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Gordon's third win puts him back atop Chase Standings

August 17, 2014, Staff report,

Veteran driver holds slight lead over teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Jeff Gordon regained the top spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase standings with Sunday's win at Michigan International Speedway.

Gordon leads the premier series in points, and is one of four drivers with three Sprint Cup Series wins this season.

With a repeat winner at Michigan, drivers that already had one win clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, AJ Allmendinger and Kurt Busch are now locked into the 16-driver playoff field provided they attempt to qualify for the next three races.

In addition to those five drivers, Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Brad KeselowskiKevin HarvickCarl Edwards and Joey Logano had already locked up spots.

Twelve drivers have combined to win the first 23 points-paying races of the season, and three races remain before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. After the 23rd points race of NASCAR's regular season, here is how the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings look: