Harvick wins in Kansas

Keven 'The Closer' Harvick celebrates at Kansas

Keven ‘The Closer’ Harvick celebrates at Kansas

Kevin Harvick converted his pole position to win the Hollywood Casino 400 as the battle for the Sprint Cup title tightened.

Chase contender Kyle Busch crashed out, while Jimmie Johnson slipped from third to sixth on the final lap with a loss of engine power. It meant that Matt Kenseth’s 11th place finish was not as bad as it could have been.

The fourth race in the Chase ended as it began, with Harvick out front. The driver of the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet crossed the finish line more than a football field ahead of runner-up Kurt Busch, with Jeff Gordon trailing Busch in third.

The victory was Harvick’s third of the season, his first at Kansas and the 22nd of his career. With the win, Harvick moved into third place in the standings, 25 points behind Kenseth. Kyle Busch, who entered the race third in the Chase and 12 points behind Kenseth dropped to fifth in the chase and 35 points out of the lead.

“To sit on the pole and win the race, obviously, is a great weekend,” Harvick said. “Controlling our own destiny by doing that, putting ourselves closer to where we need to be with the championship race … so we’ll just keep having fun and doing what we’re doing.

“Out front, it was not even close, and in traffic, you were just another one of the cars and had a lot of trouble.”

The race had a record 15 cautions for 71 laps as teams struggled on a cool track and the Goodyear tyres.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose made his way into the top-10 and he had a wild ride spinning off Turn 2. This dropped the Tasmanian to 30th, but with four fresh tyres made his way forward and then on the final round of pit stop he took fuel only and vaulted to fourth. He held his own early after the re-start but over the longer run he fell down the order, but kept things in-check to finish ninth.

 

 RESULTS: Hollywood Casino 400 – Kansas Speedway 

POS

Car #

driver

Make

Start Pos.

Laps

Laps Led

Final Status

Points

Bonus Points

1

29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 1 267 138 Running 48 5

2

78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 19 267 0 Running 42 0

3

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 14 267 0 Running 41 0

4

22 Joey Logano Ford 5 267 33 Running 41 1

5

99 Carl Edwards Ford 9 267 0 Running 39 0

6

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 3 267 6 Running 39 1

7

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 8 267 0 Running 37 0

8

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 6 267 10 Running 37 1

9

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 25 267 0 Running 35 0

10

43 Aric Almirola Ford 20 267 0 Running 34 0

11

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 7 267 21 Running 34 1

12

31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 16 267 1 Running 33 1

13

16 Greg Biffle Ford 26 267 0 Running 31 0

14

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 22 267 0 Running 30 0

15

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 15 267 0 Running 29 0

16

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 24 267 0 Running 28 0

17

2 Brad Keselowski Ford 4 267 52 Running 28 1

18

42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 12 267 0 Running 26 0

19

56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 13 267 0 Running 25 0

20

47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 28 267 0 Running 24 0

21

13 Casey Mears Ford 37 267 1 Running 24 1

22

14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 23 267 0 Running 22 0

23

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 10 267 0 Running 21 0

24

38 David Gilliland Ford 34 267 0 Running 20 0

25

7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 41 267 0 Running 19 0

26

93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 36 267 1 Running 19 1

27

36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 33 267 1 Running 18 1

28

32 Timmy Hill Ford 35 267 0 Running 16 0

29

40 Tony Raines Chevrolet 42 267 0 Running 0 0

30

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 2 266 0 Running 14 0

31

30 Cole Whitt Toyota 30 260 0 Running 0 0

32

55 Brian Vickers Toyota 11 242 0 Accident 0 0

33

33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 43 235 0 Running 0 0

34

18 Kyle Busch Toyota 18 199 1 Accident 11 1

35

39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 17 188 0 Running 9 0

36

34 David Ragan Ford 32 168 2 Accident 9 1

37

83 David Reutimann Toyota 27 157 0 Running 7 0

38

98 Michael McDowell Ford 31 144 0 Vibration 6 0

39

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 21 135 0 Accident 0 0

40

35 Josh Wise Ford 38 108 0 Vibration 0 0

41

87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 39 107 0 Engine 0 0

42

95 Reed Sorenson Ford 40 103 0 Vibration 0 0

43

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29 0 0 Accident 1 0

 

 STANDINGS 

Position

driver

Points

Behind

Starts

WINS

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Matt Kenseth 2183 Leader 30 7 8 16 3

