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Rankings are updated every Monday of the NASCAR season.

Rank   Driver Points   Change   Comment
1 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 314
Harvick was the class act of the field Sunday. He led a race high 184 of the record 511 laps, but saw his night end early with a crash on lap 31. He finished 38th, 43 laps down.
2 Joey Logano Joey Logano 284
Logano saw his race end even before it got started. He was swept up in his teammate’s crash on lap 19 and spent many laps behind the wall when the rains finally stopped and his crew could work on his car. He finished 40th, 59 laps down.
3 Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. 281
Truex saw his streak of seven top 10 finishes come to an end. He had to pit with a loose wheel under green. He then fell further back after being spun, and finally he crashed after losing a tire late in the race. He finished 29th, seven laps down.
4 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson 258
▲ 2
Johnson showed why he is a champion on Sunday. He lost two laps early, but rallied back and nearly won; he settled for a second place finish.
5 Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 255
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Keselowski got loose and hit the wall on lap 19. In the aftermath, he took out his teammate Logano. He finished 35th, 22 laps down.
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 241
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Earnhardt was forced to pit under green with a loose wheel. Alter another tire issue sent him back to pit road, he finished 16th, two laps down.
7 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne 237
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Kahne was holding his own comfortably inside the top 10, but with only a few laps to go a meeting with an impatient Tony Stewart sent him into the wall and to the garage. Kahne was scored with a DNF in 37th place.
8 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth 236
▲ 4
Kenseth survived a race that took nearly nine hours to complete, thanks to rain, and broke a 51 race winless streak dating back to September of 2013.
9 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon 227
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Gordon, like his teammate Johnson, showed his championship caliber Sunday. He was forced to pit under green and fell behind two laps. He made them up, took the lead briefly and came home with an impressive third place.
10 Aric Almirola Aric Almirola 226
▼ 1
Almirola was inside the top 10 for a time, but faded late. He did run a clean race, avoiding several crashes until the very end, when he suffered some damage in the last crash. He held on for a 13th place finish.
11 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin 223
▼ 3
Hamlin raced only 19 laps Sunday. During the long rain delay he reported neck spasms and could not continue. Rookie Erik Jones was flown in from Charlotte to make his Sprint Cup debut in relief and finished 26th.
12 James McMurray James McMurray 223
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McMurray looked strong most of the race, running inside the top 10, but a blown tire late sent him into the wall. He did finish one lap down in 14th.
13 Danica Patrick Danica Patrick 211
▼ 13
Patrick was spun twice and suffered some heavy damage. Despite this, she was able to tough it out and finish 9th, her second top 10 finish in a row.
14 Paul Menard Paul Menard 210
▼ 14
Menard was able to avoid almost all the incidents Sunday. He got a little damage during the last crash, but still managed to hold on for 11th.
15 Carl Edwards Carl Edwards 203
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Edwards’ finish does not reflect the good race he had. He led four times for 86 laps and was third in the in final laps. However he slipped and hit the wall and was then hit from behind. He would return for the final laps and finished 24th.
 

About The Ranker:

Greg Engle is an Examiner.com writer and an award-winning columnist who has worked full time for the Sporting News and the NASCAR Wire Service—if you wanted to get any more inside the sport of NASCAR you’d have to wear a crash helmet. He has received bylines in hundreds of newspapers across the country on auto sports and has also been featured on NASCAR.com, ThatsRacin.com, ESPN and Fox Sports. His work can be found at Examiner.com.