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2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings Update

NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series returns on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway for the 2012 Samsung Mobile 500. While it's still very early in the season, current standings leader Greg Biffle has an excellent chance to further his lead.

Biffle will start third in tonight's race, putting him in prime position to garner more precious Sprint Cup Standings points. Biffle will start behind Martin Truex Jr., the pole winner, and last year's defending Samsung Mobile 500 champion, Matt Kenseth.

It will be worth keeping an eye on Dale Earnhardt Jr. tonight as well, as he is just six points behind Biffle in second place. Junior's first-ever NASCAR victory came at Texas Motor Speedway, and he'll look to duplicate that success and vault into first place in the Sprint Cup standings.

Courtesy of NASCAR.com, here's the top 25 of the Sprint Cup standings headed into Saturday night's race:

Rank +/- Driver Points Behind Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 -- Greg Biffle 226 Leader 6 1 0 3 4
2 +1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 220 -6 6 0 0 3 4
3 +1 Tony Stewart 214 -12 6 0 2 2 3
4 +2 Matt Kenseth 214 -12 6 0 1 3 3
5 -3 Kevin Harvick 214 -12 6 0 0 2 3
6 -1 Martin Truex Jr. 214 -12 6 0 0 2 4
7 -- Denny Hamlin 210 -16 6 1 1 2 3
8 +2 Ryan Newman 202 -24 6 0 1 2 3
9 -1 Clint Bowyer 192 -34 6 0 0 1 3
10 -1 Jimmie Johnson 189 -37 6 0 0 2 4
11 +1 Carl Edwards 179 -47 6 1 0 2 3
12 +4 Brad Keselowski 175 -51 6 0 1 2 3
13 -- Joey Logano 167 -59 6 0 0 0 2
14 -3 Paul Menard 166 -60 6 0 0 0 3
15 -- Jeff Burton 164 -62 6 0 0 1 2
16 -2 Kyle Busch 151 -75 6 0 0 1 2
17 +1 Juan Montoya 146 -80 6 0 0 0 1
18 +1 Regan Smith 146 -80 6 0 0 0 0
19 +2 Aric Almirola 144 -82 6 0 0 0 1
20 +6 AJ Allmendinger 143 -83 6 0 0 1 1
21 +4 Jeff Gordon 136 -90 6 0 0 0 1
22 -2 Bobby Labonte 135 -91 6 0 0 0 0
23 +1 Marcos Ambrose 134 -92 6 0 0 0 0
24 -2 Jamie McMurray 130 -96 6 0 0 0 2
25 -8 Mark Martin 129 -97 4 1 0 0 2

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