NASCAR Point Standings Update: Carl Edwards' Runner-Up Darlington Finish Results In Extended Lead

Carl Edwards used his second-place finish at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night to extend his lead in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. Following the Southern 500, the Roush Fenway Racing driver is now ahead of Jimmie Johnson by 23 points.

There were no changes among the top five in the point standings, but there were a few big gains and losses elsewhere in the standings.

Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray each gained three spots after their solid evenings. The news wasn't as good for Jeff Burton and Joey Logano, who lost four spots apiece.

(Note: If you're looking for the Darlington race results, click the red link.)

Here are the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings following the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway:

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Jimmie Johnson -23
  3. Kyle Busch -39
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -47
  5. Kevin Harvick -50
  6. Ryan Newman -61
  7. Tony Stewart -65
  8. Kurt Busch -72
  9. Clint Bowyer -81
  10. Matt Kenseth -83
  11. AJ Allmendinger -91
  12. Greg Biffle -92
  13. Juan Pablo Montoya -95
  14. Mark Martin -97
  15. Kasey Kahne -100
  16. Denny Hamlin -102
  17. Jeff Gordon -106
  18. Paul Menard -107
  19. David Ragan -124
  20. Martin Truex Jr. -133
  21. Jamie McMurray -135
  22. Marcos Ambrose -138
  23. Bobby Labonte -153
  24. Jeff Burton -153
  25. Joey Logano -157
  26. Brad Keselowski -158
  27. Regan Smith -162
  28. David Reutimann -163
  29. Brian Vickers -179
  30. David Gilliland -198
  31. Dave Blaney -222
  32. Casey Mears -231
  33. Robby Gordon -234
  34. Andy Lally -262
  35. Bill Elliott -278
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