Sylvania 300 2012 Leaderboard: Biggest Disappointments from Sunday's Race

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 22:  Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M/GE Appliances Ford, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 22, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2012

Sunday's Sylvania 300 in New Hampshire proved to be beneficial for some in the Sprint Cup standings, but for others, not so much.

Here are three disappointing racers from Sunday.

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt's stock dropped a bit following Sunday's race.

Earnhardt lost 11 spots on his first pit stop and never saw the lead pack again, finishing 13th in the race.

He's now 26 points behind Sprint Cup standings leader Jimmie Johnson, who finished second on Sunday.

With 10 top-five finishes to his name this season, Earnhardt and his team are more than capable of making a run in the postseason.


Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth needed a strong showing on Sunday, but he didn't get it.

After finishing 18th last week at Chicago, Kenseth posted a 14th-place finish in New Hampshire on Sunday, putting him 35 points behind Sprint Cup Standings leader Jimmie Johnson.

Kenseth, who has 10 top-five finishes this season, didn't have much to say following the race, saying, "We got everything we could. It wasn't much better than that," (h/t USA Today).

Kenseth will need to get more next Sunday if he wants to contend for the Chase.

 

Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle is still trying to figure out how he finished 18th in Sunday's race, according to USA Today.

"We were doing really well in the middle part of the race, and I thought, 'Man, we've got something. We got up to 10th and then just went straight backwards. I don't know what happened," he said.

Biffle—who trails Johnson by 33 points in the standings—has now finished 13th or worse in four of his last five races and finds himself sinking in the Cup Standings.

If he continues to race this way, there won't be a championship in his future this year.

Here's a quick look at the top drivers in the Chase:

 

Rank Driver Points Behind
1 Jimmie Johnson 2096 -
2 Brad Keselowski 2095 -1
3 Denny Hamlin 2089 -7
4 Tony Stewart 2086 -10
5 Kasey Kahne 2081 -15
6 Clint Bowyer 2081 -15
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2070 -26
8 Kevin Harvick 2065 -31
9 Gregg Biffle 2063 -33
10 Martin Truex Jr. 2062 -34
11 Matt Kenseth 2061 -35
12 Jeff Gordon 2051 -45

 

You can view the full standings here.

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