NASCAR Point Standings 2012: Greg Biffle Holds Sprint Cup Series Lead After Richmond; Dale Earnhardt Jr. Moves To Second

After an 18th-place finish on Saturday night at Richmond, Greg Biffle's lead in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings was reduced to just five points over second-place Dale Earnhardt Jr., who moved up two spots in the standings after finishing runner-up to race-winner Kyle Busch.

Also jumping two spots in the championship order was Denny Hamlin, who now sits third overall following his fourth-place finish. The top five is rounded out by Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr.

Truex Jr. dropped three spots in the standings after finishing 25th, his worst result of 2012 and the first time in five races he hadn't finished somewhere in the top 10.

Further down the standings, Busch's victory propelled him to 11th, while his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano, fell from 12th to 15th.

On the strength of his third consecutive top-10 finish, Kasey Kahne finds himself 23rd, three positions higher than he was the previous week.

In the standings as of now, Busch and Brad Keselowski would be the two drivers receiving the wild card berths.

Here are the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings after Richmond (relation to the Chase in parentheses):

  1. Greg Biffle (+73 points inside Chase)
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -5 (+68)
  3. Denny Hamlin -9 (+64)
  4. Matt Kenseth -10 (+63)
  5. Martin Truex Jr. -22 (+51)
  6. Jimmie Johnson -24 (+49)
  7. Kevin Harvick -25 (+48)
  8. Tony Stewart -31 (+42)
  9. Carl Edwards -51 (+22)
  10. Ryan Newman -60 (+13)
  11. Kyle Busch -13 from Chase top 10 (Note: Currently has Wild Card No. 1)
  12. Clint Bowyer -14
  13. Brad Keselowski -26 (Note: Currently has Wild Card No. 2)
  14. Paul Menard -29
  15. Joey Logano -37
  16. Juan Pablo Montoya -39
  17. Jeff Gordon -57
  18. Jamie McMurray -58
  19. Mark Martin -60
  20. Jeff Burton -64
  21. AJ Allmendinger -65
  22. Marcos Ambrose -69
  23. Kasey Kahne -73
  24. Aric Almirola -73
  25. Regan Smith -74
  26. Kurt Busch -88
  27. Bobby Labonte -90
  28. Casey Mears -118
  29. David Ragan -143
  30. David Gilliland -144
  31. David Reutimann -146
  32. Dave Blaney -152
  33. Landon Cassill -153
  34. Travis Kvapil -159
  35. David Stremme -202
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