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Rankings are updated every Monday of the NASCAR season.

Rank   Driver Points   Change   Comment
1 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 306
Harvick led the second-most laps on the night, 96, and was nearly able to pull off his first win at Texas. He was passed with only a few laps to go and met with the wall in the final laps, losing momentum. He still managed a nice second-place finish.
2 Joey Logano Joey Logano 280
Logano came forward late and led 19 laps on the night. He and Harvick got together late in the going while battling for third spot. Logano was sent back to eighth, but was able to recover for fourth.
3 Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. 266
Truex and his crew made a late-race gamble to take only two tires and gain track position. The move paid off, getting Truex as high as second at one point. He was passed by those with four fresh tires, but still managed to hold on for ninth and keep his top-10 finish streak alive.
4 Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 246
Keselowski had an up-and-down night. He ran inside the top five for the first part of the race, but a vibration forced him in on lap 67. He came back out 31st, one lap down. However after green flag stops cycled through, he was in the lead by nearly 10 seconds. That didn’t hold up, but he did manage to hold on for a fifth-place finish at the end of the night.
5 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne 230
Kahne ran a pretty good race, leading twice for six laps. However, it just wasn’t good enough when it mattered. He faded in the second half of the race and settled for eighth place.
6 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson 216
▲ 5
Johnson was the class of the field. He led a race-high 128 laps and made an amazing move to retake the lead for the final time with 21 laps to go. He scored his record fifth win at Texas and his second of the season.
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 213
▲ 2
Earnhardt was strong all night. He never led a lap but was inside the top five most of the night. A vibration did force him to pit early, but he rallied back nicely for third, losing out on second place at the checkered flag to Harvick by a fender.
8 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin 205
Hamlin didn’t have the speed to race for the win. He did manage to make a brief appearance inside the top 10, but faded to finish 11th when it was over.
9 Aric Almirola Aric Almirola 195
▲ 1
Almirola started 32nd. He was never near the top 10 and finished the night 19th.
10 David Ragan David Ragan 194
▲ 3
Ragan is continuing as a substitute for Kyle Busch, and he actually looked better than his results show. He ran inside the top 10 much of the race and finished 13th.
11 James McMurray James McMurray 193
▲ 4
McMurray had one of his better races. He led briefly and was in contention in the final laps. He faded in the closing laps, though, and finished sixth.
12 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth 189
Kenseth made his traditional run at the halfway mark. He met the wall, however, and his momentum was slowed. He held on for 23rd.
13 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon 186
▼ 13
Gordon was out of the mix much of the race. He was simply holding on to stay inside the top 15. A late race call to take only two tires while the leaders took four put him inside the top five. Gordon held on to finish 7th.
14 Carl Edwards Carl Edwards 182
▼ 14
Edwards had his best run since he joined Joe Gibbs Racing. He was near the front in the latter stages and was thrilled with his 10th place at the end of the night.
15 Casey Mears Casey Mears 178
▼ 1
Mears started 20th and never got too close to the front. He met the wall at one point and fell a lap down finishing 27th.
 

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