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Standings Shuffle: Little movement into Talladega

October 14, 2013, Taylor Starer, NASCAR.com

Edwards, Bowyer climb; top seven remains unchanged after Charlotte

Updated standingsFull coverage

Two up

Two down

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Pos.

Driver

Pts back

+/-

1.

Matt Kenseth

--

0

2.

Jimmie Johnson

-4

0

3.

Kevin Harvick

-29

0

4.

Jeff Gordon

-36

0

5.

Kyle Busch

-37

0

6.

Greg Biffle

-58

0

7.

Kurt Busch

-59

0

8.

Clint Bowyer

-63

+1

9.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

-66

-1

10.

Carl Edwards

-67

+1

11.

Joey Logano

-75

-1

12.

Ryan Newman

-78

0

13.

Kasey Kahne

-81

0

IN THE GREEN

Clint Bowyer (Change: 9th to 8th)
After last week's 14th-place finish at Kansas Speedway led to a drop in the standings, Bowyer rebounded on Saturday night. Bowyer was the defending race winner in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and he qualified 14th. Throughout Saturday's race Bowyer frequently found himself running in the top 10 alongside fellow Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders. Finishing 11th, just shy of the top 10, Bowyer now sits eighth in the standings, four points behind Kurt Busch and 63 points behind leader Matt Kenseth

Carl Edwards (Change: 11th to 10th)
Slowly but surely, Edwards is making his way back up in the standings after his dramatic drop at Dover. Starting 15th, Edwards weaved through traffic, struggled to pass at times and finished 10th. It was his 11th career top-10 at Charlotte. Edwards is now 10th in the standings, one point behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 67 points behind Kenseth.

IN THE RED

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Change: 8th to 9th)
As competitive as he was at times in the Bank of America 500, it was surprising to see Earnhardt Jr. finish 15th. Starting strong in the sixth position, Earnhardt led for 19 laps, but was eventually overtaken by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne for the lead. It appeared that a tight handling condition held him back from making positive movements in the Chase standings. Earnhardt Jr. currently sits 66 points behind Kenseth for the lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

Joey Logano (Change: 10th to 11th)
After gaining ground in the standings for the first time in the Chase last week, Logano slipped back again, but this time just one position. He's 75 points behind Kenseth, and just six points ahead of 13th-place Kasey Kahne.

MISSED CHANCES

Kasey Kahne: (No change)
As each track has come and gone during the Chase, Kahne has yet to make a competitive impact and was often left overlooked. Charlotte was a different story. Although he didn't hold on for the win or even make a change in the standings, he led the most laps (138) and finished second. The driver now sits three points behind Ryan Newman and six points behind Logano.

Jimmie Johnson (No change)
With the most wins at Charlotte (six) out of all of the Chase contenders, Johnson was beat out by Brad Keselowski to Victory Lane. Starting in the fourth position, that's exactly where Johnson finished after leading a total of 130 laps. Although Johnson didn't drop in the standings, he also didn't take the lead from Kenseth, either. In fact, he lost one point at the midway point of the playoff.

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