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NASCAR Standings 2012: Brad Keselowski sits atop standings as season winds down

Brad Keselowski faces competition from Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, but sits atop the NASCAR standings -- for now.

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NASCAR's Race for the Chase is heating up.

Brad Keselowski currently sits atop the NASCAR standings, but is just five points ahead of NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson as the NASCAR season begins to wind down.

SB Nation's NASCAR guru Jeff Gluck thinks that the chase has become just a three-man race.

Looking at the standings, it appears to be a three-man battle between points leader Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson (five points back) and Denny Hamlin (16 points behind).

After that, fourth-place Clint Bowyer trails by a healthy 25-point margin and has never won on a 1.5-mile track - which are four of the final seven races. So can Bowyer really out-run Keselowski, Johnson and Hamlin? Doubtful.

Courtesy of Gluck, here's a look at the latest NASCAR Race for the Chase standings, following Sunday's race at Dover.

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Jimmie Johnson -5
  3. Denny Hamlin -16
  4. Clint Bowyer -25
  5. Tony Stewart -32
  6. Kasey Kahne -32
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -39
  8. Martin Truex Jr. -42
  9. Kevin Harvick -46
  10. Jeff Gordon -48
  11. Greg Biffle -51
  12. Matt Kenseth -72

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.