The Chase bubble is got even tighter at New Hampshire on Sunday, with just seven races remaining before the cutoff for NASCAR's postseason – and with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart fighting for only two available spots.
The wild card is available for the odd man out among those three – but only for now. If another driver aside from David Ragan were to win a race – or if Brad Keselowski were to get back into the top 20 – Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin or Stewart could miss the Chase.
Earnhardt Jr. sits just seven points ahead of the 10th-place tie between Hamlin and Stewart with the Brickyard 400 up next on the schedule.
Carl Edwards took over the points lead following the New Hampshire race, with former points leader Kyle Busch tumbling four spots.
Kasey Kahne was the biggest gainer, moving up three positions to 14th.
Here's a look at the updated NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after New Hampshire:
- Carl Edwards
- Jimmie Johnson -7
- Kurt Busch -11
- Kevin Harvick -15
- Kyle Busch -20
- Matt Kenseth -26
- Jeff Gordon (+17 inside Chase)
- Ryan Newman (+16 inside Chase)
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+7 inside Chase)
- Denny Hamlin (+0 inside Chase)
- Tony Stewart (-0 from Chase ... tied with Hamlin)
- Clint Bowyer (-28 from Chase)
- David Ragan (-46 from Chase)
- Kasey Kahne (-47 from Chase)
- Greg Biffle (-47 from Chase)
- AJ Allmendinger
- Juan Pablo Montoya
- Joey Logano
- Paul Menard
- Mark Martin
- Marcos Ambrose
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Brad Keselowski (-25 from 20th place and a wild card spot)
- David Reutimann
- Jeff Burton
- Brian Vickers
- Regan Smith (-90 from 20th place and a wild card spot)
- Bobby Labonte
- Jamie McMurray
- David Gilliland