NASCAR point standings after Kansas: Jimmie Johnson retains championship lead

Jeff Zelevansky

Jimmie Johnson extended his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship lead over Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski with a third-place finish in Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.

Kahne moved up five spots to second in the standings as a result of his runner-up at Kansas while Keselowski's 25-point penalty plus a sixth-place on Sunday has the pair 37 and 38 points behind - nearly a full race's worth of points.

Joey Logano also received a 25-point penalty prior to Sunday's race but was also caught up in an accident with Kyle Busch, leaving him 39th in the running order and all the way back to 20th in the championship standings, a tremendous turnaround for a driver who was just in the top-10 before the NRA 500 at Texas.

Both Penske Racing teams will appeal their penalties but a hearing date has not been set.

Denny Hamlin fell to 26th in the standings after missing his third-consecutive race. Hamlin is hoping to return by next Saturday's race at Richmond but has not been officially cleared. The complete NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship standings can be found below:

  1. Jimmie Johnson Ldr.
  2. Kasey Kahne -37
  3. Brad Keselowski -38
  4. Greg Biffle -47
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -48
  6. Carl Edwards -49
  7. Kyle Busch -54
  8. Matt Kenseth -59
  9. Clint Bowyer -64
  10. Paul Menard -71
  11. Jamie McMurray -84
  12. Kevin Harvick -87
  13. Aric Almirola -89
  14. Martin Truex Jr. -107
  15. Jeff Gordon -109
  16. Mark Martin -110
  17. Ryan Newman -111
  18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -115
  19. Marcos Ambrose -118
  20. Joey Logano -124
  21. Tony Stewart -130
  22. Kurt Busch -131
  23. Jeff Burton -133
  24. Casey Mears -142
  25. Danica Patrick -157
  26. Denny Hamlin -166
  27. Juan Pablo Montoya -169
  28. Bobby Labonte -184
  29. Dave Blaney -187
  30. J.J. Yeley -188
  31. David Ragan -190
  32. David Reutimann -195
  33. David Gilliland -197
  34. David Stremme -210
  35. Travis Kvapil -218

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