After picking up his first victory of the season, Matt Kenseth made a big move up the Sprint Cup Standings.
A day like Sunday in Bristol can really shake up the course of a season for NASCAR.
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Rain delays, three wrecks in the last 27 laps and race favorites getting knocked out early, led to Matt Kenseth picking up his first victory of the season.
Thanks to his hard-fought first checkered flag of the year, Matt Kenseth climbed up to No. 5 in the Sprint Cup Standings.
Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson both remain No. 1 and No. 2, but Johnson inched a little closer after finishing second while Harvick finished toward the back of the pack after a bad luck wreck.
Joey Logano remains in the No. 3 spot but Brad Keselowski also moved a little closer from No. 4 after Logano finished 40th.
Luckily all of those drivers have earned a spot in the chase so the points are inconsequential for now.
Carl Edwards had a huge opportunity to climb from the No. 14 spot. After being in second place with 10 laps to go, a big wreck ended the day for Edwards and as a result he fell to No. 16 in the standings.
With the eighth race of the year in the books, here are the updated standings after the Food City 500.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings 2015:
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||281|
|8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||241|
|25||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||166|
|30||Sam Hornish Jr.||135|
|45||Ron Hornaday Jr.||2|
Danica Patrick had another solid run and is now No. 13 in the points standings. If the chase began today, she would be in based off points.
Despite not having a win yet, Jeff Gordon is beginning to show consistency this season and finished third on the day. He moved from No. 13 to No. 10 in the standings.
Gordon is finally hitting his groove, and it won’t be long before he picks up a win.
Next week the drivers head to Richmond, another short track sure to cause headaches and frustration. Who will be the bigger winners in the points standings after next week?
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