NASCAR Results From Bristol Motor Speedway: Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards Top Point Standings

Kurt Busch was frustrated with his seventh-place result at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, but it was enough to move the elder of two Busch brothers into the Sprint Cup Series points lead for the first time in two years (Talladega, April 2009.

After going into the Bristol race tied with Tony Stewart for the points lead, Busch left the Tennessee track with a one-point lead over Carl Edwards. Stewart fell to third, 12 points behind Busch.

"It just didn't seem we had the mojo to compete," Busch said, later adding that his team "couldn't adjust on the car" in the second half of the race.

Despite that, he said, getting his fourth consecutive top-10 finish to begin the season was "a point-leader-type effort."

"We just want to get up there and try to win one of these things," he said.

Travis Geisler, the competition director for Busch's Penske Racing team, said Busch could have competed for the win had things worked out differently. But he wasn't dissatisfied with the day.

"Big picture racing, if you come out of Bristol with a top 10 and the points lead, you can't really complain a whole lot," Geisler said.

Here are the full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after Bristol: 

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Carl Edwards -1
  3. Tony Stewart -12
  4. Ryan Newman -12
  5. Paul Menard -14
  6. Kyle Busch -17
  7. Jimmie Johnson -20
  8. Juan Pablo Montoya -24
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -26
  10. Martin Truex Jr. -27
  11. Mark Martin -27
  12. Kasey Kahne -28
  13. Matt Kenseth -33
  14. Bobby Labonte -35
  15. Kevin Harvick -40
  16. AJ Allmendinger -43
  17. Denny Hamlin -44
  18. Marcos Ambrose -45
  19. Jeff Gordon -46
  20. David Ragan -61
  21. Brad Keselowski -61
  22. David Gilliland -62
  23. Greg Biffle -64
  24. Clint Bowyer -66
  25. Bill Elliott -68
  26. Jamie McMurray -74
  27. Regan Smith -75
  28. David Reutimann -75
  29. Jeff Burton -76
  30. Joey Logano -76
  31. Brian Vickers -81
  32. Robby Gordon -91
  33. Casey Mears -98
  34. Dave Blaney -99
  35. Andy Lally -101
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