Harvick himself crashed on the last lap of the race but still finished 15th.
He has a nine-point advantage over Kyle Busch, who finished second Sunday.
The full-time driver with the biggest gain leaving Talladega is AJ Allmendinger, who rose three spots to 14th despite being in two separate crashes and finishing 14th.
The biggest drop was Denny Hamlin, who fell four spots to 12th.
Here’s the points standings after Sunday’s race: