Kenseth maintains Nextel Cup points lead

April 23, 2006 at 7:08 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 23 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth holds a 9-point lead over Jimmie Johnson in the latest Nextel Cup standings.

The official list was released Sunday after the Subway Fresh 500 race at Phoenix the night before.

In that race, Kenseth, who has 1,218 points, finished third and Johnson (1,209) was seventh. Kasey Kahne, who finished sixth at Phoenix, holds down third place in the latest standings at 1,167 points with Mark Martin (1,017) fourth and Phoenix runner-up Tony Stewart fifth with 966 points.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (951), defending champion Kyle Busch (950), Jeff Gordon (911), Subway 500 winner Kevin Harvick (859) and Casey Mears (845) round out the top 10.

Among the drivers out of championship contention at present are Bobby and Terry Labonte, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Joe Nemechek and Kyle Petty.

Rookie Clint Bowyer, who was fifth at Phoenix, is 13th in the points standings with 750.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall