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Kevin Harvick returns to points lead despite last-lap crash at Talladega

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 01: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Fishing Chevrolet, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, driver of the #17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, and AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Kroger/Hungry Jack/Crisco Chevrolet, are involved in an incident on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 1, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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With Carl Edwards being eliminated two-thirds of the way through the race due to a crash, Kevin Harvick regained the Sprint Cup points lead following Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Harvick himself crashed on the last lap of the race but still finished 15th.

He has a nine-point advantage over Kyle Busch, who finished second Sunday.

The top five in the points is filled out by Edwards (-14), Jimmie Johnson (-22) and Joey Logano (-35).

The full-time driver with the biggest gain leaving Talladega is AJ Allmendinger, who rose three spots to 14th despite being in two separate crashes and finishing 14th.

The biggest drop was Denny Hamlin, who fell four spots to 12th.

Here’s the points standings after Sunday’s race: