NASCAR Spring Cup Standings 2013: Jimmie Johnson leads Chase for the Cup

Aug 24, 2013; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson walks from the track following the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

There are just a few weeks left until the NASCAR Chase for the Cup officially begins and none other than Jimmie Johnson sits atop the standings. Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are all within 100 points of the lead and should make the Chase if they can avoid disaster in the final few races.

Just outside of the top ten are Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon, who will be looking to move up a few spots to clinch their spot to be in the mix for the Sprint Cup championship.

Here is the top of the current Chase for the Cup standings, via ESPN:

RKDRIVERPOINTSBEHINDMONEYWINSPOLESTOP 5TOP 10
1Jimmie Johnson821$6,565,91242915
2Clint Bowyer803-18$3,751,61200813
3Carl Edwards768-53$3,994,76411712
4Kevin Harvick760-61$4,314,52520612
5Kyle Busch739-82$4,645,191331014
6Matt Kenseth736-85$4,391,36352612
7Dale Earnhardt Jr.714-107$3,940,47801513
8Kasey Kahne701-120$3,648,02820811
9Greg Biffle698-123$3,394,51910310
10Joey Logano685-136$3,753,70311713
*** Chase for the Sprint Cup cut-off (excluding two wild cards) ***
11Brad Keselowski681-140$4,332,30201711
12Kurt Busch679-142$3,387,27301611
13Jeff Gordon674-147$3,856,60600510
14Martin Truex Jr.663-158$3,716,9341059
15Ryan Newman659-162$3,828,27711410
16Jamie McMurray647-174$3,243,8280115
17Paul Menard638-183$3,154,8810016
18Aric Almirola616-205$3,380,8980015
19Tony Stewart594-227$3,710,6241058
20Jeff Burton592-229$2,645,4230025
21Juan Pablo Montoya590-231$3,228,5560046
22Marcos Ambrose590-231$3,152,6500105
23Ricky Stenhouse Jr.582-239$3,561,9560000
24Casey Mears503-318$2,785,3460001
25Denny Hamlin456-365$2,725,2190434
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