Kenseth is currently last in the Chase for the Cup standings, but he narrowed the gap, earning 47 points on Sunday. He’s now 67 behind the leader, Brad Keselowski, who increased his lead over Jimmie Johnson to 14 points on the afternoon. Keselowski finished seventh and Johnson 17th.
How the race’s outcome adjusted the Chase standings was overshadowed, though, by the crash that Stewart, who finished 22nd, started on the final lap. He even admitted it, as, according to Nate Ryan of USA Today, he said after its conclusion:
It's my fault. I take 100 percent of the blame. I was trying to win the race and stay ahead and Michael got a big head of a steam. I turned down across the front of his car. It was a mistake on my part, but it made for a bad day for a lot of other guys.
The “a lot of other guys” he referred to were part of a 20-car pileup.
If Stewart had passed Kenseth and won at Talladega, he would’ve put himself back in the thick of things for the Sprint Cup Series crown. Instead, he fell to seventh in the standings and 46 points behind Keselowski, who just so happened to be able to avoid the wreck Stewart caused.
Here are the top 20 finishers from Sunday’s race, as well as the current Chase for the Cup standings.
Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Results
|2||Jeff Gordon ||24||Chevrolet|
|6||Regan Smith ||78||Chevrolet|
|12||Martin Truex Jr.||56||Toyota|
|14||Kevin Harvick ||29||Chevrolet|
Chase for the Cup Standings
|6||Jeff Gordon ||-42|
|8||Martin Truex Jr.||-47|
|10||Dale Earnhardt Jr. ||-52|
|11||Kevin Harvick ||-52|
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.