Chase score card: leaving Sonoma Raceway


062214_sonoma_checkerededwards[1]The winners’ list in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2014 competition remains at 10 after 16 races, as Carl Edwards joined the fraternity of two-race winners on Sunday in the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.

Jeff Gordon, winner of one race, is the points leader, with a 20-point lead over three-time winner Jimmie Johnson. Hendrick Motorsports lays claim to the top-three positions in the points standings, with Gordon and Johnson’s teammate and two-race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in third.

With 10 races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup entry cutoff, three drivers currently in the top-10 of the points standings are still in search of their first wins of the season, including last year’s runner-up and driver with most wins, Matt Kenseth. Kenseth is fourth in the standings, 65 points behind Gordon. The other two winless drivers in the top-10 are Ryan Newman in eighth and series rookie Kyle Larson in 10th.

Meanwhile, three race-winning drivers find themselves outside the top-10 of the standings. Kyle Busch is just outside the top-10 in 11. Denny Hamlin is in 13th — not bad, considering he’s competed in one less race than the competition. Kurt Busch continues to gradually climb up the standings; after Sonoma, Busch is 26th in points, 233 behind leader Gordon.

Here’s a look at the championship points standings (race wins noted by *):

1. *Jeff Gordon, leader
2. ***Jimmie Johnosn, -20
3. **Dale Earnhardt Jr., -25
4. Matt Kenseth, -65
5. *Brad Keselowski, -68
6. **Carl Edwards, -71
7. **Joey Logano, -97
8. Ryan Newman, -107
9. **Kevin Harvick, -108
10. Kyle Larson, -110

11. *Kyle Busch, -115
13. *Denny Hamlin, -127
26. *Kurt Busch, -233

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