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Joey Logano takes the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway to secure a spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
See where each driver finished at Kansas and why RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Editor's note: Drivers in italics are in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 1. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske Under the first caution flag, Logano lost seven positions on pit road. But he took four tires instead of two, and the strategy worked out for the No. 22. Logano's pit crew remained one of the best in the series, topping the charts for fastest pit stop on both the first green-flag stop and the stops that cycled through under caution on Laps 160-163. Their speed, combined with the speed of the No. 22 Ford they put together, puts Logano firmly into the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Get more pit data with RaceView. 2. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing As his Target Chevrolet pulled in to pit road following the race, Larson held up his thumb and index finger an inch apart. The rookie was that close to his first NASCAR premier series win, and with each race seems to be getting closer. But he was just short of Logano in the Hollywood Casino 400 -- in speed, on pit road, and when crossing the checkered flag. Get more pit data with RaceView. 3. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing If you asked, based on statistics, which Chase drivers would be least likely to perform well at Kansas , Kyle Busch may have been the top answer. But after winning the Nationwide Series race, the No. 18 driver came ready for a Chase race at one of his least favorite tracks knowing he could conquer it. With several contenders wrecking early in the race, Busch's third-place finish puts him in a great position to advance in the Chase. See what he had to say after the race. 4. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing Are things finally turning around for the Furniture Row Racing team that has seen so much bad luck this year? Truex crossed the start/finish line at the end of the race to earn his first top-five of the year. The turnaround comes much too late in the season to have a big impact on this year, but finishing out the year with a proven strategy can help 2015 look more promising for the one-car team. 5. Carl Edwards , No. 99 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing Edwards finished just where he should have in the Hollywood Casino 400 . Both his average lap time and average speed were fifth-fastest among the competitors, precisely where he wound up. He'll head to Charlotte in third place in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. Get more driver data with RaceView. 6. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing Newman's six laps led at Kansas Speedway tied his second-most this season. He's only had more laps out front once, at Michigan in August, when he led 14 laps. His last two finishes have been top-10s, and if he extends that stretch next week, he'll have his best streak of top-10s this season. 7. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing Hamlin reported over the radio just after the race was halfway completed that there was fire underneath his dashboard. His team advised him to turn off the switches to see if that would help the problem. It must have, because Hamlin continued to pilot the No. 11 into the top 10, putting him 11 points behind round leader Joey Logano heading into Charlotte. Get more in-race audio with RaceView. 8. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing Dillon's accomplishments seem often overshadowed by those of fellow rookie Kyle Larson . But Dillon's top-10 is also impressive, given that the rookie was competing for positions against drivers competing for a title. Dillon started 16th, and drove a nearly flawless race to bring the No. 3 home with its fourth top-10 of the season. 9. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing Rounding out a strong day for RCR, Menard followed the team's rookie past the checkered flag to put all three cars in the top 10. After brushing the wall, Menard needed some repair to the right side, but was able to get the work done in 38.2 seconds, only losing two positions. The top-10 is Menard's 12th of the season, and a significant improvement over his 17th-place finish at Kansas earlier in the year. Get more pit data with RaceView. 10. Brian Vickers , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing Vickers started the Hollywood Casino 400 on the front row, but couldn't make the inside line work and fell back quickly. He moved all the way back to 21st by Lap 105, and continued his onward march forward until the checkered flag fell on his ninth top-10 of the season. 11. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing It was hard for Allmendinger to miss the first cut of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by only a couple of points in last week's elimination at Dover. It must be even harder to know that now, as Allemendinger finished ahead of most of the drivers still in contention for the Chase this week at Kansas . 12. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing Once again, a good day went bad for Harvick. He had led 47 laps when he thought he lost a right front tire. Turns out his tires were OK, but the unscheduled trip to pit road was followed by a caution, and the driver apologizing to his team after learning they would be three laps short of fuel. Thanks to several other drivers seeing tire issues, Harvick's 12th-place run puts him in sixth place in the Chase standings, 15 points behind leader Joey Logano . Get in-race driver audio with RaceView. 13. