Kyle Busch closes in, but Martin Truex Jr. still No. 1 in Cup standings


He may have finished runner-up, but Martin Truex Jr. remains No. 1 in the NASCAR Cup driver standings.

Truex leads Sunday’s race winner, Kyle Busch, by 17 points. Brad Keselowski trails Truex by 38 points, followed by Kevin Harvick, 64 points behind Truex.

And then there’s the four drivers below the cutoff line: Jimmie Johnson is fifth (67 points behind Truex and 3 points behind Harvick for the fourth and final spot playoff spot for Homestead.

Sixth through eighth are: Ryan Blaney (70 behind Truex, 3 behind Johnson), Denny Hamlin (72 points behind Truex, five behind Johnson) and Chase Elliott (90 points behind Truex, 18 points behind Johnson).

The next race is Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Click here for the updated driver standings after Martinsville.