Gordon joins Chase contenders with Kansas win
May 10, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
First win of 2014 puts points leader in good position to reach postseason
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Gordon now has a 15-point lead over second-place Matt Kenseth in the points standings, but more importantly, is one of nine drivers with at least one win.
"We've had a fast car every single weekend," Gordon said, "and it gives me so much confidence."
Gordon became the first three-time winner at Kansas, and his 89 career victories in the premier series rank third all-time.
Gordon has eight top-10 finishes this season, including five top-fives.
Logano (Texas and Richmond) and Harvick (Phoenix and Darlington) are the only two-time winners in the Sprint Cup Series this season; Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas), Carl Edwards (Bristol), Kyle Busch (Fontana) and Kurt Busch (Martinsville) each have one win.
Drivers with at least two wins will gain one of the 16 spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, assuming they rank among the top 30 in the standings and attempt to qualify for all 26 races.
Any driver with one win through the first 26 races, and a top-30 ranking in the points standings, could also potentially qualify for the Chase. If the points leader does not have a win, that driver will also qualify for the Chase.
After the 11th race of NASCAR's regular season, here is how the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings look:
||Winner: Texas, Richmond
||Winner: Phoenix, Darlington|
|5.||Dale Earnhardt Jr.
||Winner: Las Vegas
||2nd in points|
||7th in points|
||8th in points|
||9th in points|
||10th in points|
||13th in points|
||14th in points|