Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 12/15/14
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 and will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points following the first race of the season. Winning the Daytona 500 is nice, and it almost surely guarantees Earnhardt a spot in the NASCAR post season. NASCAR’s post season will be a mixture of drivers who have won one of the seasons first 26 races, and then the  drivers with the most points who have not won a race. The next race on the Sprint Cup Series schedule will take place at the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway next Sunday. Full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings after Daytona RK DRIVER POINTS BEHIND WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 43 — 1 0 1 1 2 Denny Hamlin 42 -1 0 0 1 1 3 Jeff Gordon 41 -2 0 0 1 1 4 Brad Keselowski 40 -3 0 0 1 1 5 Jimmie Johnson 39 -4 0 0 1 1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 38 -5 0 0 0 1 7 Matt Kenseth 37 -6 0 0 0 1 8 Greg Biffle 35 -8 0 0 0 1 9 Casey Mears 34 -9 0 0 0 1 10 Joey Logano 33 -10 0 0 0 0 11 Kevin Harvick 31 -12 0 0 0 0 12 Jam...

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