2011 NASCAR Point Standings: Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin Hold Wild Card Spots

Brad Keselowski's Pocono victory on Sunday was a massive step forward in securing a potential wild card berth in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Keselowski's win was his second of the season, which is more than any other driver from 11th to 20th in points. That means Keselowski now holds the No. 1 wild card spot and is almost assured of making the Chase as long as he can remain in the top 20 over the next five races.

Denny Hamlin (11th in points, one win) remains in the other wild card spot. Paul Menard (14th) will need to catch Hamlin or win again in order to make the Chase.

Carl Edwards remained the Sprint Cup Series points leader with Jimmie Johnson in second – nine points behind.

Here's a look at the updated NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings after Pocono (with each driver's best shot at making the Chase):

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Jimmie Johnson -9
  3. Kyle Busch -11
  4. Kurt Busch -14
  5. Kevin Harvick -20
  6. Matt Kenseth -26
  7. Jeff Gordon -+50 inside Chase
  8. Ryan Newman +40 inside Chase
  9. Tony Stewart +24 inside Chase
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. +23 inside Chase
  11. Denny Hamlin -23 from Chase (Holds Wild Card No. 2 ... one win)
  12. Clint Bowyer -41 from Chase
  13. Greg Biffle -44 from Chase
  14. Paul Menard -54 from Chase, -31 from Wild Card No. 2
  15. Mark Martin -74 from Chase
  16. Kasey Kahne -74 from Chase
  17. AJ Allmendinger -79 from Chase
  18. Brad Keselowski +19 inside top 20 (Holds Wild Card No. 1 ... two wins)
  19. David Ragan -64 from Wild Card No. 2
  20. Joey Logano -93 from Chase
  21. Juan Pablo Montoya
  22. Martin Truex Jr.
  23. Marcos Ambrose
  24. Jeff Burton
  25. David Reutimann
  26. Regan Smith
  27. Jamie McMurray
  28. Brian Vickers
  29. Bobby Labonte
  30. David Gilliland
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