An up and down day
Sunday at Dover was a significant points swing for some drivers inside and outside the 12-man Chase cutoff. The nine-car accident early in the race had a major impact on the rankings, dropping Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin
and Tony Stewart
down the ladder.
Hamlin's 43rd-place finish dropped him from fourth to ninth. Stewart fell from eighth to 11th, only 35 points ahead of David Ragan
Edwards second-place showing moved him up from sixth to fourth, but those points don't matter as much as victories.
now has a 142-point lead, but more importantly, he's No. 1 in victories with four. Drivers are seeded by wins (10 points per victory) when the 10-race playoff starts in September.
Busch would rank first, 20 points ahead of Edwards. Busch has one more win than Edwards, but Edwards was docked 10 bonus points as part of the penalty from the oil-tank lid violation in his Las Vegas victory.
suffered the most damaging points hit of the season. First came the 150-point penalty from NASCAR for the rear wing violation at Charlotte, dropping Riggs from 27th to 33rd in the standings.
But this 39th-place finish Sunday moved the No. 66 Chevy to 36th in owners points, meaning Riggs will have to qualify on speed next weekend at Pocono. Only the top 35 have a guaranteed spot in the field.
Sam Hornish Jr.
moved back inside the top 35 with his 18th-place finish. Hornish was 36th in owners points but now is 33rd, 58 points ahead of Riggs.
A fine day for Fords
Aside from not winning the race, Roush Fenway Racing had quite a day Sunday with three top-5s and all five of its drivers in the top 15.
RFR drivers finished second (Carl Edwards
), third (Greg Biffle
) and fourth (Matt Kenseth
). Jamie McMurray
finished 10th, while David Ragan
It also was a good day for Yates Racing, which has a working agreement with Roush Fenway. Travis Kvapil
was 11th and teammate David Gilliland