NASCAR Point Standings: Denny Hamlin Leads The Field

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 28: Denny Hamlin, dtriver of the #11 FedEx Express/Denny Hamlin Foundation Toyota, drives during practice for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway on April 28, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Denny Hamlin became the new Sprint Cup points leader after re-seeding.

Denny Hamlin is the new points leader with four wins at three points apiece. Greg Biffle ended NASCAR's regular season as the Sprint Cup Series points leader. Drivers are seeded by wins first, then second-place finishes, third-place finishes and so on.

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

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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