Although Talledega is reknowned for its number of wrecks, somehow Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth were able to stay out of trouble during Sunday’s the Camping World RV Sales Sprint Cup event, although they both found few opportunities to pass a lot of other cars. Still, Johnson’s 13th place finish was enough to take him to the top of the standings. In fact, he now holds a 4-point advantage over Kenseth (who finished in 20th place).
"You know I feel that the races forward now are up to where the competitors go earn it," Johnson said. "You don't have this luck issue that can take place at plate tracks, so I am happy to have the points lead and we went through a lot of work to get there. We just go racing from here and that is the thing I am most excited for. Great race tracks, great race cars and it's just going to be a dogfight to the end."
With only four more races left before the end of the season, the top ten point contenders for the Sprint title this year are: Johnson with 2,254 points; Kenseth at 2,250; Kyle Busch tied with Kevin Harvick at 2,228; Jeff Gordon at 2,200; Dale Earnhardt Jr, 2202; Greg Biffle at 2,201; Clint Bowyer with 2,197; Kurt Busch, 2193; and Carl Edwards standing at 2,186.
14th place holder Jamie McMurray, however was in the right place Sunday, stealing the Camping World RV Sales away from Auston Dillon, who crashed off the second turn in his last lap. The win was the first for McMurray this season, and his second at Talledega Speedway.