Standings Shuffle: Harvick wins, moves up

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IN THE GREEN

Kevin Harvick (Change: 4th to 3rd)
After winning the Coors Light Pole going into the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Harvick went all the way to Victory Lane on Sunday. It was Harvick's first pole since 2006 and a career-first win at Kansas. His successful night upped him one position in the standings to third, taking Kyle Busch's spot. Harvick led 138 laps in the 267-lap race and now sits 25 points behind Chase leader Matt Kenseth

Kurt Busch (Change: 9th to 7th)
With a rocky start to the weekend, Busch pulled through and finished second. Busch spun out in Saturday's practice, which resulted in heavy damage and the need for his backup car. Because of this, Busch started in the rear and had to weave his way through traffic to make it into the top five for the first time at Kansas. Busch moved up two positions and now sits in seventh behind Greg Biffle with 2,136 points. 

Joey Logano (Change: 12th to 10th)
For the first time since the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Logano experienced positive movement in the standings. Jumping two positions to 10th, Logano placed fourth, his first top-five finish at Kansas. Moving forward, the Chase rookie will need to have more days like Sunday in order to get back to a more competitive playing field with the other Chase contenders.

IN THE RED

Kyle Busch (Change: 3rd to 5th)
Perhaps it was karma from the previous day's Nationwide Series race or just the fact that Kansas has never been Busch's strongest track. Whatever the case, Busch experienced nothing but hard times during the Hollywood Casino 400. It started in Saturday's practice when, just like his brother, he spun out and hit the wall, causing him to have to resort to his backup car and eventually starting in the rear. Busch blames the track and the new Goodyear tires, but whatever the reasoning might be, he dropped back two spots in the standings to fifth. Perhaps he'll see a happier ending at Charlotte and get back into his top-three placement once again. 

Clint Bowyer (Change: 8th to 9th)
The last time Bowyer was at Kansas Speedway he finished in the top five for the second time in his career, but this time around he wasn't so successful. Qualifying 22nd in the field, Bowyer just couldn't make any waves in the playing field and eventually finished 14th, sandwiched right in between Chase contenders Biffle (13th) and Kasey Kahne (15th). He now holds ninth in the Chase standings with 2,128 points, just one point behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

Ryan Newman (Change: 7th to 12th)
With the most dramatic fall in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, Newman drops five positions to 12th. Entering the race seventh in the standings, 48 points behind leader Kenseth, Newman was just at the wrong place at the wrong time when No. 51 Justin Allgaier's car got loose and smacked into Newman, leaving not only his car, but his Chase standings position significantly damaged. Looking ahead, Newman has a history at Charlotte Motor Speedway of taking the pole -- nine times to be exact -- but not holding onto that lead spot. He'll need to reverse that trend in order for him to have a chance at the Cup.

MISSED CHANCES

Jimmie Johnson (No change)
Johnson knows what a win at Kansas Speedway feels like. He's seen Victory Lane there twice -- in 2008 and 2011 -- but this time he settled for sixth after starting in the third position. Although his spot in the Chase standings remained unscathed, he missed a golden opportunity to take the lead from Kenseth had he come out on top in the Hollywood Casino 400. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Change: 10th to 8th)
For the second week in a row Earnhardt Jr. climbed the standings, this time, two positions to eighth. Leading for 10 laps, Earnhardt Jr. was in a constant battle with his fellow Chase contenders to stay in the top five. With zero wins this season, Earnhardt keeps coming up short at the end. Trailing 54 points behind leader Kenseth, the seasoned driver will look for a win at Charlotte, or at the very least more positive movement in the standings.


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Pos.

Driver

Pts back

+/-

1.

Matt Kenseth

--

0

2.

Jimmie Johnson

-3

0

3.

Kevin Harvick

-25

+1

4.

Jeff Gordon

-32

+1

5.

Kyle Busch

-35

-2

6.

Greg Biffle

-44

0

7.

Kurt Busch

-47

+2

8.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

-54

+2

9.

Clint Bowyer

-55

-1

10.

Joey Logano

-59

+2

11.

Carl Edwards

-60

0

12.

Ryan Newman

-73

-5

13.

Kasey Kahne

-83

0


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