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Allmendinger moves into Chase contention

August 10, 2014, Staff report,

First career Sprint Cup win vaults him up to 12th in standings

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AJ Allmendinger moved into contention for the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after winning at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

Allmendinger moved up to 12th in the standings with his first win in 213 career starts on the Sprint Cup circuit.

Seven drivers have multiple wins this season and are in the 16-team playoff field -- assuming they attempt to qualify for the next four races -- including: points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Brad KeselowskiKevin HarvickJeff GordonCarl Edwards and Joey Logano.

Twelve drivers have combined to win the first 22 points-paying races of the season, and four races remain before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. After the 22nd points race of NASCAR's regular season, here is how the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings look: