Joey Logano kept the streak of different winners alive on Monday with his win of the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth. With the victory, Logano became the seventh different winner in the first seven races of 2014, joing Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch, who are making their cases for Chase for the Sprint Cup berts with trips to victory lane. With there seeming to be no end in sight for this string of different winners, there’s a chance that points may be needed to break ties among race winners vying for Chase spots. If not, of course points will still be needed to fill out the Chase field to bring it to 16.
Kurt Busch and Harvick, meanwhile, have to worry about points in a different way. Win or not, a driver can’t get into the Chase if he/she is outside the top-30 of the points standings. Busch and Harvick have to concentrate on remaining in the top-30, as they currently find themselves way back in 25th and 26th, despite each having a race win.
Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth, both still winless at this point, are atop the points standings, with Gordon leading the way. Kenseth is four points behind Gordon in second. Five of the seven race winners are within the top-10, with Kurt Busch and Harvick being the only two who are not.
This his how the top-10 list looks, heading into Saturday night’s race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (* = race winner):
1. Jeff Gordon, leader
2. Matt Kenseth, -4
3. Carl Edwards*, -12
4. Joey Logano*, -24
5. Kyle Busch*, -28
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.*, -31
6. Jimmie Johnson, -31
8. Brad Keselowski*-41
9. Brian Vickers, -54
10. Paul Menard, -56
25. Kurt Busch*, -108 (44 points ahead of 31st)
26. Kevin Harvick*, -121 (31 points ahead of 31st)
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