Top 30 drivers in points standings after Phoenix Tim Durr @timdurr Mar 20, 2017 at 4:55p ET Ryan Newman won the Camping World 500 and Kyle Larson moved to the points lead with a second-place finish at Phoenix Raceway. Check out how the top 30 in the points standings stack up after a hot day in the desert. 1 Kyle Larson, 184 points After three straight second-place finishes, Larson has grabbed the points lead for the first time in his young career. He doesn't have any playoff points, though. 2 Brad Keselowski, 178 (5 playoff points) There's likely going to be a hit to Keselowski for failing post-race inspection but even the most severe end of the penalty (40 points) won't bump him too far down the points. 3 Chase Elliott, 171 (1 playoff point) Elliott once again had a dominant car for most of the race but couldn't close the deal. He did grab his first playoff point by winning a stage at Phoenix. 4 Martin Truex Jr., 153 (7 playoff points) The Las Vegas race winner ended up in 11th at the end of the Phoenix race. Still a good start to the season for Truex. 5 Joey Logano, 135 (1 playoff point) A blown tire and pit road penalty combined to take a contending car and put it 31st. Logano grabbed his first playoff point, though. 6 Ryan Blaney, 127 Blaney sped on pit road and turned a potential top-five into 23rd. He's still having a great start to his sophomore campaign. 7 Kevin Harvick, 123 (3 playoff points) Harvick never had the speed we usually see from him at Phoenix, but still found his way near the front at the end. 8 Jamie McMurray, 119 Chip Ganassi Racing has shown great speed to start the season and have both drivers in the top 10 in the standings. 9 Kurt Busch, 105 (5 playoff points) Two weeks of battery/alternator problems have knocked the Daytona 500 winner down the standings quite a bit. 10 Kasey Kahne, 105 The longer Kahne can keep the No. 5 in the top 10 in the standings, the more we'll start to believe that this year will be different than the past several. 11 Ryan Newman, 101 (5 playoff points) A huge weight was lifted off Newman's shoulders by winning for the first time since 2013. He's guaranteed a playoff spot now. 12 Trevor Bayne, 100 After a solid first three races, Bayne took a step back with a 19th-place finish at Phoenix. 13 Kyle Busch, (1 playoff point) Busch was six laps from grabbing his first win of the season and locking up a playoff spot. Joey Logano got him again. 14 Denny Hamlin, 97 Hamlin passed about 200 cars on Sunday after tire problems had him march through the field a couple times. A resilient 10th-place finish for Hamlin at Phoenix. 15 Clint Bowyer, 97 Bowyer's speed has been a bit behind the top-tier cars, but he's within striking distance. 16 Jimmie Johnson, 93 The seven-time champ scored his first top 10 of the season but there's still a lot of racing left in 2017. 17 Aric Almirola, 90 All things considered, it's been a solid four races for the single car No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. 18 Erik Jones, 82 After having a solid car at Atlanta and Las Vegas but finishing outside the top 10, Jones finally put it all together for an eighth-place result. 19 Paul Menard, 78 Menard has dropped back in the standings after a strong start to the season. 20 Matt Kenseth, 72 Kenseth has been on the wrong side of luck so far. A blown tire sent him hard into the wall on Sunday. 21 Daniel Suarez, 72 In four races, Suarez has improved each week. After finishing seventh at Phoenix, it'll be interesting to see if he can best that at Auto Club. 22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 71 After a rough first three races, Stenhouse stayed out late and turned an 11-16th into a top five. 23 Dale Earnhardt Jr., 70 In his first four races back behind the wheel, it's been a handful of ups-and-downs for Earnhardt. 24 Ty Dillon, 68 The younger of the two Dillon brothers has the slight edge in the standings over his brother and has improved the No. 13 team from previous years. 25 Austin Dillon, 66 It's been a far cry from contending for a spot in the Round of 8 for Dillon this season. 26 Michael McDowell, 62 For the first time in their history, Leavine Family Racing and McDowell plan to race the entire season with a charter. It hasn't been a bad start for the No. 95 team. 27 Matt DiBenedetto, 56 The single car Go FAS Racing team and DiBenedetto are getting all they can out of their equipment and aren't in bad shape after four races. , LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk John K Harrelson 28 Landon Cassill, 55 The Front Row Motorsports drivers have struggled to start the season with Cassill and his teammate David Ragan pretty far down in the standings. , LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Russell LaBounty 29 Danica Patrick, 52 It's been a steady decline to start the season for Patrick. She has a lot of ground to make up for a respectable season. Shanna Lockwood Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports 30 Cole Whitt, 50 A few weeks ago, Whitt was sitting 17th in the standings. Back to reality for the single car TriStar Motorsports team. Next Gallery 13 12 tracks where Ryan Newman has won in the NASCAR Cup Series Start Gallery » FOX Fantasy Auto Form a Racing Team, Compete for Prizes Play Now!