2011 NASCAR Point Standings: Kevin Harvick Has Sprint Cup Series Lead After Chicagoland Chase Opener

Monday's fuel-mileage race at Chicagoland Speedway dramatically shook up the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup point standings after just one race.

Race runner-up Kevin Harvick is the new Chase points leader after former No. 1 seed Kyle Busch ran out of fuel on the last lap and fell all the way to ninth in the standings.

Tony Stewart is second – seven points behind Harvick – and Carl Edwards is third.

Five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson's 11th-place finish puts him eighth in the standings. Johnson is 16 points behind Harvick.

Denny Hamlin took the biggest hit of the day. His 31st-place finish left him in last place – 41 points behind the leaders, which is basically a full race.

Here is the current top 12 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase standings:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Tony Stewart -7
  3. Carl Edwards -10
  4. Kurt Busch -11
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -13
  6. Brad Keselowski -14
  7. Ryan Newman -14
  8. Jimmie Johnson -16
  9. Kyle Busch -19
  10. Matt Kenseth -24
  11. Jeff Gordon -25
  12. Denny Hamlin -41

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