Harvick streaks away at Kansas

Harvick's win puts him into the Round of 8

Harvick’s win puts him into the Round of 8

Kevin Harvick took his 35th career win at Kansas Speedway to lock his place in the final eight drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

After failing to finish last weekend at Charlotte, winning at Kansas was crucial as next weekend the series heads to the unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway.

Only Jimmie Johnson and Harvick are guaranteed places in the Round of 8 thanks to their victories today and last week.

Claiming the lead on Lap 238, Harvick was determined to hold out any challengers to take the chequered flag for the second time at Kansas.

In Victory Lane Harvick praised his crew after last week’s difficult outing.

“These races are hard to win and these guys are so good at the details,” said Harvick.

“When you put their backs against the wall they’re even better. I’m so proud of them.”

Carl Edwards led for 61 laps, but the Toyota driver could not catch Harvick’s Chevrolet.

The top five was completed by Joey Logano, Johnson and Kyle Busch.

Of the drivers in contention for the Sprint Cup, Austin Dillon finished sixth, Matt Kenseth was ninth, Martin Truex Jr. came home in 11th, Kurt Busch in 13th, Denny Hamlin back in 15th; while a tough day for Chase Elliott saw him in 31st and Brad Keselowski scored as the 38th place finisher.

Elliott was leading with 100 laps to run but had two separate tyre issues. For Keselowski a trip across the grass tore the entire front out of his Penske Ford.

Currently, Dillon, Hamlin, Keselowski and Elliott are the four contenders sitting below the cut-off position on the Chase Grid. Dillon is tied with Logano, with Logano’s third-place finish holding the tiebreaker for the provisional race spot.

VIDEO: Race wrap

RESULTS: Hollywood Casino 400 – Kansas Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 11 267 74 Running 44 4
2 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 3 267 61 Running 40 1
3 22 Joey Logano Ford 6 267 2 Running 39 1
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 21 267 0 Running 37 0
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 2 267 0 Running 36 0
6 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 12 267 2 Running 36 1
7 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 5 267 0 Running 0 0
8 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 10 267 0 Running 33 0
9 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 1 267 116 Running 34 2
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 20 267 0 Running 31 0
11 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 4 267 0 Running 30 0
12 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 9 267 0 Running 29 0
13 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 15 267 1 Running 29 1
14 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 17 267 0 Running 27 0
15 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 7 267 1 Running 27 1
16 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 14 267 0 Running 25 0
17 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 25 267 0 Running 24 0
18 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 19 267 0 Running 23 0
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 18 267 0 Running 22 0
20 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 16 267 0 Running 21 0
21 34 Chris Buescher Ford 30 267 0 Running 20 0
22 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 33 267 0 Running 19 0
23 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 29 267 5 Running 19 1
24 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 27 267 0 Running 17 0
25 16 Greg Biffle Ford 22 266 0 Running 16 0
26 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 31 266 0 Running 15 0
27 38 Landon Cassill Ford 34 266 0 Running 14 0
28 44 Brian Scott Ford 32 265 0 Running 13 0
29 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 26 265 0 Running 12 0
30 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 24 265 0 Running 11 0
31 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 13 264 4 Running 11 1
32 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 37 264 0 Running 9 0
33 55 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 36 262 0 Running 8 0
34 98 Reed Sorenson Toyota 39 261 0 Running 7 0
35 32 Joey Gase Ford 38 260 0 Running 0 0
36 23 David Ragan Toyota 28 258 0 Running 5 0
37 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 23 233 0 Running 4 0
38 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 8 190 1 Accident 4 1
39 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 40 108 0 Accident 2 0
40 43 Aric Almirola Ford 35 36 0 Accident 1 0

 

 

STANDINGS 

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jimmie Johnson 3082 Leader 31 3 9 14 4
2 Matt Kenseth 3074 –8 31 2 7 16 4
3 Kyle Busch 3072 –10 31 4 14 21 5
4 Carl Edwards 3069 –13 31 2 8 17 5
5 Kurt Busch 3062 –20 31 1 7 19 2
6 Martin Truex Jr 3058 –24 31 4 7 15 1
7 Kevin Harvick 3048 –34 31 4 15 23 3
8 Joey Logano 3045 –37 31 1 12 21 3
9 Austin Dillon 3045 –37 31 0 4 12 2
10 Denny Hamlin 3039 –43 31 3 10 17 4
11 Brad Keselowski 3038 –44 31 4 15 21 1
12 Chase Elliott 3020 –62 31 0 9 15 2
13 Tony Stewart 2131 –951 23 1 5 8 4
14 Kyle Larson 2120 –962 31 1 8 12 2
15 Chris Buescher 2090 –992 31 1 2 2 4
16 Jamie McMurray 2088 –994 31 0 1 10 2
17 Kasey Kahne 797 –2285 31 0 3 12 1
18 Ryan Newman 767 –2315 31 0 2 9 2
19 AJ Allmendinger 686 –2396 31 0 2 6 4
20 Ryan Blaney 682 –2400 31 0 3 8 2
21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 680 –2402 31 0 3 5 3
22 Trevor Bayne 675 –2407 31 0 2 5 2
23 Danica Patrick 600 –2482 31 0 0 0 3
24 Greg Biffle 564 –2518 31 0 1 3 7
25 Paul Menard 563 –2519 31 0 0 2 6
26 Clint Bowyer 541 –2541 31 0 0 3 2
27 Aric Almirola 540 –2542 31 0 0 0 6
28 Casey Mears 486 –2596 31 0 0 0 1
29 Dale Earnhardt Jr 461 –2621 18 0 5 6 4
30 Landon Cassill 445 –2637 31 0 0 0 1
31 David Ragan 403 –2679 31 0 0 0 5
32 Michael McDowell 396 –2686 26 0 0 1 2
33 Regan Smith 392 –2690 30 0 1 2 5
34 Brian Scott 384 –2698 31 0 0 0 5
35 Matt DiBenedetto 333 –2749 31 0 0 1 9
36 Cole Whitt 276 –2806 26 0 0 0 5
37 Michael Annett 276 –2806 30 0 0 0 4
38 Jeff Gordon 183 –2899 7 0 0 1 0
39 Reed Sorenson 171 –2911 23 0 0 0 4
40 Josh Wise 167 –2915 27 0 0 0 7
41 Jeffrey Earnhardt 119 –2963 17 0 0 0 2
42 Brian Vickers 86 –2996 5 0 0 1 1
43 Bobby Labonte 51 –3031 3 0 0 0 0
44 David Gilliland 46 –3036 2 0 0 0 0
45 Michael Waltrip 42 –3040 2 0 0 0 0
46 Boris Said 17 –3065 1 0 0 0 0
47 Patrick Carpentier 11 –3071 2 0 0 0 0
48 Eddie MacDonald 5 –3077 1 0 0 0 0
49 Alex Kennedy 5 –3077 1 0 0 0 1
50 Robert Richardson 3 –3079 1 0 0 0 1
51 Alex Bowman 0 –3082 6 0 0 2 1
52 Ty Dillon 0 –3082 10 0 0 0 0
53 Dylan Lupton 0 –3082 2 0 0 0 0
54 Jeb Burton 0 –3082 2 0 0 0 0
55 Joey Gase 0 –3082 5 0 0 0 0
56 Ryan Ellis 0 –3082 3 0 0 0 0
57 Timmy Hill 0 –3082 1 0 0 0 0
58 Justin Allgaier 0 –3082 1 0 0 0 1
59 Cody Ware 0 –3082 0 0 0 0 0

 

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