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Dale Earnhardt Jr. drops to 15th in points after missing New Hampshire race

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Leaving the New Hampshire 301, Kevin Harvick kept his Sprint Cup points lead. Harvick is 14 points ahead of Brad Keselowski.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who missed the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for concussion symptoms, fell two spots to 15th.

That leaves him 14 points ahead of Trevor Bayne in 16th, which is the last eligible spot for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

After finishing second, Tony Stewart moved up two spots in the standings to 28th.



Kevin Harvick bolsters points lead with runner-up finish in Coke 600

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With his win in the Coca-Cola 600, Martin Truex Jr. qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He is now seventh in the point standings, passing Chase Elliott and Joey Logano.

Kevin Harvick retained the points lead. He is 36 points ahead of Kurt Busch, who moved into second ahead of Jimmie Johnson after earning his series high 11th top-10 finish of the season.


Kevin Harvick returns to points lead despite last-lap crash at Talladega

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With Carl Edwards being eliminated two-thirds of the way through the race due to a crash, Kevin Harvick regained the Sprint Cup points lead following Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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 top five in the points is filled out by Edwards (-14), Jimmie Johnson (-22) and Joey Logano (-35).

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:


Carl Edwards assumes Sprint Cup points lead after second win in a row


Carl Edwards‘ bump-and-run of Kyle Busch to win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond helped give Edwards the overall lead in the Sprint Cup points.

Edwards took the spot from Kevin Harvick, who had the points lead for four of the last five weeks.

Filling out the top five is Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. Logano is the only driver in the top five without a win this season.

After making his first start of the season due to recovery from injuries, Tony Stewart finished the day at Richmond 40th in the standings. He must have one win and be in the top 30 to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.


Kevin Harvick leads points after Food City 500

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After winning the Food City 500 at Bristol, Carl Edwards moved up two spots in the Sprint Cup point standings. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver trails Kevin Harvick by one point through eight races.

Kyle Busch, who won the previous two races, dropped from first to fifth after wrecking out of the race on Lap 259.

The top five is filled out by Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Busch.

The biggest drop this week was Matt Kenseth. He lost six spots, leaving Bristol in 18th.