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Clint Bowyer (235 points behind leader)
Started 24th, finished 25th at Dover — Proof that you’re only as good as your last race, the New Hampshire winner had a miserable day at Dover. Bowyer pitted under green at around Lap 180, got penalized for speeding and fell two laps down when a caution came out.
Matt Kenseth (165 points behind leader)
Started 14th, finished 18th at Dover — Missing pit road just before halfway cost Kenseth dearly as he popped a left-front tire, went a lap down and lost a solid chance at a top-five finish.
Tony Stewart (162 points behind leader)
Started 25th, finished 21st at Dover — An early pit-road speeding penalty dropped the two-time champ two laps down. He is now 162 points out of the lead, and likely too far back to win a third title.
Greg Biffle (140 points behind leader)
Started sixth, finished 19th at Dover — Pitting right before teammate Matt Kenseth blew a tire on Lap 189 knocked Biffle off the lead lap when the caution came out. He never was able to recover and finished one lap down.
Jeff Gordon (83 points behind leader)
Started fourth, finished 11th at Dover — Gordon’s crew killed him on the final green-flag pit stop, which took 17.7 seconds and cost him five positions on the track. You can’t win titles that way.
Jeff Burton (80 points behind leader)
Started 27th, finished second at Dover — Burton hasn’t won a race in nearly two years, but he came close to changing that stat Sunday at Dover, where he had an excellent runner-up finish.
Carl Edwards (73 points behind leader)
Started 10th, finished fifth at Dover — A solid fifth-place run for Edwards and the No. 99 Aflac-sponsored Ford, a run that allowed him to pick up two spots in the points standings.
Kevin Harvick (65 points behind leader)
Started 33rd, finished 15th — After his confrontation with Denny Hamlin on Saturday, Harvick’s race was full of sound and fury, but signified nothing. So-so pit stops and a poor-handling car made him a non-factor.
Kurt Busch (59 points behind leader)
Started eighth, finished fourth at Dover — The elder Busch figured that an early race pit-road speeding penalty cost him two positions in the final rundown, but it still was a strong day for the Blue Deuce.
Kyle Busch (45 points behind leader)
Started 11th, finished sixth at Dover —For a time it looked like Busch (18) would win his second consecutive Dover race, but in the closing laps, the handling went away on his JGR No. 18 Toyota, so he toughed it out with a sixth-place run.
Jimmie Johnson (35 points behind leader)
Started first, finished first at Dover — You can’t do better than win the race and lead the most laps, which is what Johnson did, to move up to second place in the Chase, a mere 35 points behind Hamlin. There’s a reason Johnson is a four-time defending Sprint Cup champion, and it showed at Dover.
Denny Hamlin (Chase leader after Dover)
Started fourth, finished ninth at Dover — As the world knows by now, Dover is Hamlin’s least favorite track, but he came away with a top-10 finish to hold on to the top spot in the standings. Bad news for Hamlin: In the past six Chases, the leader after Dover has never gone on to win the championship.