NASCAR Results From Fontana: Carl Edwards Tops Point Standings

Carl Edwards is the new Sprint Cup Series points leader following the NASCAR race at Fontana, a result of his sixth-place finish and former points leader Kurt Busch's off-day.

Edwards is nine points ahead of Ryan Newman – the biggest lead so far through five races of NASCAR's new, simplified points system. That's as high in the points as Newman has been since 2008, when he started off the season by winning the Daytona 500.

Clint Bowyer (17th) and Brian Vickers (24th) made the largest leaps, up seven spots apiece. Race winner Kevin Harvick gained six spots and moved to ninth.

Among the drivers who took a big hit: Denny Hamlin, David Gilliland and Bobby Labonte all lost four spots each.

Here are the updated point standings after Fontana:

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Ryan Newman -9
  3. Kurt Busch -10
  4. Kyle Busch -11
  5. Jimmie Johnson -14
  6. Tony Stewart -17
  7. Paul Menard -23
  8. Juan Pablo Montoya -26
  9. Kevin Harvick -30
  10. Matt Kenseth -30
  11. Kasey Kahne -30
  12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -31
  13. Martin Truex Jr. -40
  14. Mark Martin -40
  15. AJ Allmendinger -50
  16. Jeff Gordon -57
  17. Clint Bowyer -65
  18. Bobby Labonte -66
  19. Marcos Ambrose -66
  20. Greg Biffle -68
  21. Denny Hamlin -75
  22. David Ragan -76
  23. Brad Keselowski -80
  24. Brian Vickers -82
  25. Jeff Burton -84
  26. David Gilliland -86
  27. David Reutimann -87
  28. Jamie McMurray -90
  29. Joey Logano -94
  30. Regan Smith -95
  31. Bill Elliott -105
  32. Robby Gordon -118
  33. Casey Mears -120
  34. Andy Lally -126
  35. Dave Blaney -129
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