NASCAR Point Standings After Fontana: Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes Sprint Cup Series lead

Geoff Burke

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has taken the Sprint Cup Series points lead following a second-place at Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway. The result was Earnhardt's fifth-consecutive top-10 to begin the season, continuing the best start to a season in his career.

He took the lead from Brad Keselowski, who finished 22nd after facing overheating issues on Sunday, giving Earnhardt a 18-point advantage heading into the off-weekend. Jimmie Johnson remains third place in the standings after a 12th place finish at Fontana.

Kyle Busch was the biggest gainer of the weekend, moving up four spots to sixth after Sunday's victory while Clint Bowyer had the largest drop, dropping 10 spots to 14th.

Here are the complete Sprint Cup Series championship standings:

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ldr.
  2. Brad Keselowski -12
  3. Jimmie Johnson -16
  4. Carl Edwards -35
  5. Greg Biffle -35
  6. Kyle Busch -36
  7. Kasey Kahne -40
  8. Paul Menard -45
  9. Joey Logano -53
  10. Denny Hamlin -54
  11. Matt Kenseth -58
  12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -60
  13. Kurt Busch -62
  14. Clint Bowyer -62
  15. Kevin Harvick -69
  16. Jamie McMurray -74
  17. Aric Almirola -74
  18. Jeff Gordon -76
  19. Martin Truex Jr. -77
  20. Ryan Newman -78
  21. Casey Mears -81
  22. Tony Stewart -91
  23. Marcos Ambrose -92
  24. Jeff Burton -94
  25. Mark Martin -97
  26. J.J. Yeley -107
  27. AJ Allmendinger -107
  28. Dave Blaney -110
  29. Danica Patrick -112
  30. Juan Pablo Montoya -116
  31. Bobby Labonte -117
  32. David Reutimann -125
  33. David Ragan -125
  34. David Gilliland -135
  35. David Stremme -136
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