NASCAR & Auto Racing

Childress teammates 1-2 in points

Jeff Burton's third-place finish was his fourth straight top-10 and his sixth of 13th or better so far this year.

With Kyle Busch finishing 38th, Burton jumped from fourth to first in the Sprint Cup standings.

Ironically, the last time Burton led the points standings was coming into the fall race Martinsville in the 2006 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But he lost an engine and finished 42nd to begin a slide that took him out of championship contention.

"I am just real proud of my guys," Burton said.

"From where we were yesterday to where we were today was just a big gain, and I am real proud of that. ... You're not always going to be good in practice and, to me, when you can overcome and have a good day that's a good sign."

Kevin Harvick, Burton's Richard Childress Racing teammate, finished 12th Sunday and is now second in points, 39 behind Burton.

Clint Bowyer was 10th in Sunday's race and is 12th in the standings.

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