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HARVICK WINS UNDER PRESSURE AT KANSAS

When Kevin Harvick’s engine blew last week at Charlotte, a 38th place finish left him in a precarious position, 8 points adrift of the cut line to advance to the next round of the Chase. Harvick however, did what he and the Stewart-Haas Racing team do best, and the 2014 champion won under huge pressure at Kansas Speedway to advance into the Eliminator Round.

For much of the second half of the race, Harvick battled with Carl Edwards for the victory. Edwards looked to have the slightly better car, but when Harvick took the lead on the final restart with 29 to go, there was no stopping him winning his 2nd race of the Chase so far.

Chase Elliott had at one stage looked yet again as the driver to beat, but following a green flag pit stop whilst leading the race, Elliott had a problem at the rear of the car, causing a flat. The problem would occur again late in the race, leaving him well adrift of the cut line, and needing a win at Talladega to advance.

Another Chaser to put their championship hopes in jeopardy was Brad Keselowski. The 2 car broke way loose out of turn 4 on lap 189, leading to contact with Denny Hamlin (himself in the elimination zone), and heavy damage to the front of the Penske Ford. Keselowski would get back out on track later on, but the damage was still causing problems, ending his day for good.

Behind Harvick and Edwards, Joey Logano gave his Chase hopes a boost after problems last week with a strong run to 3rd. Jimmie Johnson continued his momentum from his win with a 4th place finish, whilst Kyle Busch hung on to a top 5 finish after briefly charging on fresher tires on the last restart.

Austin Dillon gave himself a chance at advancing to the next round by finishing 6th. Alex Bowman impressed even with a stomach bug in 7th, whilst fellow non-Chaser AJ Allmendinger finished 8th. Matt Kenseth led over 100 laps early before fading to 9th, whilst rounding out the top 10 was Kasey Kahne.

Next week’s elimination race is at the often wild Talladega Superspeedway, where the Chase Grid will be cut from 12 drivers to 8.

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Top 10 Results Chase Standings
1.       Kevin Harvick

2.       Carl Edwards

3.       Joey Logano

4.       Jimmie Johnson

5.       Kyle Busch

6.       Austin Dillon

7.       Alex Bowman

8.       AJ Allmendinger

9.       Matt Kenseth

10.     Kasey Kahne

Jimmie Johnson – Qualified

Kevin Harvick – Qualified

Matt Kenseth +29

Kyle Busch +27

Carl Edwards +24

Kurt Busch +17

Martin Truex Jr +13

Joey Logano +0

Austin Dillon -0

Denny Hamlin -6

Brad Keselowski -7

Chase Elliott -25

 

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