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2012 NASCAR Standings: Matt Kenseth Jumps Up To Second Place

A fifth placed finish at Talladega on Sunday allowed Greg Biffle to maintain his points lead in the NASCAR Spring Cup Series standings. Jumping up to second place was Matt Kenseth, who finished in third place on Sunday and now trails Biffle by just seven points.

Brad Keselowski, who won at Talladega on Sunday, checks in at 12th place in the standings. It was his second victory of 2012.

Here's a look at the leaders in this year's standings:

  1. Greg Biffle (+78 points inside the Chase)
  2. Matt Kenseth -7 (+71)
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -9 (+69)
  4. Denny Hamlin -27 (+51)
  5. Kevin Harvick -45 (+33)
  6. Martin Truex Jr. -46 (+32)
  7. Tony Stewart -50 (+28)
  8. Jimmie Johnson -54 (+24)
  9. Kyle Busch -70 (+8)
  10. Clint Bowyer -76 (+2)
  11. Carl Edwards -78 -2 from Chase top 10
  12. Brad Keselowski -3 (Note: Currently has Wild Card No. 1)
  13. Ryan Newman -16 (Note: Currently has Wild Card No. 2)
  14. Paul Menard -25
  15. Joey Logano -43
  16. Jamie McMurray -49
  17. Juan Pablo Montoya -50
  18. Jeff Burton -53
  19. Kasey Kahne -56
  20. AJ Allmendinger -60
  21. Marcos Ambrose -63
  22. Aric Almirola -65
  23. Jeff Gordon -70
  24. Mark Martin -84
  25. Kurt Busch -87
  26. Bobby Labonte -91
  27. Regan Smith -94
  28. Casey Mears -115
  29. David Ragan -130
  30. David Gilliland -137
  31. David Reutimann -148
  32. Travis Kvapil -154
  33. Dave Blaney -162
  34. Landon Cassill -167
  35. David Stremme -221
For more news on today's race check out NASCAR Ranting And Raving along with SB Nation's NASCAR Racing page.

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