NASCAR Chase score card: leaving New Hampshire Motor Speedway

With a win in the July 13 Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Brad Keselowski matched reigning and sixth-time Sprint Cup Jimmie Johnson in the 2014 race wins column with three. That leads the series with seven races remaining, including Sunday’s Brickyard 400, before the cutoff to get intot he 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship postseason.

Meanwhile, Jeff Gordon, with one win, so far, to his credit this season, leads the way in the points standings. Two-time race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. is second in points, 12 points behind Gordon. Keselowski is third, 26 points back.

Matt Kenseth continues to lead the way, points-wise, among winless drivers, as he awaits his first win from the fourth spot in the points standings.

Eleven drivers have won races, leaving five Chase spots for drivers without wins, providing no other new winner is produced before the Chase cutoff at the checkered flag at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in early September. The remaining spots, however many are available, will go to the highest drivers in the standings.

Right now, Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer are the three still-winless drivers in the top-10 of the standings.

Here’s a look at the standings, heading into Sunday’s Brickyard 400 (each * denotes a win):

1. *Jeff Gordon, leader
2. **Dale Earnhardt Jr., -12
3. ***Brad Keselowski, -36
4. Matt Kenseth, -49
5. ***Jimmie Johnson, -72
6. **Carl Edwards, -96
7. Ryan Newman, -97
8. *Kyle Busch, -103
9. **Joey Logano, -119
10. Clint Bowyer, -122

12. *Denny Hamlin, -140
13. **Kevin Harvick, -142
22. *Aric Almirola, -197
25. *Kurt Busch, -230

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