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing After seeing several other drivers suffer tire issues, Kenseth and his team decided to bring the No. 20 down to pit road under green as a reaction to a vibration. Unfortunately for the Joe Gibbs Racing crew, a caution flag came out not much later. The No. 20 took the wave-around, restarting 22nd. "A lot of adversity today, way to fight through it," crew chief Jason Ratcliff said as Kenseth passed the start/finish line. Get in-race driver audio with RaceView. 14. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports "It's just not our day, is it?" Gordon asked over the radio during the Hollywood Casino 400 . A loose tire that rolled off of pit road and into the infield brought Gordon back to pit road as a penalty. But as his Hendrick Motorsports teammates know, it could have been much worse. "Well we're going to have to do better than that guys," Gordon said to his team after the race. He's currently in the final position to make the next round of the Chase. Get in-race driver audio with RaceView. 15. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing After a bottleneck caused by Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray , Biffle got into the back of Jimmie Johnson and sent the pair of them spinning on Lap 85. Biffle was able to keep the No. 16 out of the wall, preventing any serious damage, and his team was able to get him back on track and keep him on the lead lap. That is, until a Lap 229 caution sent Biffle sliding along the wall. Get more pit data with RaceView. 16. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing It must feel like a successful day if you beat your boss, but Patrick's finish at Kansas was something of a disappointment when considering her top-10 finish at the track earlier this year. Patrick is yet to score a top-five finish, and with her seventh-place run in the books, Kansas would've been a natural place to earn it. Compared to her qualifying effort of 29th, however, 16th place is a big improvement. 17. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing Despite starting in the top 10, Stewart was a lap down when the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 hit the wall. The team's boss would get the free pass, getting Stewart's No. 14 back on the lead lap. Stewart hasn't had a top-10 finish since stepping away from racing in the wake of Kevin Ward Jr.'s death. Perhaps as the season's end nears and as the healing process continues, Stewart will return to championship form. 18. Clint Bowyer , No 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing It wasn't very long into the Hollywood Casino 400 when the No. 15 went down a lap. Not long after, on Lap 70, a caution put Bowyer right back at the end of the lead lap. He'd do his best to move forward, especially on restarts, but couldn't get much done. A bit of damage in the wreck on Lap 85 didn't help, and Bowyer would end his first race as a dad mired in the middle of the pack. 19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing It's been two weeks in a row where Stenhouse has finished in 19th. However, the driver took the blame for an early mistake that put the No. 17 team two laps down, making the lead-lap finish something they had to work for. Stenhouse's takeaway was that the team is gaining every week, so we'll see how the Roush Fenway Racing team fares in the coming weeks. 20. Marcos Ambrose , No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports Now that Ambrose knows his time in NASCAR is limited, it seems a burden has been lifted off of him. He spent several laps in the top 10 at Kansas , earning his 15th top-20 finish of the season and improving on his earlier Kansas finish of 24th. He may have ruffled some feathers, however, making contact with Greg Biffle before the driver hit the wall. 21. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Racing Cassill's 21st-place finish at Kansas was his third-best of the season, and best finish since May at Talladega. Cassill started in 35th, making his way up as high as 18th in the Hollywood Casino 400 . He finished 42nd at Kansas earlier this year. 22. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports The Hendrick Motorsports driver held the lead on the Lap 166 restart, but couldn't hold off the speed of Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano , barely keeping the front position as the pack passed the green flag. He'd bang the wall several times on Lap 235, spending over a minute and a half on pit road for damages, finishing the race two laps down and falling 25 points behind Joey Logano in the Chase standings. Get more pit data with RaceView. 23. Cole Whitt , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing Despite finishing the race three laps down, Whitt earned his best finish since visiting Pocono in August, where he ended the race in 21st. He improved 16 positions on his starting spot of 39th, making him the third biggest mover of the Hollywood Casino 400 . Get more in-race driver stats with RaceView. 24. Michael Annett , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing With 3 DNFs in the past eight races, Annett has seen some difficult competitions. Yet when he has a good car, he shows he can do a lot with it -- he has 10 top-25 finishes this season, yet an average finish of 29.3, showing the inconsistency of the team. They should see potential, however, in the fact that their driver had the seventh-most positions gained with 12. Get more in-race driver stats with RaceView. 25. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing After starting 14th, Jamie McMurray took the lead from Kevin Harvick on Lap 44. "I have a weird noise in here, like a tire's coming apart," McMurray reported on Lap 50. A caution on Lap 70 would give the No. 1 team a chance to reinforce a side panel and still get their driver back out in first, but he couldn't hold on to the front spot. Continuous troubles left the McDriver finishing laps down after 27 laps led. Get in-race driver audio with RaceView. 