Kansas NASCAR: Kevin Harvick wins and reaches next Chase stage

Kevin Harvick secured a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase's 'Round of Eight' with victory at Kansas Speedway

Kansas NASCAR: Kevin Harvick wins and reaches next Chase stage

The Stewart-Haas driver held off strong competition to lead 74 laps of 267, take the win and join Jimmie Johnson in having a guaranteed place in the next round.

Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Johnson and last year's Kansas winner Kyle Busch kept up the pressure on Harvick going into the final laps but couldn't unseat him, ending up completing the top five.

While those results kept Edwards and Busch in strong positions, Logano is still on the cusp of elimination in eighth heading to Talladega next week following his problems at Charlotte.

Also in trouble is Chase Elliott, who lost out significantly when bodywork began rubbing on a tyre after a pitstop. He dived straight back in but the problem persisted, leaving him 31st in the race and bottom of the Chase grid.

Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski are also at risk going into the elimination race.

Keselowski, who went to Kansas fourth in the points, had been looking competitive until contact with Hamlin sent him off the track and into the garage with 77 laps left.

He rejoined the race after repairs, but headed straight back in to retire after smoke came pouring from the back of his Penske Ford. He'll go into next week's race 11th in the Chase and looking for a win to save his title hopes.

Polesitter Matt Kenseth started well - leading for 116 laps - but lost ground during a round of pitstops. Handling problems prevented a return to the front and he finished ninth, which kept him second behind Johnson in the Chase points.

Martin Truex Jr had another tough race, a refuelling problem leaving his Furniture Row Chevrolet constantly short on fuel and only able to finish 11th.

RESULTS - 267 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 3h00m28.s
2 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.183s
3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 4.544s
4 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5.135s
5 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6.943s
6 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 7.322s
7 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9.724s
8 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 10.753s
9 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10.874s
10 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 11.369s
11 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 11.776s
12 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 13.063s
13 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 16.397s
14 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 16.632s
15 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 16.855s
16 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 18.146s
17 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 20.012s
18 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 20.640s
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.297s
20 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.438s
21 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 24.256s
22 Michael McDowell Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 27.395s
23 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.203s
24 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 31.432s
25 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1 Lap
26 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
27 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 1 Lap
28 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 2 Laps
29 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
30 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
31 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3 Laps
32 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 3 Laps
33 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 5 Laps
34 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 6 Laps
35 Joey Gase Go FAS Racing Ford 7 Laps
36 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 9 Laps
37 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 34 Laps
38 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford Accident
39 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet Accident
40 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Accident

CHASE STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jimmie Johnson 3082
2 Matt Kenseth 3074
3 Kyle Busch 3072
4 Carl Edwards 3069
5 Kurt Busch 3062
6 Martin Truex Jr. 3058
7 Kevin Harvick 3048
8 Joey Logano 3045
9 Austin Dillon 3045
10 Denny Hamlin 3039
11 Brad Keselowski 3038
12 Chase Elliott 3020

* Johnson and Harvick guaranteed places in 'Round of Eight' due to their race wins

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