2

Jimmie Johnson 2180 -3 30 5 12 19 1

3

Kevin Harvick 2158 -25 30 3 8 16 2

4

Jeff Gordon 2151 -32 30 0 7 15 5

5

Kyle Busch 2148 -35 30 4 14 18 4

6

Greg Biffle 2139 -44 30 1 4 12 0

7

Kurt Busch 2136 -47 30 0 10 15 2

8

Dale Earnhardt Jr 2129 -54 30 0 6 17 3

9

Clint Bowyer 2128 -55 30 0 8 15 2

10

Joey Logano 2124 -59 30 1 10 16 3

11

Carl Edwards 2123 -60 30 2 9 15 1

12

Ryan Newman 2110 -73 30 1 6 14 5

13

Kasey Kahne 2100 -83 30 2 8 11 3

14

Jamie McMurray 847 -1336 30 0 3 7 0

15

Brad Keselowski 827 -1356 30 0 7 12 2

16

Martin Truex Jr 806 -1377 30 1 6 12 3

17

Paul Menard 805 -1378 30 0 2 8 1

18

Aric Almirola 775 -1408 30 0 1 6 4

19

Jeff Burton 757 -1426 30 0 2 6 2

20

Marcos Ambrose 756 -1427 30 0 0 6 2

21

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 741 -1442 30 0 0 2 0

22

Juan Pablo Montoya 740 -1443 30 0 4 7 0

23

Casey Mears 621 -1562 30 0 0 1 2

24

Tony Stewart 594 -1589 21 1 5 8 0

25

Denny Hamlin 573 -1610 26 0 3 4 7

26

Mark Martin 552 -1631 23 0 1 5 1

27

David Ragan 551 -1632 30 1 1 1 4

28

Danica Patrick 530 -1653 30 0 0 1 5

29

David Gilliland 518 -1665 30 0 1 1 6

30

Dave Blaney 460 -1723 29 0 0 0 4

31

Travis Kvapil 420 -1763 30 0 0 0 8

32

AJ Allmendinger 402 -1781 17 0 0 1 2

33

David Reutimann 402 -1781 30 0 0 0 6

34

J.J. Yeley 400 -1783 29 0 0 1 7

35

David Stremme 362 -1821 25 0 0 0 3

36

Bobby Labonte 347 -1836 23 0 0 0 5

37

Timmy Hill 169 -2014 16 0 0 0 2

38

Michael McDowell 144 -2039 27 0 0 1 23

39

Michael Waltrip 102 -2081 3 0 2 2 0

40

Scott Speed 99 -2084 12 0 0 1 9

41

Ken Schrader 92 -2091 8 0 0 0 1

42

Terry Labonte 77 -2106 4 0 0 0 1

43

Boris Said 48 -2135 2 0 0 0 0

44

Ron Fellows 31 -2152 2 0 0 0 0

45

Alex Kennedy 21 -2162 3 0 0 0 2

46

Justin Marks 14 -2169 1 0 0 0 0

47

Scott Riggs 11 -2172 7 0 0 0 7

48

Victor Gonzalez Jr 10 -2173 2 0 0 0 1

49

Brian Keselowski 9 -2174 2 0 0 0 2

50

Tomy Drissi 8 -2175 2 0 0 0 1

51

Jacques Villeneuve 3 -2180 1 0 0 0 1

52

Jason Leffler 1 -2182 1 0 0 0 1

53

Brian Vickers 0 -2183 16 1 2 6 5

54

Regan Smith 0 -2183 6 0 0 2 0

55

Austin Dillon 0 -2183 9 0 0 0 0

56

Trevor Bayne 0 -2183 9 0 0 0 1

57

Max Papis 0 -2183 1 0 0 0 0

58

Josh Wise 0 -2183 29 0 0 0 12

59

Landon Cassill 0 -2183 27 0 0 0 7

60

Owen Kelly 0 -2183 1 0 0 0 0

61

Joe Nemechek 0 -2183 27 0 0 0 11

62

Cole Whitt 0 -2183 3 0 0 0 1

63

Justin Allgaier 0 -2183 2 0 0 0 1

64

Tony Raines 0 -2183 7 0 0 0 4

65

Ryan Truex 0 -2183 3 0 0 0 1

66

Mike Bliss 0 -2183 12 0 0 0 11

67

Brendan Gaughan 0 -2183 1 0 0 0 0

68

Sam Hornish Jr 0 -2183 1 0 0 0 1

69

Kevin Swindell 0 -2183 1 0 0 0 0

70

Paulie Harraka 0 -2183 1 0 0 0 0

71

Elliott Sadler 0 -2183 1 0 0 0 1

72

Reed Sorenson 0 -2183 4 0 0 0 4

73

Morgan Shepherd 0 -2183 1 0 0 0 1

74

Johnny Sauter 0 -2183 2 0 0 0 2

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