Jimmie Johnson extended his lead in the championship standings to 43 over new second place driver Carl Edwards following his 12th place at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are tied for third 46points out of the top spot.
With his victory Kevin Harvick breaks into the top 10 and sits ninth 72 points behind Johnson.
After nine starts Paul Menard and Aric Almirola have also maintained their fast starts and both hold on to a provisional Chase spot heading into next Sunday's race at Talladega International Speedway.
Denny Hamlin drops to 29th in the standings 126 points out of 10th place and 71 points out of 20th. Hamlin expects to start next Sunday's race but will give way to a substitute driver at the earliest possible opportunity as he continues to recover from injuries sustained at Auto Club Speedway.
The complete NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings after Richmond can be found belowJimmie Johnson Ldr. Carl Edwards 43 Kasey Kahne 46 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 46 Clint Bowyer 53 Brad Keselowski 59 Kyle Busch 65 Greg Biffle 71 Kevin Harvick 72 Paul Menard 72 Aric Almirola 85 Jamie McMurray 98 Matt Kenseth 102 Jeff Gordon 108 Martin Truex Jr. 112 Ryan Newman 114 Joey Logano 115 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 119 Jeff Burton 125 Kurt Busch 127 Mark Martin 136 Tony Stewart 136 Marcos Ambrose 148 Juan Pablo Montoya 160 Casey Mears 160 Danica Patrick 174 Bobby Labonte 191 Denny Hamlin 198 Dave Blaney 198 David Ragan 198