Sprint Cup Chase 2014: NASCAR Standings and Schedule After New Hampshire

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Sprint Cup Chase 2014: NASCAR Standings and Schedule After New Hampshire
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The first race at New Hampshire during the 2014 Sprint Cup season might provide some foreshadowing for what's to come near the end of the year. After 19 races this season, Brad Keselowski now adds his name to the list of drivers with three wins, along with Jimmie Johnson.

Along with the victory, the Penske driver also took over the lead on the Chase Grid with his third trip to Victory Lane and a sweep at New Hampshire. With another race scheduled during the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Keselowski's early success bodes well for NASCAR's postseason.

Just a week after Aric Almirola shocked the NASCAR world by earning his first victory, the Camping World RV Sales 301 had a slightly more predictable winner. Keselowski captured the checkered flag at New Hampshire and moved his name up on the Chase Grid.

The win for Keselowski and a top-10 finish for Dale Earnhardt Jr. all but secure a place in the Chase for both drivers, as NASCAR points out:

His victory comes just two races after his second win at Kentucky, where he famously injured himself while celebrating.

Following his huge victory to claim the top spot in the Chase standings, his spotter poked fun at the situation, per Nate Ryan of USA Today:

With the Camping World RV Sales 301 now officially over, here's a look at the full standings and a breakdown of the New Hampshire race.

2014 Sprint Cup Standings
Pos. Driver Points
1 Jeff Gordon 670
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 658
3 Brad Keselowski 634
4 Matt Kenseth 621
5 Jimmie Johnson 598
6 Carl Edwards 574
7 Ryan Newman 573
8 Kyle Busch 567
9 Joey Logano 551
10 Clint Bowyer 548
11 Paul Menard 541
12 Denny Hamlin 530
13 Kevin Harvick 528
14 Kyle Larson 524
15 Austin Dillon 524
16 Greg Biffle 519

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2014 Sprint Cup Chase Grid
Pos. Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Brad Keselowski 634 3 9 10
2 Jimmie Johnson 598 3 6 12
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 658 2 9 13
4 Carl Edwards 574 2 4 8
5 Joey Logano 551 2 6 9
6 Kevin Harvick 528 2 5 8
7 Jeff Gordon 670 1 6 13
8 Kyle Busch 567 1 5 8
9 Denny Hamlin 530 1 4 7
10 Aric Almirola 473 1 2 4
11 Kurt Busch 440 1 4 4
12 Matt Kenseth 621 0 7 12
13 Ryan Newman 573 0 2 7
14 Clint Bowyer 548 0 2 8
15 Paul Menard 541 0 3 9
16 Kyle Larson 524 0 4 8

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The start of the race saw issues for a driver who was a clear contender coming into New Hampshire.

Jimmie Johnson, who has three victories in New Hampshire during his career, had tire issues that caused him to exit the race early on Sunday. Ryan passes along Johnson's thoughts on the cut tire:

With both Johnson and Keselowski claiming three checkered flags this season, both now sit atop the rankings and appear to be in championship form. Though Mr. Six-Time had a rough race at New Hampshire, he will look to rebound at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track where he has four victories.

Later in the race, yet another top driver was taken down.

Joey Logano, who has two wins this season, was running well all day before he was involved in an accident with Morgan Shepherd. The Penske driver voiced his thoughts on Shepherd following the wreck, per Dustin Long of Motor Racing Network:

The 72-year-old was well behind the pace when he was collected in the wreck while Logano was competing near the top of the leaderboard. His teammate Keselowski also surpassed him in wins on the season as the teammates have a combined five checkered flags.

While both Johnson and Logano were watching from the garage, a young driver on the rise made a huge statement. Kyle Larson, who has put together an already impressive season, notched his fourth top-five result by finishing third on Sunday.

Ryan notes his thoughts on the rookie driver:

Following the Camping World 301, just a few races remain before the Chase officially begins. The remaining schedule for the Sprint Cup season can be found below.

2014 NASCAR Remaining Schedule
Date Race Where Time (ET) TV
July 27 The John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1 p.m. ESPN
Aug 3 GoBowling.com 400 Pocono Speedway 1 p.m. ESPN
Aug 10 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International 1 p.m. ESPN
Aug 17 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway 1 p.m. ESPN
Aug 23 Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. ABC
Aug 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series August Atlanta Race Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Sept 6 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Speedway 7:30 p.m. ABC
Chase Races
Sept 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series September Chicagoland Race Chicagoland Speedway 2 p.m. ESPN
Sept 21 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2 p.m. ESPN
Sept 28 AAA 400 Dover International Speedway 2 p.m. ESPN
Oct 5 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 2 p.m. ESPN
Oct 11 Bank of America 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. ABC
Oct 19 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. ESPN
Oct 26 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Martinsville Speedway 1:30 p.m. ESPN
Nov 2 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway 3 p.m. ESPN
Nov 9 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Phoenix International Raceway 3 p.m. ESPN
Nov 16 Ford Ecoboost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway 3 p.m. ESPN

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After a one-week hiatus, the Sprint Cup circuit will now head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27. The Brickyard 400 is always one of the most highly anticipated races of the season.

NASCAR has multiple notable races on the season with the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600, but racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is always special for every Sprint Cup driver.

The John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard will mark yet another opportunity for several drivers to secure a spot in the Chase. With names like Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth still looking for their first victory, both have a good history at the track.

But even Stewart's two wins at Indy don't compare to the combined eight checkered flags for Jeff Gordon and Johnson. As the regular season nears an end with just seven races remaining, the pressure is on for several drivers to make the Chase this season.

 

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