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NASCAR Point Standings: Jimmie Johnson Moves Into Lead, Greg Biffle And Matt Kenseth Close Behind

The big winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings after a weekend of racing at Watkins Glen was Jimmie Johnson, who moved up three places and into the lead following his third-place finish. Greg Biffle isn't far behind in the Race for the Chase, as a sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen propelled him up one place to second, where he trails Johnson by a single point. Matt Kenseth, who finished eighth at Watkins Glen, now sits one point behind Biffle after sliding from No. 2 in the standings to No. 3.

The top 10 in the Sprint Cup standings:

Rank - Driver - Points

  1. Jimmie Johnson - 777
  2. Greg Biffle - 776
  3. Matt Kenseth - 775
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 760
  5. Brad Keselowski - 733
  6. Martin Truex Jr. - 728
  7. Clint Bowyer - 719
  8. Tony Stewart - 716
  9. Kevin Harvick - 710
  10. Denny Hamlin - 693

The complete Sprint Cup standings are available here. The two Chase wild cards are held by Kasey Kahne, currently ranked No. 11 in the standings, and Ryan Newman, who sits at No. 13.

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