Points Shakeup Following The 5 Hour Energy 200

DOVER, DE - JUNE 02: Joey Logano, driver of the #18 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway on June 2, 2012 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Matt had a great recap of the events from this past Saturday.

Ricky Stenhouse has hit a slump. Two straight DNFs has cost him the points lead. Last year as soon as Stenhouse got the lead he never let it go.

While the back to back mishaps hurt Stenhouse, Elliott Sadler's great runs the past two weeks shouldn't be downplayed. Sadler has been running like a man on a mission. His objective is to win his first Nascar Championship.

Sadler was at one time very much like Ricky Stenhouse, a hard charging young driver who was destined to take the world by storm. Sadler was not able to transition to the Sprint Cup series smoothly and thanks to Richard Petty Motorsports releasing him, he now has a new lease on his racing life.

Driver and Owner Points after the Jump!

I will take this opportunity to expand out the points a bit:

Rank Car # Driver Points Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles
1 2 Elliott Sadler 454 12 2 6 10 3
2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 442 12 3 7 9 1
3 3 Austin Dillon 440 12 0 6 9 0
4 12 Sam Hornish Jr. 404 12 0 2 5 0
5 31 Justin Allgaier 376 12 0 1 7 0
6 88 Cole Whitt 366 12 0 2 5 0
7 43 Michael Annett 364 12 0 0 3 0
8 44 Mike Bliss 302 12 0 0 0 0
9 87 Joe Nemechek 287 12 0 0 0 0
10 19 Tayler Malsam 282 12 0 0 1 0
11 7 Danica Patrick 278 12 0 0 1 1
12 11 Brian Scott 266 12 0 2 3 0
13 01 Mike Wallace 258 12 0 0 0 0
14 51 Jeremy Clements 245 12 0 0 1 0
15 81 Jason Bowles 234 12 0 0 0 0
16 40 Erik Darnell 205 11 0 0 0 0
17 50 T.J. Bell 185 12 0 0 0 0

That is all the drivers who have attempted all 12 events so far. A lot of luck, most of it bad, would have to happen to the top four drivers for anyone else in the top ten to catch them at this point. It's possible, but not so likely. So we can consider this a four man battle for the Championship until someone else steps up.

As always, there is a constant battle for the Owner's Championship. Joe Gibbs Racing is looking to win yet again and really doesn't have that much competition at this point.

Rank Car # Team Points Attempts Starts
1 18 Joe Gibbs Racing 488 12 12
2 2 Richard Childress Racing 454 12 12
3 6 Roush Fenway Racing 442 12 12
4 3 Richard Childress Racing 440 12 12
5 33 Richard Childress Racing 427 12 12
6 30 Turner Motorsports 410 12 12
7 22 Penske Racing South 407 12 12
8 12 Penske Racing South 404 12 12
9 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports 399 12 12
10 31 Turner Motorsports 376 12 12
11 38 Turner Motorsports 370 12 12
12 88 JR Motorsports 366 12 12
13 43 Richard Petty Motorsports 364 12 12
14 20 Joe Gibbs Racing * 352 10 10
15 44 TriStar Motorsports 302 12 12
16 87 Nemco Motorsports 287 12 12
17 19 TriStar Motorsports 282 12 12
18 7 JR Motorsports 278 12 12
19 11 Joe Gibbs Racing 266 12 12
20 99 RAB Racing 263 12 12
21 01 JD Motorsports 258 12 12
22 51 Jeremy Clements Racing 245 12 12
23 40 The Motorsports Group 235 12 12
24 81 MacDonald Motorsports 234 12 12
25 4 JD Motorsports 230 12 12
26 24 SR2 Motorsports 227 12 12
27 41 Rick Ware Racing 227 12 12
28 14 TriStar Motorsports 218 12 12
29 23 R3 Motorsports 203 12 12
30 70 ML Motorsports 202 12 11
31 50 Make Motorsports 185 12 12
32 60 Roush Fenway Racing * 180 5 5
33 08 Randy Hill Racing * 180 12 12
34 39 Go Green Racing * 179 12 12
35 52 Means Motorsports * 153 12 12
36 5 JR Motorsports * 139 4 4
37 89 Faith Motorsports * 113 12 9

The other battle if for a locked in position at the next event. As you can see, MAKE Motorsports holds the final locked in position by just five points over Randy Hill Racing. The #60 team cannot be locked.

The Nationwide Series is taking a week off to cool the tires but will be back in two weeks from Michigan International Raceway. Enjoy!

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