Jun 28, 2014; Sparta, KY, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) passes Joey Logano (22) for the lead during the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chase score card: leaving Kentucky Speedway


At Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Saturday night, Brad Keselowski joined the ranks of 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series multi-race winners with his victory in the Quaker State 400. If his spot in the upcoming Chase for the Sprint Cup wasn’t already secure before the Kentucky race, it definitely is now.

With nine more races remaining before the cut-off to get into the Chase, it’s looking more like there will be a few winless drivers getting in on their points standings. With those nine races remaining, there’s a total of 10 drivers with wins, with six of those having multiple wins. Chances are, there won’t be six different drivers winning the next nine races, especially six different drives who are all winless, to this point.

Hendrick Motorsports dominates the top of the standings, with Jeff Gordon leading the way, and Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. right behind him, tied for second.

That being said, there are two winless drivers among the top-10 of the points standings — Matt Kenseth in fifth and Ryan Newman in eigth. They look poised to take Chase spots, even if they don’t manage to get to victory lane sometime within the next nine races.

Here’s a look at the championship points standings, including the top-10 and winning drivers outside the top-10 (race wins denoted by *):

1. *Jeff Gordon, leader
2. ***Jimmie Johnson, -24
2. **Dale Earnhardt Jr., -24
4. **Brad Keselowski, -58
5. Matt Kenseth, -63
6. **Carl Edwards, -82
7. **Joey Logano, -99
8. Ryan Newman, -104
9. **Kevin Harvick, -109
10. *Kyle Busch, -110

17. *Denny Hamlin, -163
26. *Kurt Busch, -239

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