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Rankings are updated every Monday of the NASCAR season.

Rank   Driver Points   Change   Comment
1 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 616
Harvick started 17th at the track he calls one of his least favorites. Despite this, he fought his way forward near the end and came home fourth; a championship caliber performance.
2 Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. 563
Truex has had a good few weeks, but Sunday ended all that. He tangled with another driver early and crashed hard. He was alright, but finished the day 42nd.
3 Joey Logano Joey Logano 559
Logano didn’t have the speed to win, but was able to run inside the top 10 much of the day. A late race charge toward the front earned him a fifth place finish.
4 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson 546
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Johnson was the class of the field much of the day, leading a race-high 45 of the 110 laps. A late race decision not to pit cost him the race, however, and he could only manage to hold on for sixth.
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 545
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Earnhardt had fun on Sunday. He didn’t lead a lap, but admitted that with wins already this season he doesn’t worry about points, just more wins. Earnhardt finished seventh.
6 Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 505
Keselowski had a day he’d rather forget. After starting 10th, he never had the speed or handling for the 11-turn road course. Keselowski came home 19th.
7 Jamie McMurray Jamie McMurray 497
McMurray ran inside the top five for a time and looked strong, but he faded late and settled for an 11th place finish.
8 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne 483
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Kahne was never a factor for the win. He did manage to keep his nose clean and made a late run to finish eighth.
9 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth 479
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Kenseth started third and looked strong in the early going, but a loose wheel forced him in early in the race and he never really recovered. Kenseth finished 21st.
10 Kurt Busch Kurt Busch 469
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Busch led the second most laps on the day, 43, and looked in position to score the win late. He passed several cars in the closing laps, but fell just short finishing second behind his little brother Kyle.
11 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon 462
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Gordon desperately wanted to win in his final race at the course he considers his home track. It wasn’t to be, as he fought an ill-handling racecar all afternoon and played the wrong pit strategy at the end, falling from third to finish 16th.
12 Paul Menard Paul Menard 452
Menard started 32nd and tried all day to race his way inside the top 10; he came up short, finishing 13th.
13 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin 438
Hamlin started 15th, struggled all day and could only manage to hold on and finish 18th.
14 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman 435
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Newman started 16th, kept his nose clean and avoided trouble, settling for ninth at the end of the day.
15 Aric Almirola Aric Almirola 431
Almirola started 25th but never had the speed to move forward. He came home 14th.
 

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