Stewart-Haas Racing Hollywood Casino 400 Race Report


Date:               Oct. 5, 2014
Hollywood Casino 400 (Round 30 of 36)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)
Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

SHR Finish:  
Kevin Harvick (Started 1st, Finished 12th / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Danica Patrick (Started 29th, Finished 16th / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Tony Stewart (Started 9th, Finished 17th / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Kurt Busch (Started 24th, Finished 42nd / Accident, completed 75 of 267 laps)

SHR Points:
Kevin Harvick (6th with 3,033 points, 15 out of first)
Kurt Busch (15th with 2,075 points)
Tony Stewart (26th with 666 points)
Danica Patrick (28th with 625 points)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City by finishing 12th in the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Harvick started from the pole and led eight times for 61 laps to bring his laps-led total at Kansas to 401. Harvick had to pit late when on lap 214 of the 267-lap race he felt he had a flat tire. Harvick rallied in the final 50 laps, coming from a lap down where he was mired in 23rd place.

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 16th to record her sixth top-20 result in the last eight races. It was Patrick’s 76th career Sprint Cup start and her fifth at Kansas.

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 17th.

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 42nd after a flat tire on lap 76 sent him hard into the turn four wall. Busch was OK, but his racecar was not. Busch was one of three drivers unable to finish the race.

Joey Logano won the Hollywood Casino 400 to score his eighth career Sprint Cup victory, his fifth of the season and his first at Kansas.

Kyle Larson finished .479 of a second behind Logano in the runner-up spot, while Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five. Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Paul Menard and Brian Vickers comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were eight caution periods for 34 laps.

Harvick is representing SHR in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and after Kansas – the fourth race of the 10-race Chase – Harvick is sixth among the 12 remaining Chase drivers, 15 points behind Chase leader Logano.

With six races remaining before a champion is crowned after the season finale Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the top-12 drivers still competing for the title rank as follows:

1.      Joey Logano (3,048 points) +1
2.      Kyle Busch (3,042 points, -6) +4
3.      Carl Edwards (3,039 points, -9) +7
4.      Ryan Newman (3,039 points, -9) +5
5.      Denny Hamlin (3,037 points, -11) +6
      Kevin Harvick (3,033 points, -15) -3
7.      Matt Kenseth (3,031 points, -17) +1
8.      Jeff Gordon (3,031 points, -17) -3
9.      Kasey Kahne (3,023 points, -25) +3
10.    Brad Keselowski (3,009 points, -39) -9
11.    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (3,006 points, -42) -4
12.    Jimmie Johnson (3,004 points, -44) -8

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule – the fifth race of the Chase – is the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 11 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT, with live coverage provided by ABC beginning with a pre-race show at 7 p.m.

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