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Rankings are updated every Monday of the NASCAR season.

Rank   Driver Points   Change   Comment
1 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 777
Harvick came up short again. He led a race high 75 of the 164 laps but couldn’t fend off eventual winner Kyle Busch. Harvick was forced to settle for third and now hasn’t won since Phoenix in March.
2 Joey Logano Joey Logano 708
Logano made a hard charge on the final green-white-checkered flag finish hoping to complete a race Daytona-Indy sweep in the same year, but he had nothing for Kyle Busch and came home second.
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 677
Earnhardt struggled all day Sunday and never ran towards the front. A late race spin into the grass left him deep in the field and with a 22nd place finish.
4 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson 675
Johnson was among several drivers who played the wrong fuel mileage strategy. He was inside the top 10 at one point but came home 15th needing fuel in the closing laps.
5 Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. 668
Truex played the fuel mileage game well and was a contender for the win on the final restart. When the dust settled, Truex was fourth.
6 Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 638
Keselowski was one of the drivers with the wrong fuel strategy. He led 17 laps but needed fuel late in the race and came home 10th.
7 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth 615
Kenseth was in the top five at one point. He was on a fuel strategy of his own but still came up short finishing 7th.
8 Kurt Busch Kurt Busch 612
Busch actually salvaged a decent day. While his younger brother was up front, Busch spent much of the day struggling outside the top 15. He made one last dash however and as his brother won, Kurt came home 8th.
9 Jamie McMurray Jamie McMurray 602
McMurray started 10th but never had the speed or the right fuel strategy to move forward, he finished 16th.
10 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin 591
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Hamlin never led a lap but did avoid trouble, making a late run to the front and coming home fifth.
11 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon 575
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Gordon had a terrible day in his last run at Indy. He was swept up in a crash early and finished a disappointing 42nd.
12 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman 563
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Newman made the best of a bad day. Forced to start in the rear after his qualifying time was disallowed, Newman fought his way to a respectable 11th place finish.
13 Paul Menard Paul Menard 558
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Menard started 11th but had the wrong fuel mileage strategy and finished 14th.
14 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne 558
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Kahne struggled all day. Starting 27th the best Kahne could do was finish 24th.
15 Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer 538
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Bowyer spun early in the race taking out Jeff Gordon. He made a nice recovery however and finished 6th.
 

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.