Sprint Cup Chase 2014: NASCAR Standings and Schedule After Coca-Cola 600

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Sprint Cup Chase 2014: NASCAR Standings and Schedule After Coca-Cola 600
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The reigning Sprint Cup Series champion has his first win of the 2014 season. Jimmie Johnson captured the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and has all but qualified for the Chase.

Sports personality Ryan O'Hara's tweet adds more perspective to Johnson's triumph in Charlotte:

It was Johnson's seventh win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it launched him ahead of Joey Logano in the standings.

Here's a look at the updated standings. 

Rank Driver Points Behind Wins
1 Jeff Gordon 432 --- 1
2 Matt Kenseth 421 -11 0
3 Kyle Busch 408 -24 1
5 Carl Edwards 408 -24 1
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 394 -38 1
6 Jimmie Johnson 388 -44 1
7 Joey Logano 378 -54 2
8 Brian Vickers 365 -67 0
9 Brad Keselowski 361 -71 1

Check NASCAR.com for the full standings.

 

Notable Finishes

Jeff Gordon

USA TODAY Sports

Seventh place isn't so bad for the No. 24 car. Jeff Gordon is still the overall points leader with 432.

It was a gutsy performance by the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Winston Cup Series) champion. He fought off the effects of an ailing back to grab another top-10 finish.

The injury forced him out of the final practice run on Saturday. All things considered, Gordon did well, and the official Twitter account of the Charlotte Motor Speedway acknowledged his efforts:

After the race, Gordon said this of his effort:

The worst is likely behind Gordon.

The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race of the year. Gordon will be able to get more extended treatment on his back and won't have to worry about driving in another marathon like this for the rest of the season.

 

Tony Stewart

Chuck Burton/Associated Press

Smoke's drought continued. He last won at Dover in last year's FedEx 400, but he finished 13th on Sunday and sits at 22nd in the overall standings.

The rebound from the slow start and broken leg in 2013 is taking a little longer than some anticipated. Tony Stewart does have two top-five finishes, but it'll take a lot more than that to qualify for the Chase.

The more different drivers who capture wins before Stewart gets one, the tougher it'll be for him to make the final grid.

 

Remaining NASCAR Schedule

Date and Time Race TV

Sunday, June 1


1 p.m. ET

FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks


Dover International Speedway

Fox

Sunday, June 8


1 p.m. ET

Pocono 400


Pocono Raceway

TNT

Sunday, June 15


1 p.m. ET

Quicken Loans 400


Michigan International Speedway

TNT

Sunday, June 22


3 p.m. ET

Toyota - Save Mart 350


Sonoma

TNT

Saturday, June 28


7:30 p.m. ET

Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts


Kentucky Speedway

TNT

Saturday, July 5


7:30 p.m. ET

Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola


Daytona International Speedway

TNT

Sunday, July 13


1 p.m. ET

Camping World RV Sales 301


New Hampshire Motor Speedway

TNT

Sunday, July 27


1 p.m. ET

Crown Royal Presents You Hero's Name Here 400 at the Brickyard


Indianapolis Motor Speedway

ESPN

Sunday, August 3


1 p.m. ET

GoBowling.com 400


Pocono Raceway

ESPN

Sunday, August 10


1 p.m. ET

Cheez-It 355 at The Glen


Watkins Glen International

ESPN

Sunday, August 17


1 p.m. ET

Pure Michigan 400


Michigan International Speedway

ESPN

Saturday, August 23


7:30 p.m. ET

Irwin Tools Night Race


Bristol Motor Speedway

ABC

Sunday, August 31


7:30 p.m. ET

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series August Atlanta Race


Atlanta Motor Speedway

ESPN

Saturday, September 6


7:30 p.m. ET

Federated Auto Parts 400


Richmond International Raceway

ABC

Sunday, September 14

2 p.m. ET

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series September Chicagoland Race

Chicagoland Speedway

ESPN

Sunday, September 21

2 p.m. ET 

Sylvania 300

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

ESPN

Sunday, September 28

2 p.m. ET

AAA 400

Dover International Speedway

ESPN

Sunday, October 5

2 p.m. ET

Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas Speedway

ESPN

Saturday, October 11

7:30 p.m. ET

Bank of America 500

Charlotte Motor Speedway

ABC

Sunday, October 19

2 p.m. ET

Geico 500

Talladega Super Speedway

ESPN

Sunday, October 26

1:30 p.m. ET

Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

Martinsville Speedway

ESPN

Sunday, November 2

3 p.m. ET

AAA Texas 500

Texas Motor Speedway

ESPN

Sunday, November 9

3 p.m. ET

Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500

Phoenix International Raceway

ESPN

Sunday, November 16

3 p.m. ET

Ford EcoBoost 400

Homestead-Miami Speedway

ESPN

 

Looking Ahead to Dover

Next up on the Sprint Cup Series schedule is the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks from Dover International Speedway. 

Stewart is clearly one to watch. He and his team will be hoping that he can rekindle the magic he found there last year.

Chuck Burton/Associated Press

Matt Kenseth is another prime candidate to conquer the Monster Mile. He won the race in 2011, and he currently sits second in the standings. He doesn't have his first win on the season yet. In fact, he's the only driver in the top seven without a checkered flag.

Dover would be as good a place as any to break through.

As usual, Johnson is a major threat.

He has won the race three times (2002, 2009 and 2012). He could be set to go on a run after winning his first race of the season. 

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