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NASCAR Chase: Johnson new leader

Matt Kensethcame toTalladegathis weekend as theNASCARSprint CupSeries points leader of a scant four points. However, after SundaysCampingWorld RV Sales 500 was over,Jimmie Johnsonwas on top of the standings. The script got flipped on Kenseth, who now trails Johnson2,254 points to 2,250 points. Yes, that is only a four-point margin.

WhileJamie McMurraywon the race, the key stat of the day was Johnson cominghomein 13th spot followed by Kenseth in the 20th position and thus the reversal of fortunes. The rest of the top-five changed as well as KensethsJoe Gibbs RacingpartnerKyle Buschjumped two spaces up to third whileKevin HarvickandJeff Gordoneach dropped a spot.

That it is a two-driver Chase with four races remaining seems to be the way things are playing out. While, Busch, Harvick and Gordon remain in the mix they dont seem to be gaining any ground on the top two Chase leaders. The next race coming up is one of the most interesting of the final four.

The short paper clip shaped track at Martinsville is the shortest track on the entireNASCARseries at on 0.526 miles with only a 12-degree banking. Needless to say this is one of those tracks where everyone is trading paint and getting a lap down can happen in a blink of an eye. That said making up for an early race mistake is also in order when it comes to Martnsville.

The final three races are at Texas Motor Speedway a mile and a half track, then comes the flat 1-mile Phoenix track, and the season comes to a close at Homestead-Miami on Nov. 17. The track in south Florida is another mile and a half track like Texas.

Here are the most up dated standings:

1. Jimmie Johnson

2. Matt Kenseth -4

3. Kyle Busch 26

4. Kevin Harvick 26

5. Jeff Gordon -34

6.Dale Earnhardt Jr. -52

7. Greg Biffle-53

8. Clint Bowyer-57

9.Kurt Busch-61

10. Carl Edwards-68

11.Ryan Newman-72

12.Joey Logano-75

13. Kasey Kahne-101


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