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Rankings are updated every Monday of the NASCAR season.

Rank   Driver Points   Change   Comment
1 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 473
Harvick led 26 laps, and while he was inside the top 10 much of the race, he uncharacteristically faded late and was never really in contention for the win. Harvick came home ninth on Sunday.
2 Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. 432
Truex had never led more than nine laps in all his races at Charlotte. Sunday he led a race high 131 in the 400, only coming short of the win by the wrong fuel strategy. He finished fifth, but look for Truex to win a race sooner than later.
3 Joey Logano Joey Logano 407
▲ 1
Logano did lead 17 laps, but never seemed to have the speed to get to the front. At the end of the day he was scored 13th.
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 401
▲ 1
Earnhardt overcame a loose wheel that forced him to pit under green and rallied back inside the top 10, but could never get close enough to catch winning driver Carl Edwards. Earnhardt came home third.
5 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson 393
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Johnson struggled early but seemed to be holding his own, On lap 89, he spun, made no contact and was able to continue. He was running fifth later when he spun in the same place; this time did hit the wall and was done. He finished 40th.
6 Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 381
Keselowski was penalized for a pit road error early but did overcome it and rallied back to finish seventh.
7 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth 372
Kenseth led from the pole but a loose wheel sent him to the pits under green. He did stage a nice rally but ran out of time and finished fourth.
8 Jamie McMurray Jamie McMurray 353
McMurray never had the speed to contend. He started 22nd and finished 19th.
9 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon 346
Gordon spent much of the day outside the top 10. A late race fuel gamble got him towards the front, but he ran out of time and ended the day 15th.
10 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne 345
Kahne was penalized for a pit road infraction and forced back in the field. He tried to rally back but it fell short and he finished 12th.
11 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman 343
▲ 2
Newman spent most of the day outside the top 10.He made a late race rally and was able to grab a sixth place finish.
12 Aric Almirola Aric Almirola 339
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Almirola spent a brief time in the top 10, but couldn’t stay there; he finished 17th.
13 Paul Menard Paul Menard 336
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Menard had his usual surprise appearance late in the going. He faded in the closing laps and finished 14th.
14 Kurt Busch Kurt Busch 327
Busch was one of the contenders for the win leading the second most laps of the race, 118. His late race fuel strategy doomed him and he settled for 10th.
15 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin 327
Hamlin was actually in a position to win late in the race but a loose wheel forced him in under green. He could only rally back for eighth.
 

About The Ranker:

Greg Engle is an Examiner.com writer and an award-winning columnist who has worked full time for the Sporting News and the NASCAR Wire Service—if you wanted to get any more inside the sport of NASCAR you’d have to wear a crash helmet. He has received bylines in hundreds of newspapers across the country on auto sports and has also been featured on NASCAR.com, ThatsRacin.com, ESPN and Fox Sports. His work can be found at Examiner.com.