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Standings Shuffle: Biffle going up; Kahne down

September 22, 2013, Taylor Starer, NASCAR.com

Greg Biffle makes biggest jump in the Chase standings

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Pos.

Driver

Pts back

+/-

1.

Matt Kenseth

--

0

2.

Kyle Busch

-14

0

3.

Jimmie Johnson

-18

0

4.

Carl Edwards

-36

+1

5.

Greg Biffle

-38

+6

6.

Kevin Harvick

-39

-2

7.

Kurt Busch

-40

-1

8.

Jeff Gordon

-42

-1

9.

Ryan Newman

-47

-1

10.

Clint Bowyer

-48

-1

11.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

-62

+2

12.

Joey Logano

-69

0

13.

Kasey Kahne

-71

-3


IN THE GREEN

Carl Edwards (Change: 5th to 4th)
Edwards started the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the 26th position after enduring handling issues in practice and qualifying. Working his way through traffic, Edwards eventually broke into the top 10 at Lap 277 after passing defending race winner, Denny Hamlin. Edwards finished ninth, and his steady upward movement allowed him to finish with 2,075 points in the Chase standings, 36 points behind Chase leader Matt Kenseth. 

Greg Biffle (Change: 11th to 5th)
Biffle made the most dramatic jump in the standings this week after finishing third at New Hampshire. Biffle has one Sprint Cup career win at Loudon, along with seven top-five finishes. After qualifying in 10th place, Biffle eventually grabbed third from Kyle Busch at Lap 259 and managed to hold off a hounding Jimmie Johnson for the rest of the race. Biffle stood 11th in the Chase standings, but after his third-place finish in the Sylvania 300, he now holds fifth with 2,073 points. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Change: 13th to 11th)
Earnhardt Jr. made a significant comeback after his unfortunate DNF at Chicagoland Speedway last week. Leading 17 laps and finishing sixth after originally qualifying 17th, Earnhardt Jr. moved up two places in the Chase standings to 11th from 13th. Although he currently sits outside of the top 10 in the standings, he goes into next week at Dover International Speedway already having one Sprint Cup career win there in 2001. Earnhardt Jr. currently has 2,049 points, just 14 points behind 10th-place holder, Clint Bowyer. 

IN THE RED

Kevin Harvick (Change: 4th to 6th)
Harvick started the Sylvania 300 in eighth place, just in front of Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth. Everything was running smoothly until his car started to overheat at Lap 216 and he plummeted to 21st place. Harvick holds a previous win at New Hampshire in 2006, but failed to make the top-10 this time around. Dropping two points in the Chase standings, Harvick now holds sixth place, just one point behind Biffle. Harvick has yet to earn a win at Dover International Speedway in his Sprint Cup career, but does hold three top-five finishes, as well as 11 top-10 finishes there. 

Kurt Busch (Change: 6th to 7th)
Busch seemed like he couldn't hold his own this week. Starting in the fourth position, Busch began dropping out of the top 10 after a restart on Lap 58. Busch even fell as low as 23rd with one lap down on Lap 275. He worked his way through traffic and eventually finished 13th. Busch has earned three Sprint Cup career wins at New Hampshire, but just couldn't find it in him or his car to even make it into the top 10 this week. Busch dropped one spot in the Chase standings and now holds seventh place with 2,071 points, one point behind Harvick. As he goes into Dover International Speedway Busch can feel a slight comfort knowing that he already has earned one career win there in 2011. 

Kasey Kahne (Change: 10th to 13th)
Kahne had a strong opportunity to win at New Hampshire, but on Lap 252 he made contact with the wall on the frontstretch that sent him to the garage. He eventually returned on Lap 275 in 37th place, 22 laps down. Kahne started the race in the second position and even held the lead for 31 laps. After finishing in 37th, Kahne now has 2,040 points in the Chase standings after dropping three places to 13th.

MISSED CHANCES

Jeff Gordon (Change: 7th to 8th)
Gordon had a hot start going for him this week in the Sylvania 300. He started third and eventually overtook Matt Kenseth for the lead at Lap 111 as Kenseth headed to pit road, and even received a bonus point for it. Gordon led for 36 laps and it wasn't until Lap 202 where he slid over the line in his pit box and had to back up to get pit service, costing him his lead and was forced to restart way back in 22nd. Gordon worked his way back up the best he could, but eventually finished 15th with 2,069 points in the Chase standings, dropping back one position to eighth. 

Ryan Newman (Change: 8th to 9th)
Coors Light Pole Winner Newman was in the perfect position to win at New Hampshire, but led only for two laps. Kasey Kahne quickly gained the lead over Newman in the fourth turn of Lap 2 as Jeff Gordon followed. At Lap 214, Newman had faded all the way back to 26th running as the last car on the lead lap. Newman made up for some of his fall and eventually finished 16th. He now stands ninth in the Chase standings with 2,064 points after dropping one position from last week.

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