NASCAR Chase score card: leaving Indianapolis Motor Speedway

14_CR_YHNH_400_BMR_CMYKJeff Gordon’s historic fifth win of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday gave Gordon his second win of the season, leaving the 2014 winning driver tally at 11 drivers with six races remaining until the Chase for the Sprint Cup entry cutoff coming up at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway in September.

With the win, Gordon also maintains his lead atop the championship points standings by a 24-point margin over second-place driver and two-race winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brad Keselowski, a three-time winner this season, is third in the standings.

Matt Kenseth remains as the highest-ranked winless driver, sitting fourth in the points standings. He’s one of three drivers in the top-10 who are still in search of that first race win of the season. The other two are Ryan Newman in seventh and Clint Bowyer in 10th.

As things stand with six races remaining, there are five spots available for non-race winners. With the points as they are right now, those spots would go to Kenseth, Newman, Bowyer and series rookies Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon, who are 13th and 14th in the standings. Kasey Kahne would be the first drivers on the outside looking in from the 15th spot in the points standings.

Here’s a partial look at the points standings, after 20 races (race wins denoted by *):

1. **Jeff Gordon, leader
2. **Dale Earnhardt Jr., -24
3. ***Brad Keselowski, -51
4. Matt Kenseth, -56
5. ***Jimmie Johnson, -89
6. *Kyle Busch, -108
7. Ryan Newman, -111
8. **Carl Edwards, -114
9. **Joey Logano, -126
10. Clint Bowyer, -140

11 *Deny Hamlin, -145
12 **Kevin Harvick, -152
22. *Aric Almirola, -221
25. *Kurt Busch, -261

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