Kevin Harvick won the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway in a race that had a record number of cautions and tightened up the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Harvick’s 22nd victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series got him closer and to within 25 points of Matt Kenseth in the Chase standings. Jimmie Johnson finished sixth and cutting back to Kenseth from eight points to three. Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon finished third and pulled to within 32 points of Kenseth. Kurt Busch placed second as Joey Logano placed fourth and fifth place Carl Edwards made the top five.
For Kyle Busch the day didn’t work out so well and on lap 200 Busch got loose in turn two and connected hard with the outside wall, doing major damage to the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Brian Vickers also received damage in the accident. But it was Busch’s move that got to Brad Keselowski a day earlier in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, who felt the brunt of it. Busch, who had to go to a backup car after a wreck in a practice Saturday left the race but said “I have no idea what happened, but it’s Kansas. It’s what we do here, we just crash the racetrack is the worst racetrack I’ve ever driven on. The tires are the worst tires I’ve ever driven on, and track position is everything. You can’t do anything.” He entered Sunday in third place but ended it in fifth place with 35 points back and will have to be on his best behavior in order to contend.
It was a rough day for most contenders as another big wreck happened on Lap 136 when the No. 51 of Justin Allgaier hit hard with Ryan Newman’s No. 39 on the backstretch of the 1.5 mile track. Allgaier’s race car was too damaged for him to continue the race and and had to take his car to the garage. Newman entered Sunday in seventh place in the Chase standings but dropped to 12th. The race also featured a track record 15 cautions also including a four-car accident on the opening lap that involved Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch, Cole Whitt and David Reutimann. Danica Patrick hit hard into the outer wall in Turn 2 and Danica’s car was too damaged for her to keep in the race. There was even a caution on Lap 155 for a small fire on the hill above Turn 1 that burned some bushes near a spectator area. The fire was quickly put out and nobody was hurt. Harvick said it best, “These guys just did a great job all weekend, and to have a car fast enough for me to qualify on the pole says a lot about how fast this thing is.” Get ready for the next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 next Saturday.