The Chase is heating up with 5 drivers within 35 points.  Carl Edwards, who has remained rather consistent holds a 5 point lead over Kevin Harvick and 7 point lead over Matt Kenseth.  Just one week after winning, Jimmie Johnson was involved in a bad wreck last week to drop him 5 places in the chase to 8th place, now 35 points behind Edwards.  I think that most of the drivers in the top 8 can still take home the championship, but they are running out of time to make a move.  Also the top three will have to drop out of a race and not place in the top of the pack to give them a chance.

The Chase Standings:

Pos Chng  Driver          Points     Points back

1     —    Carl Edwards    2203    Leader
2     —    Kevin Harvick    2198    -5
3     +2    Matt Kenseth    2196    -7
4     +4    Kyle Busch    2185    -18
5     +2    Tony Stewart    2179    -24
6     -2    Brad Keselowski    2178    -25
7     -1    Kurt Busch    2176    -27
8     -5    Jimmie Johnson    2168    -35
9     —    Dale Jr.    2143    -60
10     +1    Ryan Newman    2142    -61
11     -1    Jeff Gordon    2137    -66
12     —    Denny Hamlin    2117    -86