26. Reed Sorenson , No. 36 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing With an average finish of 30.4, Sorenson should be more than satisfied with a finish of 26th. His earlier outing at Kansas resulted in a 32nd-place finish, though some of the positions gained can be attributed to bad luck by some of the series' top drivers. 27. David Ragan , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports His best finish since visiting Atlanta Motor Speedway five races earlier, Ragan's 27th-place effort is more impressive when considering his starting position of 37th. He also started in 37th last week at Dover, but was only able to earn a 31st-place finish. 28. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing Mears' outing at Kansas was mediocre at best. Despite several drivers ahead of him spending time in the garage and giving up positions, Mears finished two places behind where he started, five laps down. 29. J.J. Yeley, No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing With his first effort in the 20s, Yeley earned his best finish of the season at Kansas . He qualified in 38th, giving him nine positions gained in the race -- 11th-best in the race. Get more in-race driver stats with RaceView. 30. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports Improving seven positions from his earlier trip to Kansas Speedway , Gilliland put down a performance perfectly in line with his average finish of 30.8. 31. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports Almirola's trip to the Chase was short lived, but even if he had made it to the second round, his performance at Kansas certainly would have made it difficult to go any farther. He qualified third, but by Lap 120 fell to 35th and would spend the rest of the race battling to get back up the pack. Unfortunately, he wouldn't get far. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing After an initial fall from 33rd to 40th, Bowman would lead a steady charge for track position, making his way up to 32nd. His finish is right on par with his average for the season, which is 32.1. 33. Timmy Hill , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport In his eight starts, Hill has four DNFs, making even just a finish an achievement for the team. It was even better this weekend at Kansas , however; his 33rd-place effort is his best of the season. 34. Mike Wallace , No. 66 Toyota, Jay Robinson Racing In his third start of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Wallace tied his season-best finish, a 34th-place finish at Loudon. However, he did so this time with his worst starting position of the season, 43rd. 35. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing What goes around, comes around didn't seem to work for McDowell at Kansas Sunday. Despite working to help get debris off both the No. 22 and No. 41 grilles, McDowell was showered in unfortunate incidents, including contact with the wall and a pit road speeding penalty. He wasn't able to come back from it, finishing several positions off of his average of 30.7. 36. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske Keselowski also fell victim to a right-front tire issue. "Damn, my steering wheel's almost straight," Keselowski commented to his team over the radio. The No. 2 team brought the car down pit road on Lap 149 hoping to fix the Miller Lite Ford, but the damage was too much, and they became the third Chase contender to head to the garage in the first race of the second round. He sits in 10th in the Chase standings, 39 points behind teammate Joey Logano . Get more in-race driver audio with RaceView. 37. Joey Gase , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing Gase was able to say he beat drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr . in only his second Sprint Cup Series start. It could have been even better had he not spun out between Turns 3 and 4, sending him several laps off the leader's pace. 38. Josh Wise , No. 98 Chevrolet, Phil Parsons Racing Though he saw the least damage, Wise got caught up in the Lap 85 wreck as Justin Allgaier got turned into his path. The incident follows a disappointing week at Dover International Speedway , where Wise suffered a DNF due to a suspension issue. Before these last two weeks, Wise had a 12-race stretch of finishing better than he had started. Let's hope that these two bad races were an anomaly and not the new trend. 39. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports After leading 45 laps, Earnhardt Jr. lost a right front tire and took a hard hit into the wall. The driver was fine -- "I'm happy about that," he said over the radio, noting the significant force with which he hit the wall -- but the No. 88 headed to the garage. If there's a silver lining in the incident, it was the way Junior handled the damage, complimenting his team for the solid race car they provided instead of lamenting the damage. He'd make it back to the track on Lap 181, but is second-to-last in the Chase standings. Get more in-race driver audio with RaceView. 40. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports Johnson's starting position of 32nd tied his worst of the season in the season-opener at Daytona. He finished fifth in that race and was moving up in the field this time when contact from Greg Biffle sent the six-time champion into the path of Justin Allgaier , and later the wall. As the worst finisher in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Contender Round, Johnson will have to do some serious work in the next two races to keep himself in title contention. "We've got to be on our game at Charlotte and Talladega," Johnson said as members of his and other Hendrick crews worked on the No. 48 in the garage. He's in last place among Chase contenders. Get more in-race driver audio with RaceView. 41. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports Allgaier's involvement in the Lap 85 wreck sent the No. 51 to the garage after what looked to be a solid run by the team. He was running 24th when the incident happened, but couldn't make it any higher than 40th while dealing with the aftermath -- a damaged car. 42. