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Amp Energy Juice 500 - Race results

Clint Bowyer set aside the controversy of the start of his Chase campaign to take a knife-edge victory over Kevin Harvick following a big wreck for AJ Allmendinger.
Clint Bowyer had already won the first Chase race in New Hampshire, but lost virtually all the points he gained in a penalty for a technical infringement. How sweet it was, then, to bounce back to victory lane at Talledega with victory in the Amp Energy Juice 500.

Although Bowyer was quick to start celebrating, it took NASCAR several minutes to confirm who in fact had won, Bowyer or Kevin Harvick. Both had been battling for the last lap lead when a big wreck down the field sent AJ Allmendinger's car flipping across the track: no one was quite sure who was fractionally ahead when the actual yellow came out. As a result, officials needed to pour over the data from the video feeds and scoring loops to establish that Bowyer had in fact been in front when the race was called.

Harvick was lucky to escape an incident on lap 141 which started when Bowyer got into the back of Marcos Ambrose, who spun into the front of Harvick. The #29 was damaged but able to continue through to the end, and Harvick's second place, combined with steady but not exactly stellar seventh and ninth place finishes for his Chase rivals Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin respectively, means that he closes up on them in the Sprint Cup standings.

Harvick reduces his deficit to Johnson from 62pts to 38pts while Johnson marginally pulls away from second-placed Hamlin, his lead up to 14pts, but the championship race remains the closest in Chase history as they head into the final three races of the year.

Race result

1. Clint Bowyer 188 laps 190/5pts
2. Kevin Harvick 188 laps 175/5pts
3. Juan Montoya 188 laps 170/5pts
4. David Reutimann 188 laps 165/5pts
5. Joey Logano 188 laps 160/5pts
6. Martin Truex Jr. 188 laps 155/5pts
7. Jimmie Johnson 188 laps 151/5pts
8. Jeff Gordon 188 laps 147/5pts
9. Denny Hamlin 188 laps 143/5pts
10. Brad Keselowski 188 laps 139/5pts
11. Mark Martin 188 laps 135/5pts
12. Regan Smith 188 laps 127/0pts
13. Paul Menard 188 laps 129/5pts
14. Elliott Sadler 188 laps 126/5pts
15. Sam Hornish Jr. 188 laps 123/5pts
16. Matt Kenseth 188 laps 120/5pts
17. Carl Edwards 188 laps 117/5pts
18. Robby Gordon 188 laps 109/0pts
19. Greg Biffle 188 laps 106/0pts
20. Aric Almirola 188 laps 108/5pts
21. David Ragan 188 laps 100/0pts
22. Chad McCumbee 188 laps 97/0pts
23. Ryan Newman 188 laps 94/0pts
24. Casey Mears 188 laps 91/0pts
25. Kyle Busch 188 laps 93/5pts
26. Kasey Kahne 188 laps 90/5pts
27. Joe Nemechek 188 laps 87/5pts
28. Michael Waltrip 188 laps 84/5pts
29. Scott Speed 188 laps 76/0pts
30. Kurt Busch 188 laps 78/5pts
31. Tony Stewart 188 laps 70/0pts
32. A.J. Allmendinger 187 laps 67/0pts Accident
33. David Gilliland 187 laps 64/0pts
34. Marcos Ambrose 187 laps 66/5pts
35. Michael McDowell 186 laps 58/0pts
36. Jamie McMurray 183 laps 60/5pts
37. Robert Richardson Jr. 180 laps 52/0pts
38. Bobby Labonte 172 laps 49/0pts Engine
39. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 163 laps 56/10pts
40. Bill Elliott 140 laps 43/0pts Accident
41. Jeff Burton 133 laps 45/5pts Accident
42. Dave Blaney 12 laps 37/0pts Transmission
43. Jeff Fuller 2 laps 34/0pts Rear Gear

Sprint Cup standings after round 33 of 36

1. (--) Jimmie Johnson 6149pts Leader
2. (--) Denny Hamlin 6135pts -14pts
3. (--) Kevin Harvick 6111pts -38pts
4. (+1) Jeff Gordon 5942pts -207pts
5. (-1) Kyle Busch 5919pts -230pts
6. (--) Carl Edwards 5902pts -247pts
7. (--) Tony Stewart 5832pts -317pts
8. (+2) Matt Kenseth 5825pts -324pts
9. (--) Kurt Busch 5799pts -350pts
10. (-2) Jeff Burton 5797pts -352pts
11. (--) Greg Biffle 5788pts -361pts
12. (--) Clint Bowyer 5782pts -367pts

13. (--) Jamie McMurray 3976pts -2173pts
14. (--) Mark Martin 3937pts -2212pts
15. (--) Ryan Newman 3883pts -2266pts
16. (--) Juan Montoya 3866pts -2283pts
17. (--) Joey Logano 3809pts -2340pts
18. (--) David Reutimann 3772pts -2377pts
19. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3662pts -2487pts
20. (+2) Martin Truex Jr. 3614pts -2535pts
21. (-1) A.J. Allmendinger 3613pts -2536pts
22. (-1) Kasey Kahne 3609pts -2540pts
23. (--) Paul Menard 3460pts -2689pts
24. (--) David Ragan 3266pts -2883pts
25. (--) Brad Keselowski 3260pts -2889pts
26. (--) Marcos Ambrose 3113pts -3036pts
27. (+1) Elliott Sadler 2982pts -3167pts
28. (+1) Sam Hornish Jr. 2947pts -3202pts
29. (-2) Scott Speed 2944pts -3205pts
30. (--) Regan Smith 2926pts -3223pts
31. (+1) Bobby Labonte 2305pts -3844pts
32. (-1) Travis Kvapil 2264pts -3885pts
33. (--) David Gilliland 2227pts -3922pts
34. (--) Robby Gordon 1901pts -4248pts
35. (--) Kevin Conway* 1757pts -4392pts
36. (--) Reed Sorenson 1355pts -4794pts
37. (--) Casey Mears 1328pts -4821pts
38. (+1) Joe Nemechek 1287pts -4862pts
39. (-1) Dave Blaney 1272pts -4877pts
40. (--) Brian Vickers 1158pts -4991pts
41. (--) Bill Elliott 989pts -5160pts
42. (+2) Michael McDowell 929pts -5220pts
43. (-1) Mike Bliss 919pts -5230pts
44. (-1) Max Papis 907pts -5242pts
45. (--) David Stremme 825pts -5324pts
46. (--) J.J. Yeley 779pts -5370pts
47. (--) Landon Cassill 588pts -5561pts
48. (--) Tony Raines 479pts -5670pts
49. (--) Boris Said 448pts -5701pts
50. (--) Patrick Carpentier 399pts -5750pts
* Denotes Rookie



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