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NASCAR Schedule 2014: Full Breakdown, Updated Results and Sprint Cup Standings

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 15:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been one of the most exciting of all time due to the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format, which has made each and every race hugely important.

A single win virtually guarantees entry into the Chase, while two victories are enough to cement Chase status. That has made for some unpredictable races, as drivers are more aggressive than ever in an attempt to solidify their positions.

Along with a current snapshot of the Sprint Cup standings, here is all the information you need to know regarding where and when to catch every race remaining on the jam-packed schedule.

 

Sprint Cup Results and Schedule

2014 Sprint Cup Results and Schedule
DateTimeRaceTV InfoWinner
Sunday, Feb. 231 p.m. ETDaytona 500 at DaytonaFOXDale Earnhardt Jr.
Sunday, March 23 p.m. ETThe Profit on NBC 500 at PhoenixFOXKevin Harvick
Sunday, March 93 p.m. ETKobalt 400 at Las VegasFOXBrad Keselowski
Sunday, March 161 p.m. ETFood City 500 at BristolFOXCarl Edwards
Sunday, March 233 p.m. ETAuto Club 400 at CaliforniaFOXKyle Busch
Sunday, March 301 p.m. ETSTP 500 at MartinsvilleFOXKurt Busch
Monday, April 712 p.m. ETDuck Commander 500 at TexasFOXJoey Logano
Saturday, April 126:30 p.m. ETBojangles' Southern 500 at DarlingtonFOXKevin Harvick
Saturday, April 267 p.m. ETToyota Owners 400 at RichmondFOXJoey Logano
Sunday, May 41 p.m. ETAaron's 499 at TalladegaFOXDenny Hamlin
Saturday, May 107:30 p.m. ET5-Hour Energy 400 at KansasFOXJeff Gordon
Sunday, May 256 p.m. ETCoca-Cola 600 at CharlotteFOXJimmie Johnson
Sunday June 11 p.m. ETFedEx 400 at DoverFOXJimmie Johnson
Sunday, June 81 p.m. ETPocono 400 at PoconoTNTDale Earnhardt Jr.
Sunday, June 151 p.m. ETQuicken Loans 400 at MichiganTNTJimmie Johnson
Sunday, June 223 p.m. ETToyota - Save Mart 350 at SonomaTNTCarl Edwards
Saturday, June 287:30 p.m. ETQuaker State 400 at KentuckyTNTBrad Keselowski
Saturday, July 57:30 p.m. ETCoke Zero 400 at DaytonaTNTAric Almirola
Sunday, July 131 p.m. ETCamping World RV Sales 301 at New HampshireTNTBrad Keselowski
Sunday, July 271 p.m. ETCrown Royal Presents You Hero's Name Here 400 at IndianapolisESPNJeff Gordon
Sunday, Aug. 31 p.m. ETGoBowling.com 400 at PoconoESPNDale Earnhardt Jr.
Sunday, Aug. 101 p.m. ETCheez-It 355 at Watkins GlenESPNAJ Allmendinger
Sunday, Aug. 171 p.m. ETPure Michigan 400 at MichiganESPNJeff Gordon
Saturday, Aug. 237:30 p.m. ETIrwin Tools Night Race at BristolESPNJoey Logano
Sunday, Aug. 317:30 p.m. ETNASCAR Sprint Cup Series August Atlanta RaceESPNKasey Kahne
Saturday, Sept.67:30 p.m. ETFederated Auto Parts 400 a RichmondABCBrad Keselowski
Sunday, Sept. 142 p.m. ETNASCAR Sprint Cup Series September Chicagoland RaceESPNBrad Keselowski
Sunday, Sept. 212 p.m. ET Sylvania 300 at New HampshireESPNJoey Logano
Sunday, Sept.282 p.m. ETAAA 400 at DoverESPNJeff Gordon
Sunday, Oct. 52 p.m. ETHollywood Casino 400 at KansasESPNJoey Logano
Saturday, Oct.117:30 p.m. ETBank of America 500 at CharlotteABCKevin Harvick
Sunday, Oct.192 p.m. ETGeico 500 at TalladegaESPNBrad Keselowski
Sunday, Oct. 261:30 p.m. ETGoody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at MartinsvilleESPNDale Earnhardt Jr.
Sunday, Nov. 23 p.m. ETAAA Texas 500 at TexasESPNJimmie Johnson
Sunday, Nov. 93 p.m. ETQuicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at PhoenixESPNKevin Harvick
Sunday, Nov.163 p.m. ETFord EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-MiamiESPNKevin Harvick
NASCAR.com

 

Final Sprint Cup Standings

2014 Sprint Cup Chase Grid
Pos. Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Kevin Harvick 5043 5 14 20
2 Ryan Newman 5042 0 5 16
3 Denny Hamlin 50371 7 18
4 Joey Logano 50285 16 22
NASCAR.com

 

Top Chase Contenders

Jimmie Johnson

DOVER, DE - JUNE 01:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2014 in Dover, Delaw
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As a six-time Sprint Cup champion, there is always pressure on Jimmie Johnson to perform. The pressure truly started to mount when Johnson hadn't won through the season's first 11 races, but things changed quickly for the No. 48 team.

After picking up his first victory of the season at Charlotte, JJ followed it up with another win the next week at Dover. Not only did that signal that Johnson was indeed back in fine form, but it also cemented his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Even after that second victory, crew chief Chad Knaus told reporters that the team still wasn't quite where it wanted to be:

We're still behind. I think we're behind on just a little bit of everything. When you are fortunate enough to battle for a championship, your main focus goes solely on trying to win a championship, so as we were going through and pursued the 2013 season championship, we lost focus on 2014. But that's just inherent. That's what happens because you have to focus on the goal that's directly in front of you.

If Johnson and his team still have the capability to get better, then that is a scary thought for the rest of the Sprint Cup field. Johnson is a contender to win it all every season, and this one is no different.

 

Joey Logano

DOVER, DE - MAY 31:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, looks on prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Gett
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With a pair of wins in his back pocket, Joey Logano has been able to ride free and easy since Richmond. After facing plenty of scrutiny as a young driver, Logano has truly come into his own and unquestionably established himself as a Sprint Cup contender in the No. 22 machine.

Logano doesn't receive as much respect as drivers with longer track records of success such as Johnson, but there is absolutely no doubt that he is approaching elite status and has the ability to win multiple Sprint Cup titles by the time his career is over.

Perhaps his first could come as soon as this year. Logano believes that he is on track to accomplish precisely that, per Viv Bernstein of The New York Times.

"If we keep doing what we're doing, we'll be the team to beat," Logano said. "I feel like the team's at that level. I feel like I'm at that level."

As good as Logano has been this year, most seem to view him as a dark horse to win the title. The fact that expectations are fairly low when compared to other drivers should work in his favor and make him a major threat moving forward.

 

Kevin Harvick

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 22: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 22, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty I
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Winning multiple races in the current Chase format certainly seems to put drivers at ease, and Kevin Harvick is proof positive. Since scoring his second win of the season at Darlington, Harvick and the No. 4 team have gotten progressively better.

Even though his spot in the points standings isn't overly significant, he has moved up in that regard meteorically. This is despite the fact that Harvick claims his focus has been on trying to win additional races more than finishing well otherwise, according to Jeff Gluck of USA Today:

Harvick is among the best Sprint Cup drivers to never win a points total. He has finished third on three occasions but would obviously love to take the next step.

Based on how well he has performed in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, his first career title is very much within reach.

 

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