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Standings Shuffle: Biffle, Bowyer swap spots

November 11, 2013, Taylor Starer, NASCAR.com

Fuel miscalculation costs Edwards at Phoenix; Bowyer also slips a spot

FULL SERIES COVERAGE

Pos.

Driver

Pts back

+/-

1.

Jimmie Johnson

--

--

2.

Matt Kenseth

-28

--

3.

Kevin Harvick

-34

--

4.

Kyle Busch

-57

--

5.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

-63

--

6.

Jeff Gordon

-80

--

7.

Greg Biffle

-83

+1

8.

Clint Bowyer

-87

-1

9.

Joey Logano

-97

--

10.

Kurt Busch

-99

--

11.

Ryan Newman

-125

+1

12.

Kasey Kahne

-132

+1

13.

Carl Edwards

-134

-2

IN THE GREEN

Greg Biffle (Change: 8th to 7th)
Biffle may not have left Phoenix with a win, but he did make an upward shift in the points standings to seventh, ultimately swapping spots with Clint Bowyer. Biffle was one of the 13 leaders in the AdvoCare 500, leading for just one lap. Finishing 13th after starting in the rear after a transmission change, his jump in the standings can be accredited to his ability to stay consistent and drive through the field. Although he is no longer competing for the title in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Biffle heads into the last race of the season one position higher than he was pre-Phoenix. 

Ryan Newman (Change: 12th to 11th)
Adding another top-10 finish to the eight Newman has previously earned at Phoenix, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver leaves the desert 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, seven points in front of Kasey Kahne and nine points in front of Carl Edwards. Newman finished 10th in the AdvoCare 500 and led for a total of 31 laps, the sixth most in the race. Even though Newman had a strong showing at Phoenix, he was mathematically eliminated from title contention last week and is 125 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson

IN THE RED

Clint Bowyer (Change: 7th to 8th)
After leading the final practice on Saturday and starting sixth in the field at Phoenix, Bowyer looked like a he had a good shot of seeing Victory Lane -- or at least finishing in the top five like he's done twice before at this track. Bowyer was in and out of the top 10 and at one point was in fourth place on Lap 255. However, he couldn't hold that position. His drop back in the standings can be blamed on his 20th-place showing at a track where he earned a top-10 finish earlier in the season, as well as Greg Biffle's performance that moved the Roush Fenway Racing driver up one spot in the standings.

Carl Edwards (Change: 11th to 13th)

Edwards went into Phoenix with the second-best Driver Rating (100.6) in the past eight years there, as well as a win at the track earlier this season. Edwards qualified 23rd at Phoenix but quickly displayed one of the strongest cars, leading for 36 laps. Everything was looking good for Edwards -- he was leading with three laps to go and Victory Lane was in sight -- until Edwards ran out of fuel just before the white flag flew, leaving Kevin Harvick to nab the lead for the win. This ultimately cost Edwards two positions in the standings and resulted in a 21st-place finish in the second to last race of the season.

MISSED CHANCES

Matt Kenseth (Change: No change)

The one-mile Phoenix track has never been one of Kenseth's strongest, and his time at Sunday's AdvoCare 500 didn't go differently. Going into the race just seven points behind leader Jimmie Johnson, Kenseth needed to make a drastic impact in the race to overcome Johnson's lead. Unfortunately for Kenseth, he faced the worst finish he's earned during the Chase -- 23rd -- after handling problems kept his car stuck in traffic. As the Sprint Cup drivers head to the last race of the season at Homestead, Kenseth now sits 28 points behind.

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