Only Newman controls his own destiny in making the field for the Chase, no matter who wins at Richmond. If there is a repeat 2014 winner (or a Matt Kenseth victory), Newman is guaranteed a spot in the Chase if he finishes 41st or better; or 42nd with at least one lap led; or 43rd and the most laps led, NASCAR PR reports.
Only a new winner to the season could put a damper on Newman's Chase ambitions. If a new winner occurs, those finishing marks drop to 18th-, 19th- or 20th-place respectively. That would introduce some risk to Newman's Richmond performance. However, it does look like the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet will likely make the field for this season's playoff, barring any last minute upset victories by drivers currently outside the Chase field.