NASCAR Point Standings 2012: Denny Hamlin Leads Sprint Cup Series After Phoenix

Denny Hamlin's victory at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday propelled him into the Sprint Cup Series points lead, where he sits six points ahead of Greg Biffle.

Sunday's runnerup Kevin Harvick is eight points back, followed by Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Brad Keselowski moved up a whopping 17 spots – the biggest gainer of the week – to 12th in the standings. The biggest losers among the top 30 in points were Jeff Burton, Paul Menard and Marcos Ambrose, who lost eight spots each.

There are a few surprising names toward the bottom of the standings, including Kasey Kahne (32nd), Jamie McMurray (37th) and Jimmie Johnson (38th, lost 25 points from NASCAR penalty).

Here are the Sprint Cup Series standings after Phoenix:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Greg Biffle -6
  3. Kevin Harvick -8
  4. Matt Kenseth -10
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -17
  6. Martin Truex Jr. -18
  7. Mark Martin -18
  8. Joey Logano -19
  9. Kyle Busch -23
  10. Carl Edwards -26
  11. Bobby Labonte -31
  12. Brad Keselowski -37
  13. Jeff Burton -37
  14. Paul Menard -37
  15. Tony Stewart -37
  16. Dave Blaney -38
  17. Clint Bowyer -42
  18. Ryan Newman -43
  19. Regan Smith -44
  20. Aric Almirola -46
  21. Marcos Ambrose -46
  22. Jeff Gordon -47
  23. Juan Pablo Montoya -48
  24. David Gilliland -52
  25. AJ Allmendinger -53
  26. Kurt Busch -54
  27. Landon Cassill -58
  28. Terry Labonte -62
  29. David Reutimann -63
  30. Tony Raines -64
  31. Travis Kvapil -64
  32. Kasey Kahne -64
  33. Casey Mears -65
  34. Davis Stremme -67
  35. Mike Bliss -68
  36. David Ragan -68
  37. Jamie McMurray -68
  38. Jimmie Johnson -71
  39. JJ Yeley -71
  40. Brendan Gaughan -72

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