Michigan: NASCAR Point Standings Update, Chase Picture After Sunday's Race

Denny Hamlin still holds the final wild card spot for NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, but his poor result at Michigan on Sunday loosened his grip.

Hamlin dropped to 14th in points and is now 59 points outside the top 10 – which means he'll have to rely on the wild card to make the playoff.

That's all well and good for now, but if another driver (such as Clint Bowyer) wins a race, Hamlin would be out.

Here is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings with only three races to go before the Chase (with each driver's best Chase scenario listed):

  1. Kyle Busch *clinched Chase spot via wild card
  2. Jimmie Johnson -10
  3. Kevin Harvick -39
  4. Carl Edwards -39
  5. Matt Kenseth -40
  6. Jeff Gordon -60 (+69 inside Chase)
  7. Ryan Newman -74 (+55 inside Chase)
  8. Kurt Busch -77 (+52 inside Chase)
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -99 (+30 inside Chase)
  10. Tony Stewart -105 (+24 inside Chase)
  11. Clint Bowyer -24 from top 10 OR -1 win from wild card
  12. Brad Keselowski Has No. 1 Wild Card spot (two wins) OR -52 from top 10
  13. Greg Biffle -1 win from wild card
  14. Denny Hamlin Has No. 2 Wild Card spot (one win) by +18 points on Paul Menard
  15. AJ Allmendinger -1 win AND -3 points from wild card
  16. Mark Martin -1 win AND -8 points from wild card
  17. Kasey Kahne -1 win AND -12 points from wild card
  18. Paul Menard -1 win OR -18 points from wild card
  19. Joey Logano -2 wins OR -1 win AND -25 points from wild card
  20. David Ragan -1 win OR -31 points from wild card
  21. Martin Truex Jr. -2 wins AND -2 points from wild card
  22. Juan Pablo Montoya -2 wins AND -8 points from wild card
  23. Marcos Ambrose -1 win AND -11 points from wild card
  24. **24th and below virtually eliminated from Chase contention**
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