Chase breakdown: Dover

Jay Hart
Yahoo! Sports

Round 2 of the Chase is in the books. Here's how the 12 drivers stand after Sunday's Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway:

1. Carl Edwards (finished 3rd at Dover): Turned in yet another steady performance to keep himself atop the standings. It's a great position for Edwards considering his bread and butter (the 1.5-mile tracks) are still to come.

2. Jimmie Johnson (finished 5th; -10 points): Didn't have the car to compete with the Roush trio of Biffle, Kenseth and Edwards. Still a solid day for Johnson, who remains the favorite.

3. Greg Biffle (finished 1st; -10 points): Like Edwards, Biffle's best tracks are still ahead of him, which is what makes his back-to-back wins that more impressive. The Biff is no longer a dark horse. He's a legit contender.

4. Jeff Burton (finished 9th; - 82 points): Quietly moves up to fourth in the standings, though it's hard to believe that Burton presents much of a challenge to the three drivers in front of him.

5. Kevin Harvick (finished 6th; -101 points): Harvick may be the new dark horse, now that Biffle has emerged as a true contender. But unlike Biffle, Harvick hasn't shown he has the speed to compete with the big boys.

6. Clint Bowyer (finished 8th; -106 points): Does anyone even remember that Bowyer is in the Chase? Has two top-15s in the playoff, yet is doing it virtually unnoticed.

7. Tony Stewart (finished 11th; -113 points): You know it can't be a good day when you finish 11th and it's the best result on your entire team. Stewart remains the top Gibbs driver in contention, though it's not looking good for the top team during the regular season.

8. Jeff Gordon (finished 7th; -118 points): Started from the pole, led a few laps, then was never heard from again. That pretty much tells the story of Gordon's season. If he can't show better when starting from the pole, then he can't be considered a legit contender for the title.

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (finished 24th, -129 points): Terrible day for the 88 team. They missed the set up and never could figure it out, which is what championship teams do. Earnhardt Jr. and company still aren't ready.

10. Matt Kenseth (finished 2nd, -167 points): Showed he can hang with the likes of Edwards and Johnson, but will have a tough time rebounding from the disaster at New Hampshire. Needs those in front of him to falter in order to give him a chance.

11. Denny Hamlin: (finished 39th, -193 points): It's over for Hamlin. No way he's coming back from this deficit with this many good drivers in front of him. Time to start getting ready for next season.

12. Kyle Busch (finished 43rd, -210 points): Remember a few years ago when the Seattle Mariners tied a regular-season record for wins, then failed to reach the World Series? That's Kyle Busch this year.

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