May 25, 2014; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) celebrates in victory lane after winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Chase score card: leaving Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Jimmie Johnson answered the question of when he was going to win his first race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway by taking victory in the Coca-Cola 600. With the win, Johnson becomes the 10th different winner, 12 races into the season. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano remain as the only two multiple wins drivers, each with two.

Jeff Gordon continues to lead the way in the points standings after Charlotte, while still-winless Matt Kenseth sits second. Kenseth remains as the only driver in the top-five of the standings without a trip to victory lane. Expanding that look to the top-10, Brian Vickers in eighth and Ryan Newman in 10th join Kenseth as winless drivers in the top-10.

Kurt Busch, who won earlier this season, just barely hangs on inside the top-30, 28th in points and 51 points ahead of 31st-place driver Cole Witt. Reminder: drivers outside the top-30 can’t be in the Chase for the Sprint Cup no matter how many wins they have. After finishing an impressive sixth in his first-ever IndyCar race, the Indianapolis 500, Busch jetted to Charlotte to climb into his regular ride, only to suffer a blown engine about 400 miles into the 600-mile race.

Here’s a look at the championship points standings after the Coca-Cola 600 (* denotes race wins):

1. *Jeff Gordon, leader
2. Matt Kenseth, -11
3. *Kyle Busch, -24
3. *Carl Edwards, -24
5. *Dale Earnhardt Jr., -38
6. *Jimmie Johnson, -44
7. **Joey Logano, -54
8. Brian Vickers, -67
9. *Brad Keselowski, -71
9. Ryan Newman, -71

12. **Kevin Harvick, -87
28. *Kurt Busch, -217

– Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images

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