NASCAR Chase Standings 2013: Where Drivers Stand After Bank of America 500

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 12:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 13, 2013

The Bank of America 500 is over, and while it didn't shake up the standings in the Chase for the Sprint Cup too much, it was an exciting race to watch.

Brad Keselowski was able to come away with his first win of the season. Even though he currently isn't in the Chase, it was still a big win for him after finishing in the top-five seven other times this season.

Let's take a look at the updated standings after this last race, followed by a closer look at some of the top contenders.

 

 

Matt Kenseth

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 12:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, leads Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2013 in Concord, Nort
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He may not have won on Saturday, but I'm sure that Kenseth has no problem with someone out of the Chase taking the win rather than someone still in it.

Kenseth still did a great job in the race at Charlotte, finishing third and grabbing 42 points in the process. After starting 20th, Kenseth moved all the way up to the front, even leading for one lap.

With seven wins and 17 top-10 finishes, Kenseth has been terrific all season. He's been even more impressive recently, winning three races since August and finishing in the top-10 in three others, including this one.

His top spot in the chase isn't exactly secure right now. But with how he drove Saturday and coming from the back like that, he has a real shot to take the Sprint Cup home in November.

 

Jimmie Johnson

Oct 3, 2013; Kansas City, KS, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) during a test session at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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Just like Kenseth, Johnson finished right up there on Saturday night at Charlotte. In fact, he finished directly behind Kenseth in fourth for the race.

Johnson led 130 laps and earned 41 points in the race and is now four points behind Kenseth in the Chase. The two are pretty far ahead of the pack, with Kevin Harvick in third at 29 points behind the leader.

The consistency from Johnson this year has been impressive. He's had five wins, 13 top-five finishes and 20 in the top-10. Over his last five races, he's finished in the top-10 in all of them and won in September at Dover.

After winning the Cup five straight times form 2006 to 2010, Johnson would love to get another streak going. A win this season would cement Johnson's legacy as one of the greatest drivers ever.

 

Jeff Gordon

Oct 12, 2013; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) during the the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
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After starting in the pole position, Gordon has to be disappointed that he wasn't able to climb up the standings in this one.

Gordon started the race in front, but led in only 26 laps. He finished in seventh for the race, earning 38 points in the standings.

As of now, Gordon is now fourth in the Chase and 36 points behind Kenseth. He's not won a race this year, but he has come in the top-five seven times and in the top-10 16 times.

Making up 36 points in five races is going to be very difficult, but if Gordon can keep finishing at or near the top and catch a few lucky breaks, he has a shot at winning the Cup.

 

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