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing In the opening laps of the race, Kurt Busch couldn't find a car to help him get debris off the grille of his No. 41 Chevrolet. After several laps of monitoring the water temperature and pressure, the team gave it one more shot. "Let me know if it drops," crew chief Daniel Knost said. "If it doesn't, we need to pit." Things went from bad to worse when Busch was issued a speeding violation and had to serve a pass-through penalty. He'd restart in 42nd, and later hit the wall on Lap 78 due to a tire rub, sending him to the garage and ending his day. Get more in-race driver audio with RaceView. 43. Mike Bliss , No. 37 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing Out of Bliss' seven starts in the Sprint Cup Series this season, five have been DNFs. He only completed 17 laps of the Hollywood Casino 400 , which, unfortunately, is not a low -- he only completed six laps in July at Loudon. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceVie FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Sixth series win of the year for 'Rowdy' RELATED: Complete race results " Updated series standings KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kyle Busch won the lottery on Saturday afternoon -- the Kansas Lottery 300 , to be precise. But it must have seemed like a huge jackpot for the driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, who won a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway for the first time since 2007. "Whoo! We won at Kansas ," Busch radioed as he crossed the start/finish line, with as much relief as elation in his voice. It took Busch 19 laps after a restart on Lap 161 to catch and pass runner-up Kevin Harvick . On Lap 180, Busch ducked down to the apron near the start/finish line and powered past Harvick into the lead. From that point, Busch pulled away for his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and the 69th of his career, extending his own series record. The Kansas drought broken, Busch was already thinking about Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 , the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Contender Round. Never having scored a top-five in a Cup race at Kansas , Busch will start seventh Sunday. "You learn enough here -- there was a bit of moving around today and trying to run bottom and trying to run top and seeing where the different lines were in traffic and stuff like that," Busch said. "I feel like our Cup car is OK. If we can get out of here with a top-10 day tomorrow that would be pretty good. "Great effort by (crew chief) Adam (Stevens) and all the guys on this 54 car -- it was really awesome again today and should have won at Chicago just like we did here today. Missed out there, but we just keep doing things right, and you end up in Victory Lane, so you have to have it all match up for you." Harvick had winning chances because his crew chief, Ernie Cope, played a contrarian pit strategy to perfection and got some help from a timely caution. Harvick was the only lead-lap driver to bring his car to pit road under the seventh caution on Lap 91, and that put him in position to wait out a cycle of green-flag stops with roughly 60 laps left. With all other lead-lap cars pitting between Laps 136 and 141, Harvick was the only car on the lead lap when Dakoda Armstrong 's spin brought out the eighth caution. Busch, who was leading before the cycle of stops began, got the free pass as the highest scored lapped car, and the rest of the lead-lappers took wave-arounds after Harvick pitted for fuel. Harvick led the field to green on Lap 153 but couldn't keep Busch at bay on longer runs. "They gave us a good opportunity with strategy there, (but) the 54 was quite a bit better as we got going into the run," Harvick said. "We could hold him off for a short run, but in the end his car would maintain speed, and ours would slow down. "We just got beat there today, but that happens." The race dealt a crushing blow to Regan Smith 's championship hopes. Smith spun and backed into the wall during qualifying earlier in the day and was forced to start from the rear of the field in a backup car. On Lap 140, the sway bar arm on Smith's No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet broke, and lost seven laps getting it fixed. Smith finished 22nd and is now 38 points behind teammate Chase Elliott in the series standings. Ty Dillon, third in the championship battle, ran fifth Saturday and is 40 points behind Elliott, who finished 10th, with four races left in the season. "Any time you have to roll a backup car out two hours before a race, you have to expect anything to happen," said Smith, who just re-signed for another year with JR Motorsports’ Nationwide program. "My guys did a great job of getting the car ready to where we could get to the grid with it, much less be competitive for the first stage of the race. "We fought with it. It's kind of what we anticipated for the day and at this point -- obviously disappointed. It's been a long year." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
JGR driver aims to overcome personal hurdle in Contender Round opener RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Talladega Superspeedway 's unpredictable nature has earned plenty of spotlight among the next three venues in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason. For Kyle Busch , however, a different track counts as his personal house of horrors. As much trepidation as Kansas Speedway might conjure up for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Busch was calm and collected in talking about the Contender Round opener Wednesday, two days before opening practice at the 1.5-mile facility in preparation for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN). Crashes in the last two Chase races in the Sunflower State have unraveled Busch's title hopes the last two years. This season, he's not setting out to be Mr. October, but hopes to survive with more modest goals. "It's an opportune time