NASCAR Point Standings 2012: Matt Kenseth Closes In On Sprint Cup Series Lead After Darlington

Matt Kenseth is now just two points behind Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle following a sixth-place finish at Saturday night's NASCAR race at Darlington Raceway.

But another Roush driver made the biggest news when it comes to a Chase spot: Carl Edwards jumped into the top 10 and Clint Bowyer fell out.

Marcos Ambrose, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson were the biggest gainers after Darlington, moving up three spots apiece.

Jamie McMurray had the single biggest drop, moving down four positions to 20th. Kevin Harvick also lost three spots.

From now until the Chase cutoff, we're going to be giving you the standings in regard to how they stack up to the Chase (since that's what really matters in the end).

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

  1. Greg Biffle +76 to Chase cutoff (one win)
  2. Matt Kenseth +74 (one win)
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. +62
  4. Denny Hamlin +59 (two wins)
  5. Jimmie Johnson +37 (one win)
  6. Martin Truex Jr. +37
  7. Tony Stewart +34 (two wins)
  8. Kevin Harvick +26
  9. Kyle Busch +14 (one win)
  10. Carl Edwards +2
  11. Clint Bowyer -2
  12. Brad Keselowski -9 (two wins, holds Chase Wild Card No. 1)
  13. Paul Menard -29
  14. Ryan Newman -30 (one win, holds Chase Wild Card No. 2)
  15. Joey Logano -44
  16. Kasey Kahne -54
  17. Jeff Burton -62
  18. Marcos Ambrose -63
  19. Juan Pablo Montoya -65
  20. Jamie McMurray -74
  21. Aric Almirola -75 (-1 to top 20)
  22. AJ Allmendinger -84 (-10)
  23. Mark Martin -95 (-21)
  24. Jeff Gordon -96 (-22)
  25. Kurt Busch -99 (-25)
  26. Regan Smith -99 (-25)
  27. Bobby Labonte -111 (-37)
  28. Casey Mears -128 (-64)
  29. David Ragan -149 (-85)
  30. David Gilliland -153 (-89)
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