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Rankings are updated every Monday of the NASCAR season.

Rank   Driver Points   Change   Comment
1 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 780
Harvick saw his points lead cut significantly after a rare engine failure on Sunday. It was his first DNF of the season and left him in the 42nd spot.
2 Joey Logano Joey Logano 734
Logano led a race high 97 laps, which is also the most he’s ever led at Pocono. It wasn’t enough, however, as he played the wrong fuel mileage gamble and ran out with two laps to go while leading. He finished 20th.
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 717
Earnhardt struggled all day and even went for a solo spin early in the race. Unlike others, he played the fuel mileage game perfectly and was rewarded with a somewhat surprising fourth place finish.
4 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson 713
Johnson never seemed to have the car to win Sunday. He did avoid trouble and had the right fuel strategy to come home sixth.
5 Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. 694
Truex came close to a season sweep Sunday. The June winner at Pocono was third in the final laps, but ran out fuel and settled for 19th place.
6 Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 681
Keselowski suffered all manner of woes Sunday. He slid through his pit box, hit several crewmembers, was penalized and lost a lap. He made up his lap and, because of the right fuel strategy, finished second.
7 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth 662
Kenseth had the right fuel strategy and as others ran out in front of him, he took the lead on the last half lap and scored his 33rd career victory and his first at Pocono.
8 Jamie McMurray Jamie McMurray 631
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McMurray was never really a factor, but did make a brief appearance inside the top 10. He couldn’t stay there and finished 15th.
9 Kurt Busch Kurt Busch 620
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Busch led for a time and was a contender, but on lap 66 he was spun and hit suffering damage. He finished 37th, 10 laps down.
10 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon 617
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Gordon struggled all day and ran outside the top 10 for most of the race. Thanks to the right fuel strategy, Gordon surprised himself with a third place finish in his last race at Pocono.
11 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin 614
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Hamlin led two laps, and despite a fickle transmission, ran among the top five for a time. He faded at the end though, managing only a 22nd place one lap down.
12 Paul Menard Paul Menard 591
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Menard was never a factor but did avoid trouble and finished 11th.
13 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman 584
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Newman was holding his own just outside the top 10, but ran out of fuel with two laps to go and finished 23rd.
14 Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer 574
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Bowyer cussed like a sailor all afternoon as he struggled with his car. He played the fuel strategy game right, however, and celebrated an eighth place finish.
15 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne 559
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Kahne ended his day early. On lap 4, he went for a solo spin exiting turn 3 and crashed hard into the inside pit wall. He was uninjured, but his day was done and he finished 43rd.
 

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