NASCAR Chase Seedings: Standings For 2012 Sprint Cup Series Playoffs

Greg Biffle ended NASCAR's regular season – the first 26 races – as the Sprint Cup Series points leader.

But as the checkered flag waved on Saturday night – er, Sunday morning – at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR re-seeded the top 12 drivers and put Biffle in fifth.

The new points leader is Denny Hamlin, who has 2012 points thanks to his four wins – each worth three points apiece. Drivers are seeded by wins first, then second-place finishes, third-place finishes and so on.

Here's a look at the 2012 Chase standings heading into the final 10 races:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Jimmie Johnson -3
  3. Tony Stewart -3
  4. Brad Keselowski -3
  5. Greg Biffle -6
  6. Clint Bowyer -6
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -9
  8. Matt Kenseth -9
  9. Kevin Harvick -12
  10. Martin Truex Jr. -12
  11. Kasey Kahne -12
  12. Jeff Gordon -12

And here are the point standings before the Chase field was re-seeded:

  1. Greg Biffle
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -12
  3. Matt Kenseth -17
  4. Jimmie Johnson -34
  5. Brad Keselowski -46
  6. Martin Truex Jr. -52
  7. Clint Bowyer -56
  8. Denny Hamlin -64
  9. Kevin Harvick -73
  10. Tony Stewart -104
  11. Kasey Kahne -130
  12. Jeff Gordon -137
  13. Kyle Busch -140 (missed Chase by three points)
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