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Record win at Indy helps Gordon clinch Chase spot

July 27, 2014, Staff report,

In addition to Gordon, three others punch their Chase tickets

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A strong performance and a victory on what the Indianapolis Mayor had appropriately deemed "Jeff Gordon Day" helped Jeff Gordon earn his second win of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season and clinch a spot in the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field.

Gordon was not the only driver to lock up a spot in the playoff field. With multiple wins and a 289-point advantage over 31st place, locking them into the top 30, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano also clinched their spots as long as they attempt to qualify for the remaining six races in the regular season. They join Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski, who clinched at New Hampshire.

Eleven drivers have combined to win the first 20 points-paying races of the season and six races remain before the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. After the 20th points race of NASCAR's regular season, here is how the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings look: