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Sprint Cup Chase 2014: NASCAR Standings and Schedule After Pocono 400

Dale Earnhardt Jr. backed up his Daytona 500 victory earlier in the season, seizing his second checkered flag of the year, by winning Sunday's Pocono 400 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. NASCAR Stats noted the significance of Earnhardt's first triumph at Pocono Raceway: That helped Earnhardt improve his standing in the Sprint Cup Chase, moving from fifth to third in points. Although he lost out on an opportunity to win after leading a race-high 95 laps, a second straight runner-up finish still helps 2012 NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski move up in the points hierarchy from eighth to fifth. What lies ahead is the second half of the 2014 schedule. Below is a look at the updated Sprint Cup standings, along with analysis of the notable finishers fro...

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