NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings 2014: Dale Earnhardt Jr Leads Jeff Gordon In Points

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Aug 11, 2014 06:18 PM EDT
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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York."

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase standings has Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon leading the Chase points standings after AJ Allmendinger won the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen in Watkins Glen and now his team is eligible for the playoff and it comes as Tony Stewart did not race on Sunday after his tragic incident the night before on a dirt track that killed Kevin Ward Jr.

Earnhardt is leading the standings in points and he has three wins on the season and he has 15 top 10 finishes on the season and he has been driving well all year. Dale Jr. is leading by a bit, while Jeff Gordon is second in the standings and he has a nice lead over Matt Kenseth, who is in third. Brad Keselowski is in fourth place in the standings and Joey Logano is in fifth and now the next race is on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400.

There are three more races after that with Bristol, Atlanta and Richmond ahead of the Chase and the first event will be in Chicago and that will be on ESPN. The second race is from New Hampshire before moving to Dover and those will also be on ESPN.

The race had a wreck at one point and things had to stop around the midpoint, as Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell crashed into each other and it was coming out of a right turn after Newman's car was clipped by Greg Biffle. There were five cars in the crash and it came after Newman hit into the barrier lining and that put a hole in the metal and then the two crashed. This cme after the Tony Stewart incident on Saturday night that killed Kevin Ward on a dirt track near Watkins Glen. Stewart did not race in the event on Sunday.

Stewart had an incident on Saturday night on a dirt track in upstate New York in which another driver was struck and killed, 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. Stewart and Ward made contact during a lap of that race and Ward's car spun out, after which he got out of the car and onto the track, gesturing and screaming towards Stewart. With his car blocking part of the track he stepped down and after one car avoided him, Stewart's car clipped him and sent him flying and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Stewart opted not to race on Sunday at Watkins Glen after the incident.

Check here for the NASCAR points standings and Chase leaders.

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