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Where they stand: Nationwide Series points after Talladega

Elliott Sadler celebrates in victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway after winning the 2014 Aaron's 312
Elliott Sadler celebrates in victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway after winning the 2014 Aaron's 312
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By winning the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Saturday, Elliott Sadler moved up to second in the series championship points standings and now sits just one point behind leader Chase Elliott. Sadler became only the third Nationwide championship-eligible driver to make his way to victory lane, so far, this year, joining two-time winner Elliott and Regan Smith, who won the season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February.

It just so happens that the three series-regular race winners are the top-three in the points standings, with Smith in third, three points behind JR Motorsports teammate Elliott and two behind Sadler.

Here is a look at the complete top-10 of the driver championship standings:

1. Chase Elliott, leader
2. Elliott Sadler, -1
3. Regan Smith, -3
4. Trevor Bayne, -31
4. Ty Dillon, -31
6. Brian Scott, -62
7. Brendan Gaughan, -89
8. James Buescher, -95
9. Chris Buescher, -110
10. Ryan Reed, -114
10. Mike Bliss, -114

Sam Hornish Jr. climbed into the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota entry at Talladega Superspeedway for his first Nationwide Series start of the season, in place of Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch, who had been driving the car, previously, this season. Despite the driver change, the No. 54 still leads the way in the owner points standings with a healthy 36-point lead over the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet entry that was driven at Talladega by Kasey Kahne. The No. 22 Team Penske entry, driven at Talladega by Ryan Blaney, is third in owner points, 38 behind the No. 54 car, but only two points behind the second-place No. 5 car. Here is a look at the top-10 of the owner points standings:

1. No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, leader
2. No. 5 JR Motorsports chevrolet, -36
3. No. 22 Team Penske Ford, -38
4. No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet, -45
5. No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, -48
6. No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, -49
7. No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, -51
8. No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, -79
8. No. 3 Richard childress Racing Chevrolet, -79
10. No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, -83

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