May 10, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon celebrates with champaign in victory lane after winning the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Chase score card: leaving Kansas Speedway

Jeff Gordon, who was already the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader heading into the May 10 night race at Kansas Speedway, claimed his first victory of the 2014 season. With the win, his potential Chase for the Sprint Cup berth is more concrete, should he not still be the points leader come the Chase cutoff at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September. Matt Kenseth, still winless on the year, maintained his position of second in the standings after Kansas, 15 points behind Gordon. With Gordon’s win, though, Kenseth now is the only driver in the top-five in points who doesn’t have a win. The next winless driver in line is Jimmie Johnson in seventh, 54 points out of first. Three winning drivers are outside the top-10 in points, including Kevin Harvick, who has two wins. Of those drivers, Kurt Busch is at the bottom and, therefore, most in danger of dropping outside the top-30. Drivers outside the top-30 at the Chase cutoff will not be granted Chase entry, regardless of win tally. Busch, 28th in the standings, is 52 points ahead of David Gilliland the driver in 31st position. Here’s a look at the points standings after 11 races. Race wins are noted by *: 1. *Jeff Gordon, leader 2. Matt Kenseth, 15 3. *Kyle Busch, -21 4. *Dale Earnhardt Jr., -26 5. *Carl Edwardws, -27 6. **Joey Logano, -48 7. Jimmie Johnson, -54 8. Ryan Newman, -62 9. Greg Biffle, -66 10. Brian Vickers, -67 11. *Brad Keselowski, -68 12. *Denny Hamlin, -76 15. **Kevin Harvick, -92 28. *Kurt Busch, -183 Follow Stock Car Spin on Twitter @SCSblog or like Stock Car Spin on Facebook. Amanda’s also on Twitter @NASCARexaminer and has a fan/like page on Facebook: NASCAR Examiner

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