Standings shuffle: Gordon enters top 10
July 28, 2013, NASCAR.com
IN THE GREEN
Kasey Kahne (Change: 10th to 9th)
Kasey Kahne is a recent addition to the top 10, making his way into a guaranteed Chase spot just last weekend. This week, after finishing third at Indianapolis, he was able to take one more spot. Kahne is now sitting just one point behind eighth-place Greg Biffle, who has looked vulnerable lately with four consecutive finishes outside the top 10.
Jeff Gordon (Change: 12th to 10th)
Gordon may not have gotten that fifth win at the Brickyard, but his top-10 finish was enough to bring the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion into a top-10 points position. Without any wins this season, Gordon needs to stay there, or win, to make the Chase. Only five points behind Kasey Kahne and six behind Biffle, Gordon could continue to move up with more strong showings.
Ryan Newman (Change: 19th to 16th)
While Newman didn't do much to cut the points differential between himself and leader Jimmie Johnson -- Sunday's win brought his deficit from 209 to 206 -- his Chase hopes just became a bit more realistic. He's now battling team owner Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr. for a Wild Card bid, and only needs to make up 20 points to match 12th-place Truex.
IN THE RED
Martin Truex Jr. (Change: 11th to 12th)
With Ryan Newman putting a check in the win column and moving up in the standings, it's time to play defense for Truex. Despite his 11th-place finish at Indianapolis, Truex still fell in the standings, showing finishes outside of the top 10 may not cut it as the end of the season nears. Passing Stewart, who only sits four points ahead of Truex, would offer even more of a buffer should Newman continue to perform well.
Brad Keselowski (Change: 9th to 13th)
In one week, with one 21st-place finish, reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski undid the jump he made last week in the points standings. The good news for the driver of the blue deuce is that he's still within striking distance of the top 10, only six points behind Jeff Gordon. With a fourth-place finish in his last showing at Pocono, Kes has a chance to ping-pong right back into the top 10 next week.
Jeff Burton (Change: 17th to 20th)
After an impressive third-place finish at last weekend's Camping World RV Sales 301, Burton jumped four places in the standings. The momentum didn't carry over to Indianapolis, though, as Burton's car came to a halt en route to the garage. The No. 31 was able to make it back out onto the track, but finished in last, 50 laps down. He now has 21 points between himself and 19th-place Paul Menard.