamlin 4855No. 4Martin Truex Jr.4838No. 5Kevin Harvick4830No. 6Brad Keselowski3794No. 7Chase Elliott2757No. 8Kurt Busch1741No. 9Ryan Blaney0686No. 10Alex Bowman1681No. 11Kyle Larson0665No. 12William Byron0664No. 13Aric Almirola0654No. 14Erik Jones0646No. 15Ryan Newman0603No. 16Daniel Suarez0591No. 17Clint Bowyer0589No. 18Jimmie Johnson0565No. 19Paul Menard0520No. 20Chris Buescher0506No. 21Ricky Stenhouse Jr.0479No. 22Matt DiBenedetto0438No. 23Austin Dillon0427No. 24Ty Dillon0400No. 25Daniel Hemric0369No. 26Ryan Preece0318No. 27Bubba Wallace0304No. 28Michael McDowell0303No. 29Corey Lajoie0279No. 30David Ragan0257No. 31Matt Tifft0253No. 32Quin Houff071No. 33Reed Sorenson068No. 34J.J. Yeley038No. 35Jamie McMurray019No. 36Austin Theriault010No. 37Andy Seuss09No. 38Stanton Barrett02No. 39Casey Mears01Who’s on the Cup Series playoff bubble? Clint Bowyer had a great finish Saturday earning his 10th top 10 of the year, but it was what happened in the earlier stages that cost him.Coming into the night race Daniel Suarez sat behind Bowyer in the standings and finished behind Bowyer in the night race, albeit by just one spot.But by virtue of a second-place finish in the second stage, Suarez jumped Bowyer in the standings and now sits in the 16th spot in the standings, two points up on Bowyer.Every spot counts and there are just two races left for Bowyer to get back into the playoff hunt.How are NASCAR driver points awarded per race?Each finishing spot in the field earns driver points with the maximum being 40 for a win. These points accrue over the season as do owner points.Drivers can also earn points based off of their finishes in the first two stages of the race. The driver who finishes first earns 10 points, the man who finishes in second earns nine and so on and so forth, points earned in those stages are then added to the points earned at the finish of a race.The points are added up over all of the races and there is a reset after the regular-season finale in the 26th race. Drivers who have earned wins or finish in the top 16 of the Cup Series standings then move on to the playoffs.
Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has missed Pittsburgh’s last three games with an injury, but his side job is apparently earning him plenty of money.Smith-Schuster is a Pro Bowl receiver, but he’s also made a name for himself in the gaming community. He consistently joins other streamers on games such as Fortnite, most notably when he teamed up with Ninja and Drake, helping to break all sorts of viewing records on the streaming platform Twitch. As Twitch continues to grow in popularity, other companies have started joining the platform. That includes the NFL, which has partnered with Amazon (Twitch’s parent company) to stream “Thursday Night Football” games on the platform. This started in Week 4 and lasts through Week 15.In Week 14, Smith-Schuster joined popular streamer TimTheTatman to watch the Cowboys and Bears play. A few days later he was playing Fortnite with streamer THump and revealed he earned $100,000 simply for participating in the “Thursday Night Football” stream.NFL POWER RANKINGS:Packers, Chiefs, Bears, Titans jump; Patriots, Texans drop for Week 15“I did a stream yesterday, with TimTheTatMan, or like two days ago, we watched the Cowboys game and I got paid 100k for that,” Smith-Schuster said.His playing partner THump seemed surprised by Smith-Schuster’s admission, telling the receiver he probably shouldn’t have said that out loud. “Oh, I don’t know if you’re supposed to say that but it’s all good, it’s all good,” THump said. Smith-Schuster was talking about his payment because THump said he was surprised the receiver didn’t have more endorsements. There’s just one more Twitch stream of Thursday Night Football this season, and that’s the Week 15 matchup between the Jets and Ravens. Streamers AngryJoe, runitup and TimTheTatman will be teaming up with the platform to help promote it once again.
TRAFFORD, Pa. (AP) – A prominent Western Pennsylvania high school basketball coach has resigned after police charged him with making threats and harassing a neighbor.The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1zo2FT6 ) reports that Gateway coach Mitch Adams resigned Sunday. Adams led the team to championships in 2011 and 2012, and had been a basketball coach at the school for nine years.The 56-year-old Adams told the newspaper he’s innocent, but he didn’t want the issue to become a distraction for the school and the team.Adams was charged by Trafford police on Aug. 11 over an incident that occurred near his home on July 13. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23.Gateway athletic director Randy Rovesti says the school thanks Adams for his years of service, and wishes him well.