Harvick Bounces Back at Kansas to Clinch Spot in Round of 8

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Kevin Harvick charged to victory from a tough race at Charlotte and took advantage of a restart to win in Kansas. After Charlotte the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team was facing an uphill challenge to make the Round of 8. However, the team did what they do best and won a race when their backs were against the wall to guarantee a spot for the next round.

After a restart in Lap 238 of 267, Harvick passed Carl Edwards for the lead through the first two turns and never looked back. He pulled away from the field to win Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 by 1.183 seconds ahead of runner up Carl Edwards.

This is Kevin’s second victory at Kansas Speedway, his fourth of the season and the 35th of his career. With this win he now joins Charlotte winner, Jimmie Johnson, in the Chase Round of 8 and removes any doubts he would break under the pressure next Sunday in Talladega.

Harvick currently has 3048 points, 4 wins, 15 top five and 23 top ten finishes for the season putting him in the 7th spot for the Chase. Jimmie Johnson still leads all drivers by accumulating a total of 3082 points.

The remaining top five finishers in the Hollywood Casino 400 were Joey Logano third, Jimmie Johnson fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth. Meanwhile, Matt Kenseth who led for 116 laps finished ninth in Kansas and is sitting in the number 2 spot with 3074 points in the Chase.

Harvick led for 74 laps and Edwards 61 laps were the premiere drivers who pushed the rest of the field all day.

Next week the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will move to Talladega Super-Speedway for the Alabama 500 on Sunday October 23rd at 2:00 PM ET.

NASCAR fans can watch all the action on television on NBCSN, radio MRN and live stream on NBC Sports.

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