See who has made the biggest turnaround since last year and who has fallen the most in the standings

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As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads into the Sprint All-Star Race, it provides a good time to compare the points standings now with a year ago.

Only five drivers in the top 10 in points at this time a year ago are in the top 10 this season. No driver has made a bigger jump than Martin Truex Jr., who was 26th at this time a year ago and is second now. Jamie McMurray jumped 16 spots from last year, going from 24th to eighth.

Others have not been as fortunate. Carl Edwards was fifth in points at this time a year. He’s 19th this season. Greg Biffle was ninth at this time last year and is 21st this season.

Here’s a look at where drivers are in the points standings now compared to where they were a year ago heading into the Sprint All-Star Race

This year … Driver … Rank last year

1 – Kevin Harvick … 15th

2 – Martin Truex Jr … 26th

3 – Jimmie Johnson … 7th

4 – Joey Logano … 6th

5 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 4th

6 – Brad Keselowski … 11th

7 – Matt Kenseth … 2nd

8 – Jamie McMurray … 24th

9 – Jeff Gordon … 1st

10 – Kasey Kahne … 16th

11 – Aric Almirola … 21st

12 – Paul Menard … 18th

13 – Ryan Newman … 8th

14 – Kurt Busch … 28th

15 – Denny Hamlin … 12th

16 – Clint Bowyer … 20th

17 – Danica Patrick … 27th

18 – Carl Edwards … 5th

19 – AJ Allmendinger … 17th

20 – Casey Mears … 23rd

21 – Greg Biffle … 9th

22 – Kyle Larson … 13th

23 – David Ragan … 35th

24 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 25th

25 – Austin Dillon … 14th

26 – David Gilliland … 31st

27 – Sam Hornish Jr. … NA

28 – Justin Allgaier … 29th

29 – Trevor Bayne … NA

30 – Tony Stewart … 22nd

  • Kyle Busch, who has not competed in a points race this season, was third at this time a year ago.
  • Brian Vickers was 10th at this time last year
  • Marcos Ambrose was 19th at this time last year
  • Hornish and Bayne were not scoring Cup points last year

BIGGEST GAINERS FROM LAST YEAR

1- Martin Truex Jr. … +24 spots

2 – Jamie McMurray … +16 spots

3 – Kevin Harvick … +14 spots

3 – Kurt Busch … +14 spots

5 – David Ragan … +12 spots

6 – Aric Almirola … +10 spots

6 – Danica Patrick … +10 spots

 

DRIVERS WHO HAVE FALLEN THE MOST SINCE LAST YEAR

1 – Carl Edwards … -13 spots

2 – Greg Biffle … – 12 spots

3 – Austin Dillon … -11 spots

4 – Kyle Larson … -9 spots

5 – Tony Stewart … -8 spots

5 – Jeff Gordon … -8 spots