for us," Busch said. "It's definitely a track that you don't necessarily look forward to going to, but you know it's coming so you just kind of get ready for it best you can, do the best work you can and put yourself in the best position possible to have a decent day. Essentially, that's all we need. I don't necessarily think we're out there to set the world on fire to win the race in Kansas . I think for us, a solid top-10 is what we need to get out of there with." Top-10s have been difficult to come by at what statistically ranks as Busch's worst track, with an average finish of 22.7 and just two top-10 finishes in 14 starts in his Sprint Cup Series career. Since the track reconfigured its banking with new pavement in the summer of 2012, Busch's fortunes have taken an even further nose-dive with three crashes in the last four events; only his 15th-place effort there in May over that four-race span was wreck-free. "I don't know what it is," Busch said. "I thought I was just starting to figure it out there on the old asphalt and getting pretty good at being able to run the top and run around there and be OK. Once they repaved it, I haven't been able to find my rear with both hands, so definitely got to figure that out. "This spring, I thought we ran OK. We were running, I think I got as high as sixth or eighth or something like that before I got myself busted for speeding on pit road. We go back there this time, and again, I think we're very capable of being able to run top-10 and just try to get out of there with that and just build on that consistency for this round." Busch finished fourth in the series standings in 2013 -- his best season-long result thus far in his 10-year career. In previous years, Busch admitted over the offseason, he would fold when faced with a dose of adversity, but last season, a new approach that emphasized resilience carried him. This season, the new-look rules format for the Chase -- with points hitting the reset button after each three-race round -- could help Busch compartmentalize any rough patches. To maximize that benefit, he'll still need to get through Kansas , but at least he heads there with a clean slate after the Challenger Round. "I don't think it's bad; I just think it's the situation we're in," Busch said. "It's not quite what it was before. The Chase format in years past, you essentially eliminated a guy each week. I mean, it's no different than it is now. Now, every three races, you reset at zero. Right now, Brad Keselowski 's won five races and I'm at the exact same points as he is and I've got one win. It doesn't matter how many you win, but you've got to win them at the right time." Timing may mean everything for the dozen drivers trying to make the top-eight cut for the Eliminator Round. The dread associated with the Contender Round's elimination race at fickle Talladega has placed a premium on performance for the round's first two events -- Kansas and Charlotte . Controlling his own destiny at a restrictor-plate track is a demanding task that Busch would rather avoid. He says that scenario, however, could make even the steadiest driver a daring risk-taker out of necessity. "I think desperation is going to change everything," Busch said. "What you've got to do is going to be anything you can do. If you're going to go four-wide or five-wide at Talladega in order to get yourself in a spot that's going to be able to make you transfer through and take yourself a chance of crashing, you're going to do it. You've got to. It's all about trying to make it through to the final round." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
See where your favorite driver will pit on Sunday (2 p.m. ET, ESPN) RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize When the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins Sunday at Kansas Speedway in the Hollywood Casino 400 (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN), pole-sitter Kevin Harvick will have the first stall off of pit road heading into Turn 1 for the second consecutive week. Brian Vickers qualified second and chose pit stall No. 18, with an opening in front of it. Aric Almirola , who qualified third, chose pit stall No. 8 with an opening in front of it. Carl Edwards will have stall No. 43, the closest to the entrance of pit road. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
2012 champion finds trouble in Contender Round opener RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Brad Keselowski found the wall on Lap 160 due to a right front tire issue, making him the latest Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender to find trouble in the Hollywood Casino 400 . Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion, smacked the wall and took his car to the garage shortly after for repairs. He would return to the race 40 laps down and scored in 37th place. Keselowski would finish the race 45 laps down and in 36th place. The driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford spent much of the first half of the race in the top 10. In addition to Keselowski, Chase contenders Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Jimmie Johnson also found trouble at Kansas . Looking ahead at the two other tracks in the Contender Round, where he will need solid performances to advance, Keselowski has one victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway and two wins at Talladega Superspeedway . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Four-time premier series champion last won at 1.5-mile track in May Jeff Gordon has the most career wins at Kansas Speedway with three. In 17 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Gordon also has 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. The four-time premier series champion won the latest race at the track in May, leading the final eight laps to take the 5-hour Energy 400 for his first win of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season.
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