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NASCAR Cup: Chase standings after Chicagoland Speedway

By AMANDA VINCENT
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series kicked off the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., with the running of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Martin Truex Jr. started round one with the win at Chicagoland, ensuring his advancement to round two. Truex’s car failed post-race laser inspection. The failure may result in a points deduction to be announced within the next couple of days, but regardless, the win on Sunday guarantees his advancement. A recent rule change by NASCAR gives officials the option to strip drivers of win benefits for severe laser-inspection failures, but Truex’s team’s violation was minor in nature.
The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson also failed post-race laser inspection at Chicagoland, possibly resulting in a points penalty. Unlike for Truex, a points penalty may hinder chances of Johnson’s advancement to the next round, depending on results he produces in the remaining two races of the opening round of the Chase.
Here is a look at the standings, one race into the Chase:
1. Martin Truex Jr. (1 win)
2. Brad Keselowski (2049 points)
3. Kyle Busch (2046)
4. Denny Hamlin (2045 points)
5. Joey Logano (2043 points)
6. Chase Elliott (2039 points)
7. Matt Kenseth (2038 points)
8. Jimmie Johnson (2037 points) ** points may be reduced by penalty
9. Carl Edwards (2032 points)
10. Kurt Busch (2031 points)
11. Jamie McMurray (2030 points)
12. Tony Stewart (2028 points)
13. Austin Dillon (2027 points)
14. Kevin Harvick (2027 points)
15. Kyle Larson (2026 points)
16. Chris Buescher (2016